BOOK BY DEC. 16 -- Planning ahead for a winter getaway pays off as the Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino offers 20 percent off this winter.
The early winter sale is for a five-night stay or longer in a garden or partial ocean view room, based on double occupancy. Black-out dates apply.
Rates begin at $368 per room, per night, based on double occupancy from Jan. 1 to Feb. 2, 2006 and Apr. 1 to16, 2006. Stays Feb. 3 to Mar. 31, 2006, begin at $378 per room, per night, based on double occupancy.
Sale rates must be booked by Dec. 16, 2005. The offer includes a $150 food and beverage credit, per room, that can be used in any of the resort's restaurants or bars.
The Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino sits on 14 oceanfront acres with a 1,500 foot white sandy beach. Brimming with lagoons, waterfalls and manicured gardens, the 358-guestrooms includes 32 suites, a watersports facility, two pools, access to the Tierra del Sol golf course, tennis courts, and a 16,000-square-foot casino.
Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino or 800/333-3333.
Fun, Fr-ee Things, San Diego|
This savings-packed FR.EE brochure features almost 40 Fun, Fr-ee Things to do in San Diego. Attend concerts or visit a State Historic Park and keep that cash in your pocket by knowing what you can see and do for fr-ee.
To get your Fr-ee Fun San Diego brochure, for a $1 handling fee, click here to send us an email Order Fr-ee Fun San Diego in the subject line.
Prompted by the European Commission to produce an EU-wide list of banned airlines, Belgium and France released their blacklisted airlines.
Nine of the 14 blacklisted airlines are based in Africa, while two are based in eastern Europe.
The Civil Aviation Authority of France (DGAC) published the following five airlines which are prohibited from landing in France:
- Air Koryo (North Korea, banned since April 2001)
- Air Saint-Thomas (USA Virgin Islands, banned since March 2003)
- International Air Services (Liberia, banned since January 2004)
- Lineas Aer de Mozambique (Mozambique, banned since December 2004)
- Phuket Airlines (Thailand, banned since June 2005).
The Ministry of Transport of Belgium published a list of nine banned airlines:
- Africa Lines (Central African Republic)
- Air Memphis (Egypt)
- Air Van Airlines (Armenia)
- Central Air Express (Democratic Republic of Congo)
- I.C.T.T.P.W. (Libya)
- International Air Tours Limited (Nigeria)
- Johnsons Air Limited (Ghana)
- Silverback Cargo Freighters (Rwanda)
- South Airlines (Ukraine)
Although the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, brokered a deal to create an EU-wide criteria for a blacklist, it is having difficulty finding consensus. France and Belgium chose to publish their lists. The EU Transport Commissioner Jacques Barrot has welcomed the move.
The French government said it would increase the number of checks on aircraft landing in France. Companies organizing package tours will soon be required to inform travelers of the airline they will be traveling on.
Lift/Lodging Packages from Intrawest
Intrawest offers skiers and boarders from across North America lift and lodging packages at three of its most popular mountain resorts: Stratton Mountain in Vermont, Tremblant in Quebec, and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia. Book before Oct. 31, 2005 and save up to 35 percent. There won’t be better lift and lodging packages all season long.
Rates range from $298 to $328 at Stratton; $275 to $399 at Tremblant; and $330 to $445 at Whistler Blackcomb. Valid travel dates apply and vary by resort. Rates are per person, based on double occupancy and include five nights lodging and four-day lift passes.
Book packages at two of the three resorts between Nov. 23, 2005 and Apr. 1, 2006, and receive $50 in gift certificates for each adult traveling. If you book at all three resorts, you receive $150 in gift certificates. Gift certificates are valid at shops and restaurants at each resort.
Intrawest Central Reservation Center or 888/800-5553.
Outrigger's Fall Pricing at New Properties
This fall, enjoy savings at two of Outrigger Hotels & Resorts' newest condominium properties. The Outrigger Fairway Villas on Hawaii's Big Island offers a two-bedroom, two bath condominium for $219 per night (normally $325).
