What's the Deal?

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

Sunday, August 9, 2009


-- The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is giving a free fourth night, plus hundreds of dollars in coupons, through its Sizzlin' Sampler promotion. Receive a free fourth night at nearly 30 participating properties on St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas, in addition to a $50 dining coupon, a $50 attractions coupon and a booklet of discounts for island businesses. Hotel rates vary. For example, a room at the Tamarind Reef Hotel on St. Croix starts at $200 a night, and an eco-cottage at the Virgin Island Campground on Water Island, a short ferry ride from St. Thomas, starts at $99, depending on length of stay. Deal is valid only on stays of four nights or longer. Book by Oct. 15; travel by Oct. 31. For info on the promotion and a list of booking agents: http://www.visitusvi.com/package_and_promotions. For general info: 800-372-USVI.


-- Oceania Cruises is offering two-for-one fares, plus additional discounts of up to $4,000 and free airfare, on South American sailings in 2010. The promotion, valid on three itineraries, also includes a $500 shipboard credit and free prepaid gratuities, both per cabin. Savings and prices vary per trip. For example, the South American Splendors trip -- a 19-day cruise from Valparaiso, Chile, to Rio de Janeiro, with departures in January and February -- costs $4,499 per person double, which breaks down to a two-for-one fare on the brochure rate of $9,998 and a $500 discount per person. Airfare is from Washington Dulles or Baltimore. Up to $152 port charges and $299 air taxes/surcharges per person are extra. Book by Aug. 31. Info: 800-531-5619, http://www.oceaniacruises.com.


-- Air Jamaica has fall sale fares to two cities in Jamaica. Nonstop fares from Baltimore to Kingston or Montego Bay start at $198 round trip, plus up to $100 taxes. Book by Aug. 11; travel Sept. 6-Oct. 31. Two-day minimum stay is required. By comparison, other airlines are charging nearly twice as much for nonstop service. Info: 800-523-5585, http://www.airjamaica.com.


-- Foreign Independent Tours has organized a special food and wine package to Malta, an island nation in the Mediterranean. The six-night vacation costs $1,899 per person double and includes round-trip air from Washington, accommodations at the five-star Palace Hotel in Sliema, daily breakfasts, two dinners and four lunches at local restaurants (all three courses, with a half-bottle of local wine), tours and visits to two wineries. Taxes of about $195 are extra. For the lowest rate, depart Nov. 17; book by Oct. 5. Priced separately, airfare runs about $1,000 and the hotel is about $123 a night. Info: 800-248-3487, http://www.fittours.com.

-- Andrea Sachs

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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