If you can act in a timely fashion, you may be able to take advantage of this week's smart deal from Funjet Vacations (tel. 888/558-6654; www.funjet.com). The company is calling it the Right Time, Right Price, Right Now special; it saves travelers up to 50 percent off regular prices to destinations such as Cancún, Punta Cana, Cozumel, Hawaii, Aruba, Maya Riviera, and Jamaica. The special is valid for vacations booked by November 20 for travel that generally takes places after the holidays: January 1 through April 30, although individual dates do vary somewhat so please read the fine print. Some of the properties are adding other incentives such as free room upgrades and resort credits. Although these are advertised with specific departure gates, others are possible -- but the price will change accordingly. Fuel surcharges are included, but other departure taxes and fees are not.
The Aruban Resort and Casino located near Eagle Beach in Aruba, is advertised from $599.99 per person, for seven nights. Here, guests receive the 7th night for free and kids stay for free as well; the property is set to undergo a significant renovation. A trip to Cancún to the all-inclusive Occidental Grand Xcaret starts at $649.99 per person for roundtrip airfare and three nights of accommodations, valid for travel January 1, 2009 through April 30, 2009. The price is calculated based on departures from Kansas City. Occidental is located within the ecological preserve of Xcaret, which also contains an eco-archeological park where guests can snorkel, swim with dolphins, observe birds or just spend some time doing nothing in a hammock. Elsewhere in Mexico, three nights at the new, all-inclusive Riu Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta, start from $659 per person, valid for travel January 4-April 30, based on departures from Denver. The hotel is located on Flamingo Beach on Mexico's Pacific Coast.
If you want to go to Jamaica, the all-inclusive Iberostar Rose Hall Beach in Montego Bay is also part of this special. It's priced from $1,499 for travel from St. Louis for seven nights. The luxury property is fairly new, well-appointed with two pools and a golf course, and is located right on the beach.