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

Sunday, May 31, 2009


-- Stay for two nights at any IHG hotel -- InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Staybridge Suites or Candlewood Suites -- through July 3 and get a free night to use July 3-Dec. 26. A maximum of four free nights can be earned. Qualifying nights do not have to be consecutive and can take place at different IHG properties. Free stay is allowed at any property, but some have limited availability, especially during holiday periods. Promo applies to Priority Club Rewards members; new members must first sign up at http://www.priorityclub.com. To qualify for promo, register your priority club number at http://www.getafreenight.com before booking. Vouchers for free nights will be e-mailed. Promo does not apply to hotels in Japan.

-- Spend four nights at the San Juan Water & Beach Club in Puerto Rico and receive a 25 percent discount, or stay for three nights and receive a 20 percent discount. Deal applies to stays through August. A three-night stay, after discount, starts at $498, including taxes; usual rate is $624 with taxes. Deal also includes daily continental breakfast and cocktail hour. Info: 888-265-6699, http://www.waterbeachclubhotel.com.

-- Universal Orlando Resort is offering free theme park admission for children ages 3-9 and reduced hotel rates for travel through Oct. 8. Stay four nights or longer at an on- or off-site hotel and one child per paying adult receives free admission. For example, price for four nights in mid-July for a family of four starts at $489, including lodging at the Fairfeld Inn & Suites Orlando International Drive, admission tickets good for up to seven consecutive days, shuttle to park and taxes. Priced separately, hotel would cost $419 and tickets about $435. Also, request promo code UNIGO and receive travel insurance valued at $80 per family. Book by July 31. Info: 877-801-9720, http://www.universalorlando.com.


-- Silversea has extended its $1,000-per-cabin onboard spending credit. Promo applies to 70 voyages departing through December. Also, fare on many itineraries has been reduced by as much as 50 percent, and several cruises additionally receive free airfare. For example, a seven-day Mediterranean cruise aboard the Silver Whisper departing Istanbul on Sept. 12 starts at $3,497 per person double (plus $175 port charges and taxes), a savings of 50 percent. Airfare from Washington Dulles to Istanbul, with return from Athens, is free, and cruise qualifies for $1,000 onboard credit. Request promo code WWSBC500 by July 31 to qualify for credit. Info: 800-722-9955, http://www.silversea.com.

-- Holland America is offering discounts on several fall cruises from Tampa. The seven-night cruise aboard the Ryndam starts at $499 per person double for the Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 departures, and from $549 for the Nov. 8 and 15 departures. Savings range from $100 to $200 per person; taxes are about $65 extra each. The cruise stops in Key West, Fla.; Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala; and Costa Maya, Mexico. Info: 877-7245425, http://www.hollandamerica.com.


-- Lufthansa has sale fares from Washington Dulles to several cities in Europe, including Geneva, London and Madrid. For example, round-trip fare from Washington to Frankfurt, Germany, is $526, including $98 taxes; other airlines are matching. Some flights may be operated by United, Lufthansa's codeshare partner. Depart by Sept. 12 and return by Oct. 11. Seven-day advance purchase required. Minimum stay is Saturday night; maximum stay is 30 days. Weekend fares are higher. Book by June 10 at http://www.lufthansa.com.

-- Finnair is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its flights to the United States with $400 round-trip fares. The Fabulous Forty Fares sale applies to flights from New York to 15 cities in Europe. Round-trip fare to Bergen, Norway, for example, is $503, including $103 taxes. Complete travel by Nov. 30; minimum stay is Saturday night and maximum stay is one month. Purchase at http://www.finnair.com/us by June 14.


-- USA3000 Vacations is offering discounts on vacation packages to Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Qualifying dates vary by property. For example, a seven-night vacation in mid-July to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic -- including round-trip airfare from BWI Marshall and all-inclusive lodging at NH Real Arena Punta Cana -- is $2,068 per couple, including taxes. Priced separately, deal would cost $3,010. Info: 877-468-7230, http://www.usa3000vacations.com.

-- Vantage Deluxe World Travel has discounted its Egypt & the Nile: Land of the Pharaohs package by $2,900 per couple for September-December departures. Price starts at $2,899 per person double, plus $115 taxes, for Sept. 16 and 20 departures; other departures are $3,199 or $3,299 per person double. Trip includes round-trip airfare from New York (departure from Dulles is $250 extra per person) to Cairo; three-night Lake Nasser cruise; three-night Nile cruise; seven nights' hotel; 31 meals; 23 sightseeing tours; and tour guide. Book by June 2. Request code EM21440. Info: 800-322-6677, http://www.vantagetravel.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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