Green Travel Deals

By AM Northwest Staff

Gabe Saglie stopped by to share with us some travel ideas for great deals while keeping it green.

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What travel companies are doing

Hotels
W Hotels: Has committed to planting 100 trees for every hotel booking through May 26th
Kimpton Hotels: Adopted an EarthCare program ensuring, among other things, that all rooms are cleaned with environmentally-friendly products, that all lobbies serve organic or shade grown coffee and that properties retrofit lighting to ensure only energy efficient bulbs are used

Online Travel Agents
Orbitz: Launched an eco-friendly micro-website that features environmental tour packages, environmentally-friendly hotels and outdoor volunteer trips
Expedia: Offers customers a chance to offset the carbon footprint of their flight by obtaining memberships in TerraPass, a company that funds conservation projects (donations range $599-$29.99 depending on length of flight)

Cruise Lines
Norwegian Cruise Lines: Adopted a vessel speed reduction program (slowing ships to limit air emissions) and recycles cooking oil in ships into bio-diesel

Airlines
Virgin Atlantic: Plans to increase fuel efficiency by 30% by the year 2020; it recently flew the world’s first commercial aircraft with biofuel
British Airways: Adopted several goals, including sending no waste to landfill by 2010 and reduce on-the-ground engine hours by 10% by 2010

Car rental companies
Hertz: Established a “Green Collection” of fuel-efficient cars (rated at least 28mpg) available for rent

Resorts:
Sandals: Earned “Green Globe Certification” by upgrading the monitoring of water use on all properties, bolstering its recycling of linens, bed spreads and food and promoting green tour promoters
Paradisus Punta Cana: Given “Green Planet Award” (only 114 in the world have earned it) for its recycling, water and energy conservation and waste management


Eco-Friendly Travel Deals

W Hotels
Across the U.S.

Bookings through May 26 result in company planting 100 trees (through its “Trees for the Future” campaign)
Deal includes 2 oxygen shots and 2 spring martinis with each booking
Examples:
 W Seattle: $235/nt.
 W San Francisco: $239/nt.
Travel through May 26
Book by April 30

Suncadia Resort
Cle Elum, WA (3.5 hours by car NE of Portland)

New AAA 4-Diamond resort on eastern slopes of Cascade Mountains
Ideal spot for nature-inspired vacation, with 50 mi. of hiking and biking trails, fly fishing areas and 6400 acres of pristine  views
Deal includes upgraded accommodations in a Lodge Studio Suite (w/private balcony, fireplace and LCD TVs) and nightly $25 food/beverage credit
$169/nt.
Travel through May 27
Book by April 25

The FireSky Resort & Spa – a Kimpton Hotel
Scottsdale, AZ
Hotel adheres to Kimpton’s EarthCare Program, including cleaning all rooms with eco-friendly products, serving only organic/shade-grown coffee, using soy-based inks and retrofitting all lighting to use only energy efficient bulbs
AAA 4-Diamond resort in the heart of old Scottsdale
Deal includes nightly wine reception and free room upgrade
$99/nt. (50% off)
Travel May 20-September 8
Book by April 21

Hawaiian Vacation:Outrigger Luana Waikiki Resort Oahu
Roundtrip airfare Portland-Oahu on Northwest Airlines6 days, 5 nights at the AAA 3-Diamond Outrigger Luana Waikiki Resort
Resort underwent $11 million renovation to, in part, streamline recycling and increase energy efficiency
2500 bonus miles for Northwest frequent fliers
$544/pp
Travel April 30-May 13; travel through Oct. 31 at slightly higher prices
Book by April 26

Norwegian Cruise Lines
Across North America
Ships on lower capped speeds to reduce air emissions
Ships recycle onboard cooking oil into bio-diesel 
Examples:
 Norwegian Star: One-Night Cruise fr. Seattle (“Nowhere Cruise”)
 2 days, 1 night at sea
 Ports of call: Seattle, Vancouver BC
 Sail dates: September 20
 $69/pp (inside cabin) and $79/pp (ocean view cabin)

 Norwegian Pearl: Alaska Cruise from Seattle
 8 days, 7 nights at sea on brand new ship
 Ports of call: Seattle, Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Victoria BC, Seattle
 Sail dates: Throughout 2008 and 2009
 $699/pp (inside cabin) and $799/pp (ocean view cabin)
 Book by April 30

Sandals Resort Jamaica
Accommodation at the Sandals Grande Ocho Rios Beach Resort
 “Green Globe Certification” winner
· Award for upgrading the monitoring of water use, the recycling of linens, bed spreads and food and the promoting green tour operators
Stay in Premium Luxury Room
· All-inclusive: all meals, cocktails/drinks, activities and tipping included
Airport transfers included
Free daily round of golf included

$169/pp/nt. (50% off)

Travel June 1-December 26
Book by April 30

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