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London and Dubai, air/6 nights, from $1,169

This unusual pairing divides your time between two exciting metropolises. Get multicity airfare, three nights in London, three nights in Dubai, breakfast daily, and hotel taxes.
/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Multicity airfare on a major carrier; three nights in London at the Days Hotel Waterloo or your choice of 152 other hotels, three nights in Dubai at Panorama Bur Dubai or your choice of 216 other hotels, breakfast daily, and hotel taxes, from $1,169 per person—plus $196 in taxes and fees.

When: Nov. 1–30, 2009.

Gateways: New York City; add $73 for Miami, $113 for Detroit, $794 for San Antonio; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Does not include $196 in taxes per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $175. Based on a Nov. 18, 2009 departure; other dates might vary in price. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: European Destinations, 877/267-2247, europeandestinations.com.

Why it's a deal: A recent Kayak search produced a $1,275 multicity flight (New York City–London–Dubai–New York City) for travel in mid-November (Virgin Atlantic). For $90 more including all taxes, this package also covers six nights' accommodations.

More: This package is completely customizable; add nights in London or Dubai to create an itinerary up to 14 nights long. The default hotels at the $1,169 price are the Days Hotel Waterloo and the Panorama Bur Dubai, but there are hundreds of hotels to choose from at that price or higher prices.