By Carrie Havranek
Here's a travel opportunity that makes living on the West Coast especially enviable. For this week's Smart Deal, we're featuring a three-night Oahu vacation from Pleasant Holidays (tel. 800/742-9244; www.pleasantholidays.com). The Hawaii deal starts at $299 for a long-weekend getaway from Los Angeles or San Francisco just as the weather turns colder.
At $299, you can explore the famed beaches of Waikiki, stay in one of its many high-rise hotels within a short walk to the beach, and even bring the kids without too much of an extra expense. The hotel is also close to the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium. Other islands are included at higher starting prices. It's also easy to customize this deal if you want other accommodations.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive; independent
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip airfare from either Los Angeles or San Francisco to Honolulu, three nights at Castle Ocean Resort Hotel Waikiki, airline fuel surcharges, and Hawaii ticket tax. Kids 12 and younger stay and eat for free. For a child's airfare, add from $202, plus taxes.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Government taxes and fees of up to $50; a mock booking added about $45 per person to the package price.
Book By: As soon as possible to ensure best availability
When: The price reflects daily departures between Nov. 28-Dec. 5 for Oahu and Nov. 28-Dec. 15 for the other islands.
Other Details: If you've already been to Oahu, three nights in Maui starts at $339 with air, three nights in Kauai starts at $495 with air, and three nights in Hawaii's Big Island starts at $519 with air, with the same caveats and terms. Prices will vary based on availability, dates, and departures.
All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes, and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Blackout dates may apply. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways and any single supplements, which is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.
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