What’s the Deal?
By K.C. Summers,
This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld is offering family discounts on room rates and free meals for kids. With the Splash & Stay package, a family of four pays $89 per night instead of the usual $149, and kids 12 and younger eat free from the kids’ menu (one free meal per adult paid meal). Add $11 per night in fees and taxes. Book by Aug. 31 using code SUM; stay through Oct. 1. Info: 800-327-6677, www.renorlando.com.
The 1930s-era Mimslyn Inn in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley has a late-summer special: two consecutive nights’ lodging for a total of $225 (vs. the usual $258), plus two free tickets to Luray Caverns per booking. Add $20 in taxes. Saturday-night stays are excluded. Cavern tickets are valued at $27.50 each. Book and stay through Aug. 31. Info: 800-296-5105, www.mimslyninn.com.
Several dozen hotels, attractions and tour operators on the Caribbean island of Curacao are offering special rates on accommodations, tours and activities. Deals include free hotel nights, free car rentals and tour discounts. For example, the Curacao Marriott Resort & Casino has a fourth-night-free deal (four nights’ lodging for a total of $919 double, including tax, instead of the usual $1,226), and WannaBike outfitters are offering 20 percent off guided mountain bike tours of the island ($30 instead of $38). For all deals, book by Oct. 15; travel Aug. 15-Dec. 15. Info: 800-328-7222, www.curacao.com/sale.
The historic Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo., is offering free adventure excursions, plus a daily $50 breakfast credit, when you book a room through early fall. With the Blazing Adventure package, book a stay of one to four nights for two people and get a free rafting, hiking, biking, four-wheel-drive or other outing per person. Best rates are for four-night stays: $333 per night double (down from $459). Add $66 per night in fees and taxes. Tours are valued at $99 each. Stay through Oct. 2. Info: 970-920-1000, www.hoteljerome.rockresorts.com.
MSC has a sale on select fall and winter European cruises, with balcony rooms going for the inside-room rate and balcony superior rooms for the standard balcony rate. For example, on the MSC Musica’s eight-night Eastern Mediterranean round trip from Bari, Italy, departing Oct. 30, a balcony room is $649 per person double (normally $810), plus $30 per person in fees and taxes. Book by telephone by Sept. 30 and ask for the Balcony Bonanza rate. Info: 877-665-4655, www.msccruisesusa.com.
Air China is having a Web-only sale on flights from Los Angeles to several Asian cities, including Hong Kong, Taipei and Beijing. Best deal: a round trip from LAX to Hong Kong for $808, including taxes. Flights on other airlines start at $928. Book by Aug. 9; travel Sept. 1-Dec. 10. Info: www.airchina.us.
Lufthansa has a sale on last-minute, late-summer flights to Europe, with one-way fares starting at $286, not including taxes. The best fares are from Newark, N.J., to Dublin: Nonstop round-trip flights start at $628, including taxes. Continental and United are matching; fares on other airlines start at about $700. Book and depart by Aug. 28 (seven-day advance purchase required). Info: 800-645-3880, www.lufthansa.com.
With Friendly Planet, tour Thailand this winter or spring at $300 off the company’s usual price. Cost of the nine-day Taste of Thailand trip starts at $1,199 per person double (normally $1,499) and includes round-trip air from Los Angeles to Bangkok, six nights’ lodging, most meals, in-country transport and visits to Ayutthaya, Kanchanaburi, Wat Arun, Wat Po and the River Kwai. Add $99 per person in taxes. Multiple departures from November to May; cheapest prices are for May trips. Book by Sept. 28. Info: 800-555-5765, www.friendlyplanet.com.
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