Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, October 2021 Issue
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Mt. Fuji during cherry blossom time, Fujinomiya, Japan
1. Bahamas Deals and Packages
|If you want to get away for a longer period of time, several resorts in the Bahamas offer extended stay packages.
Here are some of the extended stay offers:
Paradise Cove extended stay package provides for 40 percent off the daily rate. The package includes free use of all water sports equipment for snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding. You must book directly with the resort for a minimum of seven nights. Book by Dec. 31, 2021, for stays Nov. 16, to Dec. 31, 2021.
Embrace Resort in Staniel Cay, Exuma, offers up to 60 percent off on extended stays. Book and travel by Dec. 31, 2021. The best deal is on a two bedroom standard villa where weekly rates are $1,750 plus VAT while monthly rates are $2,999 plus VAT. You can also take your choice of two roundtrip tickets from Nassau or a $250 flight credit from the US. This offer also includes 30 percent off swimming pigs tours and golf cart rentals plus free airport transfers.
Margaritaville Beach Resort residential suites offer full kitchens, ocean views, and ensuite bathrooms. For stays of 14 days or greater, you can receive up to 40 percent off the regular rates. The resort features 12 restaurants and lounges, three swimming pools, Fins water park, marina, and spa. Book by Dec. 31, for travel Dec. 5 through 31, 2021.
Bahamas Extended Stay Packages.
2. Choice Privileges Member Milestone
|In celebration of Choice Privileges surpassing 50 million members, the loyalty program from Choice Hotels International, is giving away 50,000 Choice Privileges points to one member each day through October 19, 2021. In addition, the 50 millionth member will also receive 50,000 Choice Privileges points. For a chance to enter the sweepstakes and win one of the prizes, enter here.
Launched in 1998, Choice Privileges membership is free, offering rewards, including bonus points, airline miles, or credits for premium coffee and shared rides through the personalized, Your Extras benefit. Guests can also earn points for future stays at Choice-branded hotels and at Penn National Gaming casino resorts.
All Choice-branded hotels are participating in Commitment to Clean, an initiative of dedication to cleanliness with enhanced training and best practices for deep cleaning, disinfecting and social distancing.
3. Costa Rica Vacation Sweepstakes
|Win a five-night trip for two to Costa Rica from Ricante hot sauce.
The contest is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia ages 18 and older.
Enter online by Nov. 9, 2021, to be eligible to win one Grand Prize five night trip for two to Costa Rica. The prize includes roundtrip (coach class) air transportation to Costa Rica, five nights’ (double occupancy) hotel accommodations at the Iguana Surf Hotel in Tamarindo, Costa Rica and off road truck rental from Nomad America. The average retail value of the prize is $2,500.
Ricante Costa Rica Vacation Sweepstakes.
4. Marella and TUI River Cruises Savings
|Marella Cruises launches a month-long deal of £300 savings per booking on cruises departing through Dec. 31, 2022. To make use of the offer, use code CRUISE300.
The £300 saving code is available for those wanting to explore Europe’s waterways. Use TUIRIVER300 for river cruises to save £300 per booking on sailings departing through Oct. 31, 2022.
To ensure the safety of customers and crew, vaccination and testing requirements will be in place. Anyone aged 18 years and older will be required to have had both COVID-19 shots at least 14 days before traveling.
For Marella Cruises, all under& 18 years of age, excluding infants under the age of two who will not be able to sail as they are exempt from testing, will be asked to have a lateral flow test.
All guests will need to check-in for their cruise and complete their cruise health declaration online pre-departure to release their cruise boarding pass, TUI said.
Marella and TUI River Cruises.
5. Free Public Transportation
|One of Europe’s smallest countries implemented a national policy to offer free public transportation as a response to major traffic jams. Luxembourg is where people can ride on public trams, buses and trains at no cost throughout the country. There are exemptions such as with first-class train fares and along the country’s RegioZone fare system, which ventures across border crossing points.
