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Summer Travel

The summer of bargains

Jun 21, 2009

The Caribbean has some great deals, including money-back offers and free nights. Also, we have an offer in Las Vegas for those who can act fast.

The Puerto Rico Tourism Co. is offering travel discounts worth up to $500. Book a vacation three nights or longer and receive $200 instant credit off your vacation, a free additional night's stay, a $100 gift card for use in Puerto Rico, a coupon booklet for tours and other hotel added values, which vary by property. The offers are per room. Vacations must be booked by June 30, for travel through Dec. 20. Book packages through a number of retailers. Details: bigthrillsmallbill.

The Barbados Tourism Authority has bonuses for travelers who book a Best of Barbados Package for fall travel. Receive airfare credits of up to $300 per person, your first hotel night free, free daily breakfast, discounts on activities, a $25 voucher for Oistins Fish Fry and a Barbados Gourmet card, offering 25 percent off at selected restaurants. Packages must be booked through your travel agent by July 15 for travel Sept. 1 through Dec. 18. Details: 1-800-221-9831; visiting_us/latestpromotion .aspx.

The Bermuda Department of Tourism is celebrating the country's 400th anniversary with a Sizzling Summer Offer. Stay four nights or longer at one of 15 participating hotels and resorts and get a $400 hotel credit. The credit will be applied to your room bill at checkout if booked directly through the hotel. When booking through a travel retailer, the discount will be applied to your package price. Reserve by Aug. 17 for travel through Aug. 21. Request the offer at booking.

Contact: 1-800-237-6832, summeroffer.aspx.

Visitors to Jamaica can get deals such as discounts of 30 to 60 percent off lodging, free nights or kids stay, play and eat free. The offers and travel dates vary by property, and many are valid for travel through December. Details: (click on Booking & Travel Deals).

The U.S. Virgin Islands' Sizzlin' Sampler deal offers $300 off vacation packages, a fourth night free, a $50 dining coupon and discount coupons for attractions worth up to $50. These offers are per booking, not per person. Book by Oct. 15 for travel through Oct. 31. Minimum stay is four nights. Packages must be booked through partner companies, including American, Delta, United and US Airways. Contact: www.usvitourism .vi/package_and_ promotions.

Vegas bargain

Act fast to receive free show tickets with a vacation package to Las Vegas. Southwest Vacations is offering up to two free tickets to Cirque du Soleil or Disney's The Lion King with air and hotel packages of three nights or longer. These show tickets are worth as much as $179. You'll also save $60 on three-night stays, $80 on four nights and $100 on five or more nights. The discounts are per reservation.

Packages must be booked by 4 p.m. June 22 for travel through Sept. 30. Blackout dates are July 3 and 4 and Sept. 5. Packages may be booked through multiple retailers. Contact Southwest Vacations: 1-800-243-8372; www.southwest

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