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

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The week's best travel bargains around the globe


This winter, find warmth in Mexico and savings of up to 35 percent at select Live Aqua, Fiesta Americana Grand and Fiesta Americana resorts. Nightly rates range from $75 per person double at Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco (including 10 percent off dining, beverages and spa treatments) to $298 at Live Aqua Cancun, with 25 percent off dining, drinking and spa-ing. Taxes of 18 and 12 percent, respectively, are additional. Other properties include Fiesta Americana Grand Los Cabos Golf & Spa (from $207), Fiesta Americana Cozumel Dive Resort (from $109) and Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta (from $151); all include discounts on amenities. Book by Dec. 15 for 35 percent off; reservations made Dec. 16 to Feb. 3 receive 25 percent off. Travel Jan. 3 to April 10. For comparison, rates at Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco typically start at $94 and from $372 at Live Aqua Cancun. Info: 800-FIESTA-1, http://www.fiestamericanagrand.com/winter.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is offering a free night at a number of luxe properties in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. For example, stay two nights and receive a free third night at the Carlyle in New York; San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif.; the Mansion on Peachtree in Atlanta, etc. Or spend four nights and get a fifth free at Caneel Bay on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Jumby Bay in Antigua, among others. The Carlyle, for instance, starts at $594 a night, plus $90 taxes; with the deal, guests pay $1,376 for three nights, taxes included. Travel Jan. 3 to May 30. Info: 888-ROSEWOOD, http://www.rosewoodhotels.com. Request "More Rosewood."


Sail aboard the world's largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, and Cruise.com will throw in $100 onboard credit, prepaid gratuities and a bottle of champagne. The four-day Caribbean cruise starts at $1,531 per couple, including taxes, and departs Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Dec. 1, the maiden voyage. Book by Nov. 2. The company is also offering the same perks on the ship's seven-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary, with four departures in December. Gratuities are worth up to $300. Info: 888-554-9598, http://www.cruise.com.


AirTran is offering fare sales from Washington area airports to cities nationwide for bookings made by Nov. 10. For example, round-trip fare from BWI to Charlotte starts at $123, including taxes; from $190 for Washington Dulles to Miami; and from $159 for Reagan National to Orlando. Travel by Feb. 10; lowest fares are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Blackout dates apply; 10-day advance purchase required. By comparison, most flights to Charlotte are at least $20 more. Info: 800-247-8726, http://www.airtran.com.


With Key Vacations, depart for the 12-day Glories of Turkey package after April 6 and save $400 per couple. For example, two travelers leaving April 7 pay $3,728 after the discount; price includes round-trip air from New York to Istanbul; deluxe or superior accommodations in Istanbul, Kusadasi, Cappadocia, etc.; transfers; breakfast and dinner on most days; sightseeing; taxes; and more. With air from Washington or Baltimore, cost is $4,128 per couple. If you prefer to leave sooner, depart between Nov. 11 and March 24 and save $200 per couple; price is $3,668 for two for the Nov. 11 departure from Baltimore and $3,268 from New York. Info: 800-576-1784, http://www.keytours.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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