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More flights to Portugal and its islands

Conserve: The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa on Hawaii’s Big Island credits guests up to $25 per bag. Conserve: The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa on Hawaii’s Big Island credits guests up to $25 per bag.
March 28, 2010

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SATA, Portugal’s second largest airline, adds new flights from Boston to Portugal this spring with special round-trip introductory fares starting at $462 (for the Azores) and $578 (for Lisbon). On April 10, SATA adds a weekly direct flight to Ponta Delgada on São Miguel in the Azores, an Atlantic archipelago two hours from Lisbon and a four-hour flight from New England. The islands are home to black-sand beaches, geysers, volcanic mountains, and seaside villages. Nonstop service to Lisbon takes off on Wednesdays beginning June 9 and on Sundays starting July 25. And service to Lisbon (Tuesday through Saturday) and Porto (every Wednesday), with one stop in the Azores, begins in late June.

800-762-9995, www.sata.pt

Luggage fee relief in Hawaii
To offset airline fees, the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa on Hawaii’s Big Island has launched a Bags Stay Free deal, which credits guests up to $25 per bag (two maximum) during their stay. Use your credit at the hotel’s Kona Coffee Shoppe, Hawaii Calls Restaurant and Lounge, or regular luau event. Or put it toward your room rate, taxes, parking, or Internet fees. Think about it while you soak in one of three outdoor pools overlooking Anaeho’omalu Bay. Rates, which are good through Dec. 24, start at $199 per room for a garden view, $274 for an ocean view, based on a two-night minimum. You must have a valid airline baggage receipt at check-in and quote promotional code L9Z when booking your accommodations. 808-886-6789, www.waikoloamarriott.com

Decompress in Munich
If you find yourself waiting for a flight out of Munich Airport, visit the new “relax zones,’’ seating areas that are equipped with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary English newspapers and drinks. Or get a hot chocolate massage at the Kempinski Hotel Airport München (located between Terminals 1 and 2), a chair massage (located at gates throughout the airport), or lie down in a Napcab, a private “pod’’ with a couchette, TV, desk, and Internet connection (located next to Gate H32 in Terminal 2; about $13-$20 per hour, with a $41 minimum. 800-231-0856, www.continental.com, www.munich-airport.de

KARI BODNARCHUK