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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, January 2010 Issue



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The Staff at Travel Savings Alerts wishes everyone happy, exciting and satisfying travels this year.
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NFL Team Branded kleen kits

This flu season keep healthy with National Football League team branded hand sanitizer kleen kits. Produced by ke specialties llc, a kleen kit consists of a 2 ounce bottle of hand sanitizer, an 8 ounce bottle of hand sanitizer and a 40 count canister of wipes, available for all 32 NFL teams plus The Ohio State University.

With three ways to kill 99.99% of bacteria and flu germs, the 2 ounce bottle (TSA approved for 3-1-1 carry-ons) or 8 ounce bottle of hand sanitizer easily fit into a pocket, purse or back pack and the 40 count canister of wipes can be used at home, while tailgating or at work.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand sanitizer is as effective at killing germs as washing hands with soap and water. Kleen kits are especially useful at work, school or play where germs from coughs and sneezes are shared when door knobs, elevator buttons, lockers, gym equipment, desks, books, computers and the hundreds of other objects are touched.

NFL team branded kleen kits are available at NFL.com Search for the team name and kleen kit. Ohio State University kleen kits are available at ke specialties llc.



In This Issue:
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  • Michigan Ski All Season Card $189
  • Affordable Family Vacations at YMCA of the Rockies
  • Variety Cruises 2010 Greece Sailings
  • 100,000 Free Seats on Megabus
  • Pay the Lowest Temperature of the Day
  • Oxford Summer Experience
  • New York City Shoulder Season Deals
  • Win a Trip to Hawaii, Earn Triple Points
  • Bed Bug Prevention Tips
  • Celebrity Sweepstakes for "Eclipse of a Lifetime"
  • Hilton Mexico City $99 Intro Rate
  • Amtrak Extended NE Fare Promotion
  • Kids Stay, Eat & Play Free at Real's Family Resorts
  • Australia Vacation Deals, Up to Three Free Nights
  • JW Marriott "2010 How Suite It Is Package"
  • Kids Sail Free on Select Crystal Cruises
  • Finding a Doctor Far from Home
  • Alaska 2-for-1 Travel Book
  • Occidental Hotels & Resorts Up to 57% Off
  • Three-Hour Limit on Tarmac Delays


    • Michigan Ski All Season Card $189

      The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association (MSIA) sells a card that allows you to ski at 28 different Michigan ski areas this winter for $189. Called the MSIA White Gold Card, you can ski one time at each of the participating ski areas during the 2009/2010 ski season, midweek or weekend. Also included is one free ski tune-up (edge sharpen and wax) at participating MSIA ski retailers. To get the tune-up, White Gold Card purchasers take their skis or boards to one of more than 40 participating ski shops.

      If you paid for a lift ticket at each of the 28 ski areas and brought your skis in for a tune-up, you would spend more than $1,000.

      MSIA has a challenge for White Gold Card participants. The first person to use the White Gold Card at all 28 Michigan ski areas will win a card for the 2010/2011 ski season.

      Participating ski areas include: Alpine Valley, Apple Mountain, Bittersweet, Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, Caberfae Peaks, Cannonsburg Ski Area, Cross-Country Ski Headquarters, Crystal Mountain, Hanson Hills, Indianhead Mountain, Marquette Mountain, Mont Ripley, Mt. Bohemia, Mt. Brighton, Mt. Holiday, Mt. Holly, Mt Zion, Norway Mountain, Nubs Nob, Pine Knob, Pine Mountain, Shanty Creek, Snow Snake, Swiss Valley Ski Area, The Homestead, Timber Ridge Ski Area and Treetops Resort.

      White Gold Cards are sold at participating MSIA ski shops and online or 248/620-4448.



      Affordable Family Vacations at YMCA of the Rockies

      This winter season, the YMCA of the Rockies' Snow Mountain Ranch in Winter Park, CO offers value and activities for families.

      A lodge room or cabin at Snow Mountain Ranch starts at $74 a night, where families can stay two nights and get a third night free. This package is available at Snow Mountain Ranch and at Estes Park Center in Estes Park, CO through May 27, 2010.

      Snow Mountain Ranch is located between the Winter Park Ski Resort and the town of Grand Lake, 80 miles west of Denver. This 5,000-acre ranch offers 50 cabins and 170 lodge rooms.