The free public transportation is meant to combat extensive traffic jams, which can last up to two hour.
Offering free public transport will have a significant impact on Luxembourg’s tourism industry. Like residents, visitors can use the system at no cost.
Free public transport makes it possible to visit another part of Luxembourg. For travelers looking to ditch the rental car and make their trips more sustainable, here are a few places in Luxembourg that you can now get to for free by public transit.
Luxembourg’s Museum of Modern Art, aka the Mudam Luxembourg designed by I.M. Pei in Park Draï Eechelen, overlooking Luxembourg City’s historic city center.
12th-century Bourglinster Castle about nine miles northeast of Luxembourg City can be accessed in about 25 minutes by bus line.
You can visit nature parks, or the industrial south on a half day or day trip.
6. Extended Stay Package Shangri-La Boracay
|The Shangri-La resort on Boracay Island, in the Philippines, has a 30 night extended stay deal valid through Dec. 31, 2021.
Make the resort your island home with a 30-night stay, with rates from $136.27 per night with a minimum 30 night stay.
This offer includes:
- Daily breakfast for two adults, or up to four adults staying in a two-bedroom villa
- Roundtrip land and speedboat transfers via Caticlan Airport
- 15,000 Philippine peso spa credit per stay or about $300
- With prior arrangement, take home a suitcase of clean laundry for two adults or four adults in a two bedroom villa.
- 20 percent off on food and beverage
- 40 percent off on laundry service except dry cleaning
- 40 percent off on sports and recreation activities, not including Scotty’s Dive Center
- High-speed, unrestricted Wi-Fi and broadband Internet access.
Rates do not include the 10 percent service charge, 12 percent Value Added Tax and 0.55 percent local tax.
Credit card prepayment for the full duration of the stay is required when booking for the Dec. 26, 2021 to Jan. 4, 2022 time frame. For all other stay dates, full prepayment for the full duration of the stay is required at the time of check-in and will not be refunded for shortened stays, or amendments.
Shangri-La Boracay Island or or 866/565-5050.
7. U.S. Travel Restrictions Extended
|The Transportation Security Administration extends the current requirement to wear a mask on all forms of public transport to Jan. 18, 2022. The requirement applies to airplanes, trains, buses, airports and train stations and comes due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant. The purpose of TSA's mask directive is to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on public transportation.
Wearing a face mask has proved to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, the federal mask mandate led to thousands of incidents of unruly behavior over the course of the pandemic. In June, the Federal Aviation Administration said approximately 2,350 of the more than 3,100 reports of unruly behavior involved passengers refusing to comply with the mask mandate.
TSA employees were physically assaulted in more than 69 incidents between March 2020 and June 2021, and the agency has initiated more than 1,700 compliance investigations since the mask mandate went into effect.
The move to extend the mandate was welcomed by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, with their President Sara Nelson saying the extension "will help tremendously to keep passengers and aviation workers safe."
The US government is yet to make a decision on compulsory vaccinations for airline staff.
8. Sand Valley Fall/Winter Seasons
|Sand Valley, set on 12,000 acres of prehistoric sand dunes, announces new fall and winter operating seasons. In Rome, WI, the resort best known for its golf and natural landscape, welcomes guests through winter. Centrally located and accessible, Sand Valley offers outdoor explorations, culinary experiences, modern and comfortable lodging and a collection of new programming and events.
With an assortment of accommodations, Sand Valley is ready to welcome couples, families and small groups. Book a single king or double queen room from $225 per night or private suites from $550 per night. Dog-friendly freestanding cottages, steps from onsite hiking trails and lakes, are available from $900 per night.
Dining options include Mammoth Bar, the central hub of the resort. The all-day dining main restaurant, Aldo's Farm & Table, showcases cuisine sourced from local farmers and complemented by a fireplace. In-cottage dining is available for a more private experience.
