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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, October 2008 Issue



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In This Issue:
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls

  • Cleveland Plus Pass
  • TourCrafters Thanksgiving Packages
  • Mona Lisa Suite Hotel $99 Intro Rate
  • Reduced Rates at Grand Lodges
  • South Pacific Package
  • Innisbrook Fall Golf
  • Riviera Maya Fall Rates and Packages
  • Kentucky Fall and Winter Elk Tours
  • Choice Triple Points, Cambria Triple Rewards
  • 10 Almost Fre.e Ways to Enjoy Kauai
  • Preferred Golf Club Fr.ee Round of Golf
  • Rocky Mountaineer Early Bird Special
  • Holidays on Us from Vail Resorts
  • Occidental Hotels & Resorts Fall Rates
  • AA Intro Fares and Bonus Miles to Brazil
  • Europe in the Spring with Eurail
  • Canada Passes Airline Passengers' Bill of Rights
  • Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa Fall Packages
  • Skyteam China Pass
  • Fall Discount on Rental Villas at Tryall Club


    • Cleveland Plus Pass

      Cleveland, OH has a card that will make your trip to the Great Lakes city more affordable. The Cleveland Plus Pass gives you access to nine major attractions and other traveler discounts in the region.

      Purchase your pass for two, three or five days. Activate your Plus Pass by swiping the card or scanning your e-barcode at any participating location. Then, experience as many of the attractions and other destinations in Northeast Ohio as time and interests allow.

      The Cleveland Plus Pass saves at least 30 percent off of general admission ticket prices and allows one visit at each participating attraction. This pass is activated the first time it is scanned and will remain active for the number of days you purchase.

      For adults (ages 13 to 59) the Cleveland Plus Pass costs $24.95 for a two day pass, $34.95 for a three day pass and $49.95 for a five day pass.

      The senior pass, for 60 years and older, costs $19.95 for a two day pass, $24.95 for a three day pass and $39.95 for a five day pass.

      The youth pass, for ages two to 12 years old, costs $14.95 for a two day pass, $19.95 for a three day pass and $34.95 for a five day pass. Passes are non-refundable and non-transferable.

      The Cleveland Plus Pass also gets you a 10 percent discount at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum Store on purchases of $50 or more. Present the pass when paying for regularly priced merchandise. This offer does not include memorabilia merchandise.

      Cleveland Plus Pass.



      TourCrafters Thanksgiving Packages

      If you think Thanksgiving in Europe might be too expensive, a TourCrafters package may cost less than entertaining all the friends and relatives.

      TourCrafters offers a variety of five-day packages that depart on Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, with prices from $573 including roundtrip air from New York, daily breakfast and hotel service charges and taxes.

      The Rome Thanksgiving Special costs $597 when staying at the centrally-located Brasile Hotel. Upgrades are available for an additional price. The lowest priced Florence package is $619 for the Hotel Machiavelli, within walking distance of the train station and the Duomo. The least expensive hotel on the Venice Thanksgiving special is the $657 Hotel Malibran, near the Malibran Theater and the Rialto Bridge.

      The Thanksgiving special in Paris is $573 at the least expensive hotel, the Quartier Republique Le Marais Hotel, close to the Republique metro station. In Nice, the three-star Hotel Monsigny costs $597 and the La Perouse, with a view of the Baie des Anges, costs $830.

      Thanksgiving packages are also available to London, Dublin, Barcelona, Madrid, Vienna, Prague and Budapest.

      Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and are subject to availability and change. The rates do not include airport taxes or fuel surcharges. Reservations must be paid for within 72 hours of booking.

      TourCrafters or 800/482-5995.


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      Mona Lisa Suite Hotel $99 Intro Rate

      The new Mona Lisa Suite Hotel, near Orlando, FL offers a grand opening Intro Rate of $99 per night for a one-bedroom suite, available through Oct. 31.

      The offer includes a one-bedroom apartment with king-sized bed, living room with sofa bed, fully equipped kitchen and private balcony. Group bookings of 10 or more one-bedroom suites can reserve room blocks at this rate through the end of the year.

      The Mona Lisa Suite Hotel features 93 one- and 147 two-bedroom suites, which include a modern kitchen; all beds are fitted with 350 thread- count Egyptian cotton and Frette duvets and linens. The property is located in Celebration, FL, minutes from Walt Disney World and within easy driving distance of Universal Studios Florida, Universal StudiosCityWalk, Universal Studios Islands of Adventure, Sea World of Florida and Orlando Premium Outlets.

