What's the Deal?: The week's best travel bargains around the globe

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

What's the deal?

This week's travel bargains from around the globe

LAND

l Ski Salt Lake is offering hotel discounts of up to 30 percent off and free-night deals at Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude resorts in Utah. For example, Snowbird has a Ski Free and Stay 5th Night Free offer through April 2: Pay for four nights and stay the fifth night free, plus get two free lift tickets for each night's stay (normally $74 for each ticket). With the deal, a Feb. 18-23 stay at the Cliff Lodge, with lift tickets for two people, would cost $1,813 (normally $2,809), including all taxes - a 35 percent savings (Snowbird reservations: 800-354-6092). Book by March 15. Info: 801-534-4900, www.visitsaltlake.com/ski/hot_deals .

l The Caribbean island of Barbados has discounts on hotel stays, attractions, shopping and dining. With the Take Me to Barbados package, get a fifth hotel night free (two nights free on a seven-night stay), free breakfast daily, free room and board for children younger than 16 at participating hotels (up to two kids per family) and a coupon book valued at $150. For example, at the Time Out resort in St. Lawrence Gap, the nightly rate is $110, including all taxes, for a savings of either $110 for a five-night stay or $220 for a seven-night stay. Book through a travel agent by March 25; travel April 25-Dec. 15. Info: 800-221-9831, www.visitbarbados.org/takeme .

l New York City's tourism office has several winter deals, including two-for-one tickets for select Broadway and off-Broadway shows (through Feb. 10 and 13, respectively) and third-night-free offers at participating luxury hotels (through March 7). For example, an orchestra ticket to "Avenue Q" at New World Stages costs $45.50 with the On the House promotion (normally $89.50, two-ticket minimum, Saturday nights excluded). And three nights at the Carlyle Hotel, normally $1,844, go for $1,229, including all fees and taxes - a savings of $615. Info: www. nycgo.com .

SEA

l Maple Leaf Adventures, a Canada-based cruise company, is offering half off the cost for the ninth and 10th passengers on its charter cruises for small groups. The nature-focused schooner trips, timed for spring break and summer holidays, feature hands-on sailing, whale-watching, glaciers, rain forest hikes and coastal town visits. Trips range from six to nine days and from $2,183 to $4,570 per person, not including fees and taxes. For example, on the six-day British Columbia's Gulf Islands round trip from Victoria, B.C., a group of up to eight people can charter the ship for $17,464, or $2,183 per person; up to two additional passengers then pay $1,100 each. Add $374 per person in taxes ($244 each for the two additional passengers). Cost includes all food and drinks, admissions and guides, but not air to and from Victoria. Info: 888-599-5323, www.mapleleafadventures.com .

l Windstar Cruises is offering up to $1,000 per couple in on-board credit for select European sailings. For example, on the May 7 one-week voyage of the Wind Spirit from Rome to Athens, get $600 credit per couple when you book a cabin at $2,299 per person double. Add $85 per person in fees and taxes. Book by Feb. 28. Info: 800-258-7245, www.windstarcruises.com .

AIR

l American Airlines has sale fares for winter and spring travel to Brussels, London, Paris, Rome and many other European cities, with one-way fares starting at $199, not including taxes. Sample round-trip fares, including all taxes: New York JFK to London Heathrow, $587; Reagan National to London Heathrow, $626. Book by Feb. 10; travel through April 17. Other airlines are matching. Info: 800-433-7300, www.aa.com .

PACKAGE

l Sceptre Tours has a six-night Explore Scotland in Spring package for $948 per person double, including all taxes. The cost includes round-trip air from BWI (flying into Edinburgh and returning from Glasgow), six nights' hotel accommodations, daily breakfast and a standard manual rental car. Book by Feb. 4; travel by March 31. Booked separately, air would run about $650 per person, hotel $500 and rental car $85. Info: 800-221-0924, www.sceptretours.com .

- K.C. Summers

Submit travel deals to whatsthedeal@washpost.com. Include your phone number and e-mail. Prices were verified at press time Thursday, but deals sell out and availability is not guaranteed. Restrictions such as blackout dates and advance purchase may apply.


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