What's the Deal?

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

Sunday, July 26, 2009


-- The InterContinental Hotels Group has extended its Our Biggest Free Nights Offer to stays through Aug. 15. Book a pair of nights at any participating IHG property worldwide (except in Japan) and receive one free night (including taxes) through Dec. 26. More than 4,000 hotels are involved in the promotion; choose from InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Express by Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. Overnights do not have to be consecutive or at the same hotel. Up to four free nights can be earned. To qualify, you must be a Priority Club Rewards member; sign up for free at http://www.priorityclub.com. For the gratis night, register in advance at http://www.getafreenight.com. Notification of the free night will be sent by e-mail.


-- Holland America is offering reduced rates on several cruises out of San Diego. For example, an eight-night Sea of Cortez cruise departing Oct. 2 has inside cabins starting at $449 per person double (brochure rate was $1,399) and outside cabins from $499 (brochure rate was $1,599). Taxes are about $77 more. Info: 877-932-4259, http://www.hollandamerica.com.


-- Scandinavian Airlines has sale fares for summer travel from Washington Dulles to Stockholm. Round-trip fare, including taxes, starts at $633; fare on other airlines starts at $671. Some dates are sold out. Travel before Sept. 12 and purchase by July 28 at http://www.flysas.com/us.


-- Stay a minimum of four nights in Bermuda and receive $400 off from Continental Airlines Vacations. Package starts at $848 per person double after discount and includes round-trip airfare from Washington Dulles, four nights at your choice of six properties, transfers, hotel taxes and gratuities. Participating hotels are 9 Beaches, Coco Reef Bermuda, Elbow Beach Hotel, Fairmont Hamilton Princess, Fairmont Southampton and Grotto Bay. Room categories vary, such as a deluxe ocean view or junior suite at Elbow Beach. Air taxes and international fees of up to $182 are additional. Book by Aug. 17; travel by Aug. 22. Priced separately, airfare costs about $360 and rooms at the Fairmont Hamilton start at $450 a night. Info: 800-829-7777, http://www.covacations.com. Refer to promo code CV10198.

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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