Looking for an affordable getaway? BookIt (tel. 888/782-9722; www.bookit.com) is offering three nights in Washington, D.C., from $299 per person, including airfare from New York.
L'Enfant Plaza Hotel is in the Southwest Federal Center neighborhood, close to shopping, dining, and four Metro stops. Head to the hotel's top floor to cool off in the rooftop pool, or step outside the front door and walk two blocks to the National Mall and the Smithsonian Museums. You're also not far from Capitol Hill and the Washington Monument.
Why this is a deal? If you booked the airfare on your own for a Thursday departure in mid-August, your airfare would start at $150. Three nights' hotel would cost $649.20, or $324.60 per person. If you put this package together independently, expect to pay at least $474.60 per person.
Factor in the two free tickets to the International Spy Museum tickets (regularly $19.95 per person) and the breakfast daily (worth $15 per person per day, or $45 total), and you can add an extra savings of $64.95 per person. Your total price, if booked separately, would be around $540 per person. Reserving the package through BookIt saves you $241 per person.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive; independent
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Airfare from New York-JFK to Washington, D.C.; three nights in a deluxe room; two tickets to the International Spy Museum; free breakfast daily; fuel surcharges; hotel taxes and fees; and government taxes and fees
What Else You Will Have to Pay: Transfers from the airport, which you can reserve through BookIt (round-trip from $27 per person)
Book By: As soon as possible for best availability
When: Aug. 16, 2012
Other Departures: Miami (from $349); Chicago (from $379); Los Angeles (from $559)
Other Details: This promotion is valid through Dec. 30, 2012, with some blackout dates: July 22-27; Sept. 11; Oct. 27, Nov. 12-13. You can upgrade the room type based on availability. Inquire upon booking for more information. You can also opt to stay four nights from $359, five nights from $439, and all the way up to 10 nights from $749.
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.