The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on Southwest, three nights' accommodations, hotel taxes, and 24-hour traveler's assistance, from $397 per person—plus about $40 in taxes. Kids 17 and under stay and eat free with a paying adult.
When: Monday and Wednesday departures, June 22–July 13, July 20–Aug. 26, 2009.
Gateways: Denver, Houston; add $18 for Kansas City, Albuquerque; $44 for Chicago; additional gateways available.
The fine print: Does not include taxes and fees of about $40 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $229. Must be booked at least five days in advance of departure date. Read before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: July 2, 2009.
Contact: Southwest Vacations, 800/243-8372, .
Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found a round-trip flight between Denver and San Antonio in late June for $403 (Frontier). The hotel will cost about $538 for a three-night stay in late June, including all taxes. So if you booked independently, you would expect to pay about $672 per person, including all taxes. offers the same booking for $437 per person, including all taxes—a savings of $235.
Lodging: You'll stay at . The 539-room hotel is right on the , a walk with cafés, shops, and gardens to explore. The hotel also has an outdoor heated pool, running maps by Runner's World magazine, and Venezuelan dark chocolates for every guest. Note that there are other hotels available, such as and the . The starting price for each will depend on your gateway city.
More: Add nights from $80 per person.
Before you go: Transfers are not included. A taxi ride from the airport to the hotel will cost $20 to $30, or you can take the , which starts at $18 per person.