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Travel Deals: Spring Savings Starting at 20 Percent

Locations in this article:  Cape Town, South Africa San Francisco, CA

Spring is the season for discounting. Right now, we’ve got deals that start at 20 percent savings and climb to well over 50 percent off traditional rates. It’s not just about the price; it’s about the value. Keep reading to see how much you could be saving on St. Patrick Day discounts, Caribbean Jazz festivals, European cruises and African safaris.

20 Percent Off:

Irish eyes are smiling in San Francisco this St. Patrick’s Day, where the Hotel Abri has a “Get Lucky” deal that lets guests save 20 percent off night rates for stays through April 4, 2013. Rates start at $143 before taxes and fees.You have until March, 18 to book this package. Note there are black-out days March 8-11, March 25-28. Learn more about the package on the hotel’s website.

30 Percent Off:

From April 30 to May 12, 2013 is the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival. Take part in the fun, as  several hotels and resorts on island are offering value-added packages with discounts of up to 30 percent off room rates, for travelers attending the festival. Our pick is the Marigot Bay Hotel‘s “Enjoy Jazz on The Bay and still Jazz it up at Pigeon Island” package. The deal includes accommodations for two in a  bay view suite, daily full breakfast buffet,  20 percent off all spa treatments and 10 percent off dinner fine-dining Boudreau. You can book until May 1 for travel from April 25 through May 20, 2013. Rates begin at $199 per night with promotion Code: JAZZ

40 Percent Off:

To celebrate 40th anniversary of the launch of its Princess barge, French Country Waterways is offering a 40 percent discount on two special weekly sailings. Take the French barge cruise to Champagne on May 19 or to Alsace-Lorraine on July 28.  Rates start at rates to $3,897 per person on the Champagne itinerary and $3,597 on the Alsace-Lorraine journey. To book, call 781-934-2454 or visit them online.

Up to 50 Percent:

This spring you can find additional savings on with Express Deals. Express Deals lets you search for hotel discounts and still specify the amenities you need.

Right now, timed for spring break, has an Express Deals hotel sale, giving you up to 50 percent off published prices – with no bidding required. Typically you can save up to 45 percent with an Express Deal, but during the sale period you save an extra 5 percent on top of the pre-negotiated discount.

The deal runs through March 30 for travel to be completed by May 15, 2013. The extra savings coupon code applies to all participating destinations and hotels at any star levels.

To book, visit Priceline’s Express Deals and use coupon code: SPRING.

50 Percent and Beyond:

You might think safaris just belong on bucket list and not a deal column, but guess again. We’ve found an affordable South Africa safari whose rates are often 50 percent less than the competition. Travel to the Pilanesberg National Park, where you’ll see lions, black and white rhinos, elephants, buffalos, and leopards.

Lion World Tours is offering a 10-day safari for travel between September 13 and November 29,2013, for $2,499 (USD) and that including domestic flights from 26 U.S. cities, in addition all taxes, and fuel surcharges, internal flights within South Africa, four nights in The Commodore Hotel Cape Town and two nights at Bakubung Bush Lodge.

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By Lily J. Kosner for