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What's the Deal?

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

Sunday, April 3, 2005; Page P03


• Budget and Avis are offering one-way rental car deals out of Florida and Arizona. Rent a minivan, for example, from any of about a dozen airport locations throughout Florida and drive it to Baltimore or Washington starting at $14.95 a day. With taxes, a two-day rental from Miami to Washington is $47; typical one-way rate is about $269. Deal is good through June 30. Ask for discount U030191 at Budget (800-BUDGET-7, www.budget.com) and K169502 at Avis (888-777-AVIS, www.avis.com).

American Orient Express is discounting the May 31 departure of its six-night " Pacific Coast Explorer" by $500 per person. The train journey, which travels from Seattle to Los Angeles, starts at $2,690 per person double after the discount. Info: 800-320-4206, www.americanorientexpress.com.


Fly from Washington Dulles to London or Manchester, England, for $409, including $160 in taxes. The BMI sale is good for travel departing by April 30, with a 30-day maximum stay. Buy tickets by April 23. Either a Saturday overnight or a three-night stay is required, and availability is limited on some days. The airline flies nonstop to Manchester daily except Tuesday, with connecting service to London. Info: 800-788-0555, www.flybmi.com.

• Book a suite for four nights at Pelican Bay at Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island and get three nights free. The "Suite Dreams" offer, which includes breakfast, starts at $1,200 for the week; usual rates from $300 a night. Resort taxes are an extra $14 per person per night. Deal good through April 30. Info: 866-296-7963, www.pelicanbayhotel.com.


• AdventureSmith Explorations is offering discounts of $3,000 per couple on an eight-night itinerary in Alaska's Prince William Sound. The cruise aboard the 69-passenger M/V Wilderness Adventurer, which departs weekly June 10-Aug. 5, starts at $1,969 per person double, plus $55 in port fees and taxes. Info: 800-728-2875, www.adventuresmithexplorations.com.

• Book a cruise around South Africa in 2006 aboard Peter Deilmann Cruises' MS Deutschland and get a 10 percent cabin discount, reduced airfares, free air transfers and a 50 percent reduction on shore excursions. For example, a 15-night cruise from Cape Town departing Jan. 17 starts at $5,175 per person double, including air from Washington Dulles; package would normally cost at least $6,161. Port charges are $150 extra. Info: 800-348-8287, www.deilmann-cruises.com.

• Princess has discounted its May 9 and 16 departures on the Sun Princess to Whittier, Alaska. The weeklong cruise, which departs from Vancouver, starts at $559 per person double, plus about $30 in taxes; usual rate is $749. Info: 800-PRINCESS, www.princess.com.


United is having a " Spring Getaway" sale, with fares of $59 each way to Florida and $99 each way to the West Coast. For example, the round-trip fare for nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to San Diego is $224; price is usually about $400. Travel Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday by June 6; 14-day advance purchase required. Lowest prices at www.united.com.

• Fly to Florence, Italy, for $449 round trip, plus $163 in taxes, with a deal from Alitalia. Fare on other airlines starts at about $773. Buy at least three days in advance by April 15; depart Monday-Thursday by April 30. Info: 800-223-5730, www.alitaliausa.com.


• Spend four nights in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, starting at $569 per person double, with a deal from Sunburst Vacations. The package includes round-trip air from Reagan National and four nights at the Costa Real Cabo Resort. Taxes are an additional $111. Air is usually about $588 and the hotel about $132 a night. Buy by April 15; travel April 9-Oct. 22. Info: 800-SUNBURST, www.sunburstvacations.com.

• Looking for a last-minute trip to Paris? Air France has a three-night package with airfare from Washington Dulles and lodging at the Holiday Inn Express Port D'Italie for $549 per person double for travel through April 22. Taxes are $88 extra. Depart Thursdays for cheapest price. Priced separately, air is $688 and the hotel $132 a night. Info: 800-2-FRANCE, www.airfrance-holidays.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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