3 great places to score a summer vacation deal

By Donna Rosato, senior writer

(Money Magazine) -- 1. Dublin

Why now: Ireland was one of the countries hardest hit by the recession in Europe, and tourism is down sharply. So national carrier Aer Lingus and many hotels in the capital have slashed prices, says Anne Banas of SmarterTravel.com.

The deal: Roundtrip fares to Dublin from major U.S. cities start at $700, vs. $1,000 to $1,200 to other popular European destinations. A stay at the five-star Merrion Hotel in Dublin costs $154 a night and includes a full Irish breakfast each morning. Get more information at merrionhotel.com or discoverireland.com.

2. Lanai, Hawaii

Why now: The state had a sharp dip in visitors after several airlines that served Hawaii went out of business in 2008. But while such major U.S. carriers as Continental and Alaska have now added Hawaii flights, tourism to lesser-known islands like Lanai is still down sharply, says Altour International travel agent Julia Kostenko.

The deal: The family value package at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay starts at $518 a night, 22% less than last year. To find more bargains, check out gohawaii.com.

3. Vancouver

Why now: Thanks to a post-Olympics lull, new and spruced-up hotels are desperate to fill rooms. And this Pacific Coast city is a prime summer destination, offering hiking on Grouse Mountain, white-water rafting, whale watching, and more.

The deal: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has rooms for $269 a night, including a family pass to the Vancouver Aquarium and other goodies. See fairmont.com/hotelvancouver.  To top of page

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