- The Washington Times - Friday, April 7, 2006


Sleep in four-star luxury at three-star prices with Expedia’s new hotel deal at the Ritz-Carlton, Montreal. Rates are $119 per night through April 20. Valid any day of the week, the discount rate is nearly 50 percent off regular room rates. Book by April 18 at www.expedia.com.


Spend spring on one of Hawaii’s four beautiful main islands — Oahu, Maui, Kauai or Hawaii, the Big Island — for less than $700 with United’s Hula to Hawaii sale. For the lowest fares, set travel for off-peak days (Monday through Thursday). Three-night stay is required. Travel anytime from April 26 through June 8. Sale fares are available from all three Washington-area airports. Book by Wednesday. See www.united.com.

If you are looking to put together a complete package and can wait until the fall, United Vacations has five-night air and hotel packages from the Washington area starting at $1,199. It also is offering discounts up to $200 per reservation for fall and winter trips. To receive the discount, use the promotional code “earlyfall” on the Web site, www.unitedvacations.com.


Spend a weekend at one of San Francisco’s most famous hotels, the Palace Hotel, for $139 a night. Regular spring rates average $300 or more per night. Located in downtown San Francisco, the hotel — which is also part of the Starwood Hotels Luxury Collection — is close to some of the best shopping and dining establishments in the city. Stays are valid through June 30. Certain blackout dates apply. See www.starwoodhotels.com or call 888/627-7196.


While many airlines are taking away in-flight amenities or charging additional fees for them, JetBlue Airways is again breaking the mold. It’s adding amenities to its already celebrated free in-flight assortment. JetBlue has added Shut-Eye Service to all overnight flights from the West. The on-board service includes a complimentary Bliss Kit created by Bliss Spa, an unlimited snack bar in the galley, and hot towel service before landing. The Bliss Kit contains earplugs, an eyeshade, Bliss lip balm and Bliss lemon-sage body butter.

If you are looking to try out the new service, JetBlue has sale fares to all of the Western destinations it serves from Washington Dulles International Airport. One-way fares include Las Vegas — service begins May 3 — ($94); San Diego ($119); Long Beach and Oakland, Calif., ($129). Travel and purchase dates vary. See www.jetblue.com.


Fly to Hong Kong in autumn from New York for $799 with Cathay Pacific Airways. If you have seen Hong Kong, you also can visit either Bali or Jakarta, Indonesia; Singapore; or Bangkok for $24 more. Flights depart from John F. Kennedy International Airport. A lower-price option ($699) is available for departure from Los Angeles and San Francisco. Purchase by April 29. Travel is valid all of September. See www.cathaypacific.com.


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