On June 13, Delta will launch new service from Atlanta (with more than 40 connecting cities) to The Exumas in The Bahamas, starting at $258 round-trip. While most Bahamas-bound sun seekers escape to either Nassau or Grand Bahamas Island, The Exumas are considered "Out Islands" and have a more exclusive feel, especially since many wealthy yachtsmen and celebrities (like the ultimate pirate of the Caribbean, Johnny Depp) vacation there. Additionally, you can go to Nassau and then explore other Bahamian islands with free companion airfare if you book a package of at least four nights by May 10 for travel through December 22.
Hawaii has also been on many budget travel lists the past two years, most recently this spring at SmarterTravel.
Through this period, Pleasant Holidays has released a consistent stream of affordable air-and-hotel packages. In a current offer, kids stay free and get discounted airfare to Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii's Big Island, starting at just $299 for summer dates. Packages for anyone start at $369 for three nights. Prices are based on departures from L.A. and San Francisco, but other cities are available for slightly more. To help you stay current on deals, GoHawaii.com always keeps a tidy list of other Hawaii vacation packagers.
If you prefer to book a la carte, Aston Hotels & Resorts has discounted rooms at some of its Hawaiian properties up to 45 percent through June. For example, rates start at $113 for condominium suites at Aston at the Maui Banyan, or just $89 at the Aston Waikiki Joy Hotel. About two dozen properties are participating in the sale, and many offer extras like free breakfast, WiFi, or parking. And as always, be sure to scan the latest Hawaii airfare deals on SmarterTravel.
While deals like these might come and go, be sure to check back for new ones that sprout up. When it rains it pours, especially when it comes to travel deals this spring (and even summer). And don't limit your thinking about where you can afford to go, since a once-in-a-lifetime trip could be waiting right there in front of you.
This work is the opinion of the columnist and does not reflect the opinion of ABC News.
Anne Banas is the Executive Editor of SmarterTravel, as well as a columnist, and a frequently quoted observer of travel trends and issues. Anne particularly enjoys helping travelers find great deals to both popular and up-and-coming destinations. SmarterTravel provides expert, unbiased information on timely travel deals, the best value destinations, and money-saving travel tips.