What's the Deal? This week's best travel bargains around the globe.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


-- Two ski lodges in Brian Head, Utah, are offering ski-and-stay deals. The Grand Lodge at Brian Head, which opened in December, has an Apres Ski Package starting at $189 per night (plus $23 taxes) for Sunday-Thursday stays through April 11. The package includes lodging, two adult lift tickets per day and two appetizers per day at the Lift Lounge & Patio. Booked separately, the package would cost about $276 a night. Info: 435-677-9000, http://www.grandlodgebrianhead.com. Cedar Breaks Lodge and Spa (888-282-3327, http://www.cedarbreakslodge.com) has a three-night package for $340 (plus $35 tax) for Sunday-Tuesday arrivals through April 6. Deal includes lodging and four lift tickets. Room-only price typically starts at $120 a night, plus tax.

-- Taj Boston is offering special winter rates through April 4. Rooms start at $149 a night weekends and $175 weekdays, plus taxes of 14.45 percent. For $100 more per night, upgrade to the Taj Club level, which includes access to the private club (concierge, free food and drinks, etc). Rate is nonrefundable and must be paid in full at the time of booking. By comparison, a standard room averages $279 and club level is more than $350. Info: 877-482-5267, http://www.tajhotels.com/boston.

-- Celebrate Valentine's Day in the District with a deal from the Eldon Luxury Suites. The Eldon Romance Package, available Feb. 11-15, is $229 per night per couple (plus $33 taxes). It includes a one-bedroom suite, three-course dinner at Clyde's of Gallery Place, a bottle of champagne, movie tickets, parking and continental breakfast. Priced separately, package could cost about $360. Info: 877-463-5336, http://www.eldonsuites.com.


-- Cunard is discounting 12-night Mediterranean voyages aboard the Queen Victoria for fall departures. Savings per cabin depend on stateroom category and voyage date. For example, book a balcony stateroom for the price of an ocean-view stateroom on the Mediterranean Odyssey departing Venice on Oct. 7. Price is $2,699 per person double, plus $83 taxes, a savings of about $1,500 per couple. Info: 800-728-6273, http://www.cunard.com.

-- Wilderness River Adventures is offering a Be a Kid Again promo, with adults paying the children's rate on select 2010 Grand Canyon river rafting trips. For example, a 3 1/2 -day trip between Arizona's Lee's Ferry and Phantom Ranch for select departures in April, May and August is now $965 per person, a savings of $285. Info: 800-992-8022, http://www.riveradventures.com.

-- Frontiers Travel has reduced rates on a previously sold out SeaDream voyage from San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas. The nine-night luxury cruise starts at $1,999 per person double and includes oceanview cabin, all meals, wine with lunch and dinner, open bar with select premium brands, gratuities, use of water sports equipment (water skis, wake boards, snorkels, etc.), mountain bikes for shore excursions, golf simulator and more. Port charges of $504 are additional. Lowest price is for Deck 2; cabins on decks 3 and 4 cost $2,499 and $2,799, respectively. Depart April 2. Regular price was from $7,400. Info: 800-245-1950, http://www.frontierstravel.com.


-- Virgin Atlantic has sale fares from Washington Dulles to London. Round-trip fare is $601, including $164 taxes, for travel through March 28; for travel March 29-May 23, fare is $745, including taxes. Thursday-Sunday flights are $20-$30 extra each way. Restrictions include a seven-day advance purchase and Saturday-night stay. Other airlines are matching. Purchase by Feb. 11. Info: 800-821-5438, http://www.virgin-atlantic.com.

-- AirTran is holding a systemwide sale. From BWI Marshall, one-way fares range from $49 to $169; from Reagan National and Washington Dulles, fares range from $59 to $169 each way. For example, a round-trip fare from Reagan National to Fort Myers, Fla., is $159 round trip, including $21 taxes; other airlines are matching. Travel is valid to Cancun; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Nassau, Bahamas; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Aruba; and all cities in Florida through March 10. Sale extends through May 26 for other destinations. Book by Feb. 9 at http://www.airtran.com. Lowest fares are for Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday flights; some dates are sold out, and blackout dates are April 2, 3, 10 and 11.


-- Tahiti Legends is offering deals to the South Pacific. For example, a package that includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti; one night at the InterContinental Tahiti Resort; five nights in a garden-view room at Bora Bora's Le Maitai Polynesia; round-trip air from Tahiti to Bora Bora; and ground transfers starts at $1,759 per person double, plus about $100 air taxes. Priced separately, this deal would cost about $2,600. Also, a five-night package at the Bora Bora Lagoon Resort, with flights, transfers and taxes, starts at $2,299 per person double, plus $100 taxes. Priced separately, deal would cost about $2,900. Travel through May 26 or Nov. 1-Dec. 12 (Bora Bora Lagoon Resort package departs Mondays only). Info: 800-200-1213, http://www.tahitilegends.com.

-- Carol Sottili

Prices were verified Thursday afternoon when the Travel section went to press. However, deals sell out and availability is not guaranteed. Restrictions such as blackout dates and advance purchase may apply.

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