      Mona Lisa Suite Hotel or 407/964-7000.



      Reduced Rates at Grand Lodges

      When the temperatures drop at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, so do the room rates at select lodges. Winter rates and packages at the South Rim for the 2008-2009 winter season are up to 38 percent lower than summer-season rates.

      The Winter Value rate is available at Maswik and Yavapai Lodges, Xanterra’s two off-rim locations. Xanterra Parks & Resorts operates lodges, restaurants and other concessions at national parks and state parks and resorts.

      The Winter Value rate is $82 per night plus tax at Maswik South and Yavapai West, and $105 per night plus tax at Maswik North and Yavapai East. The Winter Value rate is available Nov. 30, 2008 through Mar. 5, 2009, excluding Dec. 19, 2008 through Jan. 3, 2009 and Feb. 13 through Feb. 15, 2009. The rates are good for single or double occupancy. The cost for each additional person in the room is $9. Children 16 and under stay at no extra charge. Lodge and room type are subject to availability and seasonal closures. Summer rates at these hotels range from $90 to $170 per night.

      The romance package at El Tovar, a national historic landmark, includes one night in a standard queen room, a bottle of sparkling wine and fruit basket and dinner for two in the El Tovar Dining Room. The base package cost is $351 plus tax and is subject to availability. You may upgrade to a deluxe room or suite, based upon availability, for an additional charge. The romance package is available Nov. 30, 2008 through Jan. 29, 2009, excluding Dec. 6, 2008, Dec. 19, 2008 through Jan. 3, 2009 and Jan. 8, 2009. When booking the romance package online, enter promo code “Romance.”

      In addition to discounted room rates at off-rim lodges, during the winter it is easier to find rooms than during the summer season at the four properties on the rim, El Tovar, Bright Angel, Kachina and Thunderbird Lodges.

      Grand Canyon Lodges or 888/297-2757.



      South Pacific Package

      Goway Travel offers an opportunity to visit the South Pacific when you book a seven night Tahiti and Moorea package priced from $1969 per person, based on double occupancy. The package is valid Nov. 16 through Dec. 10, 2008, and includes roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles, one night’s stay at the Sofitel Tahiti Resort, six nights’ accommodations at Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa, daily breakfast in Moorea, airport welcome, inter-island ferry and all relevant transfers.

      Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates apply and the price does not include government taxes and security fees that can add $330 to the cost.

      Goway Travel or 800/387-8850.


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      Innisbrook Fall Golf

      Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, near Tampa, FL, ups the golf vacation ante this fall. In addition to a three-night, all-inclusive golf holiday, it is throwing in two fr.ee additional rounds.

      Innisbrook offers this value to Jan. 14, 2009. For $269 per person, per night, golfers can play five rounds of golf with a cart and stay three nights in suite accommodations with kitchenette and private balcony or patio. The package also includes daily breakfast, a daily clinic, use of the practice facilities, club storage, and a gift pack. All rounds are reserved at the time of booking. Suite upgrades are also available.

      At Innisbrook, golfers have the opportunity to play the Resort's four courses: Copperhead, Island, Highlands North and Highlands South. There are no surcharges to play at Copperhead, even though the course hosts an annual PGA tour stop. As an added bonus, groups of nine or more are assigned a personal golf concierge, who handles all details.

      Situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills and 70 acres of lakes on Florida's Gulf Coast, Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club is 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport. The resort features 72 holes of golf, 620 suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Institute, 11 tennis courts, a fitness and racquetball center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls.

      Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club or 800/456-2000.



      Riviera Maya Fall Rates and Packages

      Avoid high-season crowds and save in the fall at Riviera Maya’s hotels and resorts. The choices are plenty, and they are tailored for every taste and budget. Here are a few choices.

      Casa del Mar, in downtown Playa del Carmen, offers a Fall in the Playa package that includes a 15 percent discount, continental breakfast and the fourth night fr.ee. The minimum stay is four nights. The package is for two people and additional guests pay $10 per night. The package is valid to Dec. 15, 2008.

      In downtown Playa del Carmen, Mosquito Blue Hotel& Spa and Mosquito Beach Club Hotel offer the Save During Autumn package, which includes 25 percent off regular rates until Dec. 20, 2008. No minimum stay required.

