- The Washington Times - Friday, February 24, 2006


British Airways has released a spring vacation deal to London that is almost too good to be true when compared to what is shaping up to be a summer of high fares and full flights. The $449 four-day, three-night package includes round-trip airfare from Washington Dulles International Airport or Baltimore Washington International Airport and three nights in the four-star Thistle Lancaster Gate Hotel in central London.

Daily continental breakfast and hotel taxes are included. Taxes of about $150 are not included. Priced separately, nonstop flights start at $469. Book by March 24, travel anytime through March. See www.britishairways.com or call 877/428-2228.


The Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada, Fla., is ushering in spring with 50-percent-off rates through April 30. Room rates start at $199, and weekend stays are included. The resort is about an hour south of Miami in the “sport fishing capital of the world” and features a full-scale spa, a host of water sports activities and 1,100-foot white sand beach. A daily resort fee of $39 is not included. Certain blackout dates apply. Book at cheeca.rockresorts.com or call 866/591-ROCK.


Oceania Cruises is offering special incentives for those who book their 2006 fall and winter cruises a little early this year. The incentives include two-for-one cruise fares, free airfare, $100 shipboard credit and $100 spa credit. Cruises are available for both Europe and the Caribbean aboard one of three luxurious midsize ships that host just 684 passengers per cruise.

To book see www.expedia.com/cruise or call 800/239-9502.


Southwest Airlines has introduced a new wireless method of getting those coveted “A” boarding passes instead of the usual showing up at the airport several hours early.

The new method is available through Web-enabled wireless phones or PDAs. Passengers can simply log on to mobile.southwest.com from their device and enter their confirmation number along with their name, and the rest is as easy as pressing the send button. Passengers also can cancel their flight, view flight schedules, find contact information for Southwest and read the terms and conditions of Southwest Airlines.

Passengers still have to access the check-in kiosk and can print their boarding pass from Southwest.com to proceed to their gate. For more information see www.southwest.com.


Fly to Los Angeles on Northwest Airlines from either Washington Dulles International Airport or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for $153 — that is round-trip fare.

Taxes are not included. Seven-day advance purchase is required. Flights are good for travel March 7 through Aug. 15. Book by Feb. 27. Visit www.travelocity.com.


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