Travel Steals & Deals


Some Like It Hot
If the California desert in summer is your idea of a hot time, consider the "Mix N' Match Package" from the Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage (800-241-3333). For as little as $109 a night between May 31 and September 12, travelers receive accommodations, roll-a-way beds for kids, buffet breakfast, use of the resort's tennis and fitness facilities, and use of the Ritz Carlton's chilled swimming pool.

Summer in Sydney
Orient Flexi-Pax Tours (800-545-5540 or 212-692-9550) has a special $899 per person package for travel to Syndey. The 8-day deal includes roundtrip transportation on United Airlines from Los Angeles or San Francisco, airport transfers in Sydney, daily breakfast, and five nights of accommodations. The package is valid for departures from May through August.

Sanibel Savings
As the weather gets warmer elsewhere, prices fall at Florida resorts. At the lavish Sanibel Harbor Resort & Spa (800-767-7777) on the Gulf of Mexico, for example, a two-bedroom condominium costs $285 during the height of the season. Tet the same condo is $185 in May and just $145 per night from June through September. Standard room rates, as high at $230 per night (single occupany) in the high season, drop to $105 per night from June through September.

This column originally appeared in Travel Holiday magazine.

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