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What's the Deal? Travel Deals by Land, Sea and Air

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-- Pay for two nights and get the third free at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. The 72-hour sale takes place from 10 a.m. April 21 through 10 a.m. April 24. Rates vary by room and season. For example, a weekend night in mid-June starts at $394, including $74 taxes and fees; a weekday night in mid-June starts at $277, including taxes and fees. Travel through Dec. 22. Info: 800-838-1766, http://www.thehomestead.com.

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-- The Westin Westminster in Westminster, Colo., between Denver and Boulder, is celebrating its ninth anniversary and $9 million renovation with Sunday night rates of $9.99. You must book a Saturday night at regular rates to receive the deal; rate for first night starts at $213, and second night is $11.25, including taxes. Amenities at the dog-friendly hotel include an indoor heated lap pool and an outdoor spa. Travel through May 31. Request promo code SUNDAY. Info: 303-410-5000, http://www.westin.com/westminster.

-- Hotel Jules in Paris is offering a third night free through Dec. 1. A weekend stay in early May, for example, starts at $663 for three nights, a savings of $327. The deal also includes breakfast, worth $37 per couple per day. The 101-room hotel is on Rue La Fayette in the 9th arrondissement. Info: 011-33-1-42-85-05-44, http://www.hoteljules.com.

-- The Montreal Jazz Festival, held July 1-12, is celebrating its 30th year with a two-night anniversary package. Price starts at $144 per person double, including accommodations at the Days Inn Centre-Ville in Montreal, concert tickets to one performance in the Jazz d'Ici La Presse or the Rythmes Bell series, entry to the TD Canada Trust Jam Sessions and Montreal Guitar Show, and other goodies, such as a festival T-shirt, a CD compilation and shoulder bag. Priced separately, the room alone would cost about $233 for two nights and the package items about $105 per person. Info: 514-523-3378, http://www.montrealjazzfest.com.

SEA

-- Swan Hellenic is offering savings of up to 70 percent on select sailings aboard the 350-passenger Minerva and the 200-passenger A-Rosa Riva. For example, a 14-night Eastern Mediterranean & Black Sea cruise on the Minerva, departing May 12, starts at $1,995 per person double, a savings of about $3,634 per person. The cruise starts near Athens in Piraeus, Greece, and visits ports in Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria and Ukraine before ending in Istanbul. Fare include tips, taxes and shore excursions. Info: 866-923-9182, http://www.swanhellenic.us.

-- Two sail for the price of one on select Princess cruises. The Escape the Economy deal applies to dozens of sailings in Europe, Alaska, Asia, Australia, South America and the South Pacific. For example, a 16-night cruise from Los Angeles to Valparaiso, Chile, departing Nov. 22 starts at $969 per person double after the discount; the cruise aboard the Star Princess stops at 10 ports in five countries, including Mexico, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Fees and taxes are an additional $107. Info: 800-774-6237, http://www.princess.com/escapetheeconomy.page.

-- O.A.R.S. is offering $1,000-per-person discounts on its Firth River Arctic Expedition rafting trip June 21-July 1. Now priced at $4,995 per person (plus $250 taxes and fees), the trip includes round-trip charter flight from Inuvik, in Canada's Yukon Territory, to the headwaters of the Firth and 11 days on the river with guide, meals, drinks and equipment. The river is adjacent to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The trip is timed to coincide with the migration of 150,000 caribou. Info: 800-346-6277, http://www.oars.com.

AIR

-- Southwest is offering introductory fares on its new nonstop flights between BWI Marshall and Boston Logan, scheduled to begin Aug. 16. Fare on the daily flights is $119 round trip (with taxes); other airlines are matching. Book at http://www.southwest.com by April 20 for travel Aug. 17-Oct. 29. Fare not valid for Friday or Sunday flights.

-- USA 3000 has fares of $295 round trip (including $95 taxes) from BWI Marshall to Bermuda. Flights run every Thursday and Sunday June 11-Aug. 16. Fare on other airlines starts at $413. No purchase deadline, but availability is limited. Book at http://www.usa3000.com.

PACKAGES

-- A Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free package to 50 resorts throughout Mexico is good for travel through Aug. 31. Future Vacations is offering the deal for one child age 12 or younger per adult (maximum of two adults and two children per room). Prices vary. For example, a three-night trip to Cancun in mid-June, including round-trip airfare from Reagan National and accommodations at the Iberostar Paraiso Beach all-inclusive resort, which is about a 15-minute drive south of Cancun, starts at $1,826 (including taxes) for a family of four. Priced separately, airfare would cost $300 per person and the resort $980, for a savings of $354. Book by Aug. 25. Info: 800-456-2323, http://www.futurevacations.com.

-- TourCrafters is offering a four-night trip to Paris starting at $1,053 per person double (including taxes and fuel surcharge) for travel in July and August. Package includes round-trip air on Air France from New York's JFK to Paris, accommodations at the three-star Hotel All Seasons Voltaire Republique and breakfasts. Priced separately, package would cost $311 more per couple. Package can be extended to five nights, and hotel can be upgraded for a slightly higher price. Book by April 30. Info: 800-482-5995, http://www.tourcrafters.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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