• For basketball fans, a March Mania deal at the Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno offers accommodations for three nights, food vouchers for four days, a daily wristband good for unlimited beverages (alcohol and otherwise), souvenir hat -- and the opportunity to watch the NCAA action on any one of dozens of big-screen, high-def TVs at the hotel's restaurants, bars and sports book center. Rates start at $239 per person, based on double occupancy, for all three nights. Details: 800-648-5966, www.eldoradoreno.com.

  • Buy your Eurail Global Passes now and get two to five days of free train travel later during your trip. The Eurail Early Bird Promotion applies to non-European residents only. Passes must be purchased before March 31. Buyers have six months to activate them. Details: www.eurailgroup.org/eurail.

  • The Hyatt Regency Santa Clara has dropped its AAA winter rates; they now start at $89.10 for a room for two. Rates valid through April 15, based on availability. Details: 800-233-1234, http://santaclara.hyatt.com.

    Restrictions such as blackout dates and advance-purchase requirements may apply. Prices do not include taxes or fees unless noted.


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    -- Linda Zavoral, Staff