      Estes Park Center YMCA is surrounded on three sides by Rocky Mountain National Park. The YMCA Estes Park Center is 65 miles northwest of Denver on 860 acres of ponderosa pines. Estes Park Center offers 200 cabins with two to 16 bedrooms and 600 lodge rooms. The lodges are within walking distance of most activities and a stay in a lodge room includes free breakfast for two.

      Free activities are offered at Snow Mountain Ranch. New this winter season, overnight guests at Snow Mountain Ranch will receive free admission to the ice skating rink, sledding and tubing hills and snowshoe trails. Single-day, half-day and multi-day cross-country skiing trail passes are available for a minimal fee. Overnight guests at Snow Mountain Ranch can receive a free cross-country ski lesson for children ages six to12.

      Additional free winter activities include indoor basketball, swimming, library visits, indoor roller-skating and wildlife viewing. Fee-based activities include sleigh rides, horseback riding, climbing wall and craft shop.

      Snow Mountain Ranch or Estes Park Center or 800/777-9622.


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      Variety Cruises 2010 Greece Sailings

      Variety Cruises offers a free Athens land program for 2010 sailings to Greece, with two nights at a deluxe hotel and half-day sightseeing tour. In addition, discounts of up to $500 are available on some departure dates. Variety Cruises' yachts traverse Greece's mainland and less known islands on seven night cruises April through October 2010. Promotions must be booked and paid for before Feb. 1, 2010.

      Seven night Classical Greece cruises on the Harmony V or G Mega yacht travel to the Aegean Islands, Crete and continental Greece. A $500 discount per person is valid for all category cabins for sailings Apr. 30, July 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27, and Oct. 29, 2010.

      Seven nights on the Harmony G or Harmony V travel to the Cycladic Islands, including Kusadasi, Ephessus, Patmos and Samos. A $400 discount per person, per week, is valid for all category cabins on sailings Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30, July 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27, 22, 29, 2010. A $300 discount per person, per week, is available on sailings May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, Sep. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 2010.

      The Jewels of the Cyclads cruise on the M/S Galileo heads southeast of mainland Greece to Poros, Kimolos, Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, Kea and Sounion. A $400 discount per person, per week, for category A and B cabins is valid for sailings Apr. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and Oct. 22, 29 2010. A $300 discount per person, per week, for category A and B cabins applies to sailings on May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27, Sep. 10, 17, 24, and Oct. 1, 8, 15, 2010.

      Specials are based on double occupancy, are subject to availability and can not be combined with any existing offer.

      Variety Cruises or 866/944-8498 in Canada and 800/319-7776 in the U.S.



      100,000 Free Seats on Megabus

      Megabus.com, a city-to-city express bus service, offers fares from $1, plus 100,000 free seats for travel Jan. 6 to Mar. 20, 2010. You must use the promo code GETAWAY to book your free seats (subject to availability).

      Megabus.com amenities include new double-decker buses with free Wi-Fi, reclining seats, power outlets and on-board restrooms.

      Megabus operates daily. Northeast cities served include: Albany, Atlantic City, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, New York, Philadelphia, Rochester, Syracuse, Toronto and Washington D.C.

      Midwest cities include: Ann Arbor, Bloomington-Normal, Chicago, Champaign, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbia, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Madison, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Toledo.

      The Megabus web site has information on routes, schedules, amenities and fares. Fares shown are one-way and include all government taxes.

      Megabus.



      Pay the Lowest Temperature of the Day

      Cheyenne Mountain Resort, in Colorado Springs, CO, offers the coolest promotion, where your total spend at the resort is based on the lowest temperature on the day of your stay.

      The "Baby It's Cold Outside" offer includes your room rate and all of your expenditures such as gourmet meal, a massage or a round of golf at the Four Diamond resort. You can get up to 50 percent off your entire resort experience. The discounts are:

      • 25 - 32 degrees: 10% off of total spend
      • 17 - 24 degrees: 20% off of total spend
      • 8 - 22 degrees: 25% off of total spend
      • 0 - 14 degrees: 30% off of total spend
      • Below 0 degrees: 50% off of total spend

      For the promotion, book a room as you normally would. The adjustment will be made to the bill based on the day's temperature. A Weather Board, showing temperatures from the Weather Channel, will be posted at the Front Desk for validation.

      The "Baby It's Cold Outside" promotion is valid through Mar. 31, 2010. Promotion room rates at Cheyenne Mountain Resort during this period are not available on holidays and start at $99, based on availability.

