The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare arriving in Madrid and departing from Barcelona on Air France and Delta; a one-way flight from Madrid to Barcelona on Spain Air; three nights in Madrid at the recently renovated Hotel Praga; three nights in Barcelona at the Sunotel Aston; three breakfasts; hotel taxes and fees; and fuel surcharges, from $796 per person — plus about $80 in airport taxes and fees.
When: March 1–30, 2010.
Gateways: New York City; add from $5 for Boston; from $38 for Chicago; from $44 for Houston; from $66 for Denver; from $68 for San Francisco; from $69 for D.C.; from $70 for Seattle; from $79 for L.A., Miami; from $115 for Atlanta, Phoenix; additional gateways available.
The fine print: Prices are based on a March 11, 2010, arrival date and fluctuate depending on date of travel and of booking. Airport taxes and fees cost approximately $80 per person. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is about $81. Airport transfers are not included in the package 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: In a recent Kayak search, we found multicity airfare (New York City to Madrid, Madrid to Barcelona, Barcelona to New York City) in mid-March for $629 (multiple airlines). For $247 more, this package covers the airfare, plus six nights' hotel accommodations, three breakfasts, and all taxes and fees.
More: Hundreds of hotel options are available, and prices vary by travel date and hotel. Many hotel extensions are also available, including an extra night at the Hotel Praga for an additional $27 per person, based on double occupancy. You can book this package without airfare for $330.