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Orlando, air/7 nights, from $273

Southwest Airlines Vacations package puts you right by the theme parks.

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on Southwest, seven nights' accommodations at the DoubleTree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando, and hotel taxes, from $273 per person — plus about $35 in airport taxes.

When: Depart Mondays–Thursdays and Saturdays through May 7, 2010.

Gateways: New Orleans; add $56 for Manchester, N.H.; $63 for Albany, N.Y., Hartford, Conn.; $70 for Houston; $84 for Omaha, Neb.; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Does not include about $35 in airport taxes per person. Based on quad occupancy — two adults and two children under 18 (the kids stay free at the hotel and only pay airfare). Single supplement is $105. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: March 1, 2010.

Contact: Southwest Airlines Vacations, 800/243-8372,

Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found a $213 flight for travel between New Orleans and Orlando in mid-January (US Airways). For $95 more per person including all taxes, this package also includes seven nights' accommodations.

More: There are other hotel options available: Add $49 per person for the Caribe Royale Orlando, $147 per person for Sheraton's Vistana Villages on International Drive, $175 per person for Disney's Port Orleans Resort-French Quarter, $364 per person for Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, and $518 per person for Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. You can also purchase Disney park tickets through Southwest Airlines.