What's the Deal: Best Travel Bargains Around the Globe, by Land, Sea and Air

Sunday, May 3, 2009


-- Stay for seven nights at Parrot Cay, a 1,000-acre private island in Turks & Caicos, and pay for five. Daily rate starts at $575, plus 20 percent taxes and fees. The deal, good through Dec. 20, includes breakfasts and airport transfers. Also, for minimum week-long stays through Sept. 8, dinners are included (book by June 1). Value of dinner is about $150 per couple per night. Info: 877-754-0726, http://www.parrotcay.como.bz.

-- Country Walkers is offering discounts of $500 per person on five Alpine walking itineraries. For example, the four-night Italy & Switzerland: Lakes of Lugano & Como tour, with three departures June-August, is now $2,498 per person double, including taxes. Trip includes guides, van support, accommodations, most meals, sightseeing and taxes; airfare is extra. Info: 800-464-9255, http://www.countrywalkers.com/walkmyalps.

-- Aston Hotels & Resorts is offering discounts of up to 40 percent on its 25 properties on the Hawaiian islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii. Rates through June 11 and Aug. 24-Dec. 23 range from $80 to $189 per night (plus taxes and fees, which vary); book by June 11. Rates for summer travel range from $94 to $224; book by Aug. 23. Savings vary. For example, after the discount, an oceanfront room at the Aston Maui Lu in spring or fall starts at $110, plus $13 taxes, a savings of $54 a night. Info: 866-774-2924, http://www.astonhotels.com.


-- Get two-for-one pricing, plus free airfare for both passengers (minus taxes and fuel surcharge), on select winter cruises with Voyages of Discovery. For example, a 24-night Passage to India trip departing Nov. 25, which includes two nights' hotel in Barcelona, starts at $7,765 for the first person, plus $544 air fuel surcharge and taxes; the companion pays air fees and $295 port charges. The cruise departs from Barcelona and stops in Malta, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen and Oman before ending in Mumbai. Priced separately, airfare from Washington to Barcelona with return from Mumbai would cost $1,315 per person. Book by June 30. Info: 866-623-2689, http://www.voyagesofdiscovery.com.

-- Icruise.com is offering two free hotel nights in Honolulu, plus a city tour, for those who book a seven-night Hawaiian island cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise's Pride of America. Price starts at $799 per person double (plus $72 taxes) for departures September-December; earlier departures start at $939. Value of hotel and tour is $179 each. Info: 800-427-8473, http://www.icruise.com.

-- Adventure Life Voyages is offering $750 per-person discounts and free airfare from Seattle to Juneau, Alaska, on select May-August departures of National Geographic's Sea Bird and Sea Lion trip. The seven-night cruise, which travels from Juneau to Sitka, Alaska, now starts at $4,640 per person, including taxes. From Washington, travelers save about $175 by flying to Seattle and opting for the free air to Juneau. Info: 800-344-6118, http://www.alvoyages.com.


-- Southwest has launched a systemwide sale with fares starting at $49 each way, plus taxes, which vary by city. From BWI, $49 fare includes New York's Islip, Albany and Buffalo; Boston; and Cleveland. Round-trip fare to Islip, for example, is $119 including taxes. Other airlines are matching in some markets. Travel Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Oct. 28; 14-day advance purchase required. Book by May 14 at http://www.southwest.com.

-- American has sale fares to destinations throughout the United States (book by May 3 and complete travel by June 24) and Canada (book by May 5 and complete travel by June 30). For example, round-trip fare on nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Los Angeles is $215, including taxes; other airlines are matching. Fly Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday, except May 26; 14-day advance purchase required. Book at http://www.aa.com, or pay $20 more by calling 800-433-7300.


-- SmarTours is offering a six-night India Express tour starting at $1,699 per person double (plus $88 taxes) on select departures in October and March. Trip includes round-trip air from New York to New Delhi, accommodations at three hotels in India, eight meals, sightseeing tours with entrance fees, tour guide and ground transportation. Priced separately, air and hotel alone would cost $1,795. Book by May 28. Info: 800-337-7773, http://www.smartours.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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