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

Sunday, February 21, 2010


-- Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort in Utah is offering a package that includes free ski lift tickets and a fourth night of lodging. The Ski Free -- Stay Free deal is good through April 3. A Sunday or Monday arrival is required. For example, a four-night package in early March with studio lodging at the Inn at Snowbird starts at $997 for two adults, including lift tickets. Priced separately, the room would cost $337 a night; lift tickets typically are $62 per person per day for a four-day package. Info: 800-760-8824, http://www.snowbird.com.

-- Honua Kai Resort & Spa on Maui's Kaanapali North Beach has discounted its rates by 35 percent through June 10. Rates, after discount, start at $285 per night plus $33 taxes for an Ohana suite with resort view (a savings of about $100); the suite includes a full kitchen and balcony. One-bedroom suites start at $318 plus taxes. The newly opened 38-acre resort is about 50 minutes from Maui's main airport at Kahului. Info: 888-718-5789, http://www.honuakaimaui.com.


-- Book the Yangtze Sampler tour with General Tours World Traveler and receive a free upgrade, worth about $440 per person, to a Wu Deck suite aboard the MS Yangzi Explorer. The 12-day trip includes three nights' lodging at the Hotel Sofitel Wanda in Beijing, four nights cruising the Yangtze River, two nights at the Shangri-La Golden Flower in Xian, two nights at the Hilton Shanghai, three domestic flights and sightseeing tours. Price for select departures in March, April and June starts at $2,499 per person double including taxes; other departures are available starting at $2,699. International airfare is extra. Book and pay in full by Feb. 28. Info: 800-221-2216, http://www.generaltours.com.

-- Disney Cruise Line is offering savings on European cruises this spring. An 11-night Mediterranean cruise departing April 24 aboard the Disney Magic, which sails round-trip from Barcelona and makes seven port calls in four other countries -- Tunisia, Malta, France and Italy -- is now priced starting at $999 per person double plus $61 taxes for a Category 12 inside stateroom; brochure rate was $2,549. Similar savings are being offered on a 10-night Mediterranean cruise departing from Barcelona on May 5. A 14-night transatlantic cruise from Port Canaveral, Fla., to Barcelona is now $699 a person plus $50 taxes. Info: 888-325-2500, http://www.disneycruise.com.

-- International Expeditions is waiving the single supplement on its March 5 Galapagos voyage departure. The rate for the 10-day trip aboard the 32-passenger M/V Evolution now starts at $4,798 single or double, a savings of $1,200. The trip includes two nights' lodging at Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil, Ecuador; seven nights' cruise to nine Galapagos islands; taxes and fees; daily excursions; most meals; transfers; and guides. International airfare is extra, as is the $410 round-trip flight between Guayaquil and the Galapagos. Info: 800-633-4734, http://www.ietravel.com.


-- Virgin America has sale fares on nonstop flights between Washington Dulles and San Francisco or Los Angeles. Fare is $129 each way ($279 round trip including taxes) for travel March 2-June 20. Deadline to purchase is Feb. 23. Sale does not apply to Friday or Sunday flights; blackout dates are May 28-31. Fare on other airlines for nonstop flights from Dulles starts at $359, including taxes, to San Francisco, and $409 to Los Angeles. Buy via http://www.virginamerica.com, or pay $15 more by calling 877-359-8474.

-- American is offering a sale on flights to the Caribbean. Round-trip fare from Reagan National to Grand Cayman, for example, starts at $309, including taxes; fare on other carriers starts at $424. Fly through May 28 (blackout dates March 27-April 12). A three-night minimum stay is required. Purchase by Feb. 25 at http://www.aa.com, or pay $20 more by calling 800-433-7300.


-- South African Airways is offering a six-night Cape Town Luxury package starting at $1,999 per person double plus $170 taxes. The trip includes round-trip airfare on South African Airways from Washington Dulles; four nights at the 15 on Orange boutique hotel in Cape Town; two nights' lodging at Rijk's Country House, on Rijk's Wine Farm near Tulbagh; transfers; eight meals; hotel taxes; and a wine estate tour with wine tasting. Lowest prices apply for travel through May 31 and Aug. 15-Oct. 31. Book by calling 888-722-4872 (trip details at http://www.flysaavacations.com).

-- Carol Sottili

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

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