WHAT’S THE DEAL?

The Washington Post Sunday - - TRAVEL - — An­drea Sachs and Carol Sot­tili

This week’s best travel bar­gains around the globe.

Land

The Hil­ton is hold­ing a Caribbean sum­mer sale with rates from $99 a night. The Stay & Play Longer deal ap­plies to par­tic­i­pat­ing ho­tels and re­sorts in seven Caribbean des­ti­na­tions ( Cu­ra­cao, Ba­hamas, Bar­ba­dos, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, etc.) and fea­tures a free fourth night, $100 re­sort credit and gratis stays for kids. Min­i­mum stay of four nights re­quired. Prices vary. For ex­am­ple, in late July, four nights at the Hil­ton Bar­ba­dos Re­sort costs $914, in­clud­ing taxes, a sav­ings of $304. At the Hil­ton Carta­gena in Colom­bia, pay $575, a sav­ings of nearly $300. Book by Aug. 27; travel by Aug. 31. Info: 800-445-8667,

www.hilton­car­ibbean.com/ sum­mer.

The all-in­clu­sive Mango Bay Ho­tel in Bar­ba­dos is of­fer­ing

re­duced rates for stays through Dec. 22. Dis­count of 30 per­cent ap­plies to June and Septem­ber, with sav­ings of 25 per­cent for other months. For ex­am­ple, nightly rate for Septem­ber now starts at $368 for two adults, in­clud­ing taxes and fees, a sav­ings of $157. Price in­cludes meals, drinks and ac­tiv­i­ties. Book by Sept. 30. Info: 246-6261384,

www.man­gob­ay­bar­ba­dos.com.

Sea

Amer­i­can Cruise Lines is of­fer­ing a free ex­tra night and an early-book­ing dis­count on sev­eral hol­i­day cruises. For ex­am­ple, book a seven-night New Year’s Eve cruise aboard the Amer­i­can Ea­gle de­part­ing from New Or­leans on Dec. 27 and re­ceive a free night Dec. 26, in­clud­ing din­ner at An­toine’s and a hol­i­day con­cert at the J.N. Stone House. A $400-per state room dis­count is also be­ing of­fered. Price af­ter dis­count starts at $4,250 per per­son dou­ble, plus $250 port charges. Book­ing dead­line is July 31. Info: 888-322-7057,

www.amer­i­can­cruise­lines.com.

Costa Cruises has a sale on se­lect Euro­pean cruises from Septem­ber through Novem­ber. Rates start at $399 per per­son dou­ble, plus tax, for a week-long west­ern Mediter­ranean cruise and $699 for an 11-night trip around the eastern por­tion. For ex­am­ple, the seven-night west­ern Mediter­ranean cruise de­part­ing Savona, Italy, on Nov. 7 now starts at $620 per per­son dou­ble, in­clud­ing taxes; regular fare is $1,220. The cruise aboard Costa Di­adema, the line’s new flag­ship, stops in Mar­seille, France; Barcelona and Palma de Mal­lorca, Spain; and Naples and La Spezia, Italy. Info: 800-GOCOSTA, www.costacruise.com.

Air

Alaska Air­lines has sale fares start­ing at $296 round trip be­tween BWI Mar­shall and Los

An­ge­les for non­stop travel Sept. 10-28. Other air­lines are match­ing, but fare typ­i­cally starts at about $367 round trip. Book by June 15 at www.alaskaair.com. Vir­gin Amer­ica has re­duced fares from Wash­ing­ton to the

West Coast. For ex­am­ple, round-trip air from Wash­ing­ton Dulles to San Diego starts at $331, in­clud­ing taxes; for Seat­tle, fares are from $299. For low­est prices, travel Tues­day, Wed­nes­day or Satur­day. Other air­lines are match­ing. Book by June 16; travel Sept. 8-Nov. 18. Re­serve at least 21 days in ad­vance. Info: www.vir­ginamer­ica.com.

Pack­age

Gate 1 Travel is of­fer­ing

dis­counts on a four-night es­corted tour of Colom­bia. Price now starts at $699 per per­son dou­ble for four de­par­tures in Jan­uary. Trip in­cludes flights from Miami to Bogota, Bogota to Carta­gena and Carta­gena to Miami; two nights’ lodg­ing at the Royal Park Metro­tel in Bogota; two nights at Ho­tel Caribe in Carta­gena; five meals; two sight­see­ing tours; tour guide; trans­fers; and taxes. Priced separately, air­fare and ho­tels alone would cost about $750. Air­fare from Wash­ing­ton to Miami, pur­chased separately, is about $190 round trip. Book by June 15; re­quest promo code WPHLCB50. Info: 800-682-3333,

www.gate1­travel.com.

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