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October 12, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Got time for a quick getaway to Hawaii at the end of November? Pleasant Holidays has a three-night stay plus airfare from Los Angeles to Honolulu starting at $299 per person. The deal: The window period for this deal is short, but it’s a good value if you can make the dates work. The cost is based on double occupancy and includes three nights at the Castle Ocean Resort Hotel near Waikiki plus airfare from Los Angeles. (The package holds if you are flying from San Francisco.
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March 9, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Tokyo Express from Friendly Planet Travel is just that: a quick trip to the Japanese capital that hits the highlights in just seven days for the amazingly low price of $1,499 per person. The trip begins in Tokyo and includes one day of city touring to the Tokyo Tower, the Meiji Shrine, the East Garden of the Imperial Palace and then on to the Ginza, the popular market and shopping area. The rest of the time participants may kick around the city on their own or sign up for a guided walking tour around Tokyo neighborhoods ($80 per person)
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September 28, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Small-ship line  Paul Gauguin Cruises has cut sale prices by  $750 on selected seven-night cruises to Tahiti. Prices start at $3,647 per person, including airfare from Los Angeles, but that rate will likely sell out quickly.  The deal: The cruise line operates Paul Gauguin, a ship named for the French artist who famously captured scenes of Tahiti on canvas. The vessel accommodates 332 guests and 217 staff members. Stops on the Tahitii & Society Islands trip include Papeete, Raiatea, Taha'a (Motu Mahana)
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February 1, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Qantas Airways is having a flash sale that takes 40% off economy seats on flights from Los Angeles to Australia , the airline says. The online sale lasts until Monday for travel Down Under in fall or spring. The deal: Escape to Australia sale prices from Los Angeles to Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane start at $1,298 for economy airfare on selected dates. (Airfares start at $1,498 per person from Dallas/Fort Worth and New York.) The sale also offers a premium economy round-trip fare of $2,414 from L.A. to Australia.
TRAVEL
September 28, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you’re looking for a good deal that doesn’t scream “budget travel,” Virgin Vacations has a 4-Star London package this fall that includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles and six nights in a top hotel starting around $1,132 per person. The deal : Airfare to London , plus six nights at the Thistle City Barbican Hotel with breakfast come with this package that varies according to your departure date. The deal is based on double occupancy and departs from many U.S. cities, with New York City being the cheapest.
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Hawaiian Airlines and Tourism New Zealand have teamed up to offer a package starting at $1,210 that covers round-trip airfare, a night's stay in Auckland and a seven-day car rental. The fare is good from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and other western U.S. cities, but only until the end of the month. The deal: All About Tours makes reservations for the package that includes: --Round-trip airfare on Hawaiian Airlines to Auckland, with a stop in Honolulu; --One night with breakfast at the Copthorne Hotel Auckland HarbourCity ; --Seven days car rental with unlimited mileage.
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January 25, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Singapore Airlines is offering round-trip winter airfare from Los Angeles to Tokyo starting at $623. The cheap fare means seats are likely to go fast, so book quickly if you want this deal. The deal: The $623 round-trip special airfare includes taxes and fees  so there are no hidden extras. The fine print for this deal says the lowest rate applies to nonstop flights to and from Narita International Airport (NRT) Mondays through Thursdays (though I found the rate available on a Saturday; see below)
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December 1, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
All this holiday planning has me thinking about packages but not the kind that fit under the tree. For example, a winter-spring package to Tuscany, Italy , neatly wraps up airfare from Los Angeles , a six-night stay and a rental car into one great price starting at $1,039 per person. The deal: The "Tuscany in Spring" package requires four travelers, which could work for family members, two couples or four friends. The price includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Florence; six nights in a two-bedroom apartment at the Fattoria Degli Usignoli resort near Florence; and a mid-sized rental car waiting at the airport.
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March 21, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
This is the stuff spring breaks are made of: super-cheap air-hotel packages to Las Vegas. Yes, most Angelenos drive to Vegas, but with the high price of gas and the low cost of these packages, flying might be a no-brainer -- and a spring break windfall. JetBlue Airways : The airline extended its one-day Madness-in-March sale that started Tuesday until tonight (Wednesday). As I was checking out the sale fares, I stumbled upon an incredible discounted Las Vegas package: $110 per person based on double occupancy from April 8 to 10 that includes two nights at Circus Circus and round-trip airfare from Long Beach.
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March 12, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Here's an inexpensive travel package to Sydney, Australia , that coincides with the city's dazzling light festival. Travel from Los Angeles to Sydney in May or early June for $1,699 per person, which includes round-trip airfare and a week's lodgings. Time your trip to the Vivid Sydney fest and you'll see the city light up with patterns projected on buildings around the city. The deal. The Sydney on Sale package covers round-trip L.A.-Sydney airfare on Qantas Airways and seven nights at a Travelodge in the city.
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