Travelocity (tel. 855/227-3064; www.travelocity.com) can take you to Las Vegas via Chicago from $602 per person, for three nights with airfare.
Traveling to Las Vegas in the fall is pleasant -- that asphyxiating, blow dryer-like heat of the summer months is gone and prices become more reasonable. Encore is the sister property to Wynn Las Vegas, and it's right on the strip. Choose among more than a dozen dining options at either hotel -- they're all spectacularly dramatic in that singular Vegas kind of way. There's plenty to eat, whether you are feeling nostalgic and love the Rat Pack (Encore's restaurant tribute to ole Blue Eyes with Sinatra, which serves Italian fare) want to choose among five different Bloody Marys at Society CafÃ© or eat like a king at Wynn's top-rated SW Steakhouse. Once you leave the resort, though, you'll never be bored -- there are scores of shops, even more restaurants, and shows to amuse yourself with. And you already know about the gaming part. Recover from the shopping, eating, and drinking back in your enormous 740 square-foot room, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, soaking tub, and high-speed Internet access.
Why is this a deal? Airfare for the November 5 departure started at $249 per person. The real savings are in the hotel stay. If you booked the hotel on your own, for a resort suite king room, it would cost you $826 or $413 per person. When you add in the airfare, it would cost $655 if booked independently. Booking this package with Travelocity saves you $201 per person.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive, independent
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip nonstop airfare between Chicago Midway and Las Vegas; three nights in a resorts suite king (or two queen beds) at Encore Wynn Las Vegas with either views of the Wynn golf course or the Strip; airline fuel surcharges; government taxes and fees; hotel taxes.
What Else You Will Have to Pay: Regardless of whether you book independently or with Travelocity, Encore will add a $25 daily resort fee, for a total of $75. Round-trip transfers are available through Travelocity from $14 per person.
Book By: As soon as possible for best availability
When: November 5-8
Single Supplement: N/A
Other Departures: Dallas, from $538; Tampa from $733; Washington, D.C., from $776.
Other Details: This particular package is part of Travelocity's 25 percent off Las Vegas promotion -- so the departure gates, dates, and hotels are all up to you.
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.