What's the Deal?
The week's best travel bargains around the globe, by land, sea and air.

Sunday, March 15, 2009


-- Discounted spa treatments will be available at more than 700 facilities throughout the country during Spa Week, April 13-19. Appointments will be accepted at http://www.spaweek.com beginning March 16. Each spa will offer two or three treatments at the discounted price of $50 each. For example, Red Door Spas by Elizabeth Arden, which has 27 participating locations, will offer the 50-minute Stress Melter Ritual for $50; usual cost is $235.

-- Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park are offering a Spring Getaway deal. Price for one night double occupancy is $79, including $10 taxes and fees; usual rate is $101. The deal, exclusive to readers of The Washington Post, applies to Sunday-Thursday stays April 2-June 25 at Skyland and May 25-June 25 at Big Meadows. It also includes a $20 voucher that can be used at the park's gift shop. Book at http://www.visitshenandoah.com/washingtonpost.

-- Galley Bay Resort & Spa, a luxury all-inclusive property on Antigua, has reduced its rates to $499 per night double, including taxes and tips, for stays through Dec. 20. Price includes meals, beverages, afternoon tea, evening hors d'oeuvres, and watersports equipment and instruction. Book by March 31. Rates usually start at $840 per night. Info: 800-345-0356, http://www.galleybayresort.com.

-- Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, S.C., near Myrtle Beach, is offering a March Madness golf package. The four-night deal is $399 a person double, with taxes, and includes a one-bedroom suite with two queen-size beds; a round of golf with replay at the resort's Jack Nicklaus signature course; a second round of golf with replay at the Founders Club; daily breakfast; range balls; and a $25 restaurant gift certificate. Priced separately, the deal would cost about $669. Info: 800-367-9959, http://www.pawleysplantation.com.


-- Save $1,500 per person on a 16-night cruise from Baltimore to Jamaica aboard Peter Deilmann Cruises' MS Deutschland. Price starts at $4,820 per person double, plus $165 port charges, for the Nov. 17 departure. The cruise line is also offering a $99 round-trip airfare (including taxes) or an additional $750 reduction for those booking their own airfare. Shore excursion package worth $600 is also included. The ship travels to Philadelphia; New York; Miami; New Orleans; Progreso and Cozumel, Mexico; before ending in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Info: 800-348-8287, http://www.deilmann-cruises.com.

-- Children age 12 and younger sail for half-price on Disney Cruise Line's trips to the Bahamas and Caribbean March 26-May 14. Deal applies to three-, four- and seven-night cruises. For example, a seven-night western Caribbean itinerary departing Port Canaveral, Fla., April 18 starts at $3,516 for a family of four, a savings of $899. Info: 888-325-2500, http://www.disneycruise.com/kids50. Request promo code KHO.

-- Two sail for the price of one on select French Country Waterways barge cruises. For example, a six-night cruise aboard the 12-passenger Adrienne through France's Cote d'Or winegrowing region starts at $7,295 per couple, including taxes, for several departures in July and August. Similar savings are being offered aboard the eight-passenger Horizon II, which travels a historic Burgundy route along the Canal de Bourgogne. Info: 800-222-1236, http://www.fcwl.com.


-- American has sale fares to destinations across the United States for travel through May 20. Round-trip fare on nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles, for example, is $215, including taxes; other airlines are matching. Fourteen-day advance purchase required; cheapest fares apply to Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday flights. Blackout dates are March 28 and April 4 and 11. Book at http://www.aa.com by March 16, or pay $20 more by calling 800-433-7300.

-- Air Europa is offering a fall sale for its new daily nonstop service between New York's JFK and Madrid, scheduled to begin June 1. Round-trip fare for travel Monday-Thursday Oct. 29-Dec. 13 is $452, with taxes; fare on other airlines from New York starts at $501, and from Washington, $651. Info: http://www.aireuropa.com.


-- SmarTours has reduced the price of its 14-night Vietnam and Angkor Wat tour by $800 per couple. The trip starts at $2,799 per person double (plus $81 taxes) for the Oct. 12, 2009, and April 5, 2010, departures; other departures available at higher prices. Price includes round-trip airfare from New York to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with return from Hanoi; four intra-Asia flights; accommodations at deluxe and first-class hotels in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia, and Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue, Halong Bay and Hanoi in Vietnam; 29 meals; sightseeing tours with admission fees; ground transportation; and tour director. Book by April 30. Info: 800-337-7773, http://www.smartours.com.

-- Expedia is offering a Free Nights and No Fee Flights promotion. Get your last night free on stays of three, four or five nights at more than 700 participating hotels, plus Expedia will waive air-booking fees of $6.99 to $11.99 per ticket. For example, a four-night trip for two to Cancun, Mexico, in late April, including connecting flights on Delta from BWI and accommodations at the Cancun Caribe Park Royal Grand, starts at $462 per person double, including taxes. Priced separately, the trip would cost about $182 more per couple. Book hotel deal by April 9 and stay by May 15; airfare booking fee waiver ends May 31. Info: 800-397-3342, http://www.expedia.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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