The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare and three nights' accommodations, from $894 per person — plus taxes of $40.
When: The starting rate is based on departures on May 20, but the package is available on an ongoing basis; prices are subject to air and hotel availability.
Gateways: Phoenix; add $15 for L.A., $120 for New York City, $167 for Houston, $185 for Chicago; additional cities available.
The fine print: Hotel taxes are included. Airport taxes are an additional $40 per person. Based on single or double occupancy. Please note that flights are not offered daily. (Five round-trip flights a week will be offered through August; there will be only two round-trip flights a week come September.) Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline to book; based on availability.
Contact: U.S. Airways Vacations, 800/455-0123, usairwaysvacations.com.
Why it's a deal: According to a recent Kayak search, the lowest round-trip airfare between Phoenix and Kona, departing on May 20, is $689 (U.S. Airways). For an additional $245 per person, including all taxes, this vacation package covers the round-trip airfare as well as the three-night stay.
Trip details: The Keauhou Beach Resort package includes round-trip airfare to Kona on U.S. Airways and three nights' accommodations on the Kona coast of the Big Island, 12 miles from the airport. The oceanfront resort boasts six tennis courts, a fitness center, a swimming pool, and the full-service Kalona Salon & Spa.
Dining and entertainment options include the Kamaaina Terrace, an open-air restaurant that offers picturesque views of the Kona Coast, the ocean-view Verandah Lounge, which offers locally brewed Kona beer and nightly live entertainment; and the ocean-side take-out joint, Kalanikai Bar & Grill.
The 309 rooms are decorated in the island style—tropical prints, wicker and rattan furnishings, and Hawaiian art—and each has a private lanai (balcony).
The resort property is next door to the Big Island's snorkeling hot spot, Kahaluu Bay Beach Park, and three miles from the historic seaport village Kailua-Kona Town. Other attractions within 10 to 15 miles of the hotel include Kealakekua Bay, the Captain Cook Monument, Kealia Ranch, coffee farms, and the City of Refuge.