Sand Valley experiences for guests includes hiking, fishing, yoga, star gazing, and fat-tire biking. Once the weather allows, Sand Valley will offer snowshoeing, ice skating, ice fishing,cross-country skiing and transportation to other local area winter attractions.
Sand Valley or 888/398-867.
9. Autumn Rates at Cinnamon Shore
|At Cinnamon Shore resort in Port Aransas, TX, the season extends long after Labor Day. During fall, it’s less crowded and cooler with less humidity, but warm enough to enjoy the resort pools and the beach.
Additionally there are discounted fall rates through Nov. 18, 2021.
Stay three nights and the fourth night is free. Use Code: FALL2021.
Receive 10 percent off a three night stay. Use Code: SAVE 10.
Cinnamon Shore is a pedestrian-friendly planned community on Mustang Island along the Texas Gulf Coast. It’s a planned traditional seaside village with amenities and recreational facilities intertwined with beach cottages, villas and town centers.
10. Pierre Special Offers
|The 44-story Pierre hotel, off Fifth Avenue and Central Park in New York City, is synonymous with New York City’s elite. You can rub elbow and take advantage of special offers from the hotel. Here are a few.
Suite Retreat - Receive 20 percent off when you reserve a suite. The offer includes continental breakfast for two via room service, a $50 minibar credit, two monogrammed bathrobes, and a wellness amenity.
Every Fourth Night Free - For a limited time, stay at the Pierre and every fourth is night free. The special offer requires no deposit and can be canceled up to 24 hours prior to arrival.
Flavors of Fall - Available through Nov 28, 2021, this seasonal package features deluxe accommodations, free nightly self-parking, and flexible check-in and check-out based on availability.
Modeled after Versailles, the hotel boasts neo-Georgian accents, checkered marble floors, a ballroom with grand staircases and a Rotunda.
The Pierre or 212/838-8000.
11. Honey Creek Lodging Discounts
|Honey Creek Resort in Moravia, IA rewards AAA members, senior citizens, and members of our military (active, reserve, or retired) with special offers, deals, and discounts.
All taxes, fees, and cancellation policies apply. The discount is limited to space availability at the time of booking and applicable to new bookings only. The discounts cannot be combined with any other promotion, package, or contract. This discount is subject to change without notice, and blackout days may apply. A valid ID or membership is required at check-in.
AAA Rate - Honey Creek Resort offers the best available rate to AAA cardholders. Receive 10 percent off the best available lodging rate with your AAA membership. Mention promo code AAA when booking.
Salute the Troops Rate - Exclusive offer for all active duty, reserve, or retired U.S. Armed Services personnel. Receive 10 percent off the best available lodging rate. Mention promo code MILITARY.
Senior Rate - Honey Creek Resort offers a discount to seniors age 62 and older. Receive 10 percent off the best available lodging rate with the senior discount. Mention promo code SENIOR.
Thank You Heroes Rate - Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, and teachers receive 10 percent off the best available rate with valid ID. Mention promo code HEROES.
Honey Creek Resort or 866/797-5308.
12. Breakers End of Season Savings
|Plan your getaway with vacation savings at the Breakers in Palm Beach, FL. Here are a few of the offers.
Sixth Night Free - Your sixth night is free when you stay six consecutive nights through Dec. 16, 2021. You can combine the offer with free daily breakfast and Fall Savings.
Fall Savings - Available through Dec. 16, 2021, with exclusive savings featuring these free daily benefits:
- Breakfast buffet
- Unlimited access to Ocean fitness center and outdoor classes
- High-speed WiFi throughout property
- Benefits offered during holiday stays for Thanksgiving
- Sixth night free when you stay six consecutive nights
- There is never a resort fee.
Resident Guest Program - Book more than 30 consecutive nights through Dec. 31, 2021, and you will be a resident guest at the Breakers. As a resident, you enjoy all guest amenities and additional benefits including a discount on rooms and suites, free airport transfer, valet, and daily breakfast.
