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: South Africa
Provider: Friendly Planet (tel. 800/555-5765; www.friendlyplanet.com)
Base Price: $2,899
Duration: 14 days
Additional Fees: $160
What's Included: Airfare from New York City region, accommodations, sightseeing, some meals, tour guide, airport transfers, and local taxes.
What's Not: Security fees and departure tax
When: January 16 to 29, 2008
Deadline: October 12.
Why this is a Deal: Save $600 per traveling duo if booked by above date
Complete Details: In addition to daily buffet breakfast, six dinners and four lunches are included. The trip visits Cape Town, Johannesburg, and game reserves in the South African game parks; a trip to a Lesedi village is also included. A four-day add-on to Victoria Falls includes airfare and accommodations in "superior class" hotels.
Provider: CIE Tours (tel. 800/243-8687; www.cietours.com)
Base Price: $699
Duration: Six nights
Additional Fees: $275
What's Included: Airfare, car rental, accommodations, maps, and accommodations.
What's Not: Security fees, departure tax, fuel tax, and rental car insurance.
When: January 1 to February 28, 2008
Deadline: No deadline is given but book as far as advanced as possible to ensure airfare locking in this low especially low cost.
Why this is a Deal: Booking this deal and paying yourself -- especially with the current pound to dollar exchange rate -- would cost over $1,400
Complete Details: Departing out of Boston on Aer Lingus, this self-drive Ireland package includes five nights in local inns of your choice anywhere in the entire country. The trip also includes one night in a first class Shannon or Dublin hotel. A full Irish breakfast is included on a daily basis. For further savings, save 30 percent if you purchase car insurance at the time of booking.
Provider: Asian Affair Holidays (tel. 800/742-3133; www.asianaffairholidays.com)
Base Price: $1,156
Duration: Five nights
Additional Fees: $85
What's Included: Airfare, hotel, airport transfers, half-day city tour, fuel surcharges and security fees.
What's Not: Departure taxes
When: January 1 to March 31, 2008
Deadline: No exact deadline given but six week advanced booking is recommended to ensure hotel availability.
Why this is a Deal: Most discount packages to Tokyo are not four-star and do not include security fees.
Complete Details: Airfare is on Singapore Airlines out of Los Angeles. Accommodations are at the Tokyo Hilton, a huge complex hotel with an indoor pool overlooking the popular Shinjuku neighborhood. The hotel also has two rooftop tennis courts, a Michelin-rated French restaurant, Japanese baths, and a popular hotel bar. All rooms have free wireless Internet access.
Destination: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Provider: American Airlines Vacations (tel. 800/321-2121; www.aavacations.com)
Base Price: $630
Duration: Four nights
Additional Fees: $185
What's Included: Airfare, accommodations, local taxes, all meals and beverages and non-motorized water sports.
What's Not: Security fees, fuel surcharges, and departure taxes.
When: Until October 31
Deadline: October 18, 2007
Why this is a Deal: Save 35% off regular hotel prices
Complete Details: This upscale Caribbean resort has room rates normally exceeding $200 per day per person. The package deal includes the room, all meals, all beverages including alcoholic, activities from tennis to sailing to windsurfing. Departures are out of Miami. Accommodations are in a junior suite at this four-stat resort.
Destination: St. Petersburg, Florida
Provider: Travelocity (tel. 888/872-8356; www.travelocity.com)
Base Price: $325
Duration: Two nights
Additional Fees: $85
What's Included: Airfare and hotel
What's Not: Airport transfers, security fees, and departure taxes
When: October 12 to 14
Deadline: October 10
Why this is a Deal: Travelocity's Last Minute Deals are still some of the least expensive in the entire industry. For domestic travel inside the United State, they are very hard to beat.
Complete Details: Departing form Chicago with accommodations on Clearwater Beach between Tampa and St. Petersburg, this package puts you up at the Beachcomber Beach Resort Hotel with five acres on the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel has a beachfront bar with live music from two bands daily. Clearwater has miles of white beaches, with two beaches consistently votes the top beaches in America on an annual basis within a ten minute drive and boat ride. Also, the town of Dunedin in Pinellas County is an arts and crafts fishing village with cute shops, restaurants and nightlife.
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