What's the Deal? Travel bargains of the week

Vancouver, B.C., is the starting point for a scenic train ride.
Vancouver, B.C., is the starting point for a scenic train ride. (Bigstock)
By - K.C. Summers
Friday, August 20, 2010; 3:32 PM

This week's best travel bargains around the globe


l Several hotels and resorts in Myrtle Beach, S.C., are offering Labor Day deals. For example, with the Surfside Beach Resort's Stay & Play Labor Day package, stay a minimum of two nights and get daily breakfast for four, a welcome package and a one-day pier pass for four, including a fishing rod and bait. Rates start at $165 per night, plus about $25 in fees and taxes, for an ocean-view room that sleeps four. Value of perks is $150. Valid Sept. 1-8. Info: 800-533-7599, www.surfsidebeachresort.com. For a list of participating hotels: www.visitmyrtlebeach.com/laborday.

l Half Moon Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, has a third-night-free deal for stays Sept. 1-Oct. 31. Rates start at $250 per night double, plus $62.50 in fees and taxes. Kids younger than 16 stay free in their parents' room. Book by Aug. 23 using promo code TNF. Info: 800-626-0592, www.halfmoon.com.

l The Offshore Sailing School is offering a Learn to Sail package at its campus at Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. The three-day package is $995 per person double, instead of the usual $1,395. With the deal, the total for two, including taxes, comes to $1,990, plus a $12 resort fee per night. The package includes a three-day course, three nights' accommodations, a sailing textbook and personal log book, and a practice test sail. Book by Sept. 30; travel by Oct. 31. Info: 888-454-7015, www.offshoresailing.com.


l Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas, on the border of Utah and Arizona in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, has a fall houseboat offer. Book a houseboat vacation for five or more days and get 40 percent off peak prices. For example, a five-day rental in early November on a 48-foot Navigator that sleeps six adults and eight kids costs $3,207, including taxes, vs. the usual $5,344. Book by Sept. 15 using promo code FALL2010; travel Sept. 1-Dec. 22. Info: 888-486-4665, www.lakepowell.com.


l Virgin America has a sale on late-summer and fall travel from Washington Dulles to San Francisco and Los Angeles, with fares starting at $119 each way. Round-trip fares for nonstop flights come to $259, including taxes. Delta and Alaska Airlines are matching fares to Los Angeles; fares to San Francisco on other airlines start at about $350. Book by Aug. 23 for travel Aug. 23-Nov. 17. Info: 877-359-8474, www.virginamerica.com.


l Rocky Mountaineer, which offers rail vacations throughout Western Canada, has a deal on a scenic train ride and hotel stay. With the Whistler Rail & Stay Special, travel round trip by train from Vancouver, B.C., to Whistler, B.C., and spend a night at a luxury hotel starting at $199 (U.S.) per person double, vs. the normal rate of $305. With taxes, total cost is $223 per person double. Package includes the train ride, called the Whistler Sea to Sky Climb; breakfast and one light meal onboard; and one night's lodging at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa, Nita Lake Lodge or Delta Whistler Village Suites. Travel through Sept. 28. Info: 877-460-3200, www.rockymountaineer.com.

- K.C. Summers

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