updated 4/7/2009 12:15:50 PM ET 2009-04-07T16:15:50

The Real Deal: Round-trip flights on Southwest, two nights' accommodations, 24-hour traveler assistance, and hotel taxes, from $189 per person — plus about $35 in airport taxes and fees.

When: Departs Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, July 6–Aug. 13, 2009.

Gateways: Birmingham; add $16 for Dallas, Houston; $44 for Nashville; $59 for Tampa Bay; $152 for Chicago.

The fine print: Does not include about $35 per person in airport taxes and fees. Based on double occupancy; single supplement starts at $100. Kids under 18 stay free at the hotel. Requires a five-day advance purchase. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

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Book by: Aug. 9, 2009.

Contact: Southwest Vacations, 800/243-8372, southwestvacations.com.

Why it's a deal: A recent Kayak search turned up a $126 round-trip fare in mid-July (Continental). The hotel will cost about $205 per person for the two-night stay, including taxes. Booking independently, you could expect to pay about $331 per person, whereas this package is $224 with all taxes paid. You'll save over $100.

Lodging: Two nights at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside along the Mississippi River. It's near the Riverwalk Marketplace, an area with more than 100 shopping and food outlets, and within walking distance of the French Quarter and Jackson Square.

More: You can add nights; prices will depend on date of departure.

Before you go: The package does not include transfers; there's an airport shuttle you can take for $15 per person. For more ideas on what to do, visit New Orleans's official tourism siteor the official tourism site of Louisiana.

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