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Vancouver, B.C., air/4 nights, from $545

Take a weekend to explore the host city of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Get round-trip airfare on American, four nights at the Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver, and more.
/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on American, four nights at the Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver, and hotel taxes, from $545 per person—plus about $69 in airport taxes.

When: Through Dec. 25, 2009.

Gateways: Dallas; add $79 for St. Louis, $102 for New York City, $122 for Atlanta, $160 for D.C., $189 for Chicago; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Does not include airport taxes of about $69 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $253. The $545 rate is based on a Dec. 10–14 stay; some dates will cost slightly more. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability.

Contact: American Airlines Vacations, 800/321-2121, aavacations.com.

Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found a $683 round-trip flight between Dallas and Vancouver for travel in mid-December (U.S. Airways). This package is $614 including accommodations and all taxes—$69 less than what you'd pay for airfare alone if you booked independently.

More: Add nights at the Metropolitan for about $64 per person per night. Other hotels are available at varying rates: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Waterfront, Pan Pacific Vancouver, Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside, and Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown.