The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare and two nights' accommodations from $239 per person—plus $21 in taxes.
When: Ongoing, based on availability.
Gateways: New York City; add $70 for Orlando, $82 for Chicago, $170 for Denver, $190 for Austin, $250 for Oakland; additional gateways are available and subject to availability.
The fine print: Hotel taxes are included, but airfare fees are an additional $21 per person. Breakfast is not included. Based on double occupancy; solo travelers pay from $415. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Contact: JetBlue Getaways, 800/538-2583, jetblue.com.
Why it's a deal: A recent SideStep search yielded $149 as the lowest round-trip fare (including tax) between New York and Boston for departures in mid-October (JetBlue). For an additional $111, JetBlue Getaways covers airfare as well as a two-night hotel stay and all hotel and airport taxes.
Trip details: The package includes round-trip airfare on a JetBlue carrier and two nights' accommodations at the Boston Marriott Quincy Hotel in Quincy, a historic part the Greater Boston area about eight miles from downtown Boston. The city was the birthplace of former presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, as well as statesman John Hancock.
You'll stay in one of the Marriott's 464 rooms equipped with high-speed Internet access, 300-thread-count bedsheets, and down comforters. Guests have access to the fitness center and the pool on the premises. The Marriott can be reached easily from Logan Airport, I-95, I-93, and the Quincy Adams stop on the T, Boston's metro system.
In Boston, you might want to check out the TD Banknorth Garden, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the New England Aquarium, as well as Quincy's own Adams National Historical Park, Granite Links Golf Club, or the US Naval Shipbuilding Museum. The hotel is also a good jumping-off point for exploring the town of Plymouth and Cape Cod.
Similar air and two-night packages are available at two other hotels for a slightly higher price. Rates start from $275 for the 941-room Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers and from $375 for the 1216-room Sheraton Boston Hotel.
For more tips on what to do in the area, visit the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau online.