      Set on 217 acres, Cheyenne Mountain Resort features 316 guest rooms and suites, each with a private balcony with mountain and golf course views; a championship golf course; five swimming pools; 18 tennis courts, squash and racquetball courts and a pro shop; health and fitness center; aquatics center; a 35-acre recreation lake for sailboards, canoes, kayaks and paddleboats; volleyball on a sand beach, and catch-and-release fly fishing (the lake is stocked with big German Browns and rainbow trout).

      Activities around Colorado Springs, located about 80 miles from Denver in a 6,000-foot-high valley, include a cog train to the top of Pike's Peak, the Cave of the Winds, the red rock formations in Garden of the Gods, and historic Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs which date from the 19th century and offer great shopping.

      Cheyenne Mountain Resort or 800/428-8886.



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      Oxford Summer Experience

      You don't have to be a Rhodes Scholar to go to Oxford. The Oxford Experience week residential summer course at Oxford University is open to all. The Oxford Experience takes place between July 4 and Aug. 7 and Anglophiles from all over the world gather for a week (or two or more) of study at Christ Church. Historic Christ Church, founded by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525, is the most prestigious of Oxford colleges. There are no prerequisites for the Oxford Experience, no tests, no papers, just an interest in the subject.

      More than 50 subjects are offered. Among next summer's offerings are: The Brontes, Castles in Britain, The Twilight of the Romanovs, Alice's Adventures in Oxford, Beethoven and the Dawn of Romanticism, Scientific Breakthroughs of the Twentieth Century, Jewish Life in Medieval England, Enjoying the Cotswolds and The Battle of Britain Revisited.

      The Oxford Experience attracts vacationing Americans, Britains, Europeans, Australians and South Africans, plus an occasional Chinese or Mexican, who range in age from 30 to 90.

      You stay in student accommodations, though rooms with private bath are available for an additional fee. You dine in Tudor Hall, lined with portraits of renowned Christ Church alumni, which gained fame in the Harry Potter films. Three daily meals are included. Once a week each student is invited to dine on "High Table" and on the final night everyone gathers for champagne in the cathedral garden and a farewell dinner in the Hall. Those who sign up for two or more weeks get free bed and breakfast on the intervening weekends.

      During the week there are excursions to stately homes and tours of Oxford and Christ Church, pub walks, whisky tastings, post-prandial lectures, strawberries and wine in the Masters' Garden, folk dancing called "Morris Dancing," and Evensong at Oxford Cathedral.

      A one-week course, including tuition, accommodation and all meals (except those on excursions) is approximately $1,717. Excursions and private bathrooms are extra. The deadline for registration is May 1, 2010. Early application is recommended, as courses fill quickly.

      The Oxford Experience, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, U.K..



      New York City Shoulder Season Deals

      One of the best times to visit a destination is after the crowds go home. During shoulder season in New York City, you can avoid lines and crowds at tourist sights and museums or score a prime restaurant reservation with ease. Added incentives from hotels such as museum tickets or Metro cards make it easier to plan for a Big Apple trip.

      Here are some shoulder season hotel deals in New York City:

      The boutique, Moroccan-themed Marrakech Hotel, on the Upper West Side, offers saving of 20 percent with rates from $99 per night. The rate is based on availability and does not include taxes or fees. Valid through Feb. 28, 2010, a two-night minimum stay is required. As an added incentive, you receive two tickets to Top of the Rock, a $42 value. Booking code: Deal1

      The Portland Square Hotel, in Times Square, offers rates from $109 per night, a 20 percent savings. You also receive two tickets to the Discovery Channel's Titanic Exhibition, a $50 value. Get a glimpse of the transformation to come by staying in one of the new model guestrooms with the hotel's "Dress Rehearsal" rate from $159 per night.

      GEM Hotels, with three locations in SoHo, Chelsea and Midtown West, offer a "Wintertide" rate of $129 per night in January and February.



      Win a Trip to Hawaii, Earn Triple Points

      Choice Hotels gives its Choice Privileges members the chance to say "Aloha" this winter with a Hawaiian vacation giveaway.

