All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). See "What's Included" and "What's Not" for details about associated taxes and fees and "Complete Details" for information about travel restrictions and, if available, trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans. Base-prices, taxes and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel.
Destination: Hermosa Beach, CA
Provider: Travelocity (tel. 888/872-8356; www.travelocity.com)
Base Price: $399.51
Duration: Two nights
Additional Fees: $116
What's Included: Airfare and accommodations,
What's Not Included: Security fees, departure taxes, and airline fuel surcharges
When: February 23 to 25
Deadline: As soon as possible for availability.
Why this is a Deal: Booking this alone would cost you $250 more
Complete Details: Flying out of New York, this package deal includes accommodations for two nights at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Hermosa Beach. The hotel is in walking distance to the beach and the famous Hermosa Pier and beachfront promenade. The pier is full of surf shops, outdoor restaurants serving fresh seafood, and bars. Hermosa has a thriving surf and skateboard scene and is known for vintage clothing.
Destination: Ambergris Caye, Belize
Provider: Go Today (tel. 800/227-3235; www.go-today.com)
Base Price: $1,179
Duration: Seven days, six nights
Additional Fees: $85
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, airport transfers in Belize, daily breakfast, hotel taxes, and airline fuel surcharges
What's Not Included: Security fees and departure taxes
When: May 1 to May 31
Deadline: February 14
Why this is a Deal: Booking this trip by your self would cost $600 more
Complete Details: Departing out of Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, or Phoenix on Continental Airlines, this package deal takes you to Belize's most popular and tourist-friendly island. There are no cars, flip-flops are considered dressy, and the hotels range from modern resorts to small thatched roof bungalows on the beach. Ambergris Caye sits just inside the second largest barrier reef in the world. Accommodations are at Mata Rocks, a small beachfront hotel situated on the calm Caribbean Sea. For $460 more, you can stay at the award-winning Victoria House, arguably the island's most luxurious and picturesque hotel.
Destination: Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai
Provider: Friendly Planet (tel. 800/555-5765; www.friendlyplanet.com)
Base Price: $1,649
Duration: 10 days
Additional Fees: $120
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, sightseeing, all intra-China travel, some meals, professional guides, airport transfers, and fuel surcharges
What's Not Included: Security fees and departure taxes
When: April 16 to 25
Deadline: February 29
Why this is a Deal: You'll save $600 if you book before the deadline.
Complete Details: Pre- and post-Olympic tour prices to China continue to be affordable. This complete package tour with accommodations at three and four-star hotels departs from Los Angeles and San Francisco on an Air China midnight flight. The detailed itinerary visits ancient sites such as the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and more modern sites such as the Bund district in Shanghai. For the design-inclined, it's worth a visit to the soon-to-be iconic 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium designed by Swiss-based architects Herzog & de Meuron. .
Destination: Santa Ana, New Mexico
Provider: Golf Pac Travel (tel. 888/848-8941; www.golfpactravel.com)
Base Price: $194.75
Duration: One night or more
Additional Fees: 0
What's Included: Accommodations, round of golf, resort credit, and golf and hotel taxes
What's Not Included: None
When: Through February 29, 2008
Deadline: Anytime before above travel date
Why this is a Deal: You save $25 per night with a resort credit and save $40 to $60 per round of golf on a championship golf course.
Complete Details: Accommodations are at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa, a hotel located on the Rio Grande in between and almost equidistant to Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Golfers will play a round with a shared cart at the Twin Warriors course, consistently ranked the top course in New Mexico. This package can be lengthened to more than one day. Golfers must share a room. Mention package code R-HYRTWP when booking.
Destination: South Island, New Zealand
Provider: ATS Tours (tel. 888/781-5170; www.atstours.com)
Base Price: $2,149
Duration: Ten days, seven nights
Additional Fees: $140
What's Included: Airfare, intra-New Zealand airfare, and an eight-day motor home rental
What's Not Included: Security fees, departure taxes, and
When: Through December
Deadline: No deadline is given
Why this is a Deal: ATS "Hot Deals" are priced 20 to 25 per cent less than the agency's regular rates.
Complete Details: Fly Air New Zealand out of Los Angeles to Auckland from where you'll fly to Christchurch to pick up your Maui Spirit 2 RV. From Christchurch the rest of the trip is self-drive, which is the way to see New Zealand. You'll have the freedom to head down the east or west coast to Queenstown, one of the jewels of New Zealand's South Island. The west coast has artsy towns, glaciers, and mountain and coastal scenery. The east coast is wine country where vineyards growing sauvignon blanc and pinto noir grapes frequently pop-up along the route. Maps are included with the tour as is a hot-line to call for directions, tips, and emergencies.
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