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These 3 off-season travel destinations offer luxury for less

Sure, "off peak" travel is cheaper — but doesn't it take you places where the weather is bad and there's nothing to do?

Think again. On Wednesday, TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen and the Rossen Reports team revealed three amazing travel deals happening right now and lasting all fall:

  • The Bahamas. During the peak season in December, a flight to Nassau on JetBlue would cost $860, but right now the same seat costs only $273. And a room in the Atlantis Beach Tower runs $424 in December, but Rossen got one for only $229. Not to mention perks of the off-season: no lines for the water slide, no wait for the pool chairs.

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  • Cancun. A Rossen Reports producer got an ocean-view room at the Ritz-Carlton in Cancun for $299, even though the same room would cost $1,199 during the peak season. In addition, the favorable exchange rate enabled her to get everything from souvenirs to food at a considerable savings.
  • Vail. Another Rossen Reports producer booked a room at the Arrabelle luxury hotel in Vail, Colorado, for 75 percent off, and got an even bigger surprise when she checked in: She was upgraded to a suite, another perk of off-season travel, for just $278 a night. And while Vail is traditionally a winter destination, there's plenty to do right now, from horseback riding to whitewater rafting — all in beautiful weather.

The Rossen Reports team booked all their trips directly on the companies' websites so they could see the special pricing and deals offered by hotels and airlines.

Another perk of off-season travel: It's easier to get into the best restaurants in town. During peak season in Vail you may need to call weeks in advance for a dinner reservation, but Rossen Reports producers were able to get a table on the same day at the most popular spots.

To suggest a topic for an upcoming investigation, visit the Rossen Reports Facebook page.

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