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What's the Deal?

The week's best deals around the globe, by land, sea and air.

Sunday, November 28, 2004; Page P03


• TravelCell is offering a free global cell phone rental for a week or a free companion phone with each paid rental, on orders placed by Jan. 31. The phones typically rent for $29.99 a week. Calls cost extra. Order at 877-CELL-PHONE, www.travelcell.com. Use promo code COM1104 for free companion phone, FWF1104 for free week's rental.

• Take a child for free on a Kenyan safari through African Travel Inc. One child under age 14 per couple gets the deal; adults pay $2,545 each (including taxes) for an eight-day package that includes lodging, most meals, two safari flights in Kenya, transfers, game viewing and a full-day excursion to the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and Giraffe Manor. Prices based on April-June travel; child must share parent's room. International air not included. Info: 800-421-8907, www.africantravelinc.com.

Bargain of the Week

Get free airfare between BWI and Bermuda on USA 3000 when you book at least three nights' hotel. Two passengers must fly round trip on the same itinerary and stay at any of nine hotels. Afterward, mail in your USA 3000 booking number and hotel invoice for a rebate of up to $310 in combined airfare. The fare is usually about $158 per person, plus about $78 in taxes. Grotto Bay Beach Resort in February, for example, is $130 a night. Book by Feb. 28; travel by March 31. Info: 877-872-3000, www.usa3000airlines.com/bermuda/index.html.

• The Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau is sponsoring a "Mile High Holiday" promotion, with daily rates of $52.80 per room or per person at select hotels. The deal is good through January at more than a dozen hotels. Dates, restrictions and availability vary. The Adams Mark Hotel, for example, has the daily $52.80 rate for two adults (taxes are 13.45 percent extra); usual rate starts at $89. Info: www.milehighholidays.com.


• Hotwire.com has discounts on a four-night cruise from San Diego to Victoria and Vancouver in British Columbia on Holland America's Statendam. Inside staterooms are $330 per person, including taxes and port charges. Brochure rate is $564 per person; the cruise line is currently charging $441. Info: 800-CRUISIN, www.hotwire.com.

• Take a post-holiday luxury " Caribbean Chic" cruise between Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Barbados on Silversea's Silver Whisper for 35 percent off. The nine-night cruise starts at $2,987 per person double; usual fare starts at $4,595. Add $150 for port charges. Deal applies to Jan.5 departure from Fort Lauderdale and Jan 14 from Barbados. Info: 800-722-9955, www.silversea.com.

• The second person in a cabin pays half-fare on two river cruises aboard American West Steamboat Co.'s Empress round trip from Portland, Ore. The eight-night itinerary starts at $1,799 per person for the first person and $900 for a companion on Dec. 19, and $2,079 for first person, $1,040 for companion on Dec. 26. Ask for promo code V50. Port charges are $134 extra per person. Info: 800-434-1232, www.americanweststeamboat.com.


• The fare war on Orlando flights has escalated, with AirTran cutting its fares to $69 each way (other airlines were offering $79 fares). The round-trip flight from BWI is $166.80 with taxes; buy at www.airtran.com no later than today. Deal is good Jan. 2-March 1 and on specific days March 2-April 16.

• Buy a round-trip ticket on United to Colorado between Jan. 4 and Feb. 4 and receive a free ski lift ticket (worth more than $70) to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge or Keystone. Fly and redeem lift tickets Jan. 4-Feb. 4; lift ticket blackout dates Jan. 15-16. Must be a Mileage Plus member and register/buy ticket at www.united.com/ski. Boarding pass required to receive free lift ticket.


• Spend six nights in Madrid and Costa del Sol starting at $769 per person double with a deal from Petrabax. Package includes air from D.C., connecting flights between Madrid and Malaga, and six nights at four-star hotelsl. Taxes are $124 extra. Priced separately, air is about $612 and the hotels about $705. Total savings: about $150 per couple. Travel Dec. 1-March 31; surcharges apply Dec. 15-31. Info: 800-265-4842, www.petrabaxusa.com.

• A 15-night "Heart of India" tour from Overseas Adventure Travel for those 50 and older starts at $2,895 for August departures. Deal includes air from New York; 12 nights in four- and five-star Taj hotels; two nights in an Indian hunting lodge; one night at a lakeside camp; 38 meals; 17 cultural excursions; all land transportation and internal flights; and guide. Taxes are $137 extra. Priced separately, air costs about $1,467 and the hotels average $165 a night. Info: 800-493-6824, www.oattravel.com.

-- Carol Sottili

Prices were verified and available on Thursday afternoon when the Travel section went to press. However, deals sell out quickly and are not guaranteed to be available. Restrictions such as day of travel, blackout dates and advance-purchase requirements sometimes apply.

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