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Real Deals: November 2009
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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 November 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. Some companies will pair singles at no additional cost.
Las Vegas, from $193
Delta Air Lines or Northwest Airlines flights from Salt Lake City, a four-day rental car, fuel surcharges, and three nights at the Riviera Hotel & Casino on the Strip. Mention BT10897. Why it's a deal: Airfare alone typically costs $154. For an extra $39, you get the car and hotel. When: Monday departures Nov. 30–Dec. 21; Jan. 11. Other gateways: Atlanta, Detroit (from $245); New York (from $361). SS: None. Contact: Delta Vacations, 800/800-1504, deltavacations.com.
Orlando, from $549
Air from Atlanta, a seven-day car rental, and seven nights in a one-bedroom condo at Vacation Village at Parkway, a mile from Walt Disney World. Includes fuel surcharges. Mention TD4. Why it's a deal: Booking each component separately would cost at least $380 more. When: Nov. 1–Dec. 17, Jan. 4–31. Other gateways: New York, St. Louis ($599); Chicago ($629). SS: $299. Contact: Travel Themes and Dreams, 877/870-7447, travelthemesanddreams.com.
Waterville Valley, N.H., from $336
Two nights at Waterville Valley Resort (choose from Black Bear and Golden Eagle lodges, Town Square and Village condos, or Snowy Owl and Valley inns), two-day ski lift passes for two adults, and a $50 credit for Town Square restaurants and shops. Dec. 4 and 11 stays also include a horse-drawn carriage ride for four, and the two-day lift tickets are replaced with one-day passes for two adults and two kids. Mention BUDGET TRAVEL. Why it's a deal: Booking each component separately costs at least $610. You also receive the $50 credit free. When: Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 ($356); Jan. 3–6, 10–13, 18–20, 24–27 ($336). Contact: Waterville Valley Resort, 800/468-2553, visitwatervillevalley.com.
Cancún, from $459
Air from Fort Lauderdale, transfers, fuel surcharges, and three nights at the all-inclusive Royal Solaris Cancún Resort. Mention TD5. Why it's a deal: Booking each component separately costs at least $508. When: Nov. 1–Dec. 15 (from $459); Jan. 4–31 (from $578). Other gateways: New York (from $539), Chicago (from $569). SS: $249. Contact: Travel Themes and Dreams, 877/870-7447, travelthemesanddreams.com.
Belize Kayaking, from $1,159
An eight-day round-trip escorted tour from Belize City with local transportation (kayak, plane, van), seven nights' lodging (three in hotels, four in tents), 12 meals, equipment, and a guide. Spend two nights in Placencia, one in Belize City, and four on islands near the Gladden Split marine reserve. Airfare isn't covered. Includes a local payment of $200. Book by Nov. 30 and mention BTBKS20. Why it's a deal: This price is 20 percent less than the regular package rate. When: Nov. 2–Apr. 30. SS: N/A. Contact: Gap Adventures, 800/465-5600, gapadventures.com.
Costa Rica, from $954
American Airlines flights from San Francisco to San José, a seven-day car rental, four nights in Arenal at Arenal Volcano Inn with breakfasts, a volcano tour, three nights in Monteverde at the Hotel Fonda Vela, and fuel surcharges. Mention BT75. Why it's a deal: This price is $75 less than the normal package rate. when Until Dec. 20 ($954); Jan. 5–30 ($1,054). Other gateways: L.A. (from $994), D.C. (from $1,024), New York (from $1,034). SS: $449. Contact: Capricorn Leisure Corp., 800/426-6544, capricornleisure.com.