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


Panama City, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo. (ALAMY)
March 2, 2012
Land

The Sands at Grace Bay, a four-star resort in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, is offering 20 percent off a stay-and-scuba deal, a savings of more than $350. The Deal to Dive For starts at $1,656 per couple and includes four nights in studio courtyard accommodations; two days of two-tank dives, including equipment; and all taxes. The dive provides hotel pick-up and drop-off, lunch and snacks. Travel by April 6. By comparison, the regular hotel rate is $335 per night, and the dives run $340 per person. Only one of the participants must be scuba certified; the other traveler can snorkel. When booking, request the “SCUBA DIVE” package. Info: 877-777-2637, www.thesandstc.com.

Stay three times at any Best Western property and earn a voucher for a free night. The deal is valid on three separate visits, not three consecutive nights, though you can stay at the same hotel three times. Stay by April 8, and use your voucher by June 30. To qualify for the promotion, you must be a Best Western Rewards member (free to sign up) and register for the promotion before the first overnight. Vouchers are redeemable at any Best Western property, including the Best Western Plus President Hotel in Times Square (from $129, plus taxes) and the Best Western Plus Coconut Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu (from $140), as well as hotels worldwide. Info: 800-780-7234, www.bestwestern.com/spring.

Stay at least four nights at the Wyndham Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, and get more than a third off the rate. For example, the nightly rate for two people visiting in mid-April starts at $123 instead of the usual $331; a four-night stay, including taxes, comes to $623. Book by April 8; travel April 9 to Dec. 23. Info: 800-474-6627, www.wyndhamriomar.com.

Sea

Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering $800 to $2,500 per person off select sailings of its seven-night Tahiti and Society Islands voyages, plus free round-trip air from Los Angeles. For example, a porthole stateroom on the June 23 trip is $3,811 per person double, including taxes; the cost is normally $4,611. Round-trip air from LAX to Papeete, Tahiti, runs about $1,650. Book by March 10. Info: 800-848-6172, www.pgcruises.com.

Air

Air Pacific, Fiji’s international airline, is offering 20 percent off flights from Los Angeles to Nadi, Fiji. Round-trip flights are $1,078, including taxes. Book by May 31; travel through Dec. 14. Blackout dates: June 15 to Aug. 31. The usual fare starts at $1,357. Info: 800-227-4446, 
www.airpacific.com
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Packages

Spend a week in Panama for less than a grand per person. The Panama Sampler by Travel by Jen starts at $958 per person double — $459 for the land portion, plus air in the range of $500, depending on the dates. The trip includes round-trip flight from Washington to Panama City; four nights at the Intercontinental Playa Bonita Resort and Spa; two nights at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort; breakfasts; city and canal tours and attractions; transfers; and taxes. For the lowest rates, travel April 15 to July 26. By comparison, flights alone go for about $500, and rooms at the Bonita resort cost about $213 a night. Info: 800-603-3178, www.travelbyjen.com.

Visit the U.S. Virgin Islands during Carnival (April 14-30) and receive discounts and perks from the islands’ Tourism Department and CheapCaribbean.com. The Carnival 60th anniversary deal includes $400 off air-and-hotel packages per couple, a $50 dining coupon and a gift bag. For example, in late April, two people pay $1,312 (normally $1,712) for round-trip air from Reagan National and four nights at the Sugar Bay Resort & Spa on St. Thomas. Book by March 19; travel April 14-30. Info: 800-915-2322, www.cheapcaribbean.com/deals/us-virgin-islands-all.html.

K.C. Summers, 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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