WHAT’S THE DEAL?
This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.
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,
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,
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,
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.
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.
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,