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Houston, air/3 nights, from $366

Get away for a quick escape to Houston with this Southwest Airlines package, which provides a $75 discount and a free third-night stay at a Westin hotel.
/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on Southwest Airlines to Houston, three nights at The Westin Galleria Houston or The Westin Oaks Houston, hotel taxes, and fuel surcharges, from $366 per person—plus estimated airport taxes and fees of up to $36.

When: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday departures April 21–July 12, 2010. Departures on other days of the week are available at varying prices.

Gateways: Albuquerque; add $5 for Fort Lauderdale, L.A.; $10 for Chicago; $25 for Seattle; $39 for New York City; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Breakfast is not included. Airport taxes and fees are up to $36 per person. The free third night and the $75 discount are included in the starting rate of $366.

All packages include the third night free, regardless of length. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $223. To book, use promo code RENEW75. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: April 29.

Contact: Southwest Airlines Vacations, 800/243-8372, southwestvacations.com.

Why it’s a deal: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest round-trip fare between Albuquerque and Houston is $236, with taxes, for travel in late April (Continental). For an additional $166, this Southwest Airlines Vacations package covers the airfare, as well as three nights' hotel.

More: Four-night air/hotel packages start from $636 per person for Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday departures. Optional tours or activities were not available at press time.