The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare to Punta Cana on American Airlines, four nights at the Gran Bahía Príncipe Punta Cana, all meals and beverages, entertainment; round-trip airport-hotel transfers, hotel taxes, gratuities, fuel surcharges, and baggage handling, from $689 per person—plus estimated airport taxes and fees from $133.
When: July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29, 2010.
Gateways: Chicago, Miami; add $64 for New York City; $68 for L.A.; $82 for Atlanta; $109 for Phoenix; $264 for Houston; $290 for Seattle; additional gateways available.
The fine print: Airport taxes and fees start at about $133 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $188. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability. Book by May 31, 2010, to get free meals and accommodations for two children ages 12 and under.
Contact: Apple Vacations, 800/517-2000, applevacations.com.
Why it's a deal: A search on Kayak yielded a $438 round-trip fare between Miami and Punta Cana, including taxes, for travel in early July (American). For an additional $384, this Apple Vacations special includes round-trip airfare, as well as four nights' all-inclusive accommodations, entertainment, airport-hotel transfers, and all taxes and fees.
More: Optional activities include a zip-line canopy tour (from $89 per person), an outback safari (from $90 per person), or an excursion to Saona Island (from $108 per person). Additional nights at the Gran Bahía Príncipe start from $87 per person per night.