Baseball bargain in Tucson

Deal Of The Week


Spring training is bound to be special for the World Series-winning Chicago White Sox. JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz., has created a package good throughout March to coincide with the team's spring training. The resort is about nine miles west of Tucson Electric Park, where spring training games are held. Is the package a home run or a foul ball?

The package

Price -- $798 per couple, assuming a stay the nights of March 3 and 4.

Includes -- two nights in a deluxe view room at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa; breakfast each morning; $50 resort credit; 2005 World Series book and DVD.

Doesn't include -- transportation to or in Tucson; taxes of 11.5 percent; $1 per day room fee.

Contact -- 520-792-3500;

The value

For items equal or similar to those of the package.

Hotel -- $678 (two nights at $339 per night) for a deluxe view room at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, assuming a stay the nights of March 3 and 4.

Breakfast -- $60 to $100 ($15 to $25 per person per meal) for two mornings, depending on whether you order from the menu or go for the buffet.

Credit -- $50, assuming you would spend at least that much at the resort during your stay.

Book -- $20 for White Sox 2005 World Series Champions.

DVD -- $20 for World Series '05 Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox.

Total -- $828 to $868

Difference -- $30 to $70 less with the package.

The bottom line

Since the value of the deal varies at breakfast, a certain logic dictates that the more you eat, the more money the package saves you. The package saves enough to cover game tickets, which range from $14 to $36 a pair, fees included. You'll need to buy those yourself, though, at 866-672-1343 or

Toni Stroud Salama writes for the Chicago Tribune.

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