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: Rio de Janeiro
Provider: Tourlite International (tel. 800/272-7600; www.tourlite.com)
Duration: Six days, five nights
Base Price: $369
Additional Fees: Up to $120
What's Included: Accommodations, city tour, daily breakfast, hotel taxes, and airport transfers.
What's Not: Local taxes and visas for non-Brazilians.
When: Through 2010.
Deadline: December 15, 2009.
Why this is a Deal: Save $200 off booking this alone.
Complete Details: Book this land-only trip as soon as possible because the low price is valid for select departure dates and subject to change without notice. Accommodations are at the Copa Sul Hotel, a small three-star property in walking distance to Copacabana and Ipanema Beach. Tourlite has been leading tours and vacations for over 30 years.
Destination: San Diego
Provider: The Pearl Hotel (tel. 877/PEARLSD; www.thepearlsd.com)
Duration: Three nights
Base Price: $324.22
Additional Fees: 0
What's Included: Accommodations, hotel tax, and parking.
What's Not: Nothing.
When: While the promotion lasts.
Deadline: Book as soon as possible to ensure availability of consecutive nights.
Why this is a Deal: 40% off stays of three nights or more. Save $195 on a three-night stay in late December 2009.
Complete Details: Use promotion code 40OFF when booking this special package. The Pearl Hotel is a completely renovated mid-century modern motel. Architects and designers kept many period artifacts intact. The 23-room hotel has a pool, in-house restaurant serving California cuisine, and a bar with a hip poolside scene. The hotel is located in Point Loma just one block from the San Diego Bay, near downtown, and close to the nightlife-heavy Gaslight Quarter.
Provider: Gate One Travel (tel. 800/682-3333; www.gate1travel.com)
Duration: Six days, four nights
Base Price: $569
Additional Fees: $120
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, daily breakfast, and fuel surcharges.
What's Not: Security fees and departure tax.
When: January 13 and 20, 2010.
Deadline: Book as soon as possible to ensure air availability.
Why this is a Deal: With airfare and taxes, this trip comes to $114 per day.
Complete Details: This independent city tour departs from the New York area. Accommodations at the budget level are at the Express by Holiday Inn London Earl's Court, located near the Earl's Court Arena/Exhibition Centre. The West Kensington Underground station is a short walk to the hotel. For a $50 upgrade, travelers can stay at the Park Inn Hyde Park, a property with 188 rooms located at the end of Hyde Park near Harrod's, Oxford Street, and Kensington Gardens. The hotel has an on-site restaurant and bar.
Destination: New Zealand and Tahiti
Provider: Air Tahiti Nui (tel. 877/824-4846; www.airtahitinui-usa.com)
Duration: Three nights plus time in New Zealand.
Base Price: $1,253
Additional Fees: $185
What's Included: Airfare, three nights accommodations in Tahiti, and fuel surcharges.
What's Not: Accommodations in New Zealand and hotel transfers in Tahiti.
When: January 7 to May 31, 2010.
Deadline: December 11.
Why this is a Deal: Initially structured as a round-trip airfare to New Zealand, the Tahiti portion of the trip is almost thrown in for free.
Complete Details: The Tahiti component of this "Summer in New Zealand" offer includes three days tacked onto the beginning or end of your trip. Participating resorts include the Hilton Hotel Tahiti where one child stays free with two adults; the Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti where an upgrade to an Ocean View Duplex Suite costs an additional $120; and the Sofitel Tahiti Maeva Beach Resort. An additional $120 allows upgrades to more luxurious properties including the Manava Suite Resort Tahiti. This trip departs from Los Angeles.
Provider: Friendly Planet (tel. 800/555/5765; www.friendlyplanet.com)
Duration: Nine days
Base Price: $2,295
Additional Fees: $150
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, sightseeing, daily breakfast and dinner, all ground transportation, and full-time tour leader.
What's Not: Security fee and departure tax.
When: January 12, February 16, and March 16, 2010.
Deadline: December 9.
Why this is a Deal: Save $600 per couple.
Complete Details: This comprehensive tour of Israel visits the country's most important religious and cultural sites: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Masada, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, and Jericho are all on an itinerary that includes bazaars, ancient villages, museums, and modern parts of the larger cities. An extension to the beach town of Eilat known for snorkeling and vacationing costs $699. A one-day tour to Petra in Jordan costs $220 with border-crossing fee included. The trip leaves from the New York area.
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