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Punta Cana, air/3 nights, from $540

/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on Continental to Punta Cana, three nights at the Barceló Bávaro Family Deluxe, all meals and drinks, airport transfers, hotel taxes, and fuel surcharges, from $540 per person — plus about 135 in taxes.

When: Through Nov. 30, 2010.

Gateways: New York City; add $144 from Cleveland and Philadelphia; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Does not include about $135 per person in airport taxes and fees. Based on double occupancy; no single supplement available. Kids ages 17 and under stay for free at the hotel. Prices are based on select travel dates between July 5–Nov. 19, 2010. Use promo code CV11978. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: June 30, 2010.

Contact: Continental Airlines Vacations, 800/829-7777, covacations.com.

Why it's a deal: This package costs $180 per person per night, and that includes the flight, three nights' accommodations, all meals and drinks, and hotel taxes.

More: Optional activities include a private speedboat ride ($85 per person) and a catamaran tour ($99 per person). There are several hotels available through this offer at varying rates.