updated 10/14/2009 11:24:10 AM ET 2009-10-14T15:24:10

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on Air Lingus to Dublin; six nights in a two-bedroom villa, complete with a living room and kitchen, at the Heritage 5 Star Golf and Spa Resort in Killenard (about an hour from Dublin); a manual-transmission full-size rental car with unlimited mileage for a week from Dooley Car; admission to Belleek China Visitor Center; a discount booklet for the Shannon region containing up to $500 in savings; hotel taxes; fuel surcharges; and car-rental fees, from $499 per person—plus taxes and fees of about $125.

When: Dec. 1, 2009-Feb. 11, 2010 (Dec. 18-31 are blackout dates); add $40 for Nov. 1-30, 2009, Feb. 12-March 10, 2010; $100 for March 11-Apr. 30, 2010; $200 for May 1-31, 2010.

Gateways: Boston, New York City; add $35 for Chicago; $150 for Denver; $200 for L.A., Seattle; $265 for Miami; $300 for San Francisco; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Based on quadruple occupancy; add $140 for triple; $240 for double; and $700 for single occupancy. Taxes and fees are about $125 per person. Breakfast is not included. Upgrade to an automatic-transmission car with GPS for an extra $50. It is mandatory to have some form of rental-car insurance in Ireland and most credit card companies no longer provide coverage for it; optional basic collision protection is $77 for the week. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: Oct. 31, 2009.

Contact: Aer Lingus Vacation Store, 800/495-1632, aerlingusvacationstore.com.

Why it's a deal: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest round-trip fare for early December flights between New York City and Dublin is $575 with taxes (Delta). For an additional $49, the Aer Lingus Vacation Store package covers the international airfare, as well as six nights' luxury accommodations, a rental car for a week, and all taxes and fees.

More: Optional activities include a three-hour treatment at the Heritage Spa Experience ($40 per person) or a round of championship golf ($99 per person). Additional nights start at $99 per person, which also includes a car rental for the day.

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