      Paseo del Sol by Encanto, 866/978-4528, in the gated community of Playacar., offers a Fall getaway package with four nights for the price of three: $600 for two-bedroom condo for four people and $700 for three-bedroom condo for six people. An additional night is $190 for a two-bedroom and $200 for a three-bedroom. The package is valid to Nov.30, 2008.

      Boca Paila Fishing Lodge, 998/892-1200, Located in the Sian Ka’an bio-reserve, beachfront bungalows have double beds, private bathroom and a porch. Promotional Fall package includes accommodations and food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for $180 per person, per night. The package is valid until Oct. 25, 2008 with a minimum two-night stay.

      Corto Maltes, 866/978-4528, a new condo oceanfront property in Playa del Carmen, offers a Fall Getaway package with the fourth night fr.ee. A four night stay in a two-bedroom condo costs $840. Each additional night is $250. The package is valid to Nov. 30 of 2008.

      The all-inclusive Grand Palladium Riviera Maya Resort & Spa has fall rates at $103 per room, per night, based on double occupancy and includes a fre.e stay for a second child if booked Sunday through Thursday. Rates are available to Oct. 31, 2008.

      The new Rosewood Mayakoba, 984/875-8000, offers four fall packages, valid till Dec.15, 2008. All Rosewood packages include private roundtrip airport transfers and rates are based on double occupancy. The Retreat package includes six nights’ suite accommodations, daily breakfast, private expeditions for two to Chichen Itza, Tulum and cenotes, day pass for two to Xcaret park and a 60 minute massage from $5,650. The Romantic Getaway package includes five nights’ suite accommodations, daily breakfast, candlelight dinner for two on the beach, 60 minute massage and candlelight bath from $3,850. Rounds package includes four nights’ suite accommodation, breakfast daily, greens fee for two at El Camaleon and Ibersotar golf courses and 60 minute massage from $3,850. The Sense Spa Voyage package includes five nights of suite accommodations, breakfast daily, two hours of personal fitness training for two, a 60 minute massage, and two hours of private yoga lessons for two.

      Riviera Maya.



      Kentucky Fall and Winter Elk Tours

      Kentucky State Parks again offer elk tours this fall and winter, allowing you to see these majestic animals up close.

      Elk viewing is offered at Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Jenny Wiley State Resort Park and Pine Mountain State Resort Park.

      The return of elk to the region is one of Kentucky’s biggest wildlife management success stories. The animals, after being gone from the state for 150 years, were returned in 1997. They now number more than 8,500. Bring a camera as there should be great photography opportunities.

      Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park’s elk tour weekend packages include a night’s lodging, two meals, and the elk tour. The package price is $150 per couple; $110 for individuals. Morning tours leave at 5:45 a.m. Stay an extra night Saturday for $45. The elk tour alone is $30. The park reserves the right to cancel tours due to inclement weather. Buckhorn Lake has a lodge, cottages, Bowlingtown Country Kitchen, hiking trails, mini-golf and fishing. Elk tour weekends at Buckhorn Lake take place on select weekends through March 2009. 800/325-0058.

      Tours at Pine Mountain State Resort Park are $20 a person, $10 for children 12 and under. The program includes a Friday evening seminar on the natural history of the elk and the restoration program, a continental breakfast, passenger van transportation and interpretive guide services.

      Pine Mountain has a rustic lodge, modern cottages, log cabins, Mountain View Restaurant, hiking trails, championship golf course, interpretive center, mini-golf, naturalist programming and a gift shop. Pine Mountain elk tours run through October and in January 2009. 800/325-1712.

      Jenny Wiley State Resort Park offers half-day tours that include continental breakfast and costs $20 for adults and $10 for children under age 12.

      Jenny Wiley State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, campground, Music Highway Grill, hiking trails, disc golf, fishing, a summer theater and recreational activities. Jenny Wiley elk tours run through November and January to mid-March in 2009. 800/325-0142.

      Kentucky State Parks.


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      Choice Triple Points, Cambria Triple Rewards

      Choice Hotels International helps you make your vote count with the "Elect to Earn Triple Points" promotion for its MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brand hotels, a total of more than 1,200 properties.

      Choice Privileges members who book their stays at MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brand hotels will receive triple Choice Privileges points, starting with their second qualifying stay. If you book stays by methods other than online or over the phone, you will earn double Choice Privileges points, starting with your second stay. The promotion is valid for qualifying stays until Nov. 30, 2008. A valid Choice Privileges member number must be provided upon check-in for a stay to be eligible.