On the island of Oahu, the Outrigger Luana Waikiki offers a rate of $115 per night (normally $210) for studio accommodations (no kitchen) or $195 per night (normally $325) for a one-bedroom suite with complete kitchen. These fall prices are valid through Dec. 21, 2005.
Outrigger Hotels & Resorts or 800/688-7444.
Face-It Luggage Tags -- Your Face on Your Luggage|
There's no mistaking your luggage with the Face-It Luggage Tag. The durable, laminated tag displays your face and the phrase "This Face Belongs With This Luggage."
A Face-It Luggage tag makes it less likely for a stranger or thief to walk off with your luggage and helps you recognize your luggage at a glance in hotels or airports. Face-It Tags are also available for briefcases, portfolio books, backpacks, sporting equipment, musical instruments, bicycles and more.
Face-It Luggage Tags.
Tico Travel Offers Fr-ee Night at La Sirena
Tico Travel and La Sirena Adventure Hotel will offer a fr-ee night at the new hotel, located in the marina district of downtown Quepos, to anyone traveling on Taca or Lasca airlines until Nov. 15, 2005.
There are no minimum stays required at the newly renovated boutique hotel with a brand new swimming pool and tiki bar. The hotel's 14 air-conditioned rooms are equipped with flat screen televisions with cable, mini-fridges, digital safes and high-end towels and linens.
Tico Travel also offers discounts on fall airfares to Costa Rica. Traveling on a weekday until Nov. 11, roundtrip air fares on major airlines are: $295 from JFK in New York; $175 from Tampa; $250 from Los Angeles; and $190 from Miami. The airfare rate does not include tax.
Tico Travel or 800/493-8426.
Aeromexico Vacations Deals from Miami
Aeromexico Vacations offers value-added deals from Miami with three-night air/land packages starting at $499 per person, based on double occupancy. The "hot deals" promotion is valid for bookings and travel through Dec. 21, 2005.
Three-night hotel packages include roundtrip airfare from Miami, roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations and hotel tax. When you select all-inclusive hotel packages, they include all of the above plus all meals, drinks and snacks, daily activities and nightly entertainment. When you stay longer than three nights, your fourth day car rental from Alamo is fr-ee.
Sample prices from Miami for a three-night stay at select hotels in Acapulco or Puerto Vallarta: Fiesta Inn Acapulco $499; Hyatt Regency Acapulco $545; Fiesta Americana Condesa Acapulco $519.
Puerto Vallarta: Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta $615; Melia Puerto Vallarta (all-inclusive) $665; Golden Crown Paradise Resort (all-inclusive) $669; Dreams Puerto Vallarta (all-inclusive) $689; Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort (all-inclusive) $985.
Aeromexico Vacations or 888/377-4788.
Gas-Saving Myths and Truths
Edmunds.com, the online automotive resource, recently tested several of the most often cited gas-saving tips to see which are "urban legends" and which actually save money at the pumps.
The tests were to learn what tips produced measurable differences in fuel economy -- differences that are detectable by an ordinary driver, not a lab technician. The tested tips and results were:
Tip: Use cruise control to save fuel.
Test Result: True -- at a surprisingly significant level.
Tip: Driving with open windows is less efficient than using air conditioning.
Test Result: Negligible -- both methods produced roughly the same mileage per gallon.
Tip: To dramatically improve mileage, buy a more fuel-efficient vehicle.
Test Result: False -- there are huge savings for drivers who change their driving style from "lead-foot" to "feather-foot."
Tip: Properly inflated tires are more efficient than tires with low pressure.
Test Result: True -- and there are other benefits, too, including safety and tire longevity.
