This week’s best travel bargains

November 14, 2013
What’s the Deal?

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

Land

● Club Med is holding its semiannual sale at more than 50 all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Prices vary. For example, a seven-night stay at Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in early March now starts at $2,318 per couple (including taxes), a savings of $798. Book by Jan. 8, and travel by June 27. Blackout dates apply and vary by property. Info: 800-258-2633, www.clubmed.us.

● Sanderling Resort in Duck, N.C., is offering reduced rates to active and veteran members of the military, fire and rescue personnel, law enforcement officers and medical personnel. The Heroes Welcome rate, valid on stays through March 30, starts at $119 per night (plus $31 taxes and fees), a savings of at least $67. The oceanfront resort is also offering 20 percent discounts to guests who donate at least $5 to the Outer Banks Public Safety Auxiliary; the discounted rate starts at $144 per night, plus taxes. Based on availability. Info: 877-697-4613, www.sanderling-resort.com/heroes. ●

Sea

Save up to 45 percent on two Star Clippers sailings that feature Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix. The seven-night Star Flyer cruise on May 17 starts at $1,550 per person double, which includes a 30 percent advance purchase discount and a 15 percent transatlantic air credit. The ship sails round trip from Cannes, France, and docks in Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix trials. The seven-night May 24 cruise from Cannes to Monte Carlo starts at $1,832 per person double (including 35 percent discount with air credit) and overlaps with the Grand Prix finals. Add port charges of $255, plus taxes (based on final fare). Regular price is from $2,818. Info: 800-442-0551, www.starclippers.com.

●With European Waterways, solo travelers save $1,800 on all April cruises in the Netherlands. The luxury barge operator is waiving single supplements on six-night Panache cruises departing April 6, 13, 20 and 27. A junior suite starts at $5,090 per person; price includes all meals, wines, open bar, daily escorted excursions, local transfers, and taxes and fees. The 12-person barge visits the Keukenhof Gardens, Gouda’s cheese markets, St. Peter’s Church and the Zaanse Schans conservation area. Info: 877-879-8808, www.gobarging.com.●

Air

● Air China is offering sale fares to destinations throughout Asia. For example, the round-trip fare from New York’s JFK to Shanghai starts at $897, including taxes; other airlines are matching, but fare typically starts at about $1,100. Fly Jan. 31 through March 31. Purchase by Nov. 20 at www.airchina.us/en/promotions/flights.html.

Southwest has launched a sale for travel through March 12. For example, the round-trip fare from BWI Marshall to Windsor Locks, near Hartford, Conn., is $160, including taxes; fare on other airlines starts at about $217. Holiday blackouts apply, and the sale is not valid on Friday or Sunday flights. For Florida flights, depart Sunday through Wednesday and return Tuesday through Friday. Ten-day advance purchase is required. Book by Nov. 25 at www.southwest.com.

Package

● Friendly Planet is offering the new Best of New Zealand & Australia tour from $5,699 per person double. The 18-day package includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Auckland, with return from Sydney (add $400 for departures from Washington Dulles); four New Zealand and Australia flights; deluxe or first-class lodgings in Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown, Dunedin and Christchurch in New Zealand, and Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney in Australia; ground transportation; 20 meals; guided tours, including entrance fees; and all taxes. Depart May 7 for the lowest fare; add $100 for the April 16, June 4 and July 30 departures. Book by Nov. 22. Priced separately, the flights alone exceed $2,000. Info: 800-555-5765, www.friendlyplanet.com.

Carol Sottili, Andrea Sachs

Submit travel deals to whatsthedeal@washpost.com. Prices were verified at press time Thursday, but deals sell out and availability is not guaranteed. Some restrictions may apply.

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