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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: Lisbon
Provider: Gate One Travel (tel. 800/682-3333; www.gate1travel.com)
Base Price: $769
Duration: Six days, four nights
Additional Fees: $115
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, fuel surcharges, and daily breakfast.
What's Not Included: Security fees and departure tax.
When: November 26
Deadline: As soon as possible to ensure availability
Why this is a Deal: Portugal for $147 per day with airfare over Thanksgiving would cost $350 more if booked independently.
Complete Details: Departing out of the New York area the evening before Thanksgiving, this air/land package includes accommodations at the Mundial Hotel, an attractive tourist-class property located in the center of the city. The hotel has views of St. Jorge, a well-known Lisbon castle, and is adjacent to Rossio train station and a main square.

Destination: Las Vegas
Provider: Excalibur Hotel and Casino (tel. 877/750-5464; www.excalibur.com)
Base Price: $116
Duration: Four nights
Additional Fees: $24
What's Included: Accommodations only.
What's Not Included: Hotel service charge.
When: November 12, 2008 through January 6, 2009
Deadline: December 24
Why this is a Deal: You save up to 30 percent off already low rates.
Complete Details: These internet-only prices go as low as $29 per night for Sunday through Thursday stays. This deal must be booked online. The Excalibur Hotel and Casino is a castle-themed destination hotel with a Tournament of Kings dinner show with jousts and medieval games. Currently, comedian Louie Anderson is performing at the hotel. Amenities include a casino floor, a recently renovated outdoor pool that doubled in size, and a SpongeBob SquarePants "4D" Special FX Ride.

Destination: Jamaica
Provider: Jakes Hotel (tel. 800/OUTPOST; www.jakeshotel.com)
Base Price: $322
Duration: Five nights
Additional Fees: $88
What's Included: Accommodations, 30-minute massage and a complimentary bottle of wine
When: Through December 15.
What's Not Included: Hotel service charges and local taxes.
Deadline: Book as soon as possible to ensure availability.
Why this is a Deal: Fifth night is free.
Complete Details: Owned by Chris Blackwell's Island Outpost hotel group, Jakes is a gem of property located on Treasure Beach on the Southern coast of Jamaica. The hotel is known for it's very laid-back atmosphere, affordability, and eclectic-design. Rooms are multi-colored, and some have thatched roofs with individual lounging areas. The hotel has a popular on-site restaurant and bar. It offers a romantic, quiet escape amidst some of Jamaica's most beautiful terrain.

Destination: Laos
Provider: Gap Adventures (tel. 800/708-7761; www.gapadventures.com)
Base Price: $1,058
Duration: 14 days
Additional Fees: $250
What's Included: Support vehicle, sightseeing, and 7-day cycling trip through Laos.
What's Not Included: Local payment
When: December 15, 2008
Deadline: Book as soon as possible to take advantage of this last-minute deal.
Why this is a Deal: Save 15% off of the $1,245 regular price.
Complete Details: Mention trip code ATCL when booking this 14-day trip starting in Bangkok, Thailand before heading straight to Chiang Khong and the Mekong River on the border of Laos. Once in Laos, you'll visit Luang Prabang before hopping on a bicycle for seven days riding through the Vang Vieng, and Ventiane. Accommodations are in hotels, guesthouses, and on an overnight train. A tour leader will remain with the group throughout the duration of the trip. Meals are not included. This trip is fairly physically demanding with seven days of cycling totaling 322 miles. One sightseeing highlight includes a Mekong River slow boat cruise.

Destination: Panama
Provider: Latin Destinations (tel. 866/645-2846; www.latindestinations.com)
Base Price: $709
Duration: Seven nights
Additional Fees: $90
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, airport transfers, daily breakfast, and hotel taxes.
When: Through December 20
What's Not Included: Security fees and departure taxes.
Deadline: December 20
Why this is a Deal: Save $100 off the price of this trip from recent weeks and save approximately $250 over booking this independently.
Complete Details: Departing from New York, this package deal to Panama includes three nights in the Gamboa Rainforest Resort and four nights at the beach in Playa Bonita. The Gamboa Rainforest Resort is located on the edge of a rainforest and close to the Panama Canal. There's an aerial tram, a monkey island, birdwatching, fishing, and evening safaris. The hotel has a library and an outdoor pool. Playa Bonita is located on Panama's Pacific Ocean shoreline. It's a luxury beach resort just 20 minutes west of Panama City.