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LOS  ANGELES

Cheap airfares from Australia to Los Angeles on several carriers are on sale through lastminute.com.au. For example, fly Fiji Airways from Sydney to LA via Nadi return for $1013 return including taxes, but be quick. This one, for travel January 21 till March 24, needs to be booked by December 15.

Alternatively, fly from Sydney or Brisbane return on Delta for various dates starting May 1 for $1166 return including taxes. Melbourne departure is $1180 return. This deal is valid for sale till December 23. Other airlines  – for various departure date ranges and with different sale validity periods and prices – on offer include Qantas, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Hawaiian Airlines and China Southern Airlines.

All are subject to availability. See lastminute.com.au.

BALI

No January holiday plans and hankering to get away? Peppers Sentosa in Bali's fashionable Seminyak has some good rates going. The property features private self-contained villas, with kitchens and open-air dining and living spaces plus the 24-hour services and facilities of a Peppers hotel.

Book a one-bedroom villa from US$150 a person per night twin share with airport transfers, daily breakfast, Wi-Fi and a fruit basket included. Or book a two-bedroom villa from US$113 a person a night quad share with the same inclusions. Tax not included.

Valid for sale and stays till January 31. Block out dates apply. Use promotional code: PSS-XMAS

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VIETNAM, CAMBODIA AND THAILAND

Save $1000 a person on a Vietnam and Thailand holiday that combines a Mekong river cruise with land touring to Saigon, Siem Reap and Thailand. The holiday starts in Ho Chi Minh City, where the cruise on the Mekong Navigator through Vietnam and Cambodia commences, then finishes in Cambodia with visits to Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh. Then fly to Bangkok for a coach tour exploring Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, among other places. Also included: transfers, 25 nights' accommodation and 51 meals. 

Departs Saigon April 23. With discount, the price is $3599 a person twin share. Valid for sale till December 31. Phone  See ditravel.com.au.

FIJI

Get set for next school holidays and snag a bargain stay in Vanuatu or Fiji through Hoot Holidays.

An example of what's on offer: five nights in a Garden Room at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa (six nights ex Melbourne), return flights with Fiji Airways, daily breakfast and kids under 13 staying and eating for free. This applies for two children sharing the same room as their parents.

The price is a person twin share is $1925 ex Sydney, $2025 ex Brisbane and $2365 ex Melbourne. Valid for stays March 28 – July 13 with block out dates applying. Add $400-$500 a person for stays now till January 27, subject to availability.  Valid for sale till December 31. See hootholidays.com.au.

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CENTRAL EUROPE

Planning ahead for next Christmas? Book early on a Christmas European river cruise with Travelmarvel and fly for free, including air taxes of up to $950 a person. Plus, receive a free cabin upgrade.The offer is available on the 15-day European Gems river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam, departing 21 December, 2015. Highlights include a private 'Oktoberfest', a tour of a schnapps distillery and a visit to Drachenburg castle. There are lots of Christmas market opportunities and Christmas Eve is spent in Vienna visiting grand imperial palaces followed by dinner. There's a feast on the day and also a New Year's Eve celebration along with many other inclusions.

Priced from $6,595 per person, twin share. Valid for bookings made before February 28, 2015 or until sold out.

Phone 1300 196 420. See travelmarvel.com.au.

JAPAN

A ten-day cruise is coupled with a six-day land tour through Japan in an 18-day package from Cruise Express. Departing Australia on July 11, 2015, the itinerary begins with two days in Tokyo before a cruise on Lake Ashi , three bullet train rides to Kanazawa, Kyoto and Yokohama, where participants board the Diamond Princess for the round-trip cruise visiting Kushiro, Otaru and Hakodate, the Shiretoko Peninsula and the remote Russian outpost of Korsakov. Departs Australia July 11, 2015.

The package includes escorted shore tours, return flights from Australia and some meals. Save $800 a person if booking an inside cabin twin share by December 31. The discount price $6990 a person. Book a mini-suite by then and save $2000 a person twin share.

Phone 1300 764 509. See cruiseexpress.com.au.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Air Adventure Australia new four-day private aircraft tour takes in some of South Australia's best food and wine destinations. Departing March 28, 2015 this gourmet getaway links the Flinders Ranges, Clare Valley, Barossa Valley and the Coonawarra, touching down for opportunities to sample lots of different produce and cuisine, and meetings with producers and winemakers.

A round trip from Melbourne's Essendon Airport, the first stop is the remote Prairie Hotel in the Flinders Ranges. Scenic flights over Wilpena Pound and the Adelaide Hills, lunches in renowned spots Skillogalee Restaurant, Hutton Vale and Mayura Station, two nights' stay at award-winning Kingsford Homestead in the Barossa and a behind-the-scenes walk through historic Seppeltsfield are all included, as well as, on the return trip, a scenic tour of the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road.

The all-inclusive tour price is $4990 a person twin share. Phone 1800 033 160. See airadventure.com.au.

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