York Minster at Night (ALAMY)


Rail Europe is offering 20 percent off BritRail passes for winter travel, valid for first-class and standard trips. For instance, a three-day, first-class adult ticket, good for unlimited travel anywhere in Britain, costs $239 instead of the usual $299. Book by Feb. 14; travel through Feb. 29. Info: 800-622-8600, www.raileurope.com.

Seven Springs Mountain Resort, in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, has a deal for sporty families. The Winter Family Memories costs $596 for two adults and up to two children (age 11 and under) and includes two nights in the Main Lodge (normally from $475); unlimited skiing from 4 p.m. day of arrival until 7 p.m. day of check-out (value $54 for an adult, $44 per child per day); breakfast each morning; one dinner at the Slopeside; one family-size pizza per room; a snow tubing session ($20 adult, $17 child), a round of miniature golf, a game of bowling and a roller skating rental per person; a Bear Trap Fun Zone game card per child; and access to the indoor pool and fitness center. Taxes of 9 percent are additional. Valid Sunday-Wednesday, through March 28; some holiday blackout dates. Info: 866-437-1300, www.7springs.com.

Red Roof Inn is offering family and friends of returning military 15 percent off rates at participating properties in the United States. Valid through March 31. For example, at the Phoenix Bell Road, near Luke Air Force Air Base in Arizona, pay $44 a night (including taxes); for the property in New London, Conn., near the Coast Guard Academy, pay $38. Use code 608084 when booking. At check-in, supply the name of the branch and the soldier’s unit. Typical rates for Phoenix hotel is $59; for Connecticut, $51. Info: 800-733-7663, www.redroofinn.com.

With Amtrak’s winter sale, s ave up to 20 percent on train travel from Washington’s Union Station to destinations around the country: Tampa, Atlanta, Chicago, Charleston, S.C., etc. For example, pay $38 for one-way travel to Pittsburgh; $50 to Fayetteville, N.C.; and $54 to Toledo. The auto train from Lorton to Sanford, Fla., is also on sale for $77 one way (vs. $98). All prices include taxes. Reserve by Jan. 23 at least three days in advance; travel Jan. 17-March 29, minus blackout dates of Feb. 17 and Feb. 20. By comparison, fare to Pittsburgh is usually from $47; to Toledo, from $67; to Fayetteville, $63. Info: 800-872-7245, www.amtrak.com.


TourCrafters has an e arly-booking discount on its Spring Break Cruise in Europe package, with savings of $200 per person. Cost of $1,693 per person double (usually $1,893) includes round-trip air from Washington to Barcelona, airport and port transfers, three nights in a three-star Barcelona hotel, daily breakfast, and four-night Mediterranean cruise with visits to Corsica, Florence and the French Riviera. Add about $214 in fees and taxes. Book by Jan. 27; complete the land portion of the trip before or after the cruise, which departs Barcelona March 27. Info: 800-482-5995, www.tourcrafters.it (click Spain).

Expedia is kicking off its wave season with a slew of cruise deals, including reduced prices, shipboard credits and free upgrades. With the Winter Warm Up Event, save up to 75 percent on cruise rates, plus receive up to $300 in onboard credits if you book with a MasterCard. For example, the seven-night Carnival cruise to the Eastern Caribbean, departing Baltimore on May 20, costs $779 per person double (down from $1,769) for a guaranteed inside cabin. Taxes of $92 extra. Receive a $75 onboard credit when you book with a MasterCard and make a deposit by Feb. 29 (credit deal is valid on cruises departing Feb. 1-Dec. 31). Additional restrictions apply. Other deals include free cabin upgrades within stateroom types on Carnival (book by Feb. 29), and $50 onboard credit with an oceanview cabin and $100 credit for a balcony on select 2012 sailings with Costa (book by Jan. 31). Info: 888-249-3978, cruise.expedia.com.


United is c utting up to 25 percent off the number of miles needed for economy award flights from the United States to Europe and central and southern Africa. Take 20 percent off for travel on peak days (Thursday-Sunday) and 25 percent on off-peak days (Monday-Wednesday). For example, an off-peak round trip from Washington Dulles to London Heathrow requires 45,000 miles, compared with the usual 60,000. Taxes are additional; for the Dulles-London trip, add $162. Book by Jan. 16; travel Jan. 27-March 22. Twenty-one day advance purchase required. Info: 888-674-4680 ($25 fee for phone reservations), www.united.com/page/article/1,,53905,00.html.

British Airways is holding a January sale on economy and premium economy seats from Washington area airports to European cities including Prague, London, Madrid, Rome and Barcelona. For example, round-trip economy fare, with taxes, starts at $745 to Barcelona, $768 to Paris, $729 to London Heathrow and $756 to Edinburgh. Seven-day advance purchase and minimum Saturday-night stay required. Travel Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 18-March 31; sale is also valid April 9-May 17, but fares are higher. Other airlines are matching on select routes. Book by Jan. 24 at www.britishairways.com. PACKAGE

CIE Tours International has a sale on several United Kingdom and Ireland packages. Sample deal: The Heart of Britain & Heritage Tour, a 14-day coach trip departing Oct. 13, starts at $3,648 per person double, down from $3,948. Price includes round-trip air from BWI Marshall to London, internal travel by air and coach, 13 nights in first-class hotels, 23 meals, admissions and guided tours. The itinerary includes visits to Edinburgh; York, Stratford-upon-Avon, Liverpool and London, England; and Cardiff, Wales. For the entire sale, book by Jan. 15. For Heart of Britain deal, use code 011512HEART300. Info: 800-243-8687, www.cietours.com.

Submit travel deals to whatsthedeal@washpost.com. Prices were verified at press time Thursday, but deals sell out and availability is not guaranteed. Some restrictions may apply.