The week's best travel bargains around the globe

Sunday, July 18, 2010


-- Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa, on a peninsula overlooking Florida's Sanibel and Captiva islands, has a Two Cents Special deal. Stay two days at the regular rate and pay 2 cents for the third night -- well, 2 cents plus a $15 resort fee. With the daily resort fee and taxes, rate starts at $193 per night double; with the deal, a three-night stay comes to $401. Book by July 31 using rate code PK3. Travel Aug. 22-Sept. 30. Info: 800-627-7468, http://www.sanibelmarriott.com.

-- More than two dozen properties on the Caribbean island of Curacao are offering assorted freebies, including hotel nights, breakfasts, car rental and diving. You must reserve through one of the booking partners listed on the Curacao Tourist Board's Web site (see below). Room rates and offers vary. At the Breezes Curacao All Inclusive, for example, book a garden-view room for four nights at $310 per night double and get the fifth night free, for a total cost of $1,240 for two people, including meals, drinks, fees and taxes. For all deals, book by Sept. 1; stay Aug. 15-Dec. 18. Info: 800-328-7222, http://www.curacao.com/wow.


-- Norwegian Cruise Lines is offering special airfare rates for select cruises on its newest ship, the Epic. Book a balcony cabin on a seven-day Caribbean cruise and receive round-trip air from Washington to Miami for $99 per person ($146 with taxes), about $65 less than the going rate. Several sailings are available. On the Aug. 21 round-trip cruise from Miami to the Western Caribbean, total cost with air is $1,265 per person double, including fees and taxes. Info: 866-234-7350, http://www.ncl.com.


-- Air Tran is having a sale on routes throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Sample round-trip fares, including taxes: Reagan National to Atlanta, $179; Washington Dulles to Los Angeles, $251; and Dulles to Aruba, $491. Cheapest fares are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays; 10-day advance purchase required. Book by July 27 for travel through Nov. 17. Other airlines are matching on select routes. Info: 800-247-8726, http://www.airtran.com.

-- Lufthansa has a sale on flights to Europe during late summer and early autumn. Sample round-trip fares, with taxes, include Washington Dulles to Verona, Italy, for $767; to Bergen, Norway, $870; and to Marseille, France, $818. Other airlines are matching on select routes. Purchase by July 23 for travel Aug. 29-Oct. 23. Info: 800-645-3880, http://www.lufthansa.com.


-- With Virgin Vacations, take an eight-day trip from Washington to Barcelona for $1,014 per person double or $2,299 per couple, including taxes. Package includes round-trip air from Washington Dulles, six nights at the three-star HCC Covadonga Hotel in the city center and daily continental breakfast. Purchased separately, airfare would be $762 per person, hotel $763 for six nights and breakfasts $132 each, a savings of $253 per couple. Travel Sept. 3-Oct. 20. Info: 888-937-8474, http://www.virgin-vacations.com.

-- K.C. Summers

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