WHAT'S THE DEAL?
What's the Deal?
· Visit Key West, Fla., and get two-for-one admission to many of its major sights. For example, 90-minute sightseeing tours on the Conch Tour Train or the Old Town Trolley are $25 for two (usual price is $25 each). Other attractions offering the deal include the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum (now $11 for two) and the Key West Aquarium ($10 for two). Download coupons at http:/
· Mauna Lani Resort at Kalahuipua'a on the Big Island of Hawaii has discounted rates for stays from May 1 to Sept. 30. The "Summer Discovery Special" starts at $370 per night, with a three-night minimum, for an ocean-view room; typical Web rate starts at $448 and the rack rate is $670. Taxes are an extra 11.4 percent. Info: 800-367-2323, http:/
· Travelers on the Royal Scotsman's four-night luxury train excursion round trip from Edinburgh, Scotland, can get a 50 percent discount on a companion fare. First person pays $5,580 and the second pays $2,790 for the all-inclusive trip on the 36-passenger train. Deal is good for the July 18 departure. Info: 800-524-2420, http:/
· Expedition Trips has discounted rates on a "Culture and Antiquities of Vietnam" cruise aboard the Clipper Odyssey. The nine-day cruise starts at $2,793 per person double (cruise line's starting rate is $4,240). The deal -- which includes a night at the Hanoi Hilton -- is good on the Sept. 27 departure and must be booked by May 5. Fuel surcharge is $99 extra. Info: 877-412-8527, http:/
· Book a cruise through Icruise.com no later than today and receive discounted fares plus a shipboard credit of up to $200 per cabin. For example, a week-long Thanksgiving sail on Holland America's Westerdam from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Western Caribbean departing Nov. 19 is $3,396 per couple for a superior veranda suite (cruise line is charging $4,346), plus a $200 shipboard credit. Info: 866-9-ICRUISE, http:/
· French Country Waterways has discounted several of its barge cruises in France's Alsace-Lorraine, Burgundy and Upper Loire Valley regions. The $400-per-person price reductions are valid May 7-20, July 23-Aug. 19 and Oct. 22-Nov. 4. Prices start at $3,495 per person double, including beverages and shore excursions. Info: 800-222-1236, http:/
· Midwest Airlines has launched a systemwide sale for travel through Nov. 20. For example, fly nonstop from Reagan National to Kansas City for $209 round trip; other airlines are charging at least $363 for nonstop flights. No advance purchase is required; cheapest fares for Monday-Saturday travel. Purchase by May 2 at 800-452-2022, http:/
· AirTran has a systemwide sale for travel through Oct. 4. For example, fly round trip from BWI, Reagan National or Dulles to Atlanta for $199 (including taxes); other airlines are charging about $264. Travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays for the cheapest prices. Book by May 4. A 14-day advance purchase is required; blackout dates apply. Info: 800-AIRTRAN, http:/
· Spend six nights in Vienna and Florence with a package from Austrian Airlines. From May 26 to Sept. 3, the price is $1,499 per person double (plus about $120 taxes), including round-trip air from Dulles to Florence (with a stopover in Vienna), three nights at the three-star Hotel Capri in Vienna and three nights at the four-star Hotel Rivoli in Florence. The price drops by $200 for travel Sept. 4-Oct. 31. The deal includes daily buffet breakfast. Priced separately, air to Florence with a stop in Vienna in July would cost about $1,512 and the hotels about $930, for a savings of about $716 per couple. Info: 800-790-4682, http:/
· Book a vacation with Northwest to El Dorado Royale in Mexico's Riviera Maya and get upgraded to first-class air. A seven-night trip to the luxury all-inclusive with first-class air and transfers is $2,552 per person double, including taxes. Priced separately, the thatch-roofed casita suites would cost about $600 per night per couple and the airfare about $1,230, for a savings of about $1,556 per couple. Travel June 15-Oct. 31; book by May 6 through a travel agent or at 800-800-1504. Request promotion code QWV6356.
-- 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.