UNDER $480

Departure taxes not included, you can grab two nights in Sydney, twin-share, and the return airfares from Auckland, for $479 each - but you must travel by November 30. Accommodation is at O'Malley's Hotel.

Contact: Holiday Shoppe, freephone 0800 808 480.

UNDER $1200

Keep Thursdays free for a Kuala Lumpur flight and accommodation deal - it's the cheapest day to fly.

Flying out any other day of the week will cost you an extra $120.

This Thursday-flight deal costs $1199 each, twin-share, and includes return airport coach transfers, daily buffet breakfasts and four nights' accommodation in a deluxe room at the Westin KL. A single occupancy option is available for $1569, excluding taxes.

Book and pay by November 13 and commence travel by November 16 this year.

Contact: House of Travel, freephone 0800 838 747.

UNDER $1500

Have a little flutter on the races - in Singapore.

The annual Raffles International Cup, worth around $NZ300,000, is held on Saturday at Singapore's Kranji Course.

A four-night accommodation deal with return flights is available for $1499 each, twin-share, for sales until October 31, and you can travel up until November 20. Airport taxes and insurances are not included.

Contact: Flight Centre, freephone 0800 354 448.

UNDER $1750

Take a direct flight to Los Angeles and have five nights staying near Disneyland for $1749 each, twin-share.

Flights with Qantas depart every afternoon.

The package, with departures available until November 30, includes return airfares, five nights' accommodation and return airport transfers. There is a choice of accommodation, with varying prices.

You must pay by Thursday, October 7, and the prices are for cash, Eftpos and cheque payments.

Contact: Itchyfeet Travel (09) 353 2626.