Las Vegas air/hotel, from $169


The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on United, three nights' accommodations, two included tours, and all taxes and fuel surcharges, from $169 per person.

When: Through Oct. 31, 2009.

Gateways: San Francisco; add $50 for Denver; $165 for Chicago; $215 for D.C.; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Based on Sunday and Monday departures; the rates will be slightly higher on other days. Use promo code CITY. Based on double occupancy; single supplement varies based on departure date. The Laughlin, Nev., day tour is available only on weekdays; the Stateline tour is available only on Wednesdays. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: Jan. 31, 2009.

Contact: United Vacations, 888/854-3899,

Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found a $133 round-trip flight in late January on United between San Francisco and Las Vegas. For $36 more per person, the United Vacations package includes a reduced rate at the hotel Circus Circus (with upgrades available).

Lodging: Circus Circus will be your base for the three-night stay. The monster, 3,770-room hotel on the Strip has three towers and 100,000 square feet of 24/7 casino space, with slots, tables, and a poker room. The property is also home to Adventuredome, an indoor theme park.

Tour highlights: Included in all Vegas vacations from United is the option of two day trips by bus. One is to Laughlin, a resort town about 100 miles from Vegas on the Colorado River, in which you'll drive through the Eldorado and Mojave valleys. The other is the Stateline day trip, where you'll get a full tour of the Vegas Strip, with a stop at a chocolate factory.

More: As a perk, United Vacations offers you the chance to book pair of Adventuredome Theme Park tickets for the price of one (passes are $25 per person). Upgrade to the Excalibur for $45, the MGM Grand or the New York-New York for $105, or the Bellagio for $270.

Before you go: Transfers are not included; you can catch a shuttle to the Strip for $6 one way. For more ideas on what to do, visit Vegas's official tourism site.