      The promotion will allow Choice Privileges members to register online to earn triple Choice Privileges rewards points or triple airline frequent flyer miles, starting with their second qualifying stay when they arrive by Feb. 18, 2010 at any hotel included in the Choice Privileges program. A stay is defined as any number of consecutive nights at one hotel, regardless of check-ins or check-outs. Allow 72 hours from check-out for Choice Privileges points to post to your account, or four to six weeks for frequent flyer miles to post.

      When you register for the promotion, you are also entered for a chance to win a six-night vacation to Hawaii. The sweepstakes is open to legal residents of all 50 states who are 21 years or older. The sweepstakes ends on Feb. 18, 2010.

      Participating Choice brand hotels include Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn and Ascend Collection.

      Membership in the Choice Privileges rewards program is free and offers the opportunity to earn points towards free nights, airline miles and retail gift cards.

      Choice Hotels.


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      Bed Bug Prevention Tips

      As you travel, you may find out about the growing problem of bed bugs in hotels and motels . The National Pest Management Association says the overall bed bug problem in the United States has grown by 71 percent since 2001. And according to recent news, the Franklin County Board of Health, which serves Columbus, Ohio, recently predicted as many as 70 percent of hotels and motels in that jurisdiction have had a bed bug problem. It's unlikely that Columbus is unique among major cities.

      While the itchy bites associated with staying in a bed bug infested hotel are troublesome, what's more of a problem is what happens when an infestation is brought home. Costs for home bed bug extermination services can run in the thousands of dollars and create a serious inconvenience. Bed bug extermination requires a detailed and time intensive process for the residents of an infested property over a number of weeks.

      Petra Minoff-Michael, Vice President of the Hospitality Division at Protect-A-Bed, suggests "a simple routine when you arrive at a hotel and when you arrive home...."

      "Seventy percent of hotel dwelling bed bugs are taking up residence in mattresses, box springs, night stands and headboards, so these should be among the first places you look," Minoff-Michael said.

      Minoff-Michael offers the following steps to follow upon checking-in to a hotel:

      1. Using a travel flashlight, conduct a basic inspection of the bed by pulling back the bed linens and checking the visible edges of the mattress. Look for evidence of live bugs, dark brownish to black spots or stains that could indicate bed bugs.
      2. Inspect the headboard and the spaces between the carpet and the wall where molted skins, excrement and eggs of the bed bugs may be found.
      3. Do not place your luggage near the places where bed bugs are typically found - on the bed, near the bed, on the couch or any type of upholstered furniture.
      4. Elevate your luggage on a luggage stand.
      5. Keep your luggage closed at all times. If possible, use hard shelled luggage.
      6. When not in use, keep items like laptops, books, toiletries, jewelry and electronics in sealed plastic bags.
      7. Notify the manager-on-duty immediately if you suspect bed bugs or if you begin to develop itchy welts on your body.
        When you return home:
      1. If you are a frequent traveler, encase mattresses and box springs before you leave home.
      2. Do not take luggage inside your home.
      3. Unpack your luggage in an area that is well-lighted and away from furniture and sleeping areas, such as a garage.
      4. Unpack one suitcase at a time. Place all clothing that can be hot-laundered into the washing machine or into a garbage bag that can be sealed and placed aside.
      5. Wash what can be laundered in the hottest possible wash cycle and place in the dryer on the hottest possible setting.
      6. Place all dry-clean clothing in a garbage bag, seal it and place it aside. Consider using dissolvable laundry bags to transport your clothes from your luggage to the washing machine a simple one-step process.
      7. Empty items that you sealed in plastic bags (computer, books, toiletries, etc.) and immediately discard the bags in an outdoor trash can.

      "While our steps for preventing an infestation cannot guarantee bed bugs won't make it home with you, they can significantly decrease the likelihood," Minoff-Michael said.

      Mattress encasements can help in a bed bug management strategy. Protect-A-Bed offers bed bug entry, escape and bite proof mattress encasements. Protect-A-Bed products make the tell tale signs of a bed bug infestation more easily identifiable.

      Protect-A-Bed.



      Celebrity Sweepstakes for "Eclipse of a Lifetime"

      ENTER BY Jan. 14, 2010 - - Celebrity Cruises' "Eclipse of a Lifetime" sweepstakes, through Jan. 14, 2010, will allow 10 winners and their guests to be the first individuals outside of the line's employees to board the Celebrity Eclipse when it sets sail for the first time.

