Kauai, air/3 nights, from $497

/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on a United Airlines carrier to Kauai, three nights' accommodations, hotel taxes, and fuel surcharges, from $497 per person—plus airport taxes and fees of about $30.

When: July 2-Aug. 4 for L.A., San Francisco; June 25-Aug. 6 for Chicago, Denver, New York City, Portland, Ore.

Gateways: L.A., San Francisco (these two gateways are part of the Hot Deals promotion). Add $232 for Denver, $258 for Portland, Ore., $276 for Chicago, and $328 for New York City for airfare and four nights' accommodations.

The fine print: The lowest rates are based on Sunday through Thursday departures for L.A. and San Francisco and Thursday departures for Chicago, Denver, New York City, and Portland, Ore. Availability is limited and rates may change without notice. Taxes and fees are about $30 per person. Breakfast is not included. Round-trip airport-hotel transfers are an additional $69 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement starts at $161. Read these guidelinesbefore 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: To compare airfares, we did a quick search on Kayak, according to which the lowest fare between L.A. and Kauai is $518 for travel in mid-July with taxes (United). For an additional $9, the Pleasant Holidays package covers the cost of the round-trip flight, as well as three nights' accommodations and all taxes.

Lodging: Three nights at the 394-room Sheraton Kauai Resort, set along 20 acres of Poipu Beach. There are two swimming pools, a fitness center, and tennis courts.

More:The resort's calendar has a list of the activities available during your visit. If you'd like to extend your stay, you can do so for an additional $108 per room per night. For other special offers for Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island, check out Pleasant Holiday's Hot Deals. And for more information on Kauai, visit the island's official tourism Web site.