Airfare to Dominican Republic a real bargain
Can you squeeze in one more trip to the beach? Make it Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic with a go-now bargain airfare and specials from the all-inclusive Riu Resorts brand.
Round-trip airfare from Delta and American is priced at $348 ($488.80 inclusive of taxes, fees, surcharges) when tickets are purchased through Nov. 14. The best feature of this sale is the no advance purchase requirement, which means you can be on the beach as soon as tomorrow. This rate is valid now through Sept. 30, 2008, on American Airlines, except Dec. 19-24, 26, 27 on southbound flights and Jan. 2-6 returns.
Delta permits the sale rate only on trips finished on or before Jan. 31. Sale prices are not valid on Jan. 1-8 return flights. Stay at least one Saturday night stay and return within a month of departure.
All-inclusive stays in Punta Cana Jan. 2-24 start from $94 per person, per night at the enormous Rui Resort. The property includes five distinct resorts with the finest being the Riu Palace with per person, per night rates from $179. Opened about a year ago, the resort sits on the spectacular 16-mile-long Arena Gorda beach. Guests enjoy exchange privileges to the five sister properties in the resort.
Rates at the Riu Palace Macao start from $141 per person, per night; from $122 at Riu Bambu; from $106 at Riu Taino and from $94 at Riu Naiboa. Reservations for stays at these rates must be made by Nov. 30.
If you're traveling sooner, all-inclusive rates are even lower on stays through Dec. 21. Pay from $73 a night at Riu Taino; from $108 Riu Palace Macao and from $119 at Riu Palace.
London for less
A lopsided airfare to London is just $199 on ticket purchases made today through Atlanta-based Consolidator Web Fares. What's lopsided is that the base rate of $199 is far less than the taxes, fees and fuel surcharges of $297, which need to be added on. That brings the complete round-trip rate to just a few dollars shy of $500. Still, not a bad bargain considering the next best rate is about $650 for the same travel window.
To qualify for this sale, trips must start and end by Dec. 12 or between Jan. 11-March 19. All travel must be completed within these dates. Rates climb $30 higher each way for Friday-Sunday travel. Trips must include a Saturday night stay.