      Winners will get up-close-and-personal views of the construction process of Celebrity's fourth Solstice Class ship in Germany at Meyer Werft shipyards, led and hosted by Celebrity's President and CEO Dan Hanrahan.

      All this will take place at the conveyance of Celebrity Eclipse. Scheduled for Mar. 13, 2010, the conveyance marks the occasion when Celebrity Eclipse departs Meyer Werft shipyard and navigates the narrow River Ems, backwards, from Papenburg, Germany, to Emshaven, Netherlands, prior to embarking on sea trials.

      During the conveyance through Germany's River Ems, more than 75,000 residents are expected to line the river banks to watch as one of the largest ships transits the river as it meanders past villages and farmlands.

      The journey will take between 12 to 15 hours to complete, and is likely to be the most challenging ride the ship will encounter in its life. Only one captain in the world, who sweepstakes winners will have the opportunity to meet, is licensed and qualified to take the helm during the conveyance.

      In addition to the series of "first-ever" experiences, Celebrity's "Eclipse of a Lifetime" prize package includes a night in Dusseldorf prior to boarding the ship and a night in Amsterdam after departing the ship. Each "Eclipse of a Lifetime" prize package also includes coach-class airfare for two from the winner's nearest major gateway to Dusseldorf, Germany and Amsterdam to the U.S.; hotel accommodations and meals prior to boarding Celebrity Eclipse; all meals and activities onboard the ship; all gratuities; ground transfers to and from airports, hotels, and Celebrity Eclipse; behind-the-scenes tour of the Meyer Werft shipyard.

      To enter the sweepstakes, go to the Celebrity Cruises web site and click the "Eclipse of a Lifetime" tab to access the entry form and sweepstakes rules. The sweepstakes runs through Jan. 14, 2010. Winners will be announced Jan. 28, 2010. This sweepstakes is open only to residents of the U.S. and Canada.

      Celebrity Cruises or 800/437-3111.


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      Hilton Mexico City $99 Intro Rate

      Hilton Worldwide opens the first managed Hilton Hotel in the heart of Mexico City, Mexico. The Hilton Mexico City Reforma is steps from Reforma Avenue. To mark the occasion, the hotel offers an introductory rate from $99 per night which is subject to availability and does not include taxes, service charges or gratuities. The intro rate is valid through Feb. 28, 2010 and can not be combined with any other offers.

      With 458 high-tech rooms and suites, the Hilton Mexico City Reforma has luxury mattresses and linens, high-speed Internet access, flat screen 37 or 42 inch LCD televisions, and work desk. Bathrooms with marble tile are equipped with bath tub and shower. To help you relax, the hotel has a 5,015 square foot spa and 3,100 square foot fitness center, plus indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

      During 2010, the property expects two new additions currently under construction. A new 5,400 square foot presidential suite and a new executive lounge offering breakfast and bar service.

      Hilton Mexico City Reforma or 877-HILTONS.



      Amtrak Extended NE Fare Promotion

      Amtrak extends its fare promotion on Northeast Regional service between Washington, DC, New York and Boston through Mar. 31, 2010. The promotion, with up to 25 percent off the lowest published coach fare, offers fares from $49 each way between Washington, DC and New York or New York and Boston.

      The discounted fares are available for purchase through Mar. 31, 2010. Reservations are required and must be made 14 days in advance of travel. Upgrades to business class for coach tickets purchased at this promotional price are not available. Seats are limited and fares are not available on all trains. The fares are not available for travel Jan. 3 and 4, Feb. 12, and Feb. 15, 2010.

      In addition to travel between Washington, DC and Boston, the 25 percent off fare promotion is available on service south of Washington, DC to Newport News; on Amtrak's Vermonter service between Springfield, MA and Washington, DC; on the Keystone service between Philadelphia and New York; and on the new Northeast Regional service between Lynchburg, VA, Washington, D.C. and points along the Northeast Corridor. There are no additional taxes or fees to Amtrak prices.

      Sample one-way fares include: New York to Washington, D.C. or Boston $49; New York to Philadelphia $34; Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. $33.

      The fare promotion may be combined with Amtrak's every day Kid's Half Price fare for up to two children ages two to 15, when accompanied by an adult. Tickets purchased with the discount are non-refundable but exchangeable. These new low fares may not be combined with any discount other than the Kid's Half Price fare.

      Amtrak or 800/USA-RAIL.



