updated 3/6/2009 10:10:07 AM ET 2009-03-06T15:10:07

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare to Phuket on Cathay Pacific Airways, transfers by van, four nights' hotel accommodations, breakfast daily, a 90-minute massage for one person, and fuel surcharges and hotel taxes, from $1,399 per person — plus $86 in airport taxes and fees.

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When: April 15–May 15, 2009; add $50 for May 16–June 14; $150 for now through April 14; $500 for June 15–25.

Gateways: L.A.; add $50 for San Francisco, New York City; $125 for Boston, D.C., Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego, Seattle, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore.

The fine print: Does not include airport taxes and fees of $86 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $650. Based on travel Monday–Thursday; a $25 per person surcharge each way applies for weekend travel. The massage is only good for one person per villa; add another massage for $129. Use tour code HKTBNT-SPCP10. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: GTS Globotours, 800/988-4833, globotours.net.

Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found a $1,072 round-trip flight between L.A. and Phuket in mid-April (Cathay Pacific). The hotel accommodations would normally cost a staggering $727 per person, including taxes. So if you booked independently, you could expect to pay about $1,799 per person. You'll save more than $300 by booking this package instead, and you'll get the airport transfers and one massage thrown in — a nice incentive.

Before you go: U.S. citizens will need a valid passport for travel; a visa is not required. For more on Thailand, visit the official tourism site, or the U.S. State Department's travel fact sheet.

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