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 Â½ 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 SÃ£o 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. SÃ£o 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.