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

Sunday, August 2, 2009


-- Book a minimum two-night ski vacation at Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont for travel Nov. 28-Dec. 18 and receive discounts of more than 25 percent. The First Tracks package starts at $724 per couple for two nights and includes lodging, a pair of two-day ski passes, a Royal Foot Treatment at the resort's spa for one guest, and taxes. Priced separately, the package would cost $1,006 per couple for two nights. Book by Aug. 31 at 888-478-6938, Request booking code FIRSTTRACKS.


-- Crystal Cruises is spreading the good cheer with its Celebration Savings, which includes discounts of up to $1,500 per person, plus an As You Wish shipboard credit of varying amounts. The deal is valid on most fall sailings in the Mediterranean, South America, the Amazon, New England/Canada, the Caribbean and across the Atlantic. For example, the 12-day Venice-to-Barcelona cruise aboard the Crystal Serenity starts at $4,515 per person double and includes a $1,000 per passenger shipboard credit. The lower price reflects the $1,500 reduction and a "Special Savings" discount, for a total price cut of more than 50 percent. (The brochure rate was $9,575.) The ship departs Oct. 20 and stops at such ports as Dubrovnik, Croatia, and Monte Carlo, Monaco. Port charges of $415 are additional. Info: 888-722-0021,


-- American Airlines is offering sale fares to St. Kitts, in the Eastern Caribbean. The one-stop flights depart from Reagan National and Washington Dulles and start at $498 round trip, including taxes. Other airlines require two connections and cost at least $150 more. Travel Sept. 1-Nov. 30. Ten-day advance purchase and three-day minimum stay are required. Book by Aug. 4 at


-- With Southwest Airlines Vacations, friends take friends to Disney World -- for free. Book one air and hotel package to Orlando and the second traveler receives free airfare and a Magic Your Way Park Hopper ticket, as long as you stay at a Disney resort. For example, two travelers pay $523 each for two nonstop round-trip flights from BWI, four nights at the Pop Century Resort, a pair of four-day passes and airport transfers. Priced separately, the pass runs $290 each, the flight is from $150 round trip and the room is from $89 a night. You must fly Monday-Thursday; pass available only with a certain room category. (Click on "Upgrade Room" to view the valid options.) Book by Aug. 6; travel by Dec. 15. Some blackout days apply; five-day advance purchase required. Info: 800-243-8372,

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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