      Kids Stay, Eat & Play Free at Real's Family Resorts

      Real Resorts, in Cancun and Riviera Maya, Mexico, offer family-friendly pricing with activities such as a free swim with the dolphins and free kids vacations.

      Book your vacation at the Gran Caribe Real Cancun or the Gran Porto Real Playa del Carmen through Apr. 30, 2010, and kids stay and eat free, even over winter holiday dates. Up to two children 12 and under sharing an adult's double occupied suite are free in the resort's Family Suites or higher categories. Family Suites feature bunk beds for children. Up to three children can stay and eat free in a Gran Master Suite. At both resorts, teens ages 13 to17 can share an adult double occupied suite at a special discount of 40 percent.

      When you stay five nights in an ocean front suite at the Gran Caribe Real Cancun or in the Gran Porto Real Playa del Carmen, you receive a free "swim with the dolphins" experience for one person, valued at $140. Additional family members can enjoy the experience at a 50 percent discount.

      Real Resorts.



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      Australia Vacation Deals, Up to Three Free Nights

      Escape the winter cold in Australia, as summer lasts from December to February.

      With new vacation packages that include airfare and hotel from Swain Tours, planning a trip to Australia has never been easier. When you book by Apr. 30, 2010, you receive up to three free nights.

      Here are a few deals:

      Nine Nights World Wonders, Vineyard and Laneways -- Spend four nights each in Cairns or Port Douglas, Melbourne and Adelaide. Dive the Great Barrier Reef, explore Adelaide's wine country. Tour includes seven meals. Prices begin at $1,520. Eligible for a free night in each city .

      City Chic and Tropical Retreat -- Stay five nights in Melbourne with a wine country tour, Lanes and Arcades Walking Tour and local wildlife tour on a Savannah Walkabout. Includes stays in Cairns or Port Douglas with time at the Great Barrier Reef, Tablelands, Waterfalls and Spanish Castles and the Highlander Food trail tour. Seventeen meals included. Prices begin at $2,199. Receive one free night in Melbourne and one in either Cairns or Port Douglas.

      Reef, Rainforest, Dolphins and Crocs -- Accommodations in Moreton Island (two nights), the Daintree Rainforest (three nights) and Cairns or Port Douglas (four nights, plus one free). Explore the wilderness and wildlife with a safari tour, Great Barrier Reef tour and Hartley's Crocodile Adventure. Explore Kuranda Village and Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway expedition. Six meals included. The deluxe option includes four breakfasts. Prices begin at $2,150.

      Package rates are per person, based on double occupancy and economy class. Travel must take place by May 31, 2010 and packages do not include taxes and fees. Price increases Apr. 1 to May 31. All packages include internal coach class air in Australia.

      Click here for details, itinerary suggestions or to book a vacation. Swain Tours 800/965-6252.



      JW Marriott "2010 How Suite It Is Package"

      Traveling with friends is more affordable with the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa "2010 How Suite It Is Package," available through Dec. 31, 2010, based on availability.

      The package offers: a two night stay in a two bedroom vista suite with choice of welcome amenity, breakfast daily, 50-minute spa treatment per person, foursome of golf or lesson and one dinner.

      The "2010 How Suite It Is Package" starts from $1,290.65 with tax and gratuity included, a savings of more than $800 if purchased a la carte.

      JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa features 548 guestrooms on 54 acres of gardens. Located in Summerlin, 20 minutes northwest of the Las Vegas Strip, the resort is close enough to the city's amenities, but far enough away for golfing and exploring Red Rock Canyon.

      JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa or 877/869-8777.



      Kids Sail Free on Select Crystal Cruises

      Kids 17 years and under can cruise free on two Crystal Symphony European voyages this summer. The offer, valid for children sailing in a third berth with two full-fare adults, is available for Crystal Symphony's seven-day British Isles and Baltic itineraries:

      The June 14, 2010 voyage, roundtrip from London, includes calls at Guernsey/St. Peter Port, Channel Islands; Waterford, Dublin and Belfast, Ireland; and Liverpool, England. The Aug. 7, 2010 voyage, from Copenhagen to Stockholm also visits Tallinn, Estonia and St. Petersburg, Russia.

      Junior Activities Directors will oversee organized activities from arts and crafts and story time for little ones to disco-themed pool parties for older kids and teenagers. Crystal's Northern European summer voyages also feature destination-related enrichment for junior cruisers, such as "dress-up" photo sessions in traditional Russian costumes, or scavenger hunts promoting fun facts about Stockholm.