      Choice Privileges is the Choice Hotels rewards program where membership is f.ree and members earn points towards fr.ee nights, airline rewards, gift certificates and more while staying at Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Suites, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brand hotels.

      Cambria Suites offers new triple airline rewards and Amtrak guest rewards. The promotion is valid through Dec. 31, 2008, at every Cambria Suites brand hotel, franchised by Choice Hotels.

      You can choose to earn triple airline rewards with 12 airline partners or Amtrak guest rewards points during qualifying stays. To be eligible, provide your frequent flyer or Amtrak guest rewards number at check-in and pay an eligible rate. This offer cannot be combined with any other promotion and a stay is defined as any number of consecutive nights at one hotel regardless of check-ins or check-outs. Allow six to eight weeks after hotel stay for miles or points to post.

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      10 Almost Fre.e Ways to Enjoy Kauai

      Like some things in life, the best things to enjoy about Kauai, Hawaii, are pretty affordable.

      Referred to as "the Garden Island" Kauai's diverse setting allows you to discover nature's beauty in the tropics. Whether a first-time visitor or you’ve been here many times, Kauai is a plethora of sights and wonders that can be fascinating and affordable. The following are 10 ways to enjoy Kauai for f.ree or nearly fr.ee.

      1. Explore Waimea Canyon the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." A mile wide, 10 miles long and more than 3,500-feet deep, take in the stunning views from the lookouts or hike into the crater. The Kalalau Lookout is an unforgettable view of the once cultivated valley that descends 4,000 feet to the Pacific. After sightseeing, enjoy a picnic at the top of the crater in Kokee State Park.
      2. Hike amid rainforests and lush valleys. Hiking trails immerse you into Kauai's wilderness. Hikes range from comfortable walks to challenging treks into hidden valleys streaming with waterfalls. A must-do for any serious hiker is the 11-mile Kalalau Trail along the Napali Coast.
      3. Kauai's cherished sites. Prince Kuhio Park was home to Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole (1871-1922). Known as the "People's Prince," Prince Kuhio worked tirelessly for Hawaii's people and was the last royal heir to the Hawaiian throne. This historical setting features the foundation of Prince Kuhio's home, a royal fishpond, an offerings shrine and heiau (ancient place of worship) where the kahuna (priests) meditated and lived.
        • Alekoko Fishpond was built for a young chief and once covered 40 acres marked by a 2,700-foot long stone wall. Located in the Huleia National Wildlife Refuge, it is a habitat for endangered Hawaiian birds.
        • The scenic Wailua River was once a sacred place reserved for the kings and high chiefs of Kauai. Near the river's mouth, in Lydgate State Park, are the remains of a heiau that was a place of refuge for those who broke a kapu (taboo).
      4. Enjoy Kauai's culture. Hawaii is the only state with its own music, language and dance. On Kauai, many hotels offer fre.e hula performances, torch lighting ceremonies, and lei-making courses, among other cultural offerings. Coconut Marketplace in Kapaa and Harbor Mall in Lihue stage f.ree hula shows every Wednesday.
      5. A bird watcher's paradise. For a nominal entry fee, the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge is a special setting for bird lovers. Framed by breathtaking views of Kauai's north shore, endangered birds nest in the cliffs, including the Hawaiian Gallinule, red-footed boobies, tropicbirds, albatrosses and frigate birds. In the ocean, you may see Hawaiian monk seals, green sea turtles and Hawaiian spinner dolphins.
      6. A river runs through it. The only navigable rivers in Hawaii are found on Kauai. Rent a kayak and paddle along one of the gentle rivers bordered by tropical foliage. Or, journey by river boat up the Wailua River to the Fern Grotto. In this jungle-like setting, a natural amphitheater was formed creating remarkable acoustics.
      7. Kauai's quaint towns. Koloa is a historic 19th century plantation town, the site of Hawaii's first sugar plantation. Every July, Koloa Plantation Days celebrate the town's heritage.
        • Hanapepe’s old-fashioned small-town appeal include plantation-era buildings and a slow-paced lifestyle. Every Friday evening, stroll along Main Street to see fine art in Hanapepe's nine galleries and listen to live entertainment.
      8. Waterfall spectacular. Kauai's waterfalls are a year- round display of nature. In Lihue, you can drive up to Wailua Falls. If the 80-foot waterfalls look vaguely familiar, it was in the opening credits of the 1970s TV show Fantasy Island.
        • In Wailua, Opaekaa Falls is the island's most accessible major waterfall.
      9. Experience Kauai's history. In Lihue, the Kauai Museum tells the island's story from its formation and the arrival of the first Polynesians to the start of the sugar plantation, and the ethnic cultures that contributed to its history.
        • Grove Farm, one of Hawaii's earliest sugar plantations, offers a museum display of Kauai's heritage highlighting the old sugar days and the monarchy through statehood.
        • Waioli Mission in Hanalei is where the Wilcox family, one ofKauai's most influential families, moved to in the 1800s. Their historic New England-style home was shipped in pieces from Boston around Cape Horn and stands as a showcase of koa wood furniture and other artifacts from that era.
      10. Hit the beach. Kauai has more than 50 miles of white sand beaches, more beach per mile than any other Hawaiian island. Altogether, 43 beaches beckon to wile away the day. Whether enjoying Poipu or a secluded cove at Anini, Kauai's range of beaches matches the island's diversity. For the more adventurous, rent a snorkel and see the undersea beauty of Kauai's marine world.