The Breakers or 855/334-4662.
13. TSA Doubles Fines
|The Transportation Security Administration doubled the penalty for travelers who refuse to wear masks on planes due to reports of unruly passengers.
The range of fines for mask non-compliance violations: First-time offenders face $500 to $1,000 in civil penalties, and repeat offenders could pay $1,000 to $3,000, up from the $250 to $1,500 range when the TSA first rolled out a transportation mask mandate in early February 2021.
Masks have been required on public transportation, including bus, trains, on planes and in airports, since January 2021 and the mandate has been extended until at least Jan. 18, 2022. Due to an alarming increase in reports of unruly passengers this year — the majority of which involve passengers who refuse to wear masks — the Federal Aviation Administration proposed more fines against passengers, bringing the total civil penalties in 2021 up to more than $1 million.
Federal officials reported a surge in unruly airline passengers in 2021. The Federal Aviation Administration says airline crews have reported over 3,057 mask-related problems this year.
To combat the problem, some airlines stopped serving alcohol on board. American Airlines stopped serving alcoholic drinks in March 2020 due to the pandemic and won't resume in the main cabin until at least Jan. 18, 2022. Southwest intended to bring back alcoholic beverages in June 2021, but put those plans on hold.
14. Katarina Line Super Special Prices
|Katarina Line, Croatia’s small ship cruise company, offers “super special” late-season prices of up to 30 percent off the regular rates on their most popular cruises.
Cruises leave out of Opatija, Split and Dubrovnik, Croatia, all of which offer guaranteed departures. With the specials, prices are from $1,239 per person for the deluxe seven-day roundtrip Dalmatian Paradise.
This is a saving of $531 off the regular rate of $1,770. Similarly, Katarina Line’s Deluxe One Way Wonders cruise between Split and Dubrovnik, normally $ 1,770 per person, is $1,239, a saving of $531. Prices are applicable on select cruise dates and are based on double occupancy. Prices are also based on exchange rates for the Euro, which can change.
Katarina Line also offers early-bird discounts of 10 percent off cruises in 2022, available on select departures in July and August 2022. The company offers five percent off on all departures in April, May and October 2022. Early bird offers are valid when booked and paid by Jan. 1, 2022.
The seven-night cruise on the Dalmatian Paradise sails roundtrip out of Split and visits the islands of Korčula, Mljet, and Hvar. It stops at the Pelješac Peninsula, where guests participate in an Croatian village party and the coastal town of Bol, where they can swim on Golden Horn Beach. There is also an evening dinner cruise along the old town city walls of Dubrovnik, a wine tasting excursion, and a Captain’s dinner with live entertainment. A major highlight is a visit to Mljet National Park, known for swimming, natural scenery and hiking trails.
The One-Way Wonders itinerary is a seven-night cruise between Split and Dubrovnik that visits Southern Dalmatia islands. It includes guided tours, wine and meals. Highlights include: a cruise along Dubrovnik’s city walls, swimming in secluded coves, a visit to the fishermen’s village of Slano, a guided tour of the medieval village of Ston with an oyster tasting, the town’s specialty. There’s a visit to Mljet National Park, with a boat ride to St. Mary Isle and tour the medieval Benedictine monastery, wine tasting excursion and tour of the Roman Thermal bath house on Vis. Inland excursions include guided walking tours of Korčula and Split.
Prices for cruises include airport transfers, accomodations, daily buffet breakfast and three-course lunches, and a Captain’s dinner with live entertainment.
15. Cautions on Travel to Panama
|Panama is a popular tourist spot with some good reason. Instagram photos and travel blogs show off its picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, but there's an untold story lurking behind that beauty.
Its natural beauty recently led to a notorious reputation, and one that international authorities are starting to warn travelers against.
The Colombian rebel gangs and drug trafficking groups have used Panamanian rain forests as their hideouts for decades, but in recent years their strongholds extended to the local governments. Reports of human rights violations, corrupt officials and violence against women and LGBTQ+ people have led the U.S. State department to assign Panama a Level 4 Do Not Travel advisory.
