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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, October 2016 Issue

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ISSN: 1542-801X, Copyright  2016 
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Editor: Nicki Chodnoff

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  • Air Tahiti Nui Book Early, Save Big
  • Pay 5 Nights/Stay 7 in St. John
  • Sea Pines Resort Fall/winter Package
  • Discover Japan
  • United Vacations Riviera Maya Savings
  • $300 Off SAA Safari Vacation
  • Reykjavik Getaway
  • Space on Small-Ship Holiday Sailings
  • Discounts at Residence Inn Orlando SeaWorld
  • Secrets Of Stress Free Flying
  • SmarTours Peru Discount
  • Benzie County Fall Package
  • Cunard Three for All Sale
  • South African Surprise
  • Iceland Academy - Learn from Locals
  • Wonders of Chile 30% Off
  • L.E. Hotels New Promotions
  • Oxford Experience Summer School
  • St. Regis Savings
  • AmericInn 20% Off During October

  • Air Tahiti Nui Book Early, Save Big

    Air Tahiti Nui introduces its new Ia Orana welcome airfare, offering a 20 percent discount for travel to Papeete from Los Angeles, during super value season. The welcome airfare is valid for new bookings only. Hotel deals and package offers abound and the weather averages 85 degrees.

    You can vacation up to 10 days, booking must be made in Q class and tickets must be issued at least 120 days prior to departure. Airfare is valid for ticketing year-round until further notice. The discount fare is subject to availability at the time of booking. Travel dates are Nov. 1 to Dec. 13, 2016, and Jan. 7 to Mar. 31, 2017.

    Per person roundtrip airfare in economy from Los Angeles to Tahiti is $1,300, to Moorea $1404, and to Huahine or Raiatea is $1612. Fares include all taxes, fees & fuel surcharges. Subject to change at time of booking.

    Accompanied children ages two to 11 years are charged 75 percent of the adult fare. One infant under two years not occupying a seat is charge 10 percent of the adult fare. No other discounts are permitted.

    Air Tahiti Nui or 877/824-4846.

    Pay 5 Nights/Stay 7 in St. John

    Eco Serendib Villa and Spa on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, offers a pay five nights, stay seven nights promotion for full house stays throughout 2017 when booked by Dec. 31, 2016. The promotion is subject to space availability, blackout dates and certain restrictions.

    Rates are from $3,200 (exclusive of facility fee and tax) per night for the entire villa including eight guestrooms, use of the private spa, pool terrace, great room, chef's kitchen, meditation garden and concierge.

    Due to a last minute cancellation, Eco Serendib is available for this Christmas/New Years. The Pay 5/Stay 7 offer is not valid over this period. Other enticements include the "Seed to Plate" culinary experience and Sodashi spa treatments.

    Eco Serendib donates funds for every night the villa is occupied and will match donations made by villa guests to the "Preserve St. John" campaign.

    Eco Serendib Villa and Spa 215/882-3550 or 215/620-8809.

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    Sea Pines Resort Fall/winter Package

    The Sea Pines Resort, in Hilton Head, SC, offers a fall/winter getaway package through Feb. 24, 2017.
      Your Hilton Head Island vacation Getaway package includes:
    • Up to 15 percent off reduced nightly and weekly rates for homes and villas
    • Free dinner entrés for two (one-time only) at Coast or Links
    • Free lunch entrés for two (one-time only) at Live Oak, Links or Coast
    • Free bicycles for two during your stay
    • $50 resort credit for stays of seven or more nights
    • One free portrait session on the beach by Memory Lane Portraits, plus 15 percent discount on a la carte portrait order
    • 10 percent off spa treatments at LeSpa of Sea Pines
    • Unlimited use of the resort fitness center equipment
    • Free wireless internet
    • Two hours of tennis per day at the Sea Pines Racquet Club
    • Preferred golf rates at the Sea Pines Resort's golf courses
    • No advance deposit required.

    The Getaway package starts at $145 a night for three nights in a two-bedroom deluxe villa in Plantation Club.

    Enter promotion code GETAWAY in the property search box or during your booking process to receive your discounted rate.

    On the southernmost tip of Hilton Head Island, the resort features five miles of beaches, 21 clay tennis courts, 14 miles of bike and walking trails, horseback riding, Eco-Adventures, water sports, and the 605-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve.

    The Sea Pines Resort is home to Pete Dye’s Harbour Town Golf Links, Heron Point by Pete Dye, and the Atlantic Dunes by Davis Love III.

    Accommodations include 300 villas, 100 rental homes and the 60-room Inn and Club at Harbour Town.

    Sea Pines Resort or 866/561-8802.

    Discover Japan

    Experience the "Land of the Rising Sun" with smarTours and their early booking discount. smarTours 12-day Discover Japan tour costs $3,799 per person, including roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles and taxes. That’s down from $4,199 and a savings of up to $800 per couple. The single room supplement is $849 and if you leave from New York add $200. The $3,799 fare is for the Nov. 22, 2016 departure.