      Crystal's Family Memories program offers two savings options: $500 credit toward a Crystal Private Adventure, kids under 17 sail free in third berth, for six full-fare bookings; plus one free berth for 10 full-fare bookings.

      Two-for-one cruise fares start at $4,210 for the British Isles cruise, and $4,375 for the Baltic itinerary. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and include $1,000 per couple shipboard credits, free airfare and business class air for Penthouse guests. The credits and air transportation apply only to full-fare bookings.

      Crystal Cruises or 888/799-4625.




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      Finding a Doctor Far from Home

      Imagine exploring the Maya ruins in Mexico or the Amazon forest and suddenly coming down with a fever or pains. You don't speak the language and you don't know where to find a reliable doctor. What do you do?

      Well, if you plan ahead you refer to IAMAT's (International Association for Medical Assistance to Travellers) medical directory for the name of a resident doctor who speaks your language, is up to date on Western medicine and is committed to treating IAMAT members for a set fee. If you haven't, you take your chances and the odds can be long.

      In fact, IAMAT, a non-profit organization, was established for that reason: To protect travelers from local medical practices, to observe high medical standards, and to do it all in the language of the patient.

      Many seasoned travelers carry the IAMAT handbook with its list of English-speaking member doctors around the world whenever they travel.

      Modern aircraft has opened the world to travelers and the spread of diseases that can leap from continent to continent in a matter of hours, not months or weeks. That fact is something the late Dr. Vincenzo Marcolongo, the founder of IAMAT, realized 50 years ago when jets first took to the skies.

      Dr. Marcolongo trained in Canada but was living in Rome in 1960 when colleagues asked him about a Canadian traveler they were treating who was not responding to medication and was in rapid decline. With his knowledge of North American medicine he realized they were treating her with a drug that worked well on Italians (their customary patients) but could be deadly to people of northern European descent such as their patient. His quick action in withdrawing the drug and giving her blood transfusions saved her life and inspired him to set up IAMAT to protect travelers from similar fatal misunderstandings around the world.

      Marcolongo traveled the world at his own expense signing up doctors who trained in the west and were now practicing abroad, staffing universities and medical colleges, or doing research. These doctors all shared Marcolong's concerns and agreed to treat travelers for a set fee, now at $100 for a consultation.

      IAMAT membership is free, although a tax-deductible donation is appreciated. IAMAT provides access to doctors in more than 90 countries and 350 cities who provide comprehensive information on vaccinations, disease risk and accident prevention plus food and water safety precautions for all countries.

      IAMAT doctors treat the immediate problems and help you navigate the local health system, provide you with prescription refills and fill a useful role in your recovery plans.

      Whether you are traveling independently or staying at a resort, being able to rely on a good doctor during a stressful situation allows you to better cope with the situation at hand.

      IAMAT.



      Alaska 2-for-1 Travel Book

      The Great Alaskan TourSaver offers more than 130 two-for-one savings deals in Alaska. In its twelfth year, the compact guide features deals on flights, cruises, lodges, attractions, fishing, whale-watching and adventures in Alaska.

      With more than $26,000 in two-for-one values, the $99.95 book can pay for itself after using one coupon.

      Here are some popular two-for-one deals:

      • Misty Fjords flightseeing in Ketchikan with Taquan Air.
      • Whale-watching in Juneau with Alaska Galore Tours.
      • Kenai Fjords National Park cruise with Kenai Fjords Tours.
      • Denali rail/lodging package from Anchorage to Denali National Park with Princess Lodges.
      • Riverboat Discovery tour in Fairbanks.
      • halibut fishing in Homer and Seward with Ninilchik Charters.
      • Airfare from Fairbanks to Barrow on Era Aviation.
      • Seven-day wilderness adventure in Lake Clark National Park from Alaska Alpine Adventures.
      • Lodging in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park at Kennicott Glacier Lodge.
      • Lodging in Denali Park, Homer, Seward, Valdez, Anchorage and Fairbanks.
      • Dinner cruise in Kodiak with Galley Gourmet.

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      Occidental Hotels & Resorts Up to 57% Off

      Occidental Hotels & Resorts allows you to trade in snow boots for swimsuits with nightly rates from $58 per person (a savings of up to 57 percent) at all-inclusive properties in Aruba, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Mexico.

