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Do your friends think you might be solar-powered? Are you bracing yourself against the inevitable dark days of winter? If you need to warm up when the temperatures cool down, JetBlue is offering a Plan to Tan sale, with vacation packages starting at $225 per person (without taxes and fees). Destinations include Orlando, Cancun, Puerto Rico, Tampa, Punta Cana, Disneyland, and Disney World. Package prices are based on a three nights' stay at a participating hotel and round-trip airfare from New York City or Las Vegas (other departure cities are available at a higher cost). You must book by November 17, and travel by April 30....read more»

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Last week I asked you to submit your travel questions, and many of you did just that. Yesterday I tackled a tricky inquiry about holiday flights, and today I'm back with answers to several other questions in a speedy machine-gun fashion. Here we go...

"What are dimensions of a carry-on bag for traveling American Airlines?" - littlegranny

This is a popular question these days, especially since so many airlines now charge for the first checked bag. So popular, in fact, that we've created The Ultimate Guide to Carry-On Luggage to help readers just like you pack for your vacation. The chart makes it easy to find out what type of carry-on you can bring on a specific airline. For instance, American Airlines allows carry-on bags to be 22" x 18" x 10"....read more»

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DraculaSneezePls writes, "Dear Deal Detective, I would like to fly out to see the family for the holidays but since money is quite tight this year I can only afford one vacation. In your opinion, which of the two holidays’ fares are more affordable, Thanksgiving or Christmas?"

Ah, the age-old dilemma of traveling for the holidays. It's as old as the fruit cake you've had buried in your pantry, and probably just as hard because deciding which holiday to spend with family is no picnic....read more»

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Things may still be a bit financially tight this year, but that doesn't mean you don't deserve a holiday bonus! And when you book your Thanksgiving or Christmas flight with Expedia this holiday season, you'll get just that: a $200 bonus off of a future vacation. Just book a round-trip flight by December 20 for travel before January 3....read more»

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With the holidays right around the corner, there's no better time to start thinking about planning a trip home to see the family. Or maybe you're dreaming of that post-holiday vacation? Or how to plan the dream trip you're giving or getting as a Christmas present? Whatever your travel dilemma, I'm here to help!

That's right, dear readers! I'm returning to my sleuthing roots, so to speak, and dusting off my trusty magnifying glass to help you solve your most trying trip troubles. Whether it's a weekend getaway or around-the-world excursion, no question is too big or too small for my deal-deducing prowess....read more»

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But hurry, the offer is only available through October 22 for travel between November 9 and January 7....read more»

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With Halloween right around the corner, you're probably more concerned with costumes and trick-or-treating than planning a vacation. Kimpton, however, is making it oh-so-tempting to set aside the mask to consider its Black Friday Rate Buster, which means you can stay at the Vero Beach Hotel and Spa for only $1. The offer only applies to a third night stay of three consecutive nights.  Rooms start as low as $159 per night during November (without taxes and fees). You can only book this special offer from October 29 through October 31, and travel is valid anytime during the month of November....read more»

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Go-today.com is inviting you to deck the halls and sing fa la la this season with its Christmas Market in Prague vacation package, starting at $749 per person (without taxes and fees). The fairy tale city lights up with the holiday spirit and festivities abound during December. The deal includes round-trip airfare from New York City (other departure cities are available), six nights’ accommodations, daily breakfast, and hotel taxes and service charges....read more»

<strong>Destin, Florida</strong>

Located along Florida's Emerald Coast, <a href=" http://www.destinfl.com/" target="_blank">Destin</a> offers sand as soft as sugar, and the crystal clear waters and natural surroundings are just as sweet. The city is a top spot among families, couples, beach-lovers, and those who come for water sports like fishing, snorkeling, dolphin cruising, and scuba diving. Our readers seem smitten with this beach and had a lot to say about why it is the best.

Reader <a href="http://www.smartertravel.com/community/?user_id=19703be16e533025b7dbb3a3449750f0-sl8b3f561a"">acreighton</a> said, "Destin, Florida has the finest, whitest sand and is a perfect spot for couples or families. There are many reasonable rental properties&mdash;condos, homes, time-shares, hotels and motels. Great secret along the Gulf Coast, between Pensacola and Panama City. Great golf courses, great fishing! Has all the amenities of larger resorts but less crowds. Beautiful place for weddings on the beach."

Another fan of the soft sand, reader <a href="http://www.smartertravel.com/community/?user_id=19703be16e533025b7dbb3a3449750f0-d91a36d902"> QB01Mom</a> added, "Our favorite beach is a family beach: Destin, Florida. The soft, white sand, emerald waters, and family-friendly atmosphere entice us to return every year for a 20-hour car ride to enjoy spring break. The locals have been very nice and seem to love sharing their fantastic waters with the rest of the world. We have watched dolphins swim next to us as well as played volleyball in the sand. We look forward to the middle of March every year!"

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As fall gets into full swing and the temperatures begin to drop a bit, you may be turning your attention to the warmer climate of the Sunshine State—it's named that for a reason. Orbitz understands your needs, and is currently offering 40 percent off hotel rooms along the Gulf Coast and around Florida, including Tampa, Ft. Myers, the Keys, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Jacksonville. Plus, you'll get a $50 Restaurant.com gift certificate to use toward a free meal.  You must book by November 8, and travel by December 31....read more»

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