What's the Deal? Top travel bargains of the week

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

What's the deal?

The week's best travel bargains around the globe

LAND

l Santa Fe's Eldorado Hotel is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a 25 percent-off sale for April stays. Rooms that normally start at $229 per night double are going for $169. Add about $25 a night in taxes. The pueblo-style hotel, adjacent to historic Santa Fe Plaza, has a spa and a rooftop pool. Info: 800-955-4455, www.eldoradohotel.com.

l With a deal from Wyndham Vacation Rentals, book five or more nights at the beach this spring and get a free seven-night resort stay for later in the year. For the first trip, choose from select ResortQuest by WyndhamVacationRentals properties in northwest Florida, Delaware and South Carolina. A five-night stay in Florida's Destin on the Gulf at the end of May, for example, starts at $186 per night for a two-bedroom, two-bath unit that sleeps eight; with fees and taxes, the total cost is $1,235. For the free seven-night stay, choose from Wyndham Vacation Rentals properties in the United States, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Asia and Australia. Book the first stay by April 30 using promo code WY2; travel by May 30. (Properties in Delaware and Florida must be booked by phone; see listed Web site for numbers.) Redeem the seven-night stay by Dec. 31. Info: 800-862-4853, www.resortquest.com/you-need-a-vacation.

l Gaylord Hotels has two spring deals at its luxury resorts in Nashville; Kissimmee, Fla; Grapevine, Tex.; and National Harbor. With the Spring Fever Reliever, book one room at the regular rate and get a second room at 50 percent off. The Bring On Spring package includes $100 in resort credits, which can be used for dinner, shopping or spa treatments. Rates and booking deadlines vary by property. At the Gaylord Opryland, for example, the two-room deal starts at $199 per night double for the first room and $99 for the second room; with fees and taxes, the total for two rooms is $366 per night. For the Bring On Spring deal, rates at the Opryland hotel start at $209 per night double ($263 with fees and taxes). Book and travel by April 15 for Opryland, April 30 for the other properties. Info: 866-972-6779, www.gaylordhotels.com.

SEA

l With Royal Caribbean, reserve a Neighborhood balcony on a select Oasis of the Seas or Allure of the Seas Caribbean cruise and receive $100 in onboard spending money, good for shopping, specialty dining, shore excursions or gambling. Sample cruise: The seven-night Western Caribbean round trip from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Allure of the Seas, departing May 22, costs $1,179 per person double for a stateroom with a Central Park view balcony. Add $118 per person in fees and taxes. Book by March 31; travel on select dates March through May. Info:866-562-7625, www.royalcaribbean.com.

AIR

l Aer Lingus has a summer sale on nonstop flights to Ireland from New York's JFK Airport. Travel in July or August for $833 round trip, including fees and taxes. Fares on other airlines start at about $1,070. Book by March 17; travel July 1-Aug. 22. Info: 516-622-4222, www.aerlingus.com.

l Take a last-minute, nonstop trip from Washington Dulles to London on Virgin Atlantic for $611 round trip, including all taxes. BMI is matching; fares on other airlines start at $652. Book and travel by March 31 (no advance purchase required). Info: 800-821-5438, www.virgin-atlantic.com.

l British Airways also has a spring sale on flights from Washington Dulles and BWI Marshall to London Heathrow, with round-trip fares beginning at $665 per person, including all taxes. Book by March 17; travel March 17-April 12. Other airlines are matching. Info: 800-247-9297, www.ba.com.

PACKAGE

l With Friendly Planet Travel, take a six-night trip from Washington to Costa Rica starting at $1,044 per person double - a savings of $300 over regular rates. The trip visits San Jose, Arenal and Monteverde and includes round-trip air from Washington Dulles, six nights' accommodations, daily breakfast and transfers. Add $106 per person in fees and taxes. Trip offered on multiple dates through November; cheapest prices are for June 10 and Sept. 15 departures. Book by March 31. Info: 800-555-5765, www.friendlyplanet.com.

K.C. Summers

Submit travel deals to whatsthedeal@washpost.com. Include your phone number and e-mail address. 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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