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Sunday, May 24, 2009


-- Rancho Bernardo Inn in northern San Diego is offering a Survivor package, with savings based on amenities: The fewer you need, the less you pay. The basic rate, including accommodations for two with breakfast, is $219 a night. No breakfast, pay $199. Opt out of the honor bar, rate drops to $179. Give up air-conditioning and heat, and the rate is $159. Do without pillows, pay $139. Without sheets, it's $109. Go without lights, and rate is $89. Get rid of the towels, price is $59. No toiletries, rate drops to $39. And finally, take out the bed, and pay $19. Resort fee is an extra $15 to $20 per person per night, in addition to taxes of 13 percent. Deal is good through June 15 and Aug. 16-31. Book by calling 877-517-9340. Info: http://www.ranchobernardoinn.com.

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-- Pay for two nights and get the third night free at the Sagamore, a historic resort in New York's Adirondack Mountains. Rate starts at $179 a night, plus taxes and a resort fee of $10 per person per night for free night (resort fee included in first two nights). A three-night package, including taxes and fees, starts at $417 for two, a savings of $176. Deal is good through June 30. Info: 800-358-3585, http://www.thesagamore.com/specials/detail.php?id=116.

-- Choose any one of three promotions being offered by Classic Journeys, which provides "cultural walking adventures, culinary tours and family journeys worldwide." Couples can save $500 on any trip departing by Aug. 31 (request code PRBD). Or, for solo travelers, the first two singles to reserve a spot on any of 15 European itineraries will not pay a single supplement, a savings of up to $795 (mention code SS2). Or book any of a dozen trips and receive a free pre-trip hotel night (code PRFN); value varies by hotel. Book by June 5. Prices range from $2,495 per person double for a five-night walking trip in Montana's Glacier Park to $6,995 per person double for a nine-night walking safari in Zambia. Meals, guides, support van and accommodations are included; airfare is extra. Info: 800-200-3887, http://www.classicjourneys.com.


-- Crystal Cruises is celebrating its 20th anniversary with discounts ranging from $750 to $3,000 per couple on most of its 2010 Mediterranean and Northern Europe cruises. Also, shipboard credits of $1,000 to $2,000 per couple are being offered on most 2009 and all 2010 European sailings. Discount amounts vary by cabin category and cruise length. For example, a seven-day cruise from Athens to Rome aboard the Crystal Symphony departing May 26, 2010, starts at $2,650 per person double (plus $240 port charges), a savings of $750 per couple; shipboard credit is $1,000 per couple. Book by Dec. 31. Info: 866-446-6625, http://www.crystalcruises.com.

-- Two sail for the price of one on all 2010 Viking River Cruises' itineraries. The cruise line is also offering air discounts of up to $1,000 per couple and wine with onboard dinners. For example, a Yangtze Explorer trip departing April 29, including two nights' hotel in Shanghai and a 10-night cruise, starts at $2,770 per person after discount, including taxes. Round-trip airfare from Washington is $995 per person, including taxes; priced separately, air is about $1,500. Book by May 31. Info: 877-668-4546, http://www.vikingrivercruises.com.


-- American has sale fares to destinations across the United States and Canada. Round-trip fare on nonstop flights from Reagan National to St. Louis, for example, is $217, including $21 taxes. Other airlines are matching, but fare usually starts at $251. Complete travel by Aug. 31. Fourteen-day advance purchase required. Cheapest travel days to most destinations are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Book by May 24 at http://www.aa.com, or pay $20 more by calling 800-433-7300.

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