What's the deal?

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

Sunday, October 18, 2009


-- In honor of the U.S. Virgin Islands' first American quarter, the department of tourism is offering 25-cent rooms through its Cent-sational Promotion. Deal includes 25-cent rates at nearly 10 hotels, $25 dining credit per person, $25 activities credit per person and commemorative coin set. To qualify, you must book an air and land package by Nov. 2 at Bookit.com and travel by Nov. 15. Three-night maximum stay. For example, three nights at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa on St. Thomas starts at $658 per couple, including round-trip air from Washington Dulles and taxes. By comparison, rooms at the Wyndham start at $127 a night. Additional properties include Hotel Caravelle on St. Croix and the luxury Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort on St. Thomas. To book: 888-782-9722, http://www.bookit.com. For info on the U.S. Virgin Islands: http://www.usvitourism.vi.


-- OpenSkies, the all business-class airline and British Airways subsidiary, is offering a promotional fare to Paris. Round-trip fare to Orly airport is $1,299, including taxes; usual fare is $1,504. Depart from Newark or New York's JFK. Book by Oct. 25; travel Jan. 6-March 31. Info: 866-581-3596, http://https://www.flyopenskies.com.


-- With CruiseWest, book a 2010 Alaskan cruise by Nov. 20 and save hundreds. With an early deposit of 20 percent, passengers save $250 each on Alaska's Inside Passage or Gold Rush Inside Passage and $150 each on Glacier Bay Highlights or Glaciers of Prince William Sound. In addition, pay in full by Nov. 20 and receive $600 or $1,000 off per cabin, depending on the trip. For example, the seven-night Alaska's Inside Passage costs $3,699 per person double after the $500 discount. Price includes taxes, gratuities, zodiac launches, one excursion per port and more. Info: 888-851-8133, http://www.cruisewest.com.


-- With Southwest Vacations, book a four-night (or longer) ski package to Salt Lake City and receive a free night and ski day. For example, round-trip air from BWI Marshall, four nights at the Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites and a four-day Ski Salt Lake Super Pass starts at $637 per person double, including taxes. Depart Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday. Book by Dec. 15 for travel Nov. 17-April 18. Five-day advance purchase required. Pass is good at Alta, Solitude, Brighton and Snowbird. Blackout dates apply. By comparison, a four-day pass retails for $248, air is from $317 and the hotel starts at $93 a night. Info: 800-423-5683, http://www.southwestvacations.com.

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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