•As of this week, two adults and two children could check into an ocean-view room at Mexico's Tesoro Ixtapa (tesororesorts.com) Dec. 22 to Dec. 29 for just over $100 a night (down from about $150). The offer includes a buffet breakfast for all four.
Most airlines reduced flights to Hawaii this year, and Aloha and ATA are out of business. Still, "there's far more availability than normal during the holidays," says Jeff Tucker of BeatofHawaii.com. Fares are still high — $804 round-trip on average for holiday trips booked this week — but cost 17% less than a year ago, says Farecast.com.
•Pleasant Holidays specials (pleasantholidays.com) include a four-night, ocean-view package at Maui's Royal Lahaina Resort; rates start at $899 per person including airfare from San Francisco over Christmas.
•On Kauai, United Vacations (unitedvacations.com) gives the third night free plus daily breakfast for two for Christmas/New Year's bookings at the Sheraton Kauai Resort and the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas.
The chilly economy is taking a toll on ski resorts this winter, particularly those that aren't within driving distance of a major metropolitan area.
•Ski.comoffers 50% off select lodging in Steamboat Springs, Colo., over Christmas and New Year's. Four nights in a two-bedroom at Canyon Creek at Eagle Ridge starts at $939 a person, quad occupancy, with three-day lift tickets included. Must book by Dec. 1.
•Mammoth Mountain(mammothmountain.com) in California, which launches direct flights from Los Angeles this winter, has a "Christmas on Us" package valid for arrivals on Dec. 21. Book four nights' accommodation and four lift tickets, and get a fifth night's lodging free plus free skiing on Christmas Day.
•Under a new "Kids Eat Free" deal (snow.com), parents who book a three-day, three-night vacation through Vail Resorts reservations by Dec. 14 get up to $30 in dining credits per child, per day at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone or Heavenly.