What's the deal? The week's best deals around the world
Petit St. Vincent Resort, a 113-acre private island property in the southern Caribbean, is offering nine nights for the price of seven for stays Nov. 1-Dec. 17 and Jan. 8-21. In November and December, the rate at the 22-cottage luxury resort usually starts at $709 per couple per night; after discount, nightly rate starts at $551, a savings of $1,418. In January, rates start at $903; after discount, cost is $702, a savings of $1,806. Taxes and service charges are 20 percent extra. All meals included. Book by calling 800-654-9326. Hotel info: www.psvresort.com.
Hotel Crillon le Brave, a five-star property in France's Provence region, has discounted its rates by 50 percent through Nov. 28. Rooms, after discount, start at about $167 a night. The 32-room hotel, which sits atop a small hill town 45 minutes from Avignon, is spread across seven restored stone houses built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Amenities include an open-air spa. Info: www.crillonlebrave.com.
The Alaska Marine Highway System, which operates 11 ferries along the Alaskan Coast and to Prince Rupert, B.C., and Bellingham, Wash., is offering savings of up to 25 percent on travel in the Inside Passage. With the discount, the See Alaska Pass costs $160 each way. Passengers traveling northbound must embark in Prince Rupert; southbound travelers must start in the Alaskan cities of Skagway or Haines. Up to three stops are allowed in each direction in Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Haines or Juneau. Savings depend on itinerary. Travel May 1-Sept. 30. Cabins for overnight ferry cost extra. Info: 800-642-0066, www.ferryalaska.com.
Pay for Hurtigruten's six-night Norwegian Coastal Voyage cruise from Bergen to Kirkenes, and get the return five-night voyage free. Deal applies to select October-December departures. The 11-night sailing now starts at $1,533 per person double (taxes included), a savings of $657. Book by Oct. 31. Info: 866-552-0371, www.hurtigruten.us.
On OpenSkies, fly business class with a friend from Washington Dulles to Paris and save at least 20 percent. Round-trip fare for two people traveling together in "biz seats" is $2,700, plus $238 taxes - a savings of $660 per couple. By comparison, tickets purchased individually cost $1,799, including taxes. The airline is also offering 25 percent off "biz bed" tickets for two passengers traveling together. Discounted round-trip fare starts at $4,400 per couple, plus $336 taxes. Biz seats recline to 140 degrees and have a 52-inch seat pitch; biz beds lie flat. Travel by March 31. No blackout dates, but sale fare may be sold out on some flights around the holidays. Purchase by Oct. 22 at www.flyopenskies.com, or pay $50 more per person by calling 866-581-3596.
Lufthansa has sale fares to Europe. For example, fly round-trip from Washington Dulles to Warsaw for $705, including $187 taxes; fare on other airlines starts at $800. Depart by March 31 and return by April 30. Fourteen-day advance purchase required. Fares are lowest for midweek travel. Minimum stay is Saturday night; maximum is one month. Holiday blackout dates are Dec. 16-23 and Jan. 1-9. Purchase by Oct. 26 at www.lufthansa.com.
Qantas is offering one free stop in Auckland as part of its New York-to-Australia fare sale for flights departing April 1-June 26. For example, fare from New York's JFK to Auckland to Sydney, with return to New York, is $1,235, including $197 taxes. Fares on other airlines starts at about $1,440. Brisbane or Melbourne can be substituted for Sydney. Purchase by Oct. 26 at www.qantas.com.
Book one of Ritz Tours' 2 011 European vacations by Dec. 17 and save $300 per couple. Savings apply to the 10-night European Delight, which visits England, France, Switzerland and Italy; the 10-night Best of Eastern Europe, with stops in Germany, Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Hungary; and the eight-night Italy Essence, which covers Milan, Sorrento, Capri and Rome. Prices vary by trip and travel date. For example, the Italy Essence tour starts at $2,062 per person double after the discount for the March 31 departure. Trip includes airfare from New York, 12 meals, daily guided sightseeing, lodging in four-star hotels, land transport and taxes. Airfare add-on from Washington is $200. Info: 888-345-7489, www.ritztours.com.
- Carol Sottili
Submit travel deals to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your phone number and e-mail address. 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.