updated 3/25/2010 9:33:05 AM ET 2010-03-25T13:33:05

The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on a major carrier, five nights' accommodations at the Hotel Ibis World Square, breakfast daily, and fuel surcharges, from $1,039 per person—plus about $160 in taxes and fees.

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When: Departs Sept. 6–13; add $50 for May 6, 7, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22, 23; $60 for July 22, 23; $110 for July 21.

Gateways: L.A.; add $208 for Dallas, Houston; $238 for Chicago; $252 for Atlanta; $255 for Phoenix; $274 for Orlando; $309 for Philadelphia; additional gateways available.

The fine print: Does not include taxes and fees of $160 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is from $350. Note that you will need a visa for travel in Australia. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: No deadline; based on availability. In our experience, these packages usually sell out very fast.

Contact: Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.

Why it's a deal: In a recent Kayak search, we found an $821 round-trip flight between L.A. and Sydney for travel in early September (Delta). A five-night stay at the hotel costs about $960 per person. So booking independently, you would expect to pay about $1,781, including all taxes. This package costs $1,199, including all taxes—a savings of $582.

More: Add nights from $71 per person. Upgrade to a package that includes a stay at The Menzies Sydney Hotel from $100 per person. There are also optional tours available.

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