California, Air, 8 Nights, Car, from $1,019

Get a deal with this quintessential American road trip vacation package, driving from San Francisco to San Diego on California’s Pacific Coast.


This California road trip vacation deal lets you work your way from San Francisco to San Diego, stopping to admire the scenery—and check out the sights—as you go.

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The Real Deal Vacation package includes round-trip airfare into San Francisco and out of San Diego from Chicago on American Airlines; two nights in San Francisco at The Pickwick Hotel; one night in Monterrey at Hotel Pacific; one night in Cambria at Cambria Pines Lodge; one night in Santa Barbara at Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn; two nights in Los Angeles at The Wilshire Hotel; one night in San Diego at Best Western Plus Bayside Inn; seven-day car rental with unlimited miles and roadside assistance; three breakfasts; hotel taxes; airport taxes and fees; and fuel surcharges; from $1,019—plus estimated car rental fees of $56 and $19 per vehicle per night parking at Hotel Pacific, $22 per vehicle per night parking at The Wilshire Hotel and $13 per vehicle per night parking at Best Western Bayside Inn.

When Apr. 13, 20, 2012 ($1,019); add $10 for Apr. 6, 2012; add $220 for Mar. 30, 2012.

Gateways Chicago ($1,019); add from $50 for New York; from $55 for Miami; from $85 for Houston; from $150 for Atlanta; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print Does not include up to $56 in car rental fees, $76 per vehicle in hotel parking fees, and hotel transfers in San Francisco. Based on double occupancy; single supplement from $567. Read these guidelines before booking any Real Deal.

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Why It’s a Deal A recent search on Kayak showed that the lowest multi-city airfare from Chicago into San Francisco and out of San Diego starts at $342 with taxes for travel in late April (United Airlines). Add to that $137 per person, including taxes and fees, for two nights at The Pickwick Hotel, $82 per person for one night at Hotel Pacific, $38 per person for one night at Cambria Pines Lodge; $81 per person for one night at Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn, $137 per person for two nights at The Wilshire Hotel and $90 per person for one night at Best Western Plus Bayside Inn, and your total for airfare and accommodations alone is $907 when booked separately. For just $112 more than airfare and accommodations alone, this package covers the flight, eight nights’ accommodations, a seven-day car rental (worth $125 per person), three breakfasts and all associated taxes and fees, plus offers the convenience of all-in-one booking.

More Extend your stay at The Pickwick Hotel for $55 per person per night, based on double occupancy. Hotel upgrades are available from $50 per person. Car upgrades are available from $38.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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