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Florida resorts offer VIP promotion

Hotels in the greater Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area are offering a Vacation Like a VIP promotion. The minimum two-night package includes a $100 resort credit, valet parking, $25 American Express gift card, room upgrade based on availability and a coupon booklet for local attractions, shopping and activities. Participating hotels include Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton and Westin properties. Prices vary by hotel. For example, the two-night package at the oceanfront Atlantic Resort & Spa in mid-July is $442, including $44 taxes. Travel through Oct. 15. Info: (800) 227-8669.

Virginia's Natural Bridge is offering a Summer Escape package starting at $85 per couple per night (plus about $6 taxes) for Sunday through Thursday stays, a savings of $84. (Weekend stays start at $139 plus tax, a savings of $36.) Deal includes lodging at the Natural Bridge Hotel, full breakfast and admission to Natural Bridge, Natural Bridge Caverns and the new Butterflies at the Bridge, the largest indoor butterfly garden in Virginia. Add up to two extra guests per room for $30 each (children are $20). Available through Labor Day. Info: (800) 533-1410,

Intermediate string overflow Variety Cruises is offering 2-for-1 discounts on two seven-night cruises in July and October. Prices vary by itinerary. For example, the Jewels of the Cyclades cruise, which departs Athens, Greece, on Oct. 28, starts at $1,700 per person double after the discount (plus $290 port charges). The cruise stops at several Greek islands, including Santorini and Mykonos. The July 8 Black Sea Treasures cruise from Istanbul to Odessa, Ukraine, starts at $1,495, plus $290 port charges. Book by June 30; some cabin categories are not included in the promotion. Info: (800) 319-7776,

OpenSkies, the all-business-class airline, is offering a sale fare of $1,524 round trip, including taxes, for travel Sept. 6 through Jan. 10. Book by June 30. OpenSkies "biz seats" offer a 52-inch seat pitch and recline to 140 degrees. Reserve at, or pay $50 extra by calling (866) 581-3596.

SmarTours is offering savings of up to $1,000 per couple on its Amazing Thailand tour. The 11-night package now starts at $1,628 per person double (plus $106 taxes) for departures in April 2012. (Dates starting in October are available at slightly higher rates.) Trip includes round-trip airfare from New York to Bangkok; one-way air from Chiang Mai to Bangkok; 11 nights at five hotels in Bangkok, Phitsanulok, Lampang, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai; daily breakfast and one dinner; ground transportation and transfers; and tour director. Priced separately, airfare and hotels would cost about $1,880 per person. Pay by check and book by June 30 for best rate (credit card purchase is $100 extra per person). After June 30, price starts at $1,999 per person double, plus taxes. Info: (800) 337-7773,

Deals sell out and availability is not guaranteed. Some restrictions may apply.