This air-inclusive deal from Virgin Vacations (tel. 888/937-8474; www.virginvacations.com) takes you to London in late February for six nights, with breakfast and taxes included.
By traveling long before the crowds arrive in London for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee or the Summer Olympics, you'll have more time to sightsee. Consider hopping aboard the London Eye observation wheel or ducking into the museums (free admission!). Check out our Best of Royal London for Free slideshow for more sightseeing ideas.
The temperatures in February in London range from 36°F to 45°F; March temps creep up toward an average high of 50°F.
Why is this a deal? A Kayak search reveals nonstop airfare on Virgin Airlines from $699 per person, with taxes. If you were to book the six nights at the Express by Holiday inn at Earl's Court, expect to pay about $1,086 for two people (or $543 per person). If you booked the trip independently, it would cost you about $1,242 per person. Booking the package saves you at least $153 per person.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive; independent
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip airfare from New York-JFK to London Heathrow; six nights at the three-star Express by Holiday Inn Earl's Court; breakfast daily; airline fuel surcharges, hotel taxes and fees; and government taxes and fees.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Transfers; new Department of Transportation rules require travel packagers include all the applicable taxes and fees in their prices.
When: Feb. 22
Book By: Feb. 14; Virgin Vacations requires that you book seven days in advance of the advertised departure date.
Single Supplement: $350
Other Departures: Los Angeles (from $1,163); San Francisco (from $1,169); Miami (from $1,195); Orlando (from $1,305). Departures from New York-JFK or Newark are available for the trip's subsequent (Feb. 29, March 7, 14, 21) departure dates.
Other Details: Departures are available Feb. 29, March 7 and 14 from $1,229 and March 21 from $1,289. You can also book optional tours through Virgin Vacations, such as Royal London Morning tour (add from $83 per person), a Classic Rock and Beatles Tour (add from $48 per person), and a full-day trip to Bath, Windsor, and Stonehenge (add from $120 per person).
To upgrade your hotel, consider the Lancaster Gate Hotel (add $60 per person), a tourist-class property near Hyde Park, and the five-star Cumberland (add $260 per person).
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.