- The Washington Times - Friday, December 16, 2005

SUN, SAND, SNACKS

United Air Lines is offering a three-night, all-inclusive vacation package to Cancun, Mexico, from Washington for $299. All meals, drinks, snacks and gratuities are included, so all travelers need to bring is a swimsuit and sunblock. Accommodations are at the beachfront Dos Playas Resort. The package is available for the following departure dates from Washington Dulles International Airport: Jan. 9, 10, 16-18, 23, 24, 26, 30, 31 and Feb. 2. Travel must be booked by Tuesday. Visit www.unitedvacations.com.

CANADIAN COOL

Off-season prices for premier-class service are reduced more than a third on VIA Rail Canada’s flagship tourism train, the Vancouver-Jasper-Toronto Canadian, which travels along the shimmering lakes of northern Ontario’s plains and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. These savings include the train’s Silver & Blue Class through May 31 on the three-day, three-night journey between Vancouver and Toronto; shorter trips also are available.

A double bedroom for the entire journey in either direction between Vancouver and Toronto — with one permitted multinight stopover (i.e., Jasper) — is available for about $995 per person, plus tax, when purchased at least five days in advance. The price includes all meals during the three-day journey and is 37 percent less than peak-season prices.

A double bedroom for the overnight journey between Vancouver and the breathtaking resort town of Jasper costs about $445 per person, plus tax, when purchased at least five days in advance. Contact VIA Rail Canada at 888/842-7245 or visit www.viarail.ca.

FREE MOVIES

American Airlines is getting into the holiday spirit next week by giving away “a snack and a movie” on select transcontinental flights. The free snack box and headsets for onboard entertainment will be available Dec. 17 through 23 on nearly 600 flights to and from airports including Washington (Dulles)

SUNNY SAN DIEGO

Several airlines are offering fares to San Diego for $79 each way. With taxes, the round-trip flight comes to a total of $163 — nearly $50 less than regular 21-day-advance-purchase fares. The discounted fare is available on United, US Airways, Northwest and Jet Blue for select dates through Feb. 21. To book, see individual airline sites or visit www.travelocity.com.

BIG APPLE STEALS

• New York City hotel rooms hit a near all-time-high average of $300 per night last week, but several Manhattan hotels are attempting to bring down the average with pre- and post-holiday specials. The Time Hotel, a four-star property off Times Square, is offering superior rooms for $149. Rooms are available Dec. 18 through Jan. 8, except for blackout dates Dec. 27 through 31. Visit www.thetimeny.com.

• The Ian Schrager-designed Paramount Hotel is offering a $179 room special for those who want to come to the Big Apple after the Christmas lights go dark. The special is valid for a superior room that usually costs $289 a night. Upgrades to a deluxe room costs $209 a night. Rates are valid for stays through January. To book, go to www.nycparamount.com.

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