Save this week on a resort in Vail, Colo. (Andrew Taylor/AP)
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This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.


With the Winter Break promotion, save up to 30 percent at 74 Kempinski luxury hotels in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Prices and minimum-stay requirements vary. For example, a five-night stay in January at the Kempinski Hotel Das Tirol, next to the Kitzbühel ski area in Austria, starts at about $2,320 per couple, a savings of $560. Travel through March 15. Info: 800-426-3135,

● At Antlers at Vail, in the Lionshead area facing Colorado’s Vail Mountain, stay at least one night in December and pay $99 for a return visit in the spring. Rates in December start at $285 per night, plus about 10 percent tax. Book at least three nights and pay from $199 a night (plus tax) for a one-bedroom condominium, a 30 percent savings. The special spring rate is valid April 7 through June 15; tax is additional. Info: 800-843-8245,

● Northstar Lodging in Lake Tahoe, Calif., is offering a stay-and-ski-free package during off-peak periods. Book at least two nights in a Northstar condominium and receive two lift tickets per night. For example, two nights in a studio condo in late March costs $686 per couple, including taxes (add $10 resort fee per night) and lift tickets at Northstar (normally from $90 each). Valid through Dec. 19 and March 23-April 20. Info: 855-265-9150,


● American Cruise Lines is offering free shore excursions and early-booking discounts on its 2014 Mississippi River cruises. The special includes seven-night itineraries aboard the Queen of the Mississippi paddlewheeler. Discounted prices start at $3,795 per person double, plus $250 port charges. The shore excursions, such as the Battle of Vicksburg tour in Mississippi, are valued at about $300 per person. For early-booking discount, reserve three months in advance; for the free shore excursion package, book by Dec. 25. Info: 800-814-6880,


● Aer Lingus is offering sale fares to Ireland. Round-trip fare from Washington Dulles to Shannon, for example, is $699, including taxes, for travel Jan. 20 through March 27. Fare on other airlines starts at about $760. Saturday-night stay required, and blackout dates apply. Book by Dec. 4 at


● Skican is offering ski package deals to Whistler Blackcomb in Canada. The deal starts at $1,595 per person double for departures on Jan. 7 or 8, and includes round-trip airfare from BWI Marshall to Vancouver, seven nights at the Listel Hotel Whistler, five-day dual-mountain lift ticket, airport transfers and most taxes. Other departure dates are available at slightly higher rate. Pay by check and deduct an additional $50 per person. Priced separately, the trip would cost about $1,860 per person. Based on availability. Info: 888-475-4226,

● Club Med is offering ski packages to resorts in the French Alps, including Valmorel and Chamonix. A seven-night stay starts at $2,999 per person double and includes round-trip air from Washington to Geneva; transfers to the resort; accommodations at an all-inclusive property; ski passes and guide; all food and drinks; and on-site activities and entertainment. Prices vary per resort. For instance, a week in La Plagne, France, starts at $7,065 per couple and includes round-trip nonstop air from Washington Dulles (typically from $1,000), lodging at La Plagne 2100 and Club Med membership fee ($60 each). Valid Dec. 22-April 27 for La Plagne; other packages run from early or mid-December through late April. Based on availability. Info: 888-932-2582,●

Carol Sottili, Andrea Sachs

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