Deals of the week: US early bird savings


APT has given plenty of time to snaffle the early bird savings on its US 2015 offerings. Book a tour twin share before November 28 and receive one free airfare including taxes. Tours include a new 18-day Columbia and Snake River Cruise with Western Wilderness, departing April to August, from $11,495 a person. It starts with a night at The Nines in Portland, Oregon, before a seven-night river cruise on a paddle steamer, then a 10-night bus tour through Montana, Wyoming and Utah to Nevada with lots of meals, sightseeing and entertainment along the way.

Phone 1300 196 420. See


Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, is COMO's first hotel in the US and joins the Metropolitans in London and Bangkok. Inhabiting a classic Miami art deco building in the heart of the action, the hotel features lots of glam touches including Miami's only specialty gin bar. The opening rate is $321 a night for a city room - that's 15 per cent off - when booked before August 31.



Ninety minutes inland from Margaret River, find the treasure of Western Australia's south-west highland. Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages has five recently renovated rustic timber cottages set among 10 hectares of forest. Stay three nights or more and receive a breakfast hamper, cheese platter and bottle of wine. It costs from $675 twin share for three nights. Valid until December 20, except long weekends.

Phone 08 9764 1283. See



This cheap and cheery holiday package includes seven nights for the price of six in the Vanuatu resort Mangoes, in Port Vila. Also included are return economy airfares, airport transfers in Vanuatu, a sunset cruise and daily breakfast. The price is $1174 a person, twin share. Valid for travel November 2-28 and January 16-March 29. Phone 1300 159 115. See


If planning a family getaway to the US, consider some great offers from Creative Holidays. Two children under 11 stay free in the same room with two adults on bookings of four nights at the Hotel Beacon in New York. Priced from $465 an adult. Valid for travel January 4 to February 28. And two kids under 14 stay free when two adults (twin share) are booked for three nights at the Handlery Union Square in San Francisco. Priced from $345 an adult. Valid for travel November 1-March 29. There are other US hotel deals on offer.



Save more than 30 per cent on a 14-day Egypt tour that includes a seven-night Nile River cruise. This trip starts with four nights in Cairo at the Movenpick Pyramids (or similar standard) and two nights on a sleeper train. The cruise, with Dolphin Nile Cruises, is from Luxor to Aswan. The package costs $1099 a person, a saving of $500. There are weekly departures from Cairo till April 30 excluding Christmas, New Year and Easter.

Phone 1300 813391. See


Peppers Hotels has opened its first CBD-based hotel - Peppers Gallery Hotel Canberra (formerly the Diamant Hotel). The opening special includes accommodation in a deluxe room, a cheese platter, breakfast for two and late checkout of 1pm.

The prices are $194 a night Friday-Sunday and $239 a night Monday-Thursday.