* Tranquility Bay, a new resort in Marathon, Fla., is offering "sneak peek" rates of up to 50 percent off on stays Oct. 15-Dec. 22. A two-bedroom poolside home in the Florida Keys development is $199 a night; rate will range from $299 to $499 a night after Dec. 22. Taxes are 11.5 percent more, and resort fee is $10 per house per night. Info: 866-MID-KEYS,

* Attention empty-nesters: Present a paid fall semester college tuition bill at the Westin St. John Resort & Villas and get 20 percent off standard room rates. Rates start at $159, down from $199. The deal is good for September and October. Taxes of 8 percent and a $20 nightly resort fee are extra. Call 888-627-7206 and request EMPNEST rate plan. Resort details:

* Get up to $50 to fill your gas tank when you spend two nights at Wintergreen Resort this month. Arrive Sunday through Thursday and present a gas receipt for up to $50 to the front desk to receive the rebate. Rates at the resort, about three hours from the Beltway in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, start at about $119 a night for a one-bedroom condo, plus $15 in taxes. Info: 800-266-2444,


* Silversea Cruises is offering 25 cruises at half-price for the 2006 sailing season. For example, a 12-day "Images of South America" voyage on the Silver Cloud departing Buenos Aires Jan. 17 starts at $3,698 per person double, plus $375 in port charges; usual fare starts at $7,395. For a complete list: 877-215-9986,

* Book a 2006 Viking River cruise and pay in full by Sept. 30 and get a $700 discount per cabin. The deal is good on more than a dozen cruises throughout Europe, Russia and China. For example, a seven-night Holland and Belgium cruise in March and April, which normally starts at $999 per person double, is going for $649. Info: 877-66-VIKING,

* Expedition Trips has a 13-night Australia cruise in early November aboard the Clipper Odyssey at half-price. The cruise, which departs Noumea, New Caledonia, and ends in Melbourne now starts at $3,340 per person double. Price includes pre-cruise hotel night at Le Meridien Hotel in Noumea, all shore excursions and port charges. Info: 877-412-8527,


* Cathay Pacific is offering an All Asia Pass starting at $1,099 that includes round-trip air between New York and Hong Kong, and travel to any or all 18 Asian cities, including Bangkok, Osaka, Seoul and Bali. The pass is good for 21 consecutive days through Dec. 1. Taxes are extra and vary depending on cities. Info: Purchase through a travel agent.

* US Airways has a round-trip fare of $139 between Baltimore and Freeport on Grand Bahama Island; taxes are an extra $105. Purchase by Sept. 30 and complete travel by Nov. 16. Fare on other airlines is about $397. Purchase at


* Book a ski vacation to Steamboat, Colo., and kids up to age 12 fly free. The deal is good on Northwest, American or United airlines, although each airline has different restrictions and travel dates. On both airlines, one child flies free for each paying adult; minimum purchase of two nights' lodging and lift tickets are required. A four-night package, for example, booked by Nov. 10 would start at $2,099 for a family of four, a savings of about $764, plus $100 in taxes. Info: 877-237-2628,

* Virgin Vacations is offering a "London Mid-Week Fling" package starting at $689 per person double. The deal includes round-trip air from Dulles to London, six nights at the Queens Park Hotel and breakfasts. Purchase by Sept. 29 and travel Sept. 6-Oct. 31. A 21-day advance purchase is required for the cheapest rates. Travel Tuesday through Thursday. Taxes are $113 extra. Purchased separately, the package would cost about $922. Info: 888-YES-VIRGIN,

-- Carol Sottili

Prices were verified and available on Thursday afternoon when the Travel section went to press. However, deals sell out quickly and are not guaranteed to be available. Restrictions such as day of travel, blackout dates and advance-purchase requirements sometimes apply.