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Washington, D.C., Air/3 Nights, From $485

Book a last-minute trip to the capital during the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C.

(Courtesy RSchatz/myBudgetTravel)

The Real Deal Coinciding with the cherry blossom festival from Mar. 26 to Apr. 10, this package includes round-trip airfare to Washington, D.C., on JetBlue Airways; three nights at the St. Gregory Luxury Hotel and Suites; and fuel surcharges; from $485 per person—plus estimated hotel taxes, airport taxes, and fees of $106

When Mar. 23–26, 2011 for the hotel offer; Mar. 22–29 if booking airfare only.

Gateways New York City; add $20 for Atlanta; $50 for Miami; $55 for Houston; $90 for Denver; $114 for Chicago; $130 for L.A.; $154 for Seattle; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print The starting rate includes a $17.50 per person discount off the air/hotel package from CheapOair.com. The discount is applied as follows: you save $7.50 per person ($15 per booking) off the hotel rate when you use the promo code Winter15. You also save $10 per person (for up to five people booking together) off the cost of airfare when you use the promo code PR50. The two discounts can be used together. Breakfast not included. Airport taxes of $21 and hotel taxes of $85 per person for three nights add up to an additional $106. Based on double occupancy; add $342 for solo travelers. A minimum three-night stay required for the starting rate. Airport-hotel transfers are an additional $31 each way. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By Mar. 28, 2011.

Contact CheapOair, 888/516-4914, cheapoair.com.

Why It’s a Deal We did a quick search on Kayak to compare the cost of airfare and found that the lowest round-trip fares between New York City and Washington, D.C., start from $199 with taxes for travel in late March (JetBlue). Add to that $399 per person, including taxes, for three nights at the St. Gregory Luxury Hotel and Suites if booked directly through the hotel, and you’d be paying $598 for air and accommodations. For $7 less, this CheapOair package covers the airfare, as well as three nights’ accommodations, all taxes and fees, plus the convenience of one-stop shopping. The savings may be even greater from other gateway cities. For instance, a Kayak search between Atlanta and D.C. yielded a starting fare of $402 (U.S. Airways), suggesting that travelers based in Atlanta would save $190 by booking this package.

More Optional activities include a Washington, D.C., Duck Tour (about $33 per person) or a tour of the city at night ($36 per person). Room-only packages at the St. Gregory Luxury Hotel and Suites are $684 per room for three nights (about $342 per person), based on double occupancy; no single supplement. Rates for additional nights vary. CheapOair offers airfare from New York City from $153 per person for travel from March 22 to 29.

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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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