American brings back Virgin Islands deal

It’s back!

American Airlines brings back its wonderfully affordable airfare offer to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

A round-trip rate of $283 is valid for travel finished on or before June 25, 2014.

Trips are permitted any day of the week, based on sale seat availability (every seat on every flight is not offered at the lowest rate).

The minimum stay requirement is any two nights.

Blackout dates on this offer are Dec. 15-Jan. 15, 2014 in each direction.

American serves St. Thomas (STT) with one flight connection in Miami.

Don’t delay on a ticket purchase as this offer has no ticket-by date. This indicates that the offer could vanish at anytime. Make haste to land this great deal.

To book, I recommend starting the search for available seats at Kayak.com vs. calling an airline directly. You can also search for the sale at travel websites such as Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity, etc.

Though it’s only 32 square miles in size, St. Thomas is a tourist destination to please most any traveler — from sailing, snorkeling, diving, golf to a hot nightlife scene. Ascend the famous 99 Steps of Charlotte Amalie for an incomparable view of the Caribbean.

St. Thomas has over 40 major beaches along its sun-drenched coasts. One relatively quiet beach is Smith Bay Park-Lindquist Beach, located on the east end of the island, off of Smith Bay Road and a short distance from Red Hook (where ferries whisk you to the island of St. John, USVI; $12 round-trip, per person). A $2 per person fee applies.

And if your interests lean toward culture and history, don’t miss seeing the second-oldest synagogue in the Western Hemisphere, the 1680-built Fort Christian or the childhood home of Camille Pissarro, one of the best-known French Impressionists.

Clara Bosonetto is a retired travel consultant.