      Kauai Visitors Bureau or 800/262-1400.


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      Preferred Golf Club Fr.ee Round of Golf

      Launched one year ago, Preferred Golf Club, by Preferred Hotel Group and American Express, celebrates its first anniversary with enhancements to its program, starting with the price.

      For an annual membership fee of $295, the Preferred Golf Club provides members a f.ree round of golf for every consecutive two-night stay at each of its participating resorts. The list of participating resorts spans both sides of the Atlantic and includes Ireland's the K Club, the Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club, the Broadmoor, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, the Coeur d'Alene Resort, Ginn Reunion Resort, Sandy Lane and the Grand Del Mar.

      • Benefits and enhancements include an annual membership fee of $295 with the option to "Fill Your Foursome" with up to three companion membership for $100 each. Companion feature may be an invitation or a gift from you.
      • Fr.ee round of golf with every consecutive two-night stay at participating Preferred Golf Club resorts. This benefit may be used as often as desired, subject to resort and tee time availability.
      • The lowest publicly available room rates at participating luxury golf resorts
      • Resort room upgrades based on availability
      • Exclusive use of the Preferred Golf Club Desk which assists in booking fr.ee golf rounds and resort stays
      • Priority early resort check-in and late check-out
      • Quarterly newsletters
      • Exclusive offers from hotels and golf partners.

      As an added benefit through October 31, 2008, every purchased membership will be entered in the "Fill Your Foursome" drawing. With the purchase of one regular membership, one card member will win three companion memberships.

      Preferred Golf Club.



      Rocky Mountaineer Early Bird Special

      Book your vacation by Nov. 15, 2008 and receive the Early Booking Bonus. When a minimum six-night Rocky Mountaineer vacation package in GoldLeaf Service is booked, you receive a fre.e upgrade to a Fairmont room at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in applicable destinations.

      Vacation options include the Classic Rail Circle, a six night all-rail journey through Canada’s West onboard the Whistler Mountaineer and two unique Rocky Mountaineer train routes. The Whistler Mountaineer train travels between Vancouver and Whistler offering a great way to see the host cities of the 2010 Olympics.

      Another option is the Canadian Rockies Escape, a seven-night journey onboard two Rocky Mountaineer rail routes to the Canadian Rockies and resort towns of Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta.

      Each route offers towering mountains, raging rivers and wildlife such as bighorn sheep, bear, moose, elk and deer, which can be seen from onboard the train. The best view is with GoldLeaf Service, complete with bi-level glass dome coaches, panoramic views, delicious cuisine and onboard commentary of the region.

      The Early Booking Bonus is only valid when booking a qualifying GoldLeaf Service vacation package of six nights or more departing during the 2009 season from May until October.

      Rocky Mountaineer Vacations.



      Holidays on Us from Vail Resorts

      BOOK BY OCT. 15 - - Vail Resorts unveils its lodging deal for the 2008-2009 winter season with a f.ree night on the busiest holidays at Colorado ski resorts. The “Holidays on Us” package is valid at all owned and managed properties, including nine of the Company's RockResort properties located in Vail, St. Lucia, Santa Fe, Jackson Hole, Aspen and Beaver Creek.

