By Drew Olson Special to Published Jan 19, 2010 at 3:06 PM

You know this recent run of moderate weather is a cruel tease, don't you?

It may seem nice this week, but it won't be long before Wisconsin is drilled with another blast of Arctic air, piles of heavy, wet snow and a winter that won't end until sometime in June.

Now is the time to plan a getaway -- or think about planning one, anyway.

Spring training. Spring break. A Caribbean cruise. A surgical strike at Disney World. The options are limitless, but what about prices? As usual, they're based on demand. Many hotels, resorts and airlines have been pinched by the sluggish economy and are offering deals.

We decided to check into a few package deals and the inspiration came from the Milwaukee Brewers.

A couple weeks ago, the club announced a first-of-its-kind spring training trip -- dubbed the "Brewers Road Crew" -- which runs March 10-14.

The trip, which sold out last week, costs $1,995 (single occupancy) or $3,695 (double), and travelers receive non-stop, roundtrip airfare from Milwaukee to Phoenix on Midwest Airlines; four nights at the Embassy Suites Biltmore; transportation to and from the airport, hotel and spring training complexes; tickets for three Brewers exhibition games; breakfast at the hotel; a cocktail  reception each night; a private reception at the hotel; a tailgate party with visits from players and coaches; a loge outfield ticket to opening day at Miller Park and a gift bag with customized Brewers gear.

Since that package is no longer available, we decided to jump online and price a few other package trips during that week (March 10-17). We based our query on two adult travelers, booking only round-trip airfare and hotels. These are packages, so you may find cheaper deals looking for flights and hotel accommodations independently.

Rates and availability can change quickly at this time of year, so your results may vary.


Purveyor: Funjet Vacations
Hotel: Ocean Blue Beach & Golf Resort (all-inclusive)
Airline: American (connecting in Chicago and Miami)
Cost: $2,618.60 ($1,309.30 per person)
Details: Ocean Blue is described as a family-friendly beachfront hotel less than nine miles from the airport. There are several restaurants and bars and 24-hour room service.

Hotel: Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
Airline: Midwest Airlines (connecting in Minneapolis on the outbound leg and Denver on the way home)
Cost: $2,240 ($1,120 per person)
Details: The Pointe Hilton is a lovely property in a largely residential/commercial area. It's relatively convenient to several spring training sites and the Scottsdale shopping/nightlife district, but a car rental will add to the price of the trip.

Hotel: Casa Marina Resort
Airline: Outbound leg is Midwest Airlines through Memphis; returning flight is Northwest Airlines through Memphis.
Cost: $2,787 ($1,393 per person)
Details: The Casa Marina, built in 1920 and located on the southern edge of the key, recently underwent a series of renovations and boasts beach access and a short walk to Duvall Street and Historic Old Town.

Hotel: The Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino
Airline: American Airlines (stops in Chicago and Miami)
Cost: $1,920.73 ($960.37 per person)
Details: The hotel offers a private beach, landscaped pool with water slide and swim-up bar and a 35,000-square-foot Vegas-style casino.

Hotel: Luxor
Airline: Air Tran Airways
Cost: $1,051.14 ($525.57)
Details: You have to be in pretty good condition (and very disciplined/lucky at the gaming tables) in order to survive a full week in Vegas. There are nicer hotels that cost more and dumpier places that cost less, but Luxor is competitive with better places in terms of services and has a good location.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay (all-inclusive)
Airline: Air Tran Airways (stops in Atlanta)
Cost: $2,074.37 ($1,037.19 per person)
Details: With a half-mile of private white-sand beach and two outdoor pools, there will be no shortage of sunshine at this resort.

Drew Olson Special to

Host of “The Drew Olson Show,” which airs 1-3 p.m. weekdays on The Big 902. Sidekick on “The Mike Heller Show,” airing weekdays on The Big 920 and a statewide network including stations in Madison, Appleton and Wausau. Co-author of Bill Schroeder’s “If These Walls Could Talk: Milwaukee Brewers” on Triumph Books. Co-host of “Big 12 Sports Saturday,” which airs Saturdays during football season on WISN-12. Former senior editor at Former reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.