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: New York City
Provider: GEM Hotels (tel. 212/675-1911; www.thegemhotel.com)
Base Price: $159 per night
Duration: One night or more
Additional Fees: $26
What's Included: Accommodations.
What's Not: Hotel taxes.
When: Through February 28.
Deadline: Book as soon as soon possible to ensure availability.
Why this is a Deal: These special "wallet-friendly" opening rates will not be available after the above deadline.
Complete Details: This new neighborhood hotel in the heart of Manhattan's Chelsea has 81 rooms. Complimentary amenities include turndown service, Internet access, iPod stations, and Gilchrist & Soames bath products. Opened in November, the hotel is located on the corner of 22nd Street and Eighth Avenue near local art galleries, the Fifth Avenue Flatiron shopping corridor, the West Village, and some of Manhattan's top nightclubs.
Destination: Hong Kong
Provider: Virgin Vacations (tel. 888/937-8474; www.virgin-vacations.com)
Base Price: $999 per person
Duration: Five nights
Additional Fees: $185
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, fuel surcharges, and hotel taxes and service charges.
What's Not: Security fees and departure tax.
When: February 10 to March 25.
Deadline: February 5.
Why this is a Deal: This package goes up $270 for departures after March 25, 2009
Complete Details: Accommodations for this deal are at the BP International Hotel in Kowloon's Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood. Filled with jewelry shops, clothing boutiques, and restaurants, Tsim Sha Tsui is one of Hong Kong's most popular neighborhoods. The Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island and the world-famous Peninsula Hotel are short walks from the hotel. Departures for this trip are out Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Provider: Cheap Caribbean (tel. 800/915-2322; www.cheapcaribbean.com)
Base Price: $509
Duration: Three nights
Additional Fees: $115
What's Included: Round-trip flights, accommodations, all meals and beverages, non-motorized sports activities, and local hotel taxes.
What's Not: Security fees, departure tax, and airport transfers.
When: Through January 31.
Deadline: February 1 to 28, 2009
Why this is a Deal: This all-inclusive food and beverage deal with airfare comes to $206 per day, and children stay and eat for free.
Complete Details: Departing from the New York area, this last-minute package deal offers very low pricing for an all-inclusive vacation deal. Accommodations are at the 385-room Grand Oasis Caribbean Resort, a brand new property with 650-feet of beachfront property. There is a kids club with supervision and activities.
Destination: The Maya World
Provider: G.A.P. Adventures (tel. 800/708-7761; www.gapadventures.com)
Base Price: $679
Duration: 16 nights
Additional Fees: Approximately $500, depending on departure city.
What's Included: Accommodations, tour guide, and all in-country transportation.
What's Not: Airfare, local payments, and meals.
When: March 7 to 23.
Deadline: Book as soon as possible to ensure the 15% discount.
Why this is a Deal: Receive a 15% discount for this March departure date.
Complete Details: Accommodations for this 17-day adventure tour are at simple hotels. Transportation is on busses, boats, and vans. Stopping in locations important to Maya culture, this tour starts in Cancun on Playa del Carmen before moving on to Tulum, Caye Caulker in Belize, Flores in Guatemala, Rio Dulce, Antigua, Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, and Chichicastenango. Sightseeing highlights include the Maya ruins of Tikal, volcanoes, hot springs, Caribbean outdoor markets, and UNESCO World Heritage sights. The trip finishes up in Antigua, allowing for independent travel. Tour sizes are kept between 10 and 15 travelers and include full-time guide.
Destination: Taos, New Mexico
Provider: El Monte Sagrado Living Resort and Spa (tel. 800/828-8267; www.elmontesagrado.com)
Base Price: $149 per night.
Duration: One night or more.
Additional Fees: $22.
What's Included: Accommodations, parking, daily continental breakfast, and resort fees.
What's Not: Hotel taxes.
When: Through January.
Deadline: January 16.
Why this is a Deal: Save 50% off regular rates.
Complete Details: Mention code "Zoo" or book online with the promotion code of "Zoo" to receive the discounted rate. Locates in Taos, the El Monte Sagrado is 7,000 feet above sea level. Using the latest in environmental "green" eco-system construction, the resort is self-sustaining and a leader in alternative energy. The resort's rooms are modeled after global and Native American cultures, exemplifying the need for a "one-world" approach to environmental solutions. The $149 rate is good for weekends and weekdays during January. Rooms in February will cost $30 more per night. Activities include fly-fishing, hiking, cross-country and downhill skiing, bird watching and even Llama trekking.