This week’s best travel bargains around the globe
l Starwood Hotels and Resorts properties, which include Sheraton and Westin, are offering a Pay Your Birth Year promotion. Pay the regular rate for the first night and your birth year for the second night (for example, $55 if born in 1955; taxes extra). Some participating properties are also offering a third night at the special rate. For example, at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, pay from $129 (plus $19 taxes) for the first night and your birth year for the second and third nights. ID is required. Rate adjustment is made at checkout. Restrictions vary, and not all properties are participating. Some luxury properties are charging $100 plus birth year. Promo ends Dec. 31. Info: 877-782-0108 (request code NBR), www.starwoodpromos.com/payyourbirthyear.
l Adults pay kids’ rates on select whitewater rafting trips on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. The Feel Like a Kid Again promotion from Far and Away Adventures is available on five departures in May, June, August and September. Prices vary by departure date and itinerary. For example, a three-night trip starting May 28 is now $1,575 per person single or double (plus $47 tax), a savings of $200. A five-night Wellness and Fitness itinerary departing Aug. 27 or Sept. 5 is $2,450 (plus $74 tax), a savings of $300. Info: 800-232-8588, www.far-away.com.
l Mountain Travel Sobek is offering about 20 percent off one departure of its new Croatia: Islands of Paradise trip, a sailing and kayak adventure from Split to Dubrovnik. The seven-night voyage departing Sept. 1 starts at $4,495 per person double (a savings of $1,000) and includes accommodations aboard the MSY Atalanta, a traditional wooden gulet; most meals; airport transfers; various entry fees and permits; kayaks and guides; and taxes. Book by May 31. Info: 888-687-6235, www.mtsobek.com/promotions/142.
l Air New Zealand is offering sale fares to the South Pacific’s Cook Islands. The nonstop fare from Los Angeles to Rarotonga is $848 round trip, with taxes; fare on other airlines starts at $1,440. Add-on airfare from Washington Dulles is also available. Total round-trip fare from Washington starts at$1,215; fare on other airlines starts at $2,360. Depart by Aug. 5. Nonstop flights depart Los Angeles on Sundays and return on Saturdays. Some dates are sold out. Book by April 26 at www.airnewzealand.com.
l American Airlines has a sale on flights to the Caribbean and Bermuda, with departures from all three Washington area airports. For example, round-trip fare, with taxes, from Reagan National to St. Croix starts at $415; from Washington Dulles to San Juan, from $251; and from Dulles to Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago, from $455. Book at www.aa.com by April 24 and complete travel by June 14. By comparison, other airlines are charging about $305 to San Juan.
l Air Pacific, Fiji’s international airline, is discounting flights from Washington Dulles to Nadi, Fiji. Round-trip fare for connecting service through Los Angeles starts at $1,112 round trip, with taxes. Other airlines are charging at least $600 more. Book by April 23; travel by May 31. Info: www.airpacific.com/flights/usa-7-day-sale .
l Premier River Cruises is offering discounts on three European holiday market trips. For example, a Danube Holiday Markets trip departing Nov. 18 starts at $2,489 per person double (plus $147 port charges) and includes round-trip airfare from Washington Dulles to Prague with return from Budapest; two nights’ deluxe hotel accommodations in Prague; seven-night AmaWaterways river cruise from Nuremburg, Germany, to Budapest; shore excursions; most meals; and transfers. Priced separately, the package would cost about $3,969 per person. Book by May 15. Info: 855-255-1200, www.premierrivercruises.com.
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