      Winter sale rates are valid for travel through Apr. 30, 2010. All rates are per person, per night, based on double occupancy.

      Here are some of the deals.

      • Occidental Grand Aruba - up to 25 percent off from $241
      • Allegro Papagayo, Costa Rica - up to 25 percent off from $115
      • Occidental Grand Papagayo, Costa Rica - up to 48 percent off from $135


      • Dominican Republic
      • Allegro Playa Dorada - up to 46 percent off from $58
      • Allegro Puerto Plata - up to 46 percent off from $61
      • Occidental Grand Punta Cana - up to 37 percent off from $98


      • Mexico
      • Allegro Cozumel - up to 57 percent off from $81
      • Allegro Nuevo Vallarta - up to 45 percent off from $81
      • Allegro Playacar - up to 43 percent off from $107
      • Occidental Grand Xcaret - up to 40 percent off from $133
      • Occidental Grand Cozumel - up to 45 percent off from $120
      • Royal Hideaway Playacar - up to 30 percent off from $300 with free golf at the Playacar Golf Club included with minimum night stays - a value of $380 per couple.

      Vacations include unlimited meals and snacks, all drinks including alcoholic, sports, SCUBA classes, non-motorized water sports, pool volleyball, beach soccer, ping pong, darts, tennis, basketball, horseback riding and dance classes. Supervised Kids Club and daily entertainment are part of the package, along with nightly shows, live entertainment and all taxes and gratuities. Occidental Grand vacations also include access to the sauna, whirlpool and steam room at the spa.

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      Three-Hour Limit on Tarmac Delays

      Good by stinky toilets, hungry bellies and crying babies. The U.S. Transportation Department said passengers don't have to take it any more.

      On Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a new rule that protects consumers by, among other things, ordering airlines to let people get off planes delayed on the ground after three hours on domestic flights.

      Plus airlines will be required to provide food and water for passengers within two hours of sitting on the tarmac waiting for departure, a gate, or weather clearance and to maintain operable lavatories. Airlines must also provide medical attention, when necessary.

      The new regulation goes into effect 120 days from Dec. 21, 2009.

      "Airline passengers have rights, and these new rules will require airlines to live up to their obligation to treat their customers fairly," Secretary LaHood said.

      There are few exceptions to the new regulation, such as situations in which deplaning would present safety or security concerns or would be disruptive to airport operations by moving an aircraft out of the departure line or across taxiways.

      The regulations apply to domestic flights. U.S. carriers operating international flights departing from or arriving in the United States must specify, in advance, their own time limits for deplaning passengers. Foreign carriers do not fly between two U.S. cities and are not covered by the rules.

      This rule was adopted in response to a series of incidents in which passengers were stranded in aircraft on the tarmac for lengthy periods and to the high incidence of flight delays and other consumer problems.

      Through Oct. 31, 2009, there were 864 flights with taxi out times of three hours or more, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Transportation officials, using 2007 and 2008 data, said there are an average of 1,500 domestic flights a year carrying about 114,000 passengers that are delayed more than three hours.

      For a recent tarmac delay, the Department fined Continental Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines and Mesaba Airlines a total of $175,000 for their roles in a nearly six-hour ground delay at Rochester, MN. With the new rule, airlines could be fined $27,500 per passenger for each violation of the three-hour limit.

      The regulation also:

      • Prohibits airlines from scheduling chronically delayed flights, subjecting those who do to DOT enforcement action for unfair and deceptive practices;
      • Requires airlines to designate an airline employee to monitor the effects of flight delays and cancellations, respond in a timely and substantive fashion to consumer complaints and provide information to consumers on where to file complaints;
      • Requires airlines to display on their website flight delay information for each domestic flight they operate;
      • Requires airlines to adopt customer service plans and audit their own compliance with their plans; and
      • Prohibits airlines from retroactively applying material changes to their contracts of carriage that could have a negative impact on consumers who already have purchased tickets.

      The Department plans other rules to strengthen protections for air travelers. Among the areas under consideration are: that airlines have their contingency plans reviewed and approved regarding lengthy tarmac delays; reporting additional tarmac delay data; disclosing baggage fees; and disclosing the full fare consumers must pay for tickets in ads.

      The Three-Hour Limit on Tarmac Delays Regulation docket DOT-OST-2007-0022.



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