- According to the North American Travellers Association, here are some areas to avoid when traveling to Panama:
- Madden Dam and Colon for drug activity and street crime
- Darien Gap, close to the Columbian border, for its guerrilla groups, drug traffickers, and limited police force
- The Mosquito Gulf for its inaccessibility by American authorities to provide support to American citizens on visit
- Panama City: El Chorrillo, Curundú, and San Miguelito, which have strict curfews due to its high crime rates
- The nearby water bodies, floating packages are likely to be drugs or other illicit materials.
Inefficient law enforcement and poor regulations, an under-educated workforce, labor issues, and corruption have created socioeconomic issues in this Presidential Republic.
Political demonstrations around the University and Parliament in Panama City are common and are known to get violent. Bribes, and inadequate property titling prove the judicial system to be lacking. Panama has a history of violations of basic human rights, especially against women and the LGBTQ community.
Same-sex marriages are not generally accepted and displays of same sex affection can attract unwanted attention and, in some cases, police intervention. In recent times, people who are transgender have reported harassment by security forces and the government, and many have been forced to shelter at home for several months due to fear of public humiliation and ridicule.
10 things to consider before traveling to Panama.
- Panama is rife with muggers who lurk around busy public areas like tourist hot spots and shopping hubs like Avenida Central and Casco Viejo in Panama City, looking for gullible tourists.
- Pickpockets are commonly found at public transportation stops. Keep your wallet in your front pocket and hold your bags in front of your chest to have it in view at all times.
- Be vigilant with cash and credit cards. Use your hotel's safe, money belts and dummy wallets for safety. If you need to withdraw cash, use an ATM within a bank in a populated area and during the day. Avoid looking and acting like a tourist.
- Lock your vehicle's doors when you're driving. Never leave cash or other expensive items in your vehicle when you're not in it.
- Account for heavy traffic when in Panama City. Few people follow rules, infrastructure is poor and construction work is commonplace.
- Always opt for registered companies when hiring cabs and dissuade the drivers from helping hitchhikers.
- Travel in big groups when possible and always carry your passport as you'll never know when you need it and could be jailed for not having it on your person.
- Be cautious of who you talk to or move with. Getting caught with even a tiny amount of drugs or with someone who has drugs in their possession can get you jailed for up to 15 years.
- The Panama Bay is polluted with industrial waste and sewage. Avoid swimming there. Besides the pollution, dangerous tides and a lack of warning signposts make swimming a risky affair.
- Do not leave your home without the necessary documents. When traveling to Panama, all Americans need to have a three-month valid passport from the date of arrival into the country and a two-way ticket back home. An American traveler will also need to show cash of $500, a clean record of zero criminal activity, and a negative HIV result.
North American Travellers Association.
16. Shenandoah National Park Lodging Deals
|Shenandoah National Park, 75 miles west of Washington, D.C., offers miles of rough-hewn beauty.
Once you explore the park's scenic wonders, you'll want to spend more time to take it all in. Accommodations are within the park, with deals and discounts at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge. Here are some of the offers.
Book early and save 15 percent with the advance purchase rate at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge. Book seven days prior to arriving to receive 15 percent off the best available rate. The rate is non-refundable, full advance payment required. Use Promo Code ADVANCE.
Book early and save 25 percent with the advance purchase rate at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge. Book 14 days prior to arriving to receive 25 percent off the best available rate. The rate is non-refundable, full advance payment required. Use Promo Code ADVPURCH.
Senior Travel Rates - Adults, age 62 and older, qualify for this discount. Mention the senior discount at check-in to receive 10 percent off regular room rates at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge. Use Promo Code SENIOR. A valid ID for age verification is required at check-in. Discount not available on packages and the discount is subject to availability at time of booking.