      The fre.e night of lodging is offered on the six most popular holidays during the winter season: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day and Easter Sunday, when you purchase four consecutive holiday nights of lodging. The package is restricted Dec. 27 to 30, 2008, must be booked by Oct. 15, 2008, and the guest must stay five consecutive nights to receive the holiday night f.ree.

      >For a complete listing of participating properties, visit Rock Resorts, Keystone Resort, Vail Beaver Creek and Breckenridge.

      Prices start from $169 per person for a Thanksgiving "Holidays on Us" five-night package at Keystone's Forest condominiums based on quad occupancy, $218 per person at Breckenridge Mountain Lodge, $309 per person at the Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, or $458 per person at the Lodge at Vail, all based on double occupancy for five nights. Other restrictions apply.

      For additional value this winter, skiers and snowboarders can purchase the Epic Season Pass. The pass offers unlimited and unrestricted skiing all season long, including all of the busiest holidays, at six resorts, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Heavenly. The Epic Season Pass costs $579 for adults and $279 for kids and must be purchased by Nov. 15, 2008.

      Holidays on Us or 800/239-9290.



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      Occidental Hotels & Resorts Fall Rates

      BOOK BY OCT. 15 - - Travelers thinking about vacations in Mexico, Costa Rica, Aruba and the Dominican Republic should check out the fall rates at Occidental Hotels and Resorts. You must book your vacation at one of their all-inclusive resorts by Oct. 15, 2008, for travel through Dec. 19, 2008.

      Rates start from $48 per person, per night, and kids ages three to 12 vacation for fr.ee at all Allegro resorts. Rates are based on one child fre.e for each paying adult guest and vary by the Allegro property selected.

      All rates are per person, per night, based on double occupancy at these participating resorts:

      Allegro Resorts - Allegro Playa Dorada, Dominican Republic from $48, Allegro Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico from $61, Allegro Cozumel, Mexico from $67, Allegro Playacar, Mexico from $70, and Allegro Papagayo, Costa Rica from $61.

      Occidental Grand Resorts -Occidental Grand Punta Cana, Dominical Republic from $67, Occidental Grand Xcaret, Mexico from $87, Occidental Grand Cozumel, Mexico from $94, Occidental Grand Papagayo, Costa Rica from $122, and Occidental Grand Aruba from $196.

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

      Occidental vacations or 800/858-2258.



      AA Intro Fares and Bonus Miles to Brazil

      American Airlines adds three destinations in Brazil to its route network in November -- Salvador, Recife and Belo Horizonte. To celebrate, the airline offers introductory fares to all three cities for travel through next May and double AAdvantage miles for travel through mid-February 2009.

      Daily flights from Miami to Salvador and Recife start Nov. 2, 2008 and three times weekly flights from Miami to Belo Horizonte begin Nov. 4, 2008. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 2, 2008 and travel must be completed by May 31, 2009.

      American's introductory fares start from $425 each way, with a required roundtrip purchase. Fares do not include all government-imposed taxes and fees.

      One-way (based on roundtrip travel) sample intro fares to Salvador, Recife and Belo Horizonte: from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Washington, D.C. are $425; from Denver, Detroit, Houston and Seattle $475.

      Earn double AAdvantage miles for travel to all three new destinations, for travel Nov. 2, 2008 through Feb. 15, 2009. To be eligible for the bonus miles online registration is required prior to travel. Use promotion code BRZ2X.

      American Airlines or 800/433-7300.



      Europe in the Spring with Eurail

      The Eurail Group offers several special edition extended rail passes, good for travel throughout Europe in the spring.

      To make the most of a springtime trip, Eurail’s off-peak promotions offer f.ree travel days on two of its classic products: the Eurail Global Pass and the Eurail Select Pass. The Eurail Select Pass allows you to choose three or more adjoining countries to travel for a practically tailor-made rail pass. If you want to cover more ground, a Eurail Global Pass will give you access to 21 participating countries from January 2009.

      When you buy a 15- or 21-day Eurail Global Pass, you will instead receive 21 days or 1 month, respectively. The Eurail Select Pass to three countries, valid for six or eight days within two months, now comes with an additional two travel days.

      To be eligible for the additional travel days, passes must be purchased by the end of November 2008. Travel can starts from Mar. 1, 2009 and must be completed by May 31, 2009.

