A perennial favorite for travelers, Orlando has Disney World, Universal Studios, and all sorts of family-friendly attractions. But most people don't think that a Florida vacation in January can be affordable. This week's Smart Deal from CheapOair (tel. 866/592-9685; www.cheapoair.com) begs to differ.
First, we need to impart a bit of practical advice about navigating CheapOair's site. In order to find this week's Smart Deal, when you get to the company's site and click on "Vacation Packages" you'll notice, halfway down the page, a series of tabs organized by destination. Click on Orlando, and you'll find a range of packages that are listed by departure city. Washington, D.C., happens to be the least expensive starting point, but New York (from $273), Detroit (from $253), and Seattle (from $435) are also included.
The property associated with the starting price for this package, Mystic Dunes, is one of many available in Orlando. With an 18-hole golf course and two swimming pools, Mystic Dunes also has free shuttle service to Disney World, about two miles away.
It's important to note that because of the dynamic nature of searching for airfare and hotel deals on this website, your search may pull up properties in Orlando that are more affordable or hotels that are more expensive than the price we're looking at right now in this particular destination.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive; independent
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip airfare from Washington, D.C., to Orlando; three nights at Mystic Dunes hotel; and a free shuttle to the area theme parks.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Fuel surcharges and government/airline taxes and fees (add $79.80)
Book By: Dec. 24, although other departure gateways have Dec. 22 booking deadlines
When: Jan. 15-18, 2011
Other Details: Tack on from $143 (or $163 with taxes/fees) to add a child to this package, which includes airfare and three nights' hotel.
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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