Asia air pass, from $1,499

/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Round-trip economy airfare on Cathay Pacific between your U.S. gateway city and Hong Kong, plus stopovers in two other Asian cities (choose from 24 destinations), from $1,499 per person—plus up to $198 in taxes.

When: Depart Aug. 17–Dec. 1, 2009; add $500 for departures through Aug. 16. Travel must be completed by Dec. 7.

Gateways: L.A., New York City, San Francisco; add $100 for Las Vegas, San Diego; $200 for Denver; $360 for Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, D.C., Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando, St. Louis.

The fine print: Does not include taxes of up to $198 per person (exact taxes will depend on itinerary). Based on departures Monday through Wednesday; add $100 for other days. You must complete travel within 21 days of departure. Note that you must purchase this pass through a travel agent; get full details here. Cathay uses two partner airlines, Dragonair and Vietnam Airlines, for some of the flights. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: Based on availability; a minimum 30-day advance purchase is required.

Contact: Cathay Pacific, cathaypacific.com/us.

Why it's a deal: For comparison's sake, it's a good idea to price out your desired itinerary on Kayak before booking the All Asia Pass. The more far-flung your destination choice, the more savings this deal will offer.

For instance, an L.A.-Kuala Lumpur-Hong Kong-Osaka-L.A. ticket, when looking on Kayak for travel in mid-September, would cost $1,891 on Japan Airlines. With the All Asia Pass from Cathay, you'll spend about $1,697—a savings of $194.

Travelers from the East Coast will save significantly more; the same multicity fare from New York City booked through Kayak costs about $3,139 on multiple airlines—a savings of $1,442 when compared with the air pass.

More: Add $300 for each additional stop in Asia (up to two). There are 24 "basic destinations" that are included in the base price. For $150 more, you can add a one-way flight to one of 25 "add-on cities", such as Beijing and Delhi.