Travel Steals & Deals


Caribbean Sale Season
It's peak season in the Caribbean and prices have reached their annual highs, but there are still bargains to be found. For example, New Frontiers (800-366-6387) is offering a seven-night package to Martinque for prices starting at $799. Valid through April 27, the package includes round-trip airfare from New York, accommodations, and daily continental breakfast. On St. Croix, which was spared by last fall's hurricanes, the Chenay Bay Beach Resort (800-548-4457) is selling four-night "Cruzan Gold" packages for $600. The promotion is valid until April 7 and includes ocean-view cottage accommodations; two-day car rental; museum admissions; one dinner; and a half-day snorkeling trip. And more than a dozen tour operators are selling low-priced vacations to Jamaica. A sample: three-night packages from Horizon Tours (800-395-0025) start as low as $399, including accommodations in Montego Bay, and round-trip airfare from Baltimore, New York, or Philadelphia. (All prices are per person based on double occupancy.)

Big Cities, Big Bargains
Travelers can visit three of Europe's most beloved cities at deep discounts thanks to extraordinary off-season package deals. The "Taste of London" package from British Airways Holidays (800-359-8722), for example, covers six nights in the English capital for prices as low as $589. The deal includes round-trip airfare from New York or Boston; hotels and taxes; and daily continental breakfast. The "Paris Pas Cher" promotion from Jet Vacations (800-538-0999) offers five nights in the City of Lights, including round-trip airfare from New York; hotels and taxes; daily continental breakfast; and department store discounts. And the "Euroweekend" package from Sabena Belgian World Airlines (800-955-2000) starts at $525 and features two nights at a five-star Brussels hotel, gourmet meals, and round-trip transportation from Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, or New York. (All prices are valid for departures until March 31 and are per person, double occupancy.)

Dreamy Hotel Deals
The fast-growing Doubletree Hotels chain (800-222-8733) is promoting "Dream Deals," a winter bed-and-breakfast offer available at more than 100 properties in 31 states and the District of Columbia. Dream Deal rates start at $59 per night, average $94, and include accommodations for two adults, chocolate chip cookies at check-in, and free breakfast for two. Prices are valid every night until March 31.

Discover New Zealand
It's summer down under and Mount Cook Line (800-468-2665) is promoting an in-depth 16-day vacation called the "New Zealand Discovery." The package includes round-trip flights from Los Angeles to Auckland; 13 nights of accommodations and travel throughout the island nation; city tours of Christchurch, Wellington, and Dunedin; and visits to Mt. Cook National Park, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, and the Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve. Prices, including taxes, start at $2,297 per person (double occupancy) until March 31. Package prices drop to $1898 per person between April 1 and August 31.

This column originally appeared in Travel Holiday magazine.

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