The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare and four nights' accommodations, from $599 per person — plus taxes and fees of $80.
When: April 1-Sept. 30, 2008; add $100 through March 31. Blackout dates: Feb. 21-23 and May 23-24.
Gateways: Chicago, D.C., New York City; add $25 for Atlanta, Atlantic City; $49 for Boston, Detroit, Nashville; $99 for Houston, Long Beach; $119 for L.A.; additional cities available.
The fine print: Hotel taxes and a nonrefundable $99 administrative charge are included. There is an additional $19 fee per room per night to be paid directly to the resort, which covers local phone calls, wireless Internet access, use of chairs and umbrellas at the beach and the pools, and access to the pools, the beach and the fitness center. Airport taxes and fuel surcharges are an additional $42 per person. Breakfast is not included. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $449 through Mar. 31 and $349 April 1-Sept. 30. Last minute travel surcharges of $25 to $50 per person may apply if you book less than four weeks in advance. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: March 1, for travel through March 31; Sept. 15, for travel through Sept. 30.
Contact: Online Vacation Center, 800/780-9002, onlinevacationcenter.com.
Why it's a deal: The biggest savings comes from the hotel price. A city-view double at the Royal Palm Resort in April typically costs around $266 per night midweek, including taxes and fees. A four-night stay is about $1,064, or $532 per person. For $147 more per person ($599 plus taxes of $80), Online Vacation Center's package covers the four nights' accommodations as well as round-trip airfare and all taxes.
Trip details: The Online Vacation Center package includes round-trip airfare to either Miami or Fort Lauderdale, depending on availability, and four nights at the Royal Palm Resort, a ritzy 414-room hotel in Miami's South Beach.
In addition to its location right on the beach, the Royal Palm Resort features two outdoor pools, a whirlpool, and water activities including parasailing, scuba diving and wave running. The art deco-style lobby pays homage to South Beach's artistic history, as does the Deco Lounge bar. You'll find a blend of Caribbean and American cuisine at the hotel's Britto Restaurant overlooking the ocean. If you'd like to extend your stay, extra nights at the Royal Palm Resort are $125 per person per night through March 31 and $105 per person per night from April 1 through September 30.
South Beach is the destination of choice for celebs, retirees, and college students alike. The Royal Palm Resort is within walking distance of Miami attractions like the Bass Museum of Art and the Holocaust Memorial as well as the Lincoln Road shopping district and famed Ocean Drive.
Other popular attractions include the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a 34-room villa filled with European art and antiques; the Biltmore Hotel Tour, a glimpse of Miami's glamorous past; and Everglades National Park. Find more on what to see and do in Miami by visiting the visitors bureau Web site.
April and May are among the best months to travel as temperatures average 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit and hurricane season (June through November) hasn't kicked in yet. February and March tend to be a bit cooler — and more expensive, at least in terms of this package. Before you go, check the local forecast at BudgetTravel.com.