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Pleasant Holidays (tel. 800/742-9244; www.pleasantholidays.com) is offering a Cancun vacation at a great value: airfare with three nights' hotel, from $305 per person.

Stay at the beachfront Krystal Cancun, in the heart of Punta Cancun's activities, restaurants, and entertainment. It's on a white-sand beach but also has a pool that provides panoramic views. Deluxe rooms (one king or two double beds) have marble floors, flat-screen televisions, and a view of either Cancun Boulevard or the Caribbean Sea. The $305 package is not all-inclusive, but you can upgrade to the three-night all-inclusive package for $154 per person.

Why is this a deal? According to a Kayak search, the round-trip airfare is $218 for a Jan. 16 departure from Miami to Cancun. Three nights in a deluxe room, without the all-inclusive package, comes to $468 per person. If you booked the trip separately, you would pay $686 per person for the airfare and hotel. With taxes, the Pleasant Holidays package comes to $409 per person. Booking the basic package would then save you at least $277.

If you do decide to upgrade to the all-inclusive package (airfare and three nights from $563 per person, with taxes), the price would cover all your meals, unlimited alcohol and beverages (excluding the in-room mini bar), 24-hour room service, all use of non-motorized sports and the onsite gym, and gratuities. But if you were to book the hotel independently, three all-inclusive nights would cost $792 per person. Buying airfare and hotel on your own would cost $1,010 per person -- Pleasant Holidays' all-inclusive package saves you at least $447 per person.

Trip Type: Air-inclusive; independent

What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip airfare from Miami, three nights at Krystal Cancun Hotel and Resort, and airline fuel surcharges. Kids 12 and under stay free with each full-paying adult (maximum of two children per two adults).

What Else You'll Have to Pay: Government taxes/fees $104 in taxes and fees; add $22 per person for round-trip transfers arranged through Pleasant Holidays.

Book By: Jan. 1, 2012

When: Monday departures Jan. 16, 23, 2012 (from $305); Monday departures Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 (from $370)

Single Supplement: $435

Other Details: Other properties are included in this package, so there are plenty of hotels to choose from if you're looking for something different.

Other Gateways: Denver (add $24); New York-JFK, Chicago (add from $54); Los Angeles (add $84); Kansas City (add $104); San Francisco (add $124)

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.