Top Five Vacation Deals Under $600

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Set out on Ireland's open roads with's Fly-and-Drive Package. This flexible package costs just $489 and includes round-trip airfare to Dublin from Washington, D.C., and a seven-day Hertz car rental with unlimited mileage. The rental includes local tax, but CDW and rental fees are extra. Not surprisingly, the base price is based on four people in a small two-door manual car, but upgrades are available for as little as $10. 

Departures from March 31 through April 29 and September 30 through October 21 cost $489; April 30 through May 15 costs an additional $10. Although Washington, D.C., departures are cheapest, you can choose to fly from many other cities at varying prices. Boston and New York City cost $40 extra, Orlando is an additional $170, and Oakland is $190 more. 

Prefer a package that includes accommodations? Try Aer Lingus Vacations Store's Emerald Package, which includes six nights' bed-and-breakfast accommodations, airfare, and a rental car for $979 in April.  

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The Deal Detective is SmarterTravel's resident bargain hunter, Kate Hamman. She's always on the lookout for new travel deals and invites you, dear reader, to submit your own questions.

This week, I put my sleuthing skills to the test to bring you the very best discounts currently on the market. The deals include popular destinations like Ireland, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Las Vegas, New York, and the Caribbean. Many expire soon, so act fast.


Top Five Vacation Deals

Expedia is offering discounts at locations all over the U.S. for the upcoming Labor Day weekend. Packages start at $179 per person (without taxes and fees), and include three nights' accommodations and round-trip airfare. Destinations include San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, New Orleans, and many more.

CheapCaribbean is celebrating going back to school with deals to resorts listed in each destination's top 10 readers' favorites by SmarterTravel's sister site, TripAdvisor. Packages with air start at $289 per person (without taxes and fees) to destinations like Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Mexico. Plus, packages include weather insurance and a $100 coupon if it rains.

Pleasant Holidays has packages to Mexico starting at $259 per person (without taxes and fees), which include round-trip airfare to Los Cabos from Los Angeles, three nights' accommodations, and all hotel taxes and fees. Other departure and arrival cities are available at a higher price. Three-night packages to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, the Riviera Maya, Ixtapa, and Huatulco are also available starting at $299. Perks like a free rental car come with packages to Cancun and the Riviera Maya. Plus, activity discounts are offered with stays in Puerto Vallarta. Travel is valid between September 14 and October 12.

If you've wanted to visit the Emerald Isle, there's no better time to book than now, especially with's Ireland Fly and Drive deal. The package starts at $389 per person (without taxes and fees) for travel in November, and includes round-trip airfare from New York City to Shannon, a seven-day car rental with unlimited mileage, local taxes, and airline fuel surcharges. Other departure and arrival cities are available at a higher price.

JetBlue is offering a deal that makes it truly affordable to be a jet-setter. For $599 (including taxes and fees, except for travel to Puerto Rico or international destinations), the All-You-Can-Jet Pass features unlimited travel between September 8 and October 8 to any of the airline's 57 destinations. The deal is available to members of TrueBlue, JetBlue's frequent flyer program, and must be booked by August 21.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to available disocunts. If you have seen a deal that is particularly appealing, please share it with everyone below.

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