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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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August 26, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Airfares to Europe remained high most of this summer, which is why I love the price of this Thanksgiving trip to Paris , but you must hurry. Go-Today.com offers round-trip airfare plus six nights at a hotel for $1,150 per person until Monday. One catch: No turkey comes with this deal. The deal: SmarterTravel.com tipped me to this Thanksgiving in Paris trip that's on sale for a limited time. The cheapest rate includes L.A.-Paris round-trip airfare and six nights at the budget Comfort Hotel Davout Nation (in the Comfort Inn chain at 110 Rue des Orteaux)
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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 23, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Here’s a sweet Hawaii bargain for spring that combines a five-night stay with round-trip airfare. The deal: I found this offer while trawling through the "Hot Deals" section of the Funjet Vacations website. (You can find the entire list by going to the Hot Deals Web page and entering "Los Angeles" as the departure city.) The deal, which starts at $775 plus tax per person, based on double occupancy, includes five nights at the Royal Kona Resort on the Big Island and round-trip airfare from Los Angeles . When: Flights for this deal leave Wednesdays and Thursdays only, on selected dates March 2 through May 26. Tested: I went to the Funjet Vacations website and found availability for the five-night deal leaving March 3 or April 27. Total cost per person with tax: $937.
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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, 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.
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October 18, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal Blogger
Tourism Malaysia and Singapore Airlines Vacations are teaming up to offer a $1,299 per person, five-night air-hotel package to Kuala Lumpur, with an optional extension. The deal: The Special Malaysia Package includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Kuala Lumpur; five nights at the luxury Istana Hotel Kuala Lumpur City Centre ; daily breakfast; airport and hotel transfers; a half-day city tour with lunch; and a 10% food discount. The package starts at $1,299, plus some taxes and fees, and is based on double occupancy.
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October 28, 2010 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Assistant Travel Editor
Winter is the cheapest season to visit Europe , and with Italy's Tuscany region on sale for less than $1,500 a week, including air and luxury lodging, why not go? After all, popular places such as Pisa can be downright bearable in winter, with average highs in the 50s. The deal: Sceptre Tours' " Luxury Tuscan Package " includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. to Pisa; six nights at the well-regarded Il Borro estate in the Tuscan countryside; and a rental car. Prices from New York or Newark start at $899 per person plus tax, based on four people traveling together, according to the tour company's website.
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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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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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