What Dream Trips Are Made Of: This Week’s Top 20

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Deal Expert, New York
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As Group Publisher at Travelzoo, I see hundreds of deals each week, all exciting enough and strong enough in savings to share with our members. Yet, this is one of those Top 20 weeks where my jaw is on the ground with the quality of deals.

Take a look:

Fare War

Southwest dropped fares to as low as $49 (and subsequently causing a fare war) and Frontier offering 300,000 tickets for $19 each way = one of the biggest and most aggressive fare wars of the year. (Hint: book your late fall and early winter travel today!)

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A China seven-night vacation for $699

Yes, that includes airfare. Yes, that’s less than airfare alone would normally cost. No, you’re not sleeping on the street — it’s actually in 4-star hotels. Yes, even East Coasters can get in on the action for $899.

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Vail in Ski Season

Unwind at a glamorous chalet-style resort with free shuttles to Vail Village for $99-$129 – that’s mud season pricing in prime time.

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Small Cities with Big Deals

Not everyone is ready to plan a big trip. It’s not always about NYC, Vegas, Miami … so our team found savings in San Antonio, Dubuque, Savannah, Cleveland, Charleston and St. Louis.

Mansion on Forsyth Park
Mansion on Forsyth Park

Exotic Caribbean

Want beach, but off the beaten path? $669 to Guadeloupe Islands and Martinique at one of the few Caribbean islands that doesn’t feel overly commercialized. (Fun fact: it’s where my parents honeymooned back in ’75 — and we all know how cool the ‘70s were.)

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Live the Luxurious Life

Check out Big Sur’s Ventana Inn for $399, reg. $605,  (Conde Nast Traveler  Gold List 2015), Miraval (a Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best” Destination Spa for 10 straight years) for $1998, reg. $4074, and Boulders Resort for $199 with $50 credit (Travel + Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels)

Ventana Inn and Spa
Ventana Inn and Spa

Giving Back

Travelzoo discounted tickets to Meals on Wheels’ Celebrity Chef Gala, making for a super-posh evening out, and giving 100% of proceeds back. Meals on Wheels Chicago generates nearly a fourth of its annual revenue at this ball, which helps provide more than 70,000 meals a year for homebound seniors and people with disabilities — and we’re proud to be a part of that.

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Escape to Europe

For less than $89 per night – visit Italy and Greece in spring, including accommodations and all meals, as well as transfers to different countries on a newly refurbished ship. Considering that’s the cost of a dinner in NYC, I’d say that’s a winner. Oh, and you get $150 in onboard credit per cabin. Not into sailing? How about two Spain cities for less than $1000 or Ireland for less than $899? This is a true 5-star experience at 3-star prices for Ireland.

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Setting Sail with a Cocktail in Hand

Less than $60 per night for a weeklong Caribbean cruise … including an open bar throughout the trip. I’m pretty sure most of us can easily spend $60 for drinks alone in a night out  — maybe I’m thinking NYC again :).

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The Most Stately of Estates

We have a 50%-off deal at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. Imagine driving up to experience this. As Chandler would say: could that BE any more gorgeous?

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