- The Washington Times - Friday, February 23, 2007


Get 50 percent off children’s flights to Mexico and the Caribbean when you purchase a family vacation with United Vacations. Packages are available to a range of destinations, including Cancun, Riviera Maya and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico; Aruba; Nassau; St. Maarten; and St. John.

Blackout dates apply, and the package must include round-trip flight and hotel. One 50 percent rebate is available with each adult reservation. Travel is valid through Dec. 15. Book at www.unitedvacations.com or call 888/328-6877.


Step away from the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip and stay at Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort for $199 per night through April 30. Formerly the Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa, the lakefront resort has undergone an extensive renovation, including new suites; flat-panel TVs in all rooms; new pool decks, cabanas and terraces; and a lakeside fire-pit area. The resort also offers many signature programs such as Loews Loves Kids, Loews Loves Pets and Breakfast at Loews. The special rate is subject to availability. Book at www.loewshotels.com or call 702/567-6000.


US Airways begins seasonal nonstop service to several European cities, including Lisbon, Portugal; Athens; Barcelona; Dublin; Glasgow, Scotland; Shannon, Ireland; Stockholm; and Venice, Italy, in May and is offering fares starting at $245 each way. All nonstop service is available from Philadelphia International Airport. Fares from Washington-area airports may be higher. The seasonal service runs through October. See www.usairways.com for more information or to book.


April and May mean spring in the Northeast, but it is fall in New Zealand, so Qantas and Air New Zealand are offering round-trip flights starting at $798 from Los Angeles to Auckland. Sale fares also are available from San Francisco to Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown. Travel is for Monday through Wednesday departures through May 31. Book by Feb. 28. See www.airnewzealand.com or www.qantas.com.


Stay at the new Hotel Mela in New York City for $189 per night through March 31. One of the newest boutique properties in the city, the 230-room hotel at 120 W. 44th St. is steps away from Times Square and the theater and fashion districts. Book at www.hotelmela.com or call 877/452-MELA.


Spend 12 days cruising in Egypt and the Greek isles aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Jewel for $999 — less than $100 a day. The sale fare is available through Cruisesonly.com and is good for interior staterooms; ocean-view staterooms are available starting at $1,299 per person. Ports include Athens, Olympia, Alexandria, Santorini, Mykonos and Istanbul. Departure dates are May 7 and 31. Book at www.cruisesonly.com or call 800/CRUISES.


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