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For travelers, one of the good things about the recession (if we can dare say such a thing), is that the glut of hotel building in certain parts of the world can mean that rooms are practically yours for the taking. They might not always be the hottest, trendiest or fanciest, but as my mom used to always say, "you don't spend that much time in your room on vacation!" Las Vegas provides our case in point: this week's Smart Deal, from Delta Vacations (tel. 800/800-1504; www.deltavacations.com), takes you to Sin City from $280 for airfare and three nights' accommodations.

The lowest advertised price for this promotion is based on round-trip airfare from Detroit and three nights at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino, which was renovated several years ago. Flights from New York and three nights at the Luxor Hotel and Casino start from just $286. Other Delta gateways are featured, too, including AtlantaƂ?depart from $369 for three nights at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Other listed departures include Minneapolis-St. Paul to Plaza Las Vegas from $345 or Salt Lake City to Paris Las Vegas Casino Resort from $368. Upgrades to fancier digs are possible for slightly higher prices. Departures from other gates are possible but a preliminary check shows that you're more likely to get direct flights to Vegas if you book from one of the airline's hubs, like the airports mentioned here, as well as Cincinnati and Memphis.

You must book by February 13 for travel through May 30 and use the promotion code DV11511. One plus of this package is that there are no blackout dates to work around. The sample pricing provided on Delta's web site is based on travel dates between February 1 and March 11; other departures are available too.

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