Escape the early winter chills with these travel deals on airfare, cruises, and getaways. It's important to note most of these sales blackout Thanksgiving and Christmas dates, but those who have some flexibility can snag a great bargain this winter.


Southwest and its subsidiary Air Tran continue with their sales on one-way tickets starting at $59. Book before Nov. 14 to grab this deal before it's gone. Travel must be between Nov. 14 and Feb. 14.  There are, however, some blackout dates before and after Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sample deals include a $59 one-way ticket from Las Vegas to San Diego on Southwest or, for the same price, passengers can get a ticket from Charlotte to Orlando. Full details on the sales are available on the Southwest or AirTran Web site.

American Airlines has answered Southwest and AirTran's sale with one of their own. Similarly, purchase tickets before Nov. 14 and fly before Valentine's Day for big savings. Holiday blackout dates do apply and a Saturday stay may be required on some flights. Sample deals include a $59 one-way ticket from JFK to Baltimore, or for $86, passengers can fly between Los Angeles and Albuquerque.

For those traveling within Europe, Ryanair has one-way tickets starting at 9 euros - that's less than $13! Taxes and fees are, of course, not included in this price. This deal makes it a great time for backpackers or those studying abroad to visit other places in Europe during the holiday break. The sale ends Nov. 11, and those who purchase tickets must travel Monday-Thursday. See Ryanair's Web site for more information.


Several cruise lines also have big discounts this time of year for anyone looking to escape the winter chill. Orbitz is currently running an Autumn Cruise Clearance on dozens of top cruise lines that sail around the world. Orbitz sale packages include tons of freebies like upgrades, air fare vouchers, and lots of extra spending money. The sale ends on Nov. 22, but it's best to book as soon as possible before the reduced rate rooms sell out.


Groupon is offering some great getaways for the adventurer or those who just want to relax beachside. Desafio Adventure Company has a deal on a four-day Costa Rican all-inclusive weekend warrior adventure packager for two. This deal includes airport pick up, a three night stay near the Arenal Volcano, meals, whitewater rafting, canopy zip line, and other exhilarating activities. This trip is currently priced on Groupon at $699, half off the original price.

If flying on a wire at tree level isn't what you consider fun, try a long relaxing week at one of the World Resorts International. This seven night stay is a steal at $399, just $57 per night. The best part about this deal is the location; it can be used throughout North America. So, those who want to soak up the sun in Mexico or ski deep powder in Park City, Utah can enjoy this coupon. Check out Groupon's Web site for the fine print and details on this getaway.