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Tax Refund Travel Deals

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Although few people look forward to tax season, most will happily welcome a refund check -- according to Forbes, almost 80% of tax filers get money back, on average $3,053.
We've been looking into the best ways to use your refund on hot travel deals - even if the amount you get back is a lot more modest.

$300 or less

Caesars Palace, Las VegasSavings: Half off
This landmark resort features three pools (one is adults only) and spa facilities that even locals come to The Strip for. Shoppers prefer this property for its designer names at the Forum mall, and restaurants here range from affordable to upscale, from chefs including Gordon Ramsay and Bobby Flay.
Price: $99-$149 midweek through JulyClick here for Las Vegas flightsWyndham Garden Hotel - Chinatown, NYCSavings: Half off
For savvy visitors looking to stay outside of Times Square, this property is on the edge of bustling Chinatown, only a couple of blocks from the restaurants and bars of Little Italy, the shops of SoHo and the clubs of the Lower East Side. The nearest subway station is just one block away from the hotel.
Price: $149 per night, dates through August
Click here for NYC flightsRegal Oaks Resort, OrlandoSavings: Over 35%
The Disney parks are less than a 15-minute drive away from these townhomes, which have fully equipped kitchens (great for saving money once there) and can sleep at least six people. The beginning and end of summer is covered in this deal for stays April 5 - June 30 and Aug. 8 - Oct. 6.
Price: $275 for two nights
Click here for Orlando flightsYosemite Lakes RV, California
Over 35%
Yosemite Lakes is just 5 miles from the west gate entrance of the national park, home to waterfalls, granite peaks and towering forest. Each heated yurt features a queen bed, sleeper sofa and private deck with grill as well as a private bathroom, satellite TV and a full kitchen despite the rustic setting.
Price: $279 for two nights
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$1000 or less

San Juan, Puerto Rico
MSC Cruises
Why: Depart April 23 or May 7 and head to the Caribbean to visit ports in St. Maarten, Puerto Rico and the Bahamas with this last-minute offer. The MSC Divina is a "gorgeous ship" (Cruise Critic) with upscale decor, including a winding Swarovski crystal staircase. These sailings depart from Miami.
Price: $449 per person
Click here for rates and availability Colorado Dude Ranch
Over 35%
Why: With these all-inclusive packages, head to Majestic Dude Ranch, consistently rated 5 stars from TripAdvisor users, for a dose of adventure -- including horseback riding, white-water rafting and fly fishing. This deal includes three meals a day, snacks and all guided activities such as white-water rafting, fly fishing, ATV tours and mountain biking.
Price: starting at $799 per person
Click here for rates and availability Punta Cana
Apple Vacations
Why: Now Garden Punta Cana, in Bavaro Beach, is an all-inclusive property that's within 3 miles of Cortecito Beach and Dolphin Island. Rooms have free Wi-Fi and some free minibar items. Apple Vacations also has discounted other luxurious Punta Cana resorts in this sale ending April 28.
Price: starting at $799 per person
Click here for rates and availability Dublin, Ireland
Great Value Vacations
Why: Travelers can set their own pace exploring Dublin this fall and winter with this four-night trip including roundtrip flights from destinations across the country. The 4-star North Star Hotel is in the city center, a 10-minute walk of Custom House and Abbey Theatre. Travelzoo Tip: Learn about what our Deal Experts recommend seeing in Dublin and across Ireland.
Price: starting at $808 per person
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$2000 or less

Costa RicaCompany:
Why: This self-drive package includes roundtrip flights, a 4×4 automatic car rental, a week of hotel stays including daily breakfast, access to hot springs plus a half-day tour of Manuel Antonio National Park. Travelers spend two nights in both La Fortuna and San Jose and three nights in Manuel Antonio.
Price: $1120 per person
Click here for rates and availabilityAuckland, New Zealand
Islands in the Sun
Why: Set out to explore the City of Sails (you'll see why when looking over the water when flying into the airport) with this deal that includes 4-star international airfare and tours. This five-night deal includes a cruise to Waiheke Island, named one of the best destinations in the world to visit in 2016 by Lonely Planet.
Price: $1249 per person
Click here for rates and availabilityPeru
up to $700 on other tour companies
This deal from Indus Travels includes well-reviewed hotels for six nights and a train journey from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu as well as professional English-speaking tour guides. Each tour group totals no more than 22 passengers, and solo travelers pay a $395 single supplement fee.Price: $1299 per person
Click here for rates and availability Mediterranean Cruise
$1300 in extras
In a sale ending April 14, luxury yacht-style cruise line Windstar is offering a choice of perks on Mediterranean cruises, either two nights at 4- or 5-star hotels in arrival or departure port cities or a package with unlimited drinks, Wi-Fi and prepaid gratuities. All staterooms and suites have ocean views.Price: $1799 per person & up
Click here for rates and availability Hilary Solan is a deal expert at Travelzoo and based in Chicago. Travelzoo has 250 deal experts from around the world who rigorously research, evaluate and test thousands of deals to find those with true value.

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