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Get round-trip airfare, car rental, and four nights' accommodation at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess at a notable discount — starting at $862 per person.
updated 9/25/2007 9:27:47 AM ET 2007-09-25T13:27:47

The Real Deal: Includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Arizona and four nights' accommodation at a luxury hotel, from $862—plus taxes and fees of $58 per person.

When: Valid for travel from Oct. 1 to Dec. 15, 2007.

The fine print: Hotel taxes and an Online Vacation Center booking fee are included, along with fuel surcharges and airline taxes. You can add a midsize rental car with unlimited mileage for $50 per person. Rental car taxes and fuel are additional.

Gateways: Los Angeles; add $35 for New York City; $45 for Baltimore and Hartford; $75 for Chicago and Fort Lauderdale; $89 for Boston; $129 for Philadelphia; $269 for Atlanta.

Contact: Online Vacation Center, 888-801-8808,

Why it's a deal: A recent search on Kayak found the lowest round-trip airfare in mid-October between Los Angeles and Phoenix of $119 (Delta). As a result, it is not such a great package when traveling from L.A. But it's a better overall value for departures from the other gateway cities, despite the slightly higher additional costs. Rooms at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess cost upwards of $259 a night, which means you are receiving airfare, a car rental, and four nights' accommodation at a notable discount, especially when traveling from destinations other than L.A. How so? We recently found fares on Kayak that include $239 from Philadelphia (Northwest), $260 from New York (Northwest), and $293 from Fort Lauderdale (Continental).

Trip details: Package includes round-trip airfare to Arizona, plus 4 nights' accommodation at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a AAA-rated five-diamond luxury hotel that boasts a world-famous spa, five outdoor pools, three restaurants, and two 18-hole championship golf courses. Room amenities include one king or two double beds, high-speed Internet access, and an outdoor patio.

Before you go, visit the official tourism Web site.

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