Liberty Travel (tel. 888/271-1584; www.libertytravel.com) takes you to Jamaica in early December -- after hurricane season and right when it's starting to get cold in much of North America. Get airfare, six nights' hotel, meals, and transfers from $1,215 per person.
Spend six nights in Montego Bay at the Sandals Carlyle, a 52-room hotel that feels like a B&B. Your seaside deluxe room comes with a four-poster mahogany king bed, and a view of the pool or the gardens and mountains. Sip cocktails by the beach -- it's all included. If you want to explore a bit, walk to downtown Montego Bay for its famed nightlife and restaurants. Additionally, guests of Sandals Carlyle have exchange privileges (for dining and playing) at two other nearby and significantly larger Sandals resorts -- Royal Caribbean and Montego Bay -- so it's unlikely you'll be bored.
Why is this a deal? A morning flight from Los Angeles to Montego Bay starts at $662 per person. A seaside deluxe room, should you reserve it on your own, would come to $1,708, or $854 per person, with taxes. If you booked those two components separately, it would cost you $1,516 per person. Reserving this trip saves you about $300 per person. Guests of Sandals always receive transfers, so that's taken care of whether you book on your own or through Liberty Travel.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive; independent
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Montego Bay; six nights in a seaside deluxe room with all meals, snacks, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, and non-motorized water sports; hotel transfers; airline fuel surcharges; hotel taxes and fees; government taxes and fees
What Else You Will Have to Pay: Spa service, butler service, off-site excursions, souvenirs, etc.
Book By: Oct. 4, 2012
When: Dec. 3-9
Single Supplement: N/A
Other Departures: New York (from $1,259); Miami (from $1,299); Chicago from ($1,325); Philadelphia (from $1,345); Boston (from $1,375)
Other Details: The package is advertised with a bonus $155 air credit per room and savings of up to 55% -- all of that is already factored into the lowest quoted price of $1,215.
All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes, and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Blackout dates may apply. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways. The single supplement is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.