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San Francisco, air/3 nights, from $222

Take a break on the West Coast with round-trip airfare on Southwest, and three nights' accommodations at the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf.

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on Southwest, three nights' accommodations at the Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf, and hotel taxes, from $222 per person—plus about $35 in airport taxes.

When: Depart Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, Nov. 30, 2009-Jan. 30, 2010.

Gateways: L.A.; add $36 for San Diego, $117 for Phoenix, $123 for Denver, $147 for Albuquerque, $183 for San Antonio, $189 for D.C., $306 for Chicago; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Does not include about $35 per person in airport taxes. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $67. Use promo code MONSTER100. Five-day advance purchase required. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: Dec. 3, 2009.

Contact: Southwest Vacations, 800/243-8372,

Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found a $99 round-trip flight for travel in late December (Alaska). A three-night stay at the hotel would cost about $285 per person including taxes. So booking independently, you'd expect to pay about $384 per person. This package is $257 with all taxes included—a savings of $127.

More: You can add nights at the Sheraton; prices vary depending upon booking dates.