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Travel deals: the week's best

Oxford Street in London. (May 25, 2012)

Oxford Street in London. (May 25, 2012) Credit: AP

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.


Miraval, an all-inclusive resort and spa in Tucson, is offering summer freebies. With the Life in Balance Spa Sampler package, book a three-night stay and get a complimentary room upgrade ($225 value), manicure and pedicure ($165), and spa gift ($30), plus 20 percent off boutique purchases. A deluxe room for three nights costs $1,962 per person double, including airport transfers, all meals and snacks, group activities, $150 resort credit per person per night for select spa services, and fees and taxes. Stay through Aug. 29. Info: 800-232-3969,


Great Southern Rail, which operates train voyages in Australia, and Qantas Vacations are offering free upgrades from Red Sleeper to Gold Service on select routes. Couples can save up to $1,400. For example, in September, two adults on the Ghan, which travels between Darwin and Adelaide, pay $2,918, with taxes, a savings of $1,285. The higher-end sleeper cabins come with an en-suite bathroom, all meals, a Gold Service reception with a beverage, steward service, and tea, coffee and toiletries kit. Deal is also valid on the Indian Pacific, which runs between Sydney and Perth or Adelaide, and Adelaide and Perth. Book by July 31; travel by Dec. 31. Info: 866-914-4359,


British Airways has a sale on award flights. Join the Executive Club (free) and save 25 percent on select flights from several U.S. gateway cities, including New York and Philadelphia, to London. For example, a round-trip coach ticket from New York JFK to London Heathrow requires 30,000 Avios (miles), compared with the usual 40,000. Book by May 30; travel by Dec. 31. Info: 800-452-1201,


Carnival has a Memorial Day sale on most of its 2012 cruises. Save up to $50 on three- to five-day summer sailings, up to $100 on cruises of six days or longer, and up to $100 on sailings from September through December. All offers are per cabin. For example, an inside cabin on the four-day round trip from Miami to the Western Caribbean, departing Dec. 3, starts at $607 (with taxes) for two passengers; the savings are applied as a shipboard credit. Book by May 31. Info: 888-227-6482,

With Overseas Adventure Travel, save $500 or $1,000 per person on three small-ship cruises to Machu Picchu and the Galapagos; Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and the Chilean Fjords; and China, Tibet and the Yangtze River. For instance, the 15-day Machu Picchu voyage starts at $3,895 per person double, down from $4,395. Price includes hotel accommodations in Lima, the Sacred Valley, Cuzco and Machu Picchu in Peru, and in Quito, Ecuador; three or four nights aboard a privately chartered small ship in the Galapagos; 37 meals; 14 activities, plus all shore excursions; land transportation and five internal flights; park fees and tour guides; and taxes. Depart July through December. The 13-day Wilderness Beyond: Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego & the Chilean Fjords starts at $3,695 per person double (vs. $4,595) for October through December trips. The 21-day Asia deal is from $2,745 per person double, a savings of $1,500 per couple on July through November departures. On the latter trip, the company is waiving the single supplement, saving solo travelers $995. Book by June 1 and use code TAAA 617. Info: 800-873-5628,


The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is offering $350 in savings with its Sizzlin' Sampler summer package. Receive a $200 instant credit on a minimum five-night stay in St. Croix, St. Thomas or St. John, plus a free fifth night; and $150 in certificates for shopping, attractions and dining. You must book with a participating travel agency or site; choose from more than 30 hotels. For example, with an early June booking on FunJet Vacations, two travelers pay the discounted rate of $1,597 for five nights in a junior suite at the Point Pleasant Resort in St. Thomas, including taxes. Book by June 15; travel June 1 through Sept. 30; use promo code VISS12. Info: 800-872-USVI (8784), — and —


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