- The Washington Times - Friday, January 6, 2006

LOSS OF LOW FARES

With the demise of Independence Air this week, Washington Dulles International Airport lost several hundred flights a day and another low-fare competitor that kept fares low and the price wars a daily, ongoing battle.

The cost of flying from the Washington area is predicted to go up in the coming year, so if you already have plans for spring and summer, it may be best to book as soon as possible before fares go skyward.

With that, Airtran Airways has placed its entire route network on sale through Jan. 17. Travel is valid through March 24 to all locations except Florida.

Sample fares include: Dallas ($99), Kansas City ($89), Atlanta ($59), and West Palm Beach ($89).

Flights are available from Dulles and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Lowest fares are on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.

These sale fares are not valid on Sunday. Visit www.airtran.com.

BOOK EARLY, FLY FREE

Oceania Cruises has announced special incentives for those who book their 2006 Europe and 2006-07 Caribbean cruises earlier than normal. Incentives include two-for-one cruise fares, free airfare from Dulles, $100 shipboard credit and $100 spa credit.

Oceania Cruises has been recognized for its personal service — 400 crew members and a maximum of 684 passengers — along with luxury staterooms, many of which feature teak verandas. Cruises start at $1,299 per person. Call 800/239-9502.

SKI, EAT AND SLEEP

Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch, N.H., is taking care of all the extras for guests on skiing vacations. From lift tickets to meals and a place to lay your head at night, it is all included with the resort’s new ski package.

The package is available for $109 per person, per night through Feb. 16. Book by Jan. 16. Call 866/380-6734.

Dixville Notch is the village that announces its presidential election results before anywhere else.

TRANS-ATLANTIC

Many travelers still prefer crossing the ocean aboard a ship. In most cases, these cruises can be expensive, but CruiseCon.com is offering a 12-night trans-Atlantic cruise aboard the Celebrity Century for $550 per person (inside cabin).

Upgrades are available starting at $50 per person. The Century sails from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., April 16 and stops at Ponta Delgada, Azores; Lisbon, Portugal; and Cadiz, Spain, before ending in Barcelona. Booking must be completed by Jan. 10. Call 800/493-6609.

LONDON CALLING

Fly from Dulles to London for less than $300 in spring with www.1800flyeurope.com. Flights are available through March 15; taxes are additional. Book by Jan. 31. Visit www.1800flyeurope.com or call 800/359-3876.

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