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

Sunday, June 7, 2009


-- Get a free night for every night booked at the all-inclusive Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun in Mexico through Oct. 31. Prices vary by room category and dates. For example, in June, pay $506 per couple per night for the first night (taxes included) and receive the second free. Stays booked by June 15 also receive $200 in resort coupons. Info: 866-467-3273, http://www.secretsresorts.com.

-- Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles is offering a Stay & Save Promotion, with 15 percent discounts for stays of three nights and 20 percent off stays of four or more nights through July 31. For example, rate for four nights starts at $183 per night weekdays and $219 weekends (including taxes), a savings of $44 to $54 per night. Info: 866-589-3411, http://www.luxehotelsunsetblvd.com.

-- The Signature at MGM Grand in Las Vegas has a Summer Splash promotion with nightly rates starting at $105 weekdays and $139 weekends (plus $20 resort fee). Deal includes daily continental breakfast for two ($24 per couple value), plus free poolside meals for children age 10 and younger with the purchase of an adult meal (average $10 per meal value). Room-only rate usually starts at $129 weekdays and $159 weekends. Request promo code SUM016. Info: 877-612-2121, http://www.signaturemgmgrand.com.


-- MSC Cruises is offering discounts on Mediterranean itineraries for its newest ship, MSC Splendida, scheduled to debut in July. For example, a Sept. 7 round-trip sailing out of Barcelona starts at $649 per person double (plus $30 taxes); brochure rate was $2,400. Info: 800-666-9333, http://www.msccruisesusa.com.

-- Get free travel insurance, a $100-per-cabin credit and a bottle of wine from Ecruises.com on maiden voyages of NCL's Norwegian Epic, scheduled to launch in July 2010. Prices vary by date and itinerary. For example, a seven-night Western Caribbean cruise, departing Miami on Nov. 13, 2010, starts at $724 per person double, including taxes (insurance is worth $52 per person, and the bottle of wine $25). Book by Aug. 31. Info: 800-223-6868, http://www.ecruises.com.

-- Teens get 50 percent discounts on Quark Expeditions' Dec. 19 Antarctic voyage aboard the Clipper Adventurer. The 11-day voyage starts at $6,890 per adult and $3,445 per teenager double occupancy, including taxes. Rate for a triple cabin is $5,290 per adult and $2,645 per teen. Info: 866-961-2960, http://www.quarkexpeditions.com/dads-and-teens.


-- Southwest has launched a systemwide sale for Tuesday and Wednesday travel through Oct. 28. Round-trip fare from BWI to Cleveland, for example, is $119, including $28 taxes; other airlines are matching. Sale does not apply to Washington Dulles or Fort Myers, Fla. Fourteen-day advance purchase required. Book by June 18 at http://www.southwest.com.

-- Delta has sale fares from New York's JFK to cities throughout Europe. For example, round-trip fare for nonstop flights to Valencia, Spain, is $519, including taxes; fare on other airlines starts at $590. Travel through Aug. 30; travel to Prague must start after June 18. Seven-day advance purchase required; some blackout dates apply. Book at http://www.delta.com by June 8, or pay $20 more by calling 800-241-4141.


-- Friendly Planet Travel is offering discounts of $100 to $500 per person on seven escorted itineraries in Asia and Africa. For example, an eight-night Taste of China trip with round-trip air from Los Angeles now starts at $1,099 per person double (plus $120 taxes), after a $300 per-person discount. All trips include airfare from various gateways, accommodations, some meals, sightseeing, guides and ground transportation. Booking deadlines and departure dates vary by trip. Info: 800-555-5765, http://www.friendlyplanettravel.com.

-- A six-night Prague at Its Best trip from Go-today.com is priced at $776 per person double for Nov. 1-Dec. 13 departures. Package includes round-trip airfare from Washington Dulles, lodging at Comfort Hotel Prague and taxes. Priced separately, trip would cost about $165 more per couple. Book by June 11. Info: 800-227-3235, http://www.go-today.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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