Phil Reed, author of Edmunds.com's "Strategies for Smart Car Buyers" said "Throughout our tests, the biggest savings in gas mileage occurred when we drove in a relaxed fashion rather than having a heavy foot on the gas and brake. We found that if you slowed your 0-to-60 time down to 20 seconds from a normal driving pace of 10 to 15 seconds, you'll save gas
Protect Luggage with Baggage Guard Seals |
The pre-numbered, one-time use plastic padlocks are the perfect way to protect your luggage since they cannot be reinstalled once removed. That feature lets you instantly know if someone tampered with your luggage. Yet when TSAs at airports need to inspect your luggage, Baggage Guard Seals can be easily removed. A package of 10 Baggage Guard Seals is still only $9.95.
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MGM Grand's Maximum Nights
HURRY! BOOK BY OCT. 15, 2005 -- Check out the new restaurants, nightlife and accommodations at MGM Grand in one of their 700 innovative rooms at the contemporary-styled West Wing. Blackout dates apply.
Book by Oct. 15, 2005, for a two-night stay in a West Wing room with rates from $109 per night. Complete your stay by Nov. 30 and receive:
A VIP line pass for two with discounted admission to Studio 54 nightclub, Tab? Ultra Lounge and Teatro Euro Bar; cocktails for two at Centrifuge or the West Wing Bar; 10% off at West Wing Boutique; with dinner purchase receive a flight of tequila at Diego or a wine tasting at Fiamma Trattoria.
West Wing rooms offer a king-size bed with pillow-top mattress and body pillow, a flat screen TV, DVD player, safe, cordless phone, desk and Bose radio alarm clock with CD player.
Bathrooms marble floors are designed with oversized showers enclosed in glass and TVs in the mirror.
MGM Grand Reservations 800/929-1111, ask for "Maximum Nights."
Fr-ee Travel Insurance From Americas Best Value Inn
With the introduction of fr-ee travel insurance for guests, Americas Best Value Inn is taking its slogan, "We've Got You Covered . . . from the time you hit the road, until your head hits the pillow," to a new level.
When you join Americas Best Value Inn's fr-ee Value Club, you can register for fr-ee travel insurance after booking a reservation online. Benefits, provided through Access America and underwritten by BCS Insurance Company, include $2,000 for emergency medical/dental and $200 for baggage coverage. Currently, the fr-ee travel insurance is only available when making online reservations. In the future, the program will be offered for phone reservations to the brand's national call center.
This insurance is another benefit of the chain's Value Club that rewards travelers with instant discounts and benefits. The fr-ee membership includes an immediate 15 percent discount on room reservations at participating locations, a fr-ee room upgrade when available, and an 10 percent discount off Travelpro luggage and travel related products. You can register for the Value Club online or at participating locations.
Americas Best Value Inn is a family of inns, hotels and suites with more than 530 properties and 33,000 guest rooms throughout North America. Many locations offer fr-ee continental breakfast and HBO premium programming
Americas Best Value Inn or 888/315-2378.
|USVI Fall Into America's Caribbean Program|
Savings are heating up for travelers planning a getaway to the United States Virgin Islands through Dec. 14, 2005.
Through the “Fall into America's Caribbean” program, you can receive up to $700 worth of savings plus one fr-ee night's stay, fr-ee room upgrades and continental breakfast at participating hotels.
The offer is valid for bookings through Nov. 15, 2005, with a minimum five-night stay at a participating hotels or resorts in St. Croix, St. John or St. Thomas.
The program includes a $200 airfare credit per booking and, on check-in at participating hotels, a booklet for fr-ee gifts and on-island discounts and savings valued at up to $500. If you visit the U. S. Virgin Islands through Oct. 31, 2005, you receive the fifth night fr-ee and a fr-ee room upgrade or continental breakfast (fr-ee offerings vary by hotel and availability).
Properties participating in the “Fall into America's Caribbean” program include: Carambola Beach Resort, Chenay Bay Beach Resort, Divi Carina Bay Resort & Casino and
Hotel Caravelle on St. Croix; the Westin Resort & Villas on St. John; Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, Holiday Inn Windward Passage, Secret Harbour Beach Resort and Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa in St. Thomas.
