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This week's deal comes directly from SATA Airlines (tel. 800/762-9995; www.sata.pt), and it takes you overseas to the Azores from $999 per person with airfare and six nights of accommodations in a hotel in Ponta Delgada's historic district.

Where are the Azores, you may be asking? Well, they're a collection of islands 900 miles or so off the coast of Lisbon, Portugal, and they're about 4 ½ hour hours by plane from Boston. They maintain temperatures in the 60s-80s year round, and lots of sun. You can stay almost anywhere -- the promotion offers stays at one of 29 hotels on six islands. You'll arrive on the main island of São Miguel and stay in Ponta Delgada at the recently renovated Hotel Talisman, a well-located property in the town's historic district with wireless Internet access, room service, a rooftop swimming pool, and restaurants. Pass wrought iron balconies as you easily walk from your hotel room to explore the town's churches, old buildings, cafes, and its working harbor. São Miguel is called the Green Island, and is also home to Terra Nostra Park, golf courses, crater lakes -- in short, lots of natural beauty. If you decide you want to stay on one of the other islands, the starting price $999 includes inter-island air; if you want to go to Pico -- known for its 7,700-foot volcano and the highest point in Portugal -- you'll even receive a rental car.

Why is this a deal? The fare for a mid-November departure would cost you $1,158 for a nonstop SATA flight from Boston to Ponta Delgada. If you reserved the hotel on your own, it would cost you $672 (Â?86 per night), or $336 per person. Booking the components of the package separately would cost about $1,494 per person. Reserving the trip through SATA would save you $495 per person.

Trip Type: Air-inclusive, independent

What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip international airfare from Boston to Ponta Delgada, six nights at Hotel Talisman in a queen room; airline fuel surcharges; hotel taxes and fees; government taxes and fees; daily buffet breakfast.

What Else You Will Have to Pay: Transfers available from approximately Â?16 round trip via cab or $20.

Book By: As soon as possible for best availability; SATA recommends three weeks in advance.

When: Tuesday and Friday departures and returns November 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.

Single Supplement: $320

Other Departures: None. You can get a good price on connecting flights to Boston with SATA if you select US Airways or Virgin America. Otherwise you will need to make your own arrangements.

Other Details: You can't book online with SATA, so you must call them. Children up to six years old can stay for free on this trip; round-trip airfare, including all taxes and fees, is priced from $824 per child.