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Real Deals: September 2009
Over $4,900 in savings—exclusively for you!
It pays to be a Budget Travel reader! This month, our exclusive deals net you more than $4,900 in discounts and bonuses. Among the freebies: a volcano tour in Costa Rica, a hot-air balloon ride in Turkey, and an ocean-view cabin upgrade on a Mediterranean cruise. For more savings, search the 175-plus Real Deals at BudgetTravel.com—the star means you've found a package just for BT readers!
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Before you book... These trips and starting prices ("From") sell out quickly, and details may change. Call the companies for complete info. Most rates are based on midweek dates; weekend travel can raise the price. Under "Why it's a deal," round-trip flights are based on the lowest September departures on kayak.com at press time. Usually not included: service, security, and visa costs; hotel, car-rental, and airport taxes. Check each listing for fuel surcharge details. Prices are per person, with two people sharing a room, unless otherwise noted. The single supplement ("SS") is the extra fee charged to solo travelers.
Denver, from $199
Two rooms at the Curtis hotel for one night, four tickets to the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, one $50 food-and-beverage credit, and parking. The price is for two adults and two kids. Book by Oct. 30 and mention PROCCC. Why it's a deal: You receive the second room at no extra cost. When: Sept. 1–Nov. 30. Contact: The Curtis, 800/525-6651, thecurtis.com.
Gurnee, Ill., from $269
Two nights at the KeyLime Cove resort, about an hour from Chicago; breakfasts; and passes to the resort's indoor Lost Paradise Waterpark. The price is for two adults and two kids. Mention BT09. Why it's a deal: The required two-night stay typically starts at $398, so this package saves you at least $129. You also receive the breakfasts (an $80 value) at no extra cost. When: Sept. 8–Nov. 25. Contact: KeyLime Cove, 224/656-8685, keylimecove.com.
Houston, from $358
Two nights at the Crowne Plaza Downtown, breakfasts, parking, and four CityPasses valid at Space Center Houston, Downtown Aquarium, and other attractions. The price is for two adults and two kids. Mention BUDGET TRAVEL. Why it's a deal: Booking each component separately costs at least $145 more. You also receive a free room upgrade worth about $40. When: Sept. 1–Nov. 30. Contact: Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800/446-8786, visithoustontexas.com/budgettravel.
San Francisco, from $441
Air from L.A., four nights at the Westin St. Francis in Union Square, and a one-hour narrated cable-car tour. Includes fuel surcharges. Why it's a deal: You receive the cable-car tour (a $20 value) at no extra cost. When: Sept. 1–Nov. 30. Other gateways: Chicago ($579); Atlanta, Houston, Miami, New York ($659). SS: $369. Contact: Travel Themes and Dreams, 877/870-7447, travelthemesanddreams.com.
South Lake Tahoe, Calif., from $176
One night at Zephyr Cove Resort, breakfast, and an Emerald Bay cruise aboard the Dixie II. The price is per room. Mention BUDTRV. Why it's a deal: This rate is 24 percent less than the regular package price. When: Sept. 22–Nov. 26; Nov. 29–Dec. 21.Contact: Zephyr Cove Resort, 888/896-3830, zephyrcove.com/budgettravel.
Nova Scotia, from $1,197
Air Canada flights from New York to Halifax, a seven-day car rental, six nights' hotel, a city tour, and entry to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum. Spend two nights each in Halifax and Baddeck, and one each in Sydney and Antigonish. Add from $35 for fuel surcharges. Why it's a deal: This price is about 10 percent less than the regular package rate. When: Sept. 1–Nov. 30. Other gateways: Atlanta ($1,355), Boston ($1,416), Chicago ($1,442), L.A. ($1,477), Miami ($1,652). SS: $524. Contact: Maxxim Vacations, 800/567-6666, maxximvacations.com.
Jamaica, from $519
Air from Fort Lauderdale or New York to Montego Bay, transfers, and three nights at the all-inclusive beachfront Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort. Includes fuel surcharges. Why it's a deal: Booking each component separately would cost at least $42 more. You also receive a free room upgrade worth $30. When: Sept. 1–30 ($519); Oct. 1–Nov. 30 ($594). Other gateways: Baltimore (add from $75).Contact: Travel Themes and Dreams, 877/870-7447, travelthemesanddreams.com.
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