    Departures available November 2016 to May 2017. You must reserve by Oct. 6, 2016, for the early booking discount. The tour price includes airfare taxes, fees and fuel surcharges. Prices are based on double occupancy and payment by check or money order. The offer is subject to availability. Baggage fees may apply.

    The trip includes four nights in Tokyo, two nights in Takayama, one night in Kanazawa and three nights in Kyoto. Tour highlights include the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, an ancient town in Takayama, Shirakawago and sightseeing in Kyoto.

    smarTours or 800/337-7773.

    United Vacations Riviera Maya Savings

    Hotel Marina El Cid Spa and Beach Resort in Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico offers savings of up to 64 percent.

    The offer is valid for three to seven night stays plus flights through Jan. 31, 2017. Packages must be booked at least one day prior to departure. Prices include government taxes and fees, but do not include baggage fees.

      Additional promotions include:
    • Two kids 12 and under stay free – travel to Dec. 23, 2016 and Apr. 23 to May 31, 2017.
    • Two kids 12 and under stay, eat and play free - travel through Dec. 23, 2016.
    • $600 Mega Pass – travel through Apr. 22, 2017 and Dec. 23, 2017 to Apr. 22, 2018.
    • All Inclusive Amenities – travel through Jan. 2, 2019.

    United Vacations 888/854-3899.

    Luxury with NetTrips.net

    $300 Off SAA Safari Vacation

    South Africa Airways Vacations discounts their nine-night, air-inclusive Kilimanjaro/Masai Mara safari by $300. Prices drop from $4,999 to $4,699 per person, based on two adults sharing. Scheduled departures leave Sunday from New York’s JFK Airport through Dec. 09, 2016, Jan. 10 to May 31, 2017 and Aug. 11 to Dec. 09, 2017.

    The tour can begin in Washington Dulles but that means an overnight stop in Johannesburg at the beginning of the journey before flying to Nairobi. Contact SAA Vacations for prices for this option.

    The trip includes roundtrip coach airfare on South African Airways from New York (JFK) to Johannesburg (JNB); regional coach air (Johannesburg - Nairobi - Johannesburg); accommodations with one night in Nairobi, two nights in the Masai Mara, two nights at Lake Naivasha and two nights in Amboseli National Park; most meals (seven breakfasts, six lunches, six dinners); transport in a 4x4 adapted safari vehicle; all park fees and activities as mentioned in the itinerary.

    The trip does not include add-on air from other U.S. cities; any meals or services not mentioned above; personal expense such as drinks or laundry, etc; gratuities for rangers, guides and drivers.

    Safari highlights include Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru and the Masai Mara.

    The offer is subject to availability and currency exchange rate fluctuations. Prices are valid for new bookings, are not retroactive and may change without notice. Package includes all government and airline imposed taxes and fees. Baggage and optional service fees, and cancellation charges are additional.

    South African Airways Vacations or 855/359-7228.

    Reykjavik Getaway

    European Destinations offers a six-night Reykjavik getaway from $838 per person. The price is based on winter time rates that include international roundtrip airfare from Boston and staying at a three star hotel. This is an independent vacation where you are not traveling in a bus with a group.
      The six night itinerary includes:
    • Flight into Reykjavik and out of Reykjavik from New York or Boston
    • Hotel for six nights in Reykjavik – choice of 34 three-star hotels
    • Daily breakfast (if stated in hotel info)
    • Hotel taxes.

    Hotel upgrades are available from $45 per night. The price does not include airport to hotel transfers.

    You have a choice from 174 optional tours in Iceland including the Game of Thrones Filming Locations Tour.

      Six night stays with departures from other cities include:
    • Chicago (All Airports), IL $987
    • Orlando Intl, FL $891
    • Philadelphia, PA $988
    • Pittsburgh, PA $898
    • Seattle, WA $950
    • Washington (all Airports), DC $862.

    European Destinations or 877/267-2247.

    Space on Small-Ship Holiday Sailings

    AdventureSmith Explorations has special booking offers on small ship sailings that are available over the holidays.

    Here are some of the holiday cruise options:

    Baja's Bounty, an eight-day itinerary aboard the 84-guest Safari Endeavour, offers cruise rates from $2,995 per person double occupancy, which does not include a $300 savings per couple if booked before Oct. 28, 2016. Baja is an important bird refuge and migration corridor. Holiday departures: Dec. 17, 24, and 31.

    Wild Islands and Treasures of Baja California aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird offers a $750 per person air credit and invites families with children to take 50 percent off the cabin rate for every child under age 18. The per person double rate is from $5,990 for eight days. Holiday departures: Dec. 17, 24, and 31.

    AdventureSmith discount holiday offers or 800/728-2875.

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    Discounts at Residence Inn Orlando SeaWorld

    Families looking for a Florida getaway can consider the deal at Residence Inn Orlando at SeaWorld.

    The Stay 5 Nights package includes accommodations at a 20 percent discount when you stay five or more consecutive nights at the hotel, located less than one mile from SeaWorld Orlando. Whether traveling with one child or the extended family, studio, one- and two-bedroom suites features free Wi-Fi and fully equipped kitchens.

