Iberostar, operator promote sale

NEW YORK -- Tropical all-inclusive kingpin Iberostar Hotels and Resorts teamed with US Airways Vacations to put its new, commissionable getaways to the Dominican Republic on sale this spring.

Under the terms of US Airways Vacations' Caribbean sale, travelers save as much as 25% off the air portion of air-and-hotel vacation plans booked by March 1 for travel through April 15.

The plans include roundtrip air from the U.S. to Punta Cana; accommodations; round-trip transfers; taxes; and service fees.

Sample rates at the Iberostar Dominicana and Iberostar Punta Cana Beach hotels on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic are $838 for three nights or $1,272 for seven nights, from Baltimore/Washington, New York (LaGuardia) and Philadelphia; $841 and $1,275, respectively, from Boston; $911 and $1,345 from Pittsburgh; and $966 and $1,400 from Charlotte, N.C.

Stays at the Iberostar Bavaro, also near Punta Cana, run $903 for three nights or $1,424 for seven nights, from Baltimore/Washington, New York (LaGuardia) and Philadelphia; $906 and $1,427, respectively, from Boston; $976 and $1,497 from Pittsburgh; and $1,031 and $1,552 from Charlotte.

At Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus near Bayahibe, rates run $847 for three nights or $1,286 for seven nights from Baltimore/Washington, New York (LaGuardia) and Philadelphia; $850 and $1,289, respectively, from Boston; $920 and $1,359 from Pittsburgh; and $975 and $1,414 from Charlotte.

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy.

The three-night rates are valid for Friday departures through April 4; seven-night rates are valid for Monday, Wednesday or Friday departures through April 4. Blackout dates apply for Feb. 14 to 26; other restrictions and fees also apply.

Base pay is 10%, and overrides are available for members of US Airways Vacation's preferred-partner program.

Iberostar Hotels and Resorts' all-inclusive vacations cover accommodations, drinks, meals, snacks and activities. Dining options include buffets and specialty restaurants or poolside snack bars.

Guests are entitled to unlimited land and nonmotorized water sports, including windsurfing, kayaking, catamaran sailing, tennis and water polo.

The chain has crafted a special children's program, Lucy's Miniclub, to supervise kids while parents enjoy nightly shows and dancing.

Each Iberostar resort also offers meetings facilities and can provide the services of an on-site wedding coordinator.

Travelers purchasing all-inclusive Iberostar stays can add optional features, including an outback safari, a "monster truck" tour through the back country or a snorkeling tour.

To book the US Airways Vacations' Caribbean sale to Iberostar properties, call (800) 352-8747 or visit www.usairwaysvacations.com.

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