The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare, five nights' accommodations, and a booklet of discount coupons from $700 per person — plus taxes of up to $46.
When: Jan. 10-Mar. 6, 2008.
Gateways: L.A., San Francisco; add $42 for Phoenix; $304 for Denver; $329 for Dallas, Omaha; $354 for Chicago, Newark; $355 for Boston, New York City, Philadelphia; $429 from D.C., Tampa; additional cities are available.
The fine print: You'll receive a complimentary Aloha Deals coupon booklet which features discounts for restaurants, activities, and shops. Hotel taxes and government fees are included. Flight taxes, passenger facility charges, and airport security fees are an additional $46 per person. Lowest prices are based on Wednesday and Thursday departures; flying on other days can cost up to $300 more per person. Expect to pay an extra $40 per person for round-trip airport-hotel transfers, or opt for an economy-car rental, which average at $40 per day. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $342. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: Pleasant Holidays, 800/742-9244, pleasantholidays.com.
Why it's a deal: In comparison, according to a recent Sidestep search, the lowest round-trip fare between L.A. and Kahului starts at $413 in mid January (multiple carriers). For an additional $287, or about $57 a night, Pleasant Holidays covers five nights' accommodations and hotel taxes. This is a great deal considering that the lowest rates at the Aston currently start at $117 per night for a garden-view room (or $585 for five nights).
Located in southern Maui, about 10 miles from the airport, the resort has a 28-acre coconut grove — the oldest on the island—and two secluded beaches. As a guest, you get access to a large Maui-shaped swimming pool and two tennis courts.
Each room is equipped with a mini fridge (in case you want to save some money by preparing your own meals), and there are coin-operated laundry machines on the grounds and high-speed wireless Internet access in the lobby. Dining options include the Ukulele Grill restaurant and barbecue facilities.
Aside from easy beach access, the resort offers a wide range of leisure activities, such as croquet and golfing, fishing, and whale-watching. You can extend your stay for about $170 per person per night.
January and February can be rainy in Hawaii, but it's also the time when the waves are highest and surfers are out in droves. The weather is balmy, with daytime highs in the mid 70s to low 80s. Before you go, check the weather forecast.