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      Canada Passes Airline Passengers' Bill of Rights

      The Canadian government enacted the first airline passengers' bill of rights in North America. Canada's bill of rights is more comprehensive than the European Union regulations specifically addressing "strandings," allowing passengers to deplane after a 90 minute tarmac delay, with the option to re-board the plane.

      Under the new law, Canadian airlines are required to provide stranded travelers with updated flight delay and schedule change information, and meal vouchers for extended delays of four hours and hotel vouchers for extended delays of eight hours.

      Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon announced the program, nicknamed "Flight Rights." The bill received unanimous support in the House of Commons.

      In the U.S., passengers' rights legislation has been stalled in Congress primarily due to disagreements among members on funding for air traffic control modernization and related programs. Most of that legislation gives the airlines up to three hours to give passengers the right to deplane - twice the 90 minutes now required by the Canadian law.



      Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa Fall Packages

      The newly renovated Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa, in downtown Puerto Vallarta, debuts its fall packages with 25 percent savings off regular rates.

      The Fall all-inclusive package, at $100 per person, per night (based on double occupancy), includes three nights’ accommodations in a deluxe room; one Gold Star wrap spa treatment per person; daily breakfast, lunch and dinner; unlimited cocktails and wine by the glass; mini bar with soft drinks, bottled water and beer replenished daily.

      The Fall European Plan package is priced at $140 per room, per night (based on double occupancy), and includes three nights’ accommodations in a deluxe room and one Gold Star wrap spa treatment per person.

      Both packages are valid for travel through Dec. 15, 2008. Taxes are included in the package rate. This offer applies to direct bookings and is non-refundable. The offer is subject to hotel availability and may not be combined with any other offers.

      Rates include special in room amenities, fr.ee access to Spa Shakti facilities, daily scheduled activities, fre.e wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, access to business center and hospitality lounge, children’s activities program for ages four to12 year olds and 24-hour room service.

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      Skyteam China Pass

      International passengers traveling to mainland China on SkyTeam partner airlines can take advantage of discounted China Pass flight coupons on China Southern Airlines. The China Pass allows you to explore up to nine cities of your choice and is an excellent option to make the most out of your trip to China.

      You can purchase three-to-nine discounted flight coupons for travel within China in conjunction with an international roundtrip ticket to China on any SkyTeam partner. SkyTeam is the global airline alliance partnering eleven members airlines.

      While all flights will be operated by China Southern, you can book the China Pass through any of the 11 SkyTeam members and the three Associates. There is no minimum requirement on length of stay and rerouting is allowed after the first flight.

      The China Pass offers a discount of approximately 40 percent in high season and 45 percent in low season. For example, a three city, low season itinerary on the China Pass can cost $330 versus the conventional fare of $600.

      The SkyTeam network includes 105 cities throughout mainland China. Passengers using the China Pass have the option to schedule their flights at their convenience without prior notice.

      The China Pass adds to the SkyTeam fare pass offerings which includes the America Pass, the Europe Pass, the Asia Pass and the Round-the-World product.

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      Fall Discount on Rental Villas at Tryall Club

      The Tryall Club, Jamaica's villa and golf resort12 miles west of Montego Bay, features private villas and one of Jamaica's most coveted golf courses. Set among 2,200 acres on the grounds of a prominent 19th Century West Indian sugar plantation, the Tryall Club is now a designated National Heritage Foundation site.

      Tryall's 72 residential villas each have a distinct layout and design, ranging from two-bedroom bungalow-style homes to estates with six bedrooms and up to 20,000 square feet of living space. Each villa comes with its own household staff, including a personal chef, housekeeper, laundress and gardener, a private swimming pool and views of Montego Bay and the scenic northern coastline.

      The household staff will cater to everyone's needs, scheduling early meals for the kids with a later seating for the adults. Upon arrival, the cook will work on the week's menu, wine pairings, cocktail preferences, while the laundress keeps the vacation togs clean and pressed.

      Weekly rates, through Dec. 20, 2008 are: $2,750 for a one bedroom Great House room, $2,800 for a two bedroom Great House room, $3,300 for a two bedroom Estate Villa, $4,400 for a three bedroom Estate Villa, $4,950 for a four bedroom Estate Villa, $5,500 for a five bedroom Estate Villa and $6,600 for a six bedroom Estate Villa .

      The Tryall Club or 800/238-5290.



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