The Real Deal: Round-trip multicity airfare on Qantas (U.S.–Sydney–Adelaide–Melbourne–U.S.), three nights each in Sydney (at the Sydney Ibis King Street Wharf) and Melbourne (at the Hotel Ibis Melbourne), two nights in Adelaide at the Mercure Grosvenor Adelaide, one night on Kangaroo Island at the Aurora Ozone Hotel, a round-trip ferry ticket between Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, a full-day tour of Kangaroo Island, and hotel taxes and fuel surcharges, from $1,799 per person — plus about $175 in airport taxes and fees.
When: July 24–Sept. 21, 2010; add $250 for June 9–July 23.
Gateways: L.A.; add $125 for Las Vegas, San Diego; $240 for Phoenix; $255 for Seattle; $290 for Portland, Ore.; $365 for Albuquerque, Boise, Dallas, Denver, Houston; $400 for Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Minneapolis; $425 for Boston, D.C., New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia.
The fine print: Does not include about $175 in airport taxes and fees per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $570. Use reference code 1010123909. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: June 30, 2010.
Contact: Down Under Answers, 866/792-5458, duatravel.com.
Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found this multicity itinerary (L.A.–Sydney–Adelaide–Melbourne–L.A.) for $1,127 for travel in late July (Qantas). For $847 more, including all taxes, this package covers the airfare, plus nine nights' accommodations and the touring on Kangaroo Island (ferry, tour, and lodging), all in one reservation. The trip price, including all taxes, breaks down to about $219 per person per night.
More: There are two hotel upgrade options available: Add $350 per person for "first-class hotels" and $490 per person for "deluxe hotels."