U.S.V.I. Department of Tourism or 800/372-8784.
Cheap Tix Chart
Buy Tickets at a Discount -- Special ticket outlets
sell discounted day-of-performance tickets to theater productions, films, and
sporting events. Discounts can be 50 percent or more. On The Go
Publishing’s Cheap Tix Chart, still only $14, lists outlets in the
U.S. and eight foreign cities that sell discounted, day-of-performance tickets.
Click here to order the Cheap Tix Chart from On The Go Publishing.
|easyHotel Affordable Rooms London, Base|
From the creator of easyJet, comes easyHotel, a budget hotel found in the center of international cities for short-term stays. easyHotel offers a safe, clean room for the night for people who will accept less space for a better price. All easyHotel bookings are taken online and paid for by credit card. The earlier you book, the less you pay. Periods of high demand will cost more than less popular periods.
To date, easyHotel has two properties. easyHotel in Basel, Switzerland, has 24 rooms, from 97 square feet to 172 square feet and is located in the center of town at Riehenring 19. All rooms have a double bed and an in-room shower room plus pay-as-you-go TV. Twenty-one rooms have a window and those without a window have air conditioning. Prices starting at $20 ((about 15 euros) a night for a double room.
easyHotel London, at 14 Lexham Gardens, Kensington, has 34 rooms with 60, 70 or 80 square feet in a property that was formerly a bed and breakfast. Each room features a private shower with toilet and washbasin and a flat screen TV. To activate the TV you must buy a remote control from reception (£5 for 10 channels for 24 hours). Housekeeping service is an extra cost of £10 per occurrence, should you want your room cleaned and the linen changed. All rooms have heating, cooling and fresh air circulation. Prices start at $36 for a double room and are currently priced up to about $83 during periods of high demand.
Cozumel Holiday Packages
Offering a blend of Mexican tradition, Maya culture and Caribbean style, Cozumel features year-round temperatures averaging 76 degrees on land and water temperatures between 77 to 82 degrees.
A visit offers the opportunity to explore ancient Maya ruins, visit two national preserve parks, or enjoy the many beaches and clear waters of the island.
Below is a list of Thanksgiving packages available from the island's hotels and resorts:
Casa del Mar Cozumel - Thanksgiving dive package with three nights’ accommodations and two days of diving for $199 per person, based on double occupancy. Valid Nov. 21, 2005 to Nov. 30, 2005. Bookings must be made by Nov. 1, 2005.
Casa Mexicana Cozumel or 877/228-6747 - four-day/three-night package $296, a six-day/five-night $481 and an eight-day/seven-night$675. Includes upgrade to ocean-view accommodations (subject to availability), breakfast for two, bottle of champagne, fruit basket, surprise gift and taxes. Prices are per room, based on double occupancy. Valid through Dec. 20, 2005.
Coral Princess or 800/253-2702 - from $85 per room, per night, for standard room with breakfast daily. Discounts on food, beverages and massage center, fr.ee entry to the Playa Mia Beach Club and Adventure Park, and special rates at the Cozumel Country Club golf course. Valid through Dec. 23, 2005.
Days Inn - $45 per room, per night with breakfast daily, 15% off on meals and drinks at beach club, 10% off select tours and activities. Valid Nov. 21, 2005 to Nov. 30, 2005.
El Cozumeleno Beach Resort or 800/215-0800 - all-inclusive package for $170 per night, per room, with upgrade to ocean-view room, unlimited food and beverage, use of all non-motorized water sports equipment, discount on green fees at the Cozumel Country Club golf course. Special car rental rate of $20 per day for select vehicles (taxes and insurance additional). Taxes and tips included. Valid Nov. 1, 2005 to Nov. 30, 2005. Book by Nov. 24, 2005 and mention "Thanksgiving Package."
