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What's the Deal?

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

Sunday, February 6, 2005; Page P03


• Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Dublin with the Merrion Hotel's " Shamrock Package," available March 11-20. The $507-per-couple package includes overnight accommodations, welcome cocktail, full Irish breakfast and two grandstand tickets for the St. Patrick's Festival Parade. Priced separately, the room is about $507, and each parade ticket is $78. Info: 800-223-6800, www.merrionhotel.com.

• Get five days of skiing and lodging for the price of four at Killington Resort in Vermont. The deal, which requires a Sunday-Friday stay, also includes free skiing on Sunday afternoon, one group lesson for each adult and lift tickets for kids 12 and under (one free per paid adult). The package for Feb. 27, for example, is $1,166 for a family of four with lodging at the Pinnacle Condominiums; without the promotion, the package would cost $2,015. Call 866-684-0404 and ask for code VIP05.


Spirit Airlines is holding an "Airhog Day" sale with six weeks of discounted airfares. For example, fly nonstop from Reagan National to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for $128 round trip, including taxes; fare on other airlines is $188. Purchase at www.spiritair.com. by Feb. 10 and travel Feb. 22-April 30. Blackout dates are March 23-April 3. Travel southbound Monday-Wednesday and northbound Wednesday or Thursday.

Eurail is offering a free day of rail travel on all six-, eight- and 10-day Eurail Selectpasses. Purchase the Selectpass by March 31 for travel anytime this year. A three-country, six-day pass, for example, which costs $410, is now good for seven days of travel. Info: www.eurail.com.


• Book a seven-day cruise from Whittier, Alaska, to Vancouver on the Dawn Princess and pay $599 per person double, plus receive a gift certificate from Amazon.com worth $125 per cabin. The Seven Blue Seas Vacations deal applies to the May 23 sailing; taxes are an extra $60 for two. Brochure rate is $1,399. Book by Feb. 28. Info: 800-242-1781, www.7blueseas.com.

• Cruise411.com is offering American Express gift cards of $25-$500 for passengers who book a Royal Caribbean cruise by Feb. 18. For example, book an oceanview cabin on the Brilliance of the Seas for a 10-night Panama Canal cruise departing April 8 for $3,838 per couple plus $263 taxes, which is about the same price being offered by the cruise line; then receive a gift card worth $300. Value of card is based on cruise price. Book by Feb. 18; ask for promo 9187. Info: 800-553-7090, www.cruise411.com.

• Book a houseboat rental on Lake Powell, on the border of Utah and Arizona, by March 31 and receive up to 50 percent in discounts. For example, a five-day package in July that includes a 54-foot houseboat and a powerboat is currently $3,500, plus $439 in taxes and fees; after March 31, the base price increases to $6,425. Arrive by Oct. 31; blackout dates Aug. 1-15. Info: 888-486-4665, www.lakepowell.com.


AirTran is offering a systemwide sale. For example, fly nonstop from BWI to Sarasota/Bradenton in Florida for $79 each way; round-trip fare with taxes is $178. Other airlines are charging $194 for connecting service. Book by Feb. 15; fly by June 15. Requires 10-day advance purchase. Info: 800-AIR-TRAN, www.airtran.com.

• A Valentine's Day sale from United includes discounts for domestic and international travel. For example, the round-trip fare from Washington Dulles to Shanghai, China, is $747; fare on other airlines is $1,026. Buy by Feb. 11; depart Feb. 10-12 and return by Feb. 15 for most destinations. For Pacific destinations, depart Feb. 10-15 and return by Feb. 28. Cheapest fares available through www.united.com.


• Spend four nights in Paris this spring for $570 per person double. The Gate 1 Travel package includes round-trip air on Air India from Newark, accommodations at the Relais de Paris Gare de Lyon, breakfasts and taxes. Departures available in April and May. Priced separately, air costs at least $537 and the hotel $106 a night. Info: 800-682-3333, www.gate1travel.com.

• Odysseys Unlimited, an upscale small-group tour operator, has discounted select 2005 tours by $100 to $300 per person. For example, a 14-night tour to Turkey, including a five-night private yacht cruise, is priced from $2,695 per person double, including air from Washington, accommodations, most meals, sightseeing, tips, motorcoach transport and guide -- a discount of $600 per couple. Taxes are $134 extra per person. Info: 888-370-6765, www.odysseys-unlimited.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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