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San Francisco, air/5 nights, from $599

/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on United, five nights' accommodations at the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf, and hotel taxes and fuel surcharges, from $599 per person—plus about $56 in airport taxes.

When: Depart Sept. 16, 23, 24, 30, Oct. 1, 2009.

Gateways: L.A.; add $60 for Denver, $115 for Orlando; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Does not include taxes of about $56 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement varies depending on booking dates. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: United Vacations, 888/854-3899, unitedvacations.com.

Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, round-trip fares from L.A. to San Francisco were around $119 for travel in mid-September (Virgin America). A five-night stay at the hotel costs about $656 per person. So booking independently, you would expect to pay about $775, taxes included. This package is $655 with taxes included—a savings of $120.

More: Add nights for about $259 per room per night. There are also other hotels available in San Francisco.