Hotel Cozumel & Resort or 877/454-4355 - all-inclusive rate of $65 per person, per night, with all meals and drinks, activities, ocean-view room (on availability), taxes and tips. Valid Nov. 1, 2005 to Nov. 30, 2005.
Second Night Fr.ee at La Tourelle Resort & Spa
La Tourelle Resort & Spa offers a cure for the empty nest syndrome. Show a current child’s report card at check-in, stay one night and get the second night f.ree. The promotion is valid Oct. 15, 2005 through March 31, 2006.
Weekday (Sunday through Thursday) rates start at $135 per night, based on double occupancy. For extra romance, the resort offers 19 rooms with fireplaces and Jacuzzi’s priced at $175 per night for weekday stays.
Set on 70 acres four miles south of Ithaca, New York, La Tourelle Country Inn is a French-styled inn with 34 guest rooms. All accommodations include a plush feather bed; a cable television; a refrigerator; high-speed Internet access; a iron and an ironing board; hairdryer; coffee maker; dual-lined telephone; an AM/FM alarm clock radio; and a desk.
The two tower rooms, nicknamed the honeymoon suites, offer a sunken circular bed, mirrored ceiling and a Jacuzzi.
La Tourelle Resort & Spa or 800/765-1492.
Silky Travel Jewelry Roll
A must have for travelers. Our silky travel jewelry
roll comes in a random assortment of single-color jacquards, solid colors and two-color brocades.
This handy travel jewelry roll measures 8 1/2 x 11 inches when open and closes to a compact 8 1/2 x 4 inches.
Our exclusive design offers a place for everything with one deep pocket, a ring bar and three zippered compartments.
Price $40. Click here to order from On The Go Publishing.
Viking Cruises 2-For-1 Prices
Viking River Cruises offers a way to discover Europe with 2-for-1 pricing. On select dates, cruises to Germany and Austria start at $94 per night. You can explore key tourist sites while avoiding high-season crowds. River cruises include meals and daily tours with English-speaking guides. Sailings are offered in November and December 2005.
The Vienna to Nuremberg "Danube Explorer" river cruise starts from $94 per night. The seven-night cruise travels through Bavarian Germany and Austria on the Danube River. Two-for-one pricing from $658 ($94 per night) is on the Dec. 24 and 31 departures. The Dec. 17 departure, with Holiday markets, is from $708 ($101 per night). To book at this rate, refer to offer "37Press."
The roundtrip "Heart of German," cruise, starts from $101 per night. The seven-night cruise departs from Frankfurt sails the Rhine and Moselle rivers on the Viking Pride. The $101 per night rate is available on the Nov. 6, 13 and 20 departures. To book at this rate, refer to offer "37Press." Sail dates from $999 per person are the Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11 and 18 departures, and from $1,099 on the Oct. 23 and 30 departures. Cruise departures on Nov. 27 and all three Dec. dates include holiday markets. To book at this rate, refer to offer "42Press."
Viking River Cruises or 877/668-4546.
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Live Among the Locals Forget about staying in a boring hotel. Live among the locals in a house or flat.
Coach House London Vacation Rentals offers short term central London rentals
with more than 60 properties that sleep from 2 to 12 people.
Each rental comes with a neighborhood guide, breakfast provisions for the first day or two of your stay, a telephone help line, and what to do and see.
Coach House London Vacation Rentals.
|The Latest "Specials" at Connecticut hotels, charming B&B, historic inns and other attractions. A click of the mouse gets the hottest deals around the Constitution State, plus package dates and some direct links to each property. http://www. 52 Getaways or 800/282-6863.
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|DINNER AT 35,000 FEET What meals will you get on your flight?
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the online recreational vehicle publication features raw reviews of RV parks based on real RVers' experiences.
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Herd ostrich, ride horses or gather eggs -- at a family farm in Pennsylvania, the relaxing alternative to a camping vacation. The 25 family farms roll out the red carpet for families and are found in all corners of the state.
Pennsylvania Farm Vacation Association or 888/856-6622.
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