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Hawaii, air/9 nights, from $915

/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on a major carrier (arriving in Honolulu, Oahu, and departing from Kahului, Maui), regional flights from Oahu to Kauai and from Kauai to Maui, nine nights' accommodations at a choice of hotels, breakfast daily (depending on hotel selected), and hotel taxes, from $915 per person — plus about $60 in taxes.

When: August 1–30, 2009.

Gateways: Seattle; add $120 for San Francisco, $174 for Los Angeles, $210 for Houston, $234 for Chicago, $290 for New York City, $314 for Miami; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Does not include about $60 in airfare taxes per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement starts at $444. Note that prices vary a great deal depending on travel and booking dates; these sample prices were for an August 17 arrival. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: BeachDestinations.com, 877/433-4378, beachdestinations.com.

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Why it's a deal: We priced out a multi-city itinerary on Kayak for travel in mid-August and found a $578 fare on Hawaiian Airlines. For $397 more, including all taxes, this package takes care of airfare as well as nine nights of accommodations, all in one booking. You also have the benefit of customizing your itinerary by choosing from beachdestinations.com's hotel offerings — 48 hotels on Oahu, 15 on Kauai, and 17 on Maui (many with breakfast included).

More: Add nights on Maui from $61 per person.