Fly to Santa Barbara for $150.40 each way

Once the Labor Day weekend is in the rear view mirror, many of us will start to plan where we'll head to for autumn's show of colors. For a destination off the eastern seaboard radar is one due west.

For a taste of glorious autumn in California, make it Santa Barbara.

If it's possible, an airfare deal that popped up today (and it might be today only) makes this destination even more attractive for getaways now and all the way through July 28, 2011.

A one-way offer from Delta to Santa Barbara doesn't require an advance purchase notice. So, go as soon as this week.

Trips are allowed seven days a week, providing sale seats are available. This offer carries no blackout dates -- that's a huge plus as this southern California city makes for a chic and romantic year-round vacation spot.

The total ticket rate is $150.40 one-way.

This sale rate does not come with a ticket-by date. That means it could expire in a matter of minutes to hours.

Sale fares listed here are subject to change. Every seat on every flight is not offered at the lowest rate. Since only a limited supply of seats is available, act quickly to make your purchase.


The Best Western Pepper Tree Inn, located in downtown Santa Barbara, offers a "Four Days/Three Nights in Paradise" package which includes all the best that the town has to offer. Valid on stays through Saturday, Oct. 2, the package includes a customized wine country with a private sedan or SUV (with driver) through majestic mountains, sprawling ranches, vineyard-draped hillsides and oak-shaded canyons.  The fully guided tour includes tastings at four wineries, a 19 oz. souvenir glass and a gourmet picnic lunch at one of the vineyards.

Another package highlight is the sunset cruise aboard the Double Dolphin, a 50-foot catamaran where passengers might catch sight of sea lions, dolphins, and whales.

Also included is a $50 dining credit at Chuck's Waterfront Grill or Chuck's Steakhouse; a bottle of chardonnay from the Santa Barbara Winery; a box of gourmet chocolates; a certificate for two ice cream treats at McConnell's Creamery; staff picks of favorite local restaurants and points of interest and a shopping & dining Visitor's Rewards Book.

The three-night, four-day stay is priced from $885.34.

For details on this hotel offer and several more, visit

Clara Bosonetto Maerz is a retired travel consultant.