- The Washington Times - Friday, March 3, 2006



Fly to Auckland, New Zealand, for $798 per person in spring or fall, and Air New Zealand will throw in a free round-trip ticket to neighboring Australia. The deal is good for travel from either San Francisco or Los Angeles to Auckland. From Auckland, passengers can choose from the following Australian connections: Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Cairns and Adelaide. Travel is valid for April 1 through July 1 and Aug. 7 through Sept. 30. Taxes of up to $123 are not included. Book by March 12. Visit www.airnewzealand.com


Get a free suite upgrade when you stay at Pelican Bay at Lucaya on Grand Bahama Island in spring. Rates start at $149 — a 50 percent savings — for stays April 23 through June 30. The new one-bedroom suites have a private living room, breakfast corner with a personal espresso machine, bedroom, private balcony and fresh pastries delivered each morning. Blackout dates are May 26 through 28. Book at www.pelicanbayhotel.com or call 800/852-3702.


Spend 10 nights in Thailand for $1,099 with Gate 1 Travel’s new international package. The tour covers five cities — Bangkok, Phitsanulok, Lampang, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai — and includes a full escort for the entire trip along with international and domestic airfare, hotels, transfers, some meals and sightseeing. Priced separately, the airfare is averaging $800. Travel is good for departure on March 26, April 9 and multiple dates in September through next March. Book by March 10. Visit www.gate1travel.com or call 800/682-3333.


Try some spring skiing in Colorado with Crested Butte’s three-day, four-night ski offering. Packages start at $431 per person and include four nights in the West Elk Condos and three days of lift tickets. The package is available March 17 through 26. Round-trip flights from the Washington area are costing about $338 now. Call 877/326-1468.


Universal Orlando is upping the ante on children’s travel with its new Kids Play, Stay & Eat Free deal. For every paying adult — complete packages start at $239 per adult — one child receives free admission, hotel and meals at Universal theme parks. The packages are available at Fairfield Inn & Suites and Royal Pacific Resort and include three nights’ accommodations and unlimited admission to both Universal theme parks for up to five consecutive days. Packages are available through Dec. 26. See www.universalorlando.com or call 877/801-9720.


JetBlue has released $99 one-way introductory fares to Las Vegas — its sixth and newest destination from Washington Dulles International Airport. The once-daily service begins May 3. Book by March 9. See www.jetblue.com.

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