What’s the Deal? This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

January 20, 2012
What’s the Deal?

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

LAND

●The Windham Hill Inn, a Relais & Chateaux property in southern Vermont, has an upscale stay-and-ski package through April 1. The deal starts at $710 double (plus 9 percent taxes) and includes two nights’ lodging (nightly rate typically from $255, plus taxes); one dinner for two at the Windham Hill Restaurant (tax and gratuity extra); three-course gourmet breakfasts; and two adult lift tickets to Stratton Mountain (value $69-$87 each) or Bromley Mountain ($49-$65). Blackout dates Feb. 17-20. Info: 800-944-4080, www.windhamhill.com/special-offers/offersski-stay.

Save 40 percent at Kura Hulanda Resorts in Curacao. The Winter on Sale rates, good through April 7, start at $192 a night (usual rate is $320) plus $38 taxes and fees for a standard room at the Hotel Kura Hulanda, an 80-room boutique property in downtown Willemstad. Rates for a garden-view room start at $159 (usual rate is $265) plus $32 taxes and fees at Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club, a beachfront resort on the island’s West End. Deadline to book is Feb. 15. Book by calling 877-264-3106 or via e-mail at reservations@kurahulanda.com. Resort info: www.kurahulanda.com.

SEA

●In honor of its 20th anniversary, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is introducing freebies on 2012 cruises. Specials include a free upgrade to business class on transatlantic flights (valid on bookings of a penthouse suite or higher category) and free land programs or hotel package (property is based on the category of suite). For example, on Alaskan cruises, passengers can take a Mendenhall Glacier river float at the Juneau port (normally $179), a sea otter and wildlife tour in Sitka ($179), and a George Inlet cruise, plus crab feast, in Ketchikan ($179). The luxury hotel package includes a free pre-cruise stay with breakfast and transfer from hotel to ship. Sample properties in Istanbul: the Ritz-Carlton and the Conrad (standard) and the Four Seasons and the Ciragan Palace Kempinski (premium), where rooms typically go for about $350 a night. Finally, starting in April, concierge-level guests (category E and above) on Seven Seas Mariner and, beginning May 30, Seven Seas Voyager and passengers staying in category D and above on Seven Seas Navigator (beginning May 30) will receive 15 minutes of free phone calls and 60 minutes of free Internet access per suite, in addition to other perks. Info: 800-285-1835, www.rssc.com.●

●Book an interior cabin on MSC Cruises and receive a free upgrade to a balcony stateroom. The Move Up in the World promotion applies to cruises this year and next in the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Europe. For example, a balcony stateroom is now $366 per person, including $67 taxes, for a four-night Bahamas cruise aboard the MSC Poesia departing Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Nov. 27; balcony rate before promotion starts at $606 per person double, including taxes, for a savings of $480 per couple. Book by March 31 and request WAVE promotion code. Info: 877-665-4655, www.msccruisesusa.com.

AIR

●The clock is ticking on the Qantas G’Day USA Sale, which expires Jan. 23. Save up to 40 percent on air to Australia from New York’s JFK, which starts at $1,398 round trip, and up to 45 percent on flights from Los Angeles, from $1,098. Taxes of up to $210 are extra. Also, reserve by Jan. 23 to catch the● Walkabout Pass sale. Fares start at $69 per flight sector for domestic travel within Australia’s Zone 1 (a savings of $30) and from $129 for Zone 2 (save $40). Examples in Zone 1 (either way): Brisbane to Cairns, Alice Springs to Ayers Rock, Gold Coast to Sydney. For Zone 2: Canberra to Perth, Darwin to Sydney, Adelaide to Alice Springs. Up to $45 taxes additional. Travel outbound by Dec. 8. To qualify for the pass, you must book international air. Info: 800-227-4500, www.qantas.com.

●American Airlines has sale fares to the Caribbean. For example, fly round trip from BWI Marshall to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for $451 round trip, including $155 taxes; fare on other airlines starts at $527. Promotion applies to travel through March 5; a two-night minimum stay is required. Buy at www.aa.com by Jan. 30, or pay $25 extra calling 800-433-7300.

PACKAGES

Ski.com is offering a Kids Fly Free, Stay Free and Ski Free deal on packages to Snowmass, Colo. One free air ticket for a child 12 or younger, with a maximum value of $500, is included with each adult lodging-and-lift-ticket package of at least five nights. Also, lodging, lift tickets and a group lesson are included for up to two children per couple. Pricing varies by resort. For example, a five-night package for a family of four that includes lodging in a two-bedroom deluxe condominium at the Crestwood in Snowmass Village, four-day interchangeable lift tickets good at all four Aspen/Snowmass mountains, a group lesson for two children and round-trip airfare for one child starts at $4,116, including taxes and fees. Priced separately, the condo would cost $2,990, lift tickets $1,024 and group lesson about $220; airfare from Washington is about $474 per person. Total savings are about $592 for a family of four. Cheapest prices apply to Sunday and Monday departures March 4-19. Deadline to book is Feb. 17. Info: 800-908-5000, www.ski.com.

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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