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

Sunday, September 13, 2009


-- Amtrak has put its Northeast Regional route, which serves the major cities between Virginia and Boston, on sale. Fares are up to 25 percent off. For example, a one-way ticket from Washington to Baltimore is $11; to Philadelphia, $33; to New Jersey's Newark or New York, $49. Book 14 days in advance for travel through Dec. 16. Valid only on coach seats; blackout dates apply. Info: 800-872-7245,


-- Southwest is offering fares from BWI Marshall to Albany, N.Y., Buffalo, Cleveland, Long Island, Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio, for as low as $49 one way (before taxes and fees). For example, a round trip to Pittsburgh starts at $119.20, taxes and fees included. Regular one-way fares on Southwest start at $98. Book 21 days in advance and travel through Oct. 30. Info: 800-435-9792,


-- Food and Wine Trails, which specializes in gourmet vacations, is offering a series of vino-centric cruises laden with perks. In addition to 50 percent off the brochure price, the company is also covering prepaid gratuities (valued at $250 to $400) and airfare for all but one trip (the Zinfandel producers cruise to the Caribbean). Cancellation fees also have been waived for bookings made by Oct. 30. For example, the 10-night Pinot Passion Riviera Wine Cruise from Rome to Barcelona starts at $3,763 per person double and includes air from Washington and taxes. The ship departs June 17 and features growers and makers from Russia River Valley Winegrowers, who will lead special onboard programs and tastings. Other trips guest star Long Island wines and Napa Valley cabernet. Info: 800-367-5348,


-- Take advantage of reduced hotel rates and up to $250 in savings with United Vacations' Islands of Aloha promotion. Discounts are based on cost of package: For example, save $50 on vacations costing $1,600-$2,599, $100 on $2,600-$3,699, $200 on $3,700-$4,999 and $250 on trips of $5,000 or more. Deal applies to Oahu, the Big Island, Maui and Kauai. For instance, a five-night package with round-trip air from Washington Dulles, a room at the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club (including free fifth night and a category upgrade), daily breakfasts for two and all taxes starts at $1,664 per person double, after the discount. Travel Sept. 16-Dec. 17, with Wednesday or Thursday departures. On the Big Island, prices start at $1,214 for a garden- or mountain-view room at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (rates usually from $199); travel Sept. 24-Dec. 10. Book all packages by Sept. 15; use code HAWAIISALE. By comparison, flights to Kauai start at about $730, and a room at the Marriott Resort runs from $179 a night. Info: 888-328-6877,

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. Restricts such as day of travel, blackout dates and advance-purchase requirements sometimes apply.

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