- The Washington Times - Friday, May 19, 2006


Fly to Paris in fall and winter aboard Air France for $438. The 60th-anniversary sale is available from Air France’s 11 U.S. gateways, including Washington Dulles International Airport. Travelers also can continue on to more than 60 European destinations for an additional $60. Sample destinations include Rome, Prague, Geneva, Marrakech, Berlin, Barcelona and Nice. Purchase by May 22. Travel is valid from Oct. 15 to March 31. Book at www.airfrance.com.


No matter what the financial markets say, the U.S. dollar equals the euro in summer with Sofitel Hotel’s “strong dollar at Sofitel” promotion. The promotion is open to U.S. and Canadian residents who book their stay at any Sofitel Hotel in summer using their American Express card. Sample hotels include: Le Parc Paris Sofitel Demeure, Sofitel Budapest, Grand Amsterdam Sofitel Demeure, and Sofitel Roma.

The offer is valid through Sept. 30. To book, go to www.sofitel.com and enter promotional code “usd.”


Book a hotel stay through hotels.com and receive a refund of up to $30 in gas. The deal is good for patrons who book two or more nights through hotels.com for a stay before July 10. Patrons must have proof of stay along with original gas receipt. Book by May 29. See www.hotels.com for more information.


Save an additional $10 off a Spirit Airlines flight by booking a flight online. The additional savings — on top of Spirit’s already low fares — is part of its “sizzling summer sale” which runs through May 22. Travel is valid through Aug. 31. Enter promotional code: “summer” when booking. See www.spiritair.com.


Book a Universal Orlando vacation with Orbitz.com and save up to $350 off the total cost. The first set of savings is available when booking a flight and hotel package ($100 off with a flight and hotel stay of four to six nights; $150 off with a flight and hotel stay of seven nights). Vacationers looking to stay in the theme park can then save an additional $200 at any of the three Universal Orlando resorts: the Portofino Bay and Hard Rock hotels and the Royal Pacific Resort.

Families can also benefit from Orbitz.com’s buy-one-adult-ticket-get-a-children’s-ticket-free online deal. Packages must be booked by May 28. Travel is valid through Sept. 30. See www.orbitz.com.


The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area, which likes to think of itself as the “Venice of America,” now has Gondola Servizio tours along its 300 miles of waterways.

The tours leave from a dock along Stork’s Cafe on East Las Olas Boulevard. Gondolier Angelino sings Italian melodies aboard the gondolas, which really are Venetian. Tours last 30 or 60 minutes. Call 954/522-4670 for reservations or go to www.gondolaservizio.com.


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