Hawaii's Big Island, Air/3 Nights, From $679
A long weekend at an oceanfront resort on Kailua Bay with a private beach cove.
The Real Deal Round-trip airfare to Kailua-Kona on United Airlines; three nights at the Royal Kona Resort on Kailua Bay; a free stay for kids ages 17 and under; and hotel taxes; from $679 per person—plus estimated airport taxes and fees of $38.
When Jan. 17–Mar. 6, 2011.
Gateways San Francisco; add $28 for Seattle; $48 for L.A.; $105 for New York City; $107 for Miami; $175 for Denver; $195 for Houston; $206 for Chicago; $213 for Atlanta; additional gateways available.
The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees of about $38 are additional. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is about $156. Kids ages 17 and under pay only for airfare, which is about $519 per person from San Francisco. Breakfast is not included. Round-trip airport-hotel transfers are an additional $48 per person. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By No deadline; based on availability.
Contact Pleasant Holidays, 800/742-9244, pleasantholidays.com.
Why It's a Deal According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest round-trip fares between San Francisco and Kailua-Kona start from $582, including taxes, for travel in late January (Hawaiian Airlines). Add to that about $213 per person, including taxes, for three nights at the Royal Kona Resort, and your total for airfare and accommodations is $795 when booked independently. For $78 less, this Pleasant Holidays package includes airfare, accommodations, and all taxes and fees.
More Optional activities include a tour of the lava fields of the Kilauea volcano at night ($79 per person), a tour of the Kailua-Kona/Keauhou area by mini-bus ($79 per person), and a helicopter adventure ($360 per person). Additional nights at the Royal Kona Resort start from $102 per room per night. Packages for airfare and five nights at the Royal Kona Resort start from $808 per person and include a five-day automatic Hertz car rental with unlimited mileage.
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