Thank You Heroes Discount - Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, and teachers receive 10 percent off the best available rate at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge. Use Promo Code HEROES.
Salute The Troops Discount - Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge thank military personnel with a 10 percent mid-week lodging discount. This offer is for active and retired military personnel of the armed forces. Valid Military ID is required at check-in. Use Promo Code MILITARY.
Free Entry for US Military and Veterans. Veterans and active members of the US armed forces receive free entry to Shenandoah National Park and most other federal recreation sites. Active military members can receive a free Military pass by presenting a current US military ID at the entrance.
There is not a pass specifically for Veterans. Veterans will need to present one of the following forms of ID where entrance fees are collected:
- Department of Defense Identification Card (CAC Card)
- Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC)
- Veteran ID Card
- Veterans designation on a state-issued US driver's license or identification card.
Shenandoah National Park Lodging Deals or 877/847-1919.
17. Victoria House Packages
|Victoria House Resort & Spa, on Ambergris Caye in Belize, offers packages to explore Belize at your own pace.
The three or four-night Petite Escape package is available until Dec. 20, 2021. Rates start from $1,337 per room for the three night package and additional nights can be added. Rates include all taxes and service charges.
- The package includes:
- Accommodations in either a Casita or Palmetto room
- Full breakfast daily
- A bottle of Prosecco upon arrival and a welcome “Belizean Colada” cocktail
- One day golf cart rental (including gas and insurance).
You can still take advantage of the Summer Special. Stay five nights and get your sixth night free. The package is valid for stays through Dec. 15, 2021.
Victoria House Resort & Spa packages or 800/247-5159.
18. Castaway Island All Meals Special
|The Castaway Island resort in Fiji is on a private island, surrounded by white sand beaches, coral reefs and clear waters.
The resort offers an All Meals special. Book and stay five nights and only pay for four nights. Plus you receive all meals for the duration of your stay for two adults and two children ages 12 and under.
Castaway Island Fiji.
19. Costa Sur Resort Last Minute Sale
|One of the best deals for a winter vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is the Costa Sur Resort and Spa last minute sale. Book seven nights or more and save 50 percent or more on your winter vacation. The sale is valid for travel through Dec 19, 2021.
Their new Grand Deluxe oceanfront room category features: In room Continental Breakfast (coffee, sweet rolls and fruit plate), welcome amenity, room on the eighth floor and concierge services.
Using the arbitrary dates of Nov. 30 to Dec. 7, 2021, the cost of an oceanfront studio at the Last Minute sale rates was 60 percent off at $84 per night. The studio can accommodate up to four people. This is a non refundable rate.
You can book the room as an all-inclusive for two adults and all meals and all drinks included for $241 per night.
Costa Sur Resort and Spa.
20. CrosiEurope Special Offers
|Pick your next European holiday from CrosiEurope’s latest river cruise deals. You can discover the rivers of France, the Rhine and the Danube in Northern and Central Europe, or Southern Europe including Portugal, Spain, and Italy.
Select your departure date and receive up to 50 percent off for the second passenger, or two-for-one fares on a selection of river cruises.
- French cuisine
- All-inclusive drinks at meals and bar
- free excursion package
- Free wifi on board.
Here are two upcoming special offers.
Cruise through Canary Island archipelago - eight day cruise with stops at Tenerife, El Hierro, La Palma, La Gomera, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. From $3,980 per person, for departures on Nov. 13, and 27, 2021.
14-day Trans-European cruise: From Amsterdam to Budapest. From $4,042 per person, a 15 percent reduction, for the departure on May 3, 2022.
There is also an Early Booking offer accompanying CroisiEurope’s 2022 brochure. Book before Dec. 31, 2021, and receive a five percent per person discount that can be applied to river, sea and long haul cruises. Use tarif code : EARBOOUS. The early booking offer is available by telephone, via travel agent and tour operator partner agencies and on the website.
CroisiEurope special offers or 800/768-7232.
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