All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). See "What's Included" and "What's Not" for details about associated taxes and fees and "Complete Details" for information about travel restrictions and, if available, trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans. Base-prices, taxes and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel.
Destination: New York City
Provider: Westin Hotels (tel. 888/627-7149; www.westinny.com)
Base Price: $389 per night
Duration: Three nights
Additional Fees: $65
What's Included: Accommodations, third night free, free room upgrade, breakfast, free roll-away bed and parking
What's Not: Hotel service taxes and airfare
When: Through September 1, 2008
Deadline: Book through August 22, 2008
Why this is a Deal: Save 50% on regular room rates and more on upgrade and extras
Complete Details: An upgrade package with this "stay two nights with a third night free" deal gets you extras like use of an appetizer lounge with free soft drinks on your executive floor. Located in Times Square, the hotel is close to all Broadway activities, Central Park, Fifth Avenue shopping, and the Modern Museum of Art.
Destination: Rotorua, Christchurch, Queenstown and Milford Pass in New Zealand
Provider: Go Way (tel. 888/469-2944; www.goway.com)
Base Price: $3,280
Duration: 12 days, 9 nights
Additional Fees: $263
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, sightseeing, some meals, transfers, and professional tour guide
What's Not: Security fees, departure tax, and tour guide and driver gratuities
When: Through September 8, 2008
Deadline: Book as soon as possible to ensure savings
Why this is a Deal: Save $1,000 on booking this four-star air-land sightseeing tour alone
Complete Details: Visiting Rotorua, Christchurch, Queenstown and Milford Pass, this package deal includes accommodations at local resorts and boutique hotels. Highlights include Lake Wanaka and the caves and geysers of Rotorua. In Queenstown, you can choose additional excursions such as a helicopter ride, white water rafting or guided rock climbing. The trip departs from Los Angeles. A cultural dinner and Milford Pass cruise are also included.
Destination: Quito, Banos, and the Amazon in Ecuador
Provider: Friendly Planet (tel. 800/555-5765; www.friendlyplanet.com)
Base Price: $1,259
Duration: Seven days
Additional Fees: $250
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, sightseeing, most meals, all transfers, transportation, and professional tour guides
What's Not: Security fees, departure tax, travel insurance, tour guide and driver gratuities
When: January 19, 2008
Deadline: September 5, 2008
Why this is a Deal: Save $800 per person if booked by the above deadline
Complete Details: Fast becoming one of the world's hottest tourist destinations, Ecuador combines UNESCO World Heritage sights with lush ecological landscapes and interior jungle travel. Departing out of Miami, this tour visits Quito, the Otavalo markets, springs of Banos, the Amazon, and the Cotopaxi National Park with direct views of the highest active volcano in the world.
Provider: Homeric Tours (tel. 800/223-5570; www.homerictours.com)
Base Price: $1,894
Duration: 7 nights
Additional Fees: $205
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, cruise, meals, sightseeing, and transfers
What's Not: Security fees, departure tax, and tour and driver gratuities
When: September 1 to 30, 2008
Deadline: Available until sold out; travel currently available through May 31, 2009.
Why this is a Deal: Save $1,400 when booking this trip alone
Complete Details: Egypt continues to be one of the ancient world's great bargains for travelers departing from the New York area. This trip, from the 39 year-old respected tour provider, gives a glimpse of Egypt in seven nights. Visiting Cairo and the Nile River valley with excursions available to other sights, the trip highlights include the Temple of Luxur, the Pyramids, the Sphinx, Edfu, the Karnak Temple, and the famous Egyptian Museum. The trip departs on Wednesday's from New York's JFK Airport. The Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort, one of the hotels included on this trip, has a golf course on the grounds.
Provider: Go Today (tel. 800/227-3235; www.go-today.com)
Base Price: $829
Duration: Six nights
Additional Fees: $145
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, daily breakfast, hotel tax, and airline fuel surcharge
What's Not: Security fees and departure tax
When: October 31 to November 10, 2008
Deadline: August 21, 2008
Why this is a Deal: With the exchange regarding the Euro, booking a hotel now would cost double this price. Estimated savings on this deal come to around $400.
Complete Details: With accommodations in the now very-fashionable 20th arrondisement, this independent trip to Paris departs out of the New York area. Accommodations are at the Comfort Hotel Davout Nation, located near Pere Lachaise cemetery, the Clignancourt Flea Market, and Place de la Nation. The nearest Metro is a 4-minute walk.