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What's the Deal?

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

Sunday, December 5, 2004; Page P03

LAND

• More than 100 restaurants will participate in " Dine-About-Town San Francisco" during January, offering three-course prix-fixe menus at $21.95 for lunch and/or $31.95 for dinner. Info and reservations: 415-391-2000, www.sfdineabouttown.com.

Rent an SUV from Budget in select ski markets and receive a $50 discount and a free ski rack, which is usually $9 a day extra. The promotion is valid at participating locations in California, Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Washington state and Canada. The price for a weeklong rental of a Ford Escape in Reno, for example, is $190, plus about $59 in taxes. Info: 800-222-6772, www.budget.com/ski. Mention rate code U032105.

BARGAIN OF THE WEEK

JetBlue is bringing back its "Free Friend Fare" promotion for travel to the West Coast. For example, fly round trip from D.C. to Sacramento on the same flights and pay $338, including $20 in taxes, for the first traveler, and pay $20 in taxes for the second. The deal is also good to Oakland. Single fare on other airlines is about $200 round trip. Buy by Jan. 2 and travel through Feb. 15. Seven-day advance purchase is required. Info: 800-JETBLUE, www.jetblue.com.

• The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism is offering discounted tickets to more than 40 cultural attractions and discounted rates at several hundred hotels. For example, buy one adult admission at participating museums and get a second admission at half-price. Hotel rates, which include breakfast, range from $79 to $209 a night. The historic Hotel Northampton, for one, has rates from $149, down from $180. Deals are good through Feb. 28. Info: 800-447-MASS, www.deals.massvacation.com.

SEA

• If you're not fussy about whether you cruise around the Western or Eastern Caribbean, Costa Cruise Lines has a deal for you. Sign up for a seven-night, Jan. 16 cruise departing Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on the Costa Altantica or the Costa Mediterranea and pay $ 399 per person double, plus taxes of up to $59 -- a savings of at least $100 per person. Fourteen days before departure, the cruise line will choose your ship. Book through a travel agent. Info: 800-247-7320, www.costacruises.com.

• Aegeus Yachts, which rents self-skippered yachts at eight locations throughout Greece, is offering 30 percent discounts on sailing yachts and 15 percent discounts on motor yachts for sailings in 2005. For example, a sailboat that sleeps eight that costs about $1,330 in low season (early October until early May) is $931 for a week. Book by Dec. 31. Info: fax 011-30-210-988-1715, www.aegeus-yachts.com.

• Attention high rollers. Cruise around the world on a luxury liner next year and get an early booking discount of at least $22,170, a $1,000 per cabin ship credit and free first-class airfare. Radisson Seven Seas is offering the 93-night "Grand Circle Pacific" cruise starting at $34,995 per person double after the discount; port charges and taxes are $2,173 extra. The ship departs Vancouver on Sept. 7. Info: 800-477-7500, www.rssc.com.

AIR

AirTran has a systemwide sale good for travel through March 2. For example, fly round trip from BWI to Sarasota, Fla., for $178. Fare on other airlines is about $195. Purchase by Dec. 14, at least 10 days in advance. Sale not valid for Sunday travel. Info: 800-AIR-TRAN, www.airtran.com.

• Fly round trip from Washington to Nice, France, for $295, plus $150 in taxes, with a deal from Air France. The sale is good for Monday-Thursday travel departing by March 16 and returning by April 16. Seven-day advance purchase required. Delta, which code shares with Air France, is matching the fare. Cost on other airlines is about $476. Info: 800-237-2747, www.airfrance.us.

PACKAGES

• An escorted tour to Belgium and Holland is $599 per person double at Go-today.com. The package includes round-trip air from New York, six nights' hotel, airport transfers, sightseeing and transport via motorcoach, tour guide, breakfasts and hotel taxes; air taxes are an additional $89. Depart Feb. 17 or 24, or March 3. Priced separately, air and hotel alone would cost about $20more per person. Info: 425-487-9632, www.go-today.com.

• Travel to China with Ritz Tours for $1,349 per person double, including round-trip air from Washington, intra-China flights, seven nights at five-star hotels, sightseeing by motorcoach, tour guides and most meals. The "China Tri-City Adventure" departs every Sunday from Jan. 2 until March 20. Taxes are $159 extra. Priced separately, airfares to China and between Guangzhou, Beijing and Hong Kong would cost about $1,748. Info: 800-900-2446, www.ritztours.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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