    As an official SeaWorld partner, the hotel offers free front-of-the-line passes at SeaWorld to free access to the rescue tour. Free shuttle service is provided to and from the area's attractions, including SeaWorld, Aquatica and Universal Orlando. Reservations and admission into SeaWorld are required.

    Additional partner perks include a 10 percent discount at SeaWorld and Aquatica on dining and merchandise purchases of $50 or more. Early entry into the two parks is granted on select dates.

    Residence Inn Orlando features six floors with 350 suites, a fitness center, sport court and outdoor pool. Free amenities include property-wide Wi-Fi, daily hot breakfast and on-site parking.

    The Stay 5 Nights package is valid through Dec. 24, 2016. Use promotional code PRO when booking online or call 800/228-9290.

    Residence Inn Orlando at SeaWorld or 800/228-9290.

    Secrets Of Stress Free Flying

    There’s not much to enjoy about airline travel these days. Economy seats are cramped, flights are packed, and passengers pay fees for things that used to be free, says Consumer Reports in its latest investigation and airline ratings survey.

    Consumer Reports survey of 20,806 subscribers revealed there still may be more room for improvement for many airlines. No airline’s coach/economy class received a top mark for any of the attributes Consumer Reports measured. With the exception of JetBlue, the other 12 carriers in coach class ratings received low marks for legroom, and seat width and comfort.

    JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Virgin America, and Alaska Airlines topped Consumer Reports coach/economy ratings, all four carriers earned better than average marks for check-in ease and service from airline staff.

    The three biggest U.S. airlines, Delta, American, and United – were rated middling-to poor on all attributes for their coach/economy service. All 13 airlines included in Consumer Reports’ ratings were also rated worse or far worse than average for food and refreshments among coach/economy passengers. JetBlue and Virgin America were the only airlines that didn’t get dinged for their in-flight entertainment in coach/economy class.

    Virgin America also scored well among first/business class passengers and was followed closely by Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Apart from Alaska’s middling in-flight entertainment, these carriers are rated above average or better on all attributes. In fact, Virgin got top marks across the board. While first/business class passengers indicated that they were at least fairly well satisfied with all seven airlines in CR’s first/business class ratings, appearing at the bottom of CR’s ratings as meaningfully worse than all other first class services are United Airlines and American Airlines. Both scored below average when it comes to cabin & restroom cleanliness, food/refreshments, and inflight entertainment.

    The survey was conducted with subscribers reporting on their most recent experience on a domestic, nonstop flight between the summers of 2014 and 2015 and focused on: legroom, seat width and comfort, room for carry-on bags, cabin and restroom cleanliness, check-in ease, service from airline staff, food/refreshments, in-flight entertainment, and no hidden fees. To see all survey results, visit ConsumerReports.org.

    Consumer Reports spent almost two weeks looking for the cheapest nonstop airfares on five busy domestic routes using nine popular sites: CheapOair, Expedia, Google Flights, Hotwire, Kayak, Orbitz, Priceline, Travelocity, and TripAdvisor. All nine sites provided various fares on separate browsers at the same time at least once.

    “We recommend doing multiple searches over multiple days to increase your chances of finding the lowest fare.” Walker said. “You will notice that persistence pays off in the quest for the best price on travel booking sites.”

    CheapOair delivered the highest average fares and failed to provide a single lowest fare among the five routes in Consumer Reports research. Fares can also vary for the same route at the same time over different days. Actually, all nine sites provided different fares on separate browsers at the same time at least once, most frequently on Google Flights and Kayak. Passengers should search for flights multiple times and over multiple days to increase their chances of finding the lowest fare.

    Below are expert cost-effective tips that will help navigate the worst aspects of your next flying experience:

    Score the Best Seats: Start checking for available seats 72 hours before departure. That’s when airlines may start releasing those that were earlier reserved for people who have been upgraded or have canceled, which means you might be able to select a plum spot without having to pay extra for it.

    Board Early and Save on Baggage Fees: Checking just one bag could cost you $36 to $200 roundtrip. Making do with a carry-on is an obvious way to avoid bag fees unless you’re flying on Allegiant, Frontier, or Spirit, which charge for carry-on bags.

    Speed Through Security: Flyers who register with TSA PreCheck enjoy expedited screening at more than 180 U.S. airports, saving time and stress.

    Avoid the Crowds: If you’ll be in the airport for more than a few hours, consider splurging for access to a lounge. Most airlines sell day passes to their club lounges even if you’re not traveling with them, and companies such as Plaza Premium Lounge, No. 1 Lounge, and The Club Airport Lounge sell passes at their locations around the world.

    Minimize Stress: Don’t join the mad rush to get on the plane. The less time you spend in line, the better, says Leon James, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Hawaii who studies air, road, and pedestrian rage.

    Maximize Comfort: Bring along a sweater, a small pillow and blanket (for longer flights), and reading material or audio books, and games. Noise-canceling headphones and eye masks can lend an added sense of calm.

    Move It: Remaining in a sedentary position for more than four hours can increase the risk of developing a dangerous blood clot (known as deep vein thrombosis), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Keep it Clean: Fill an enclosed space with a steady stream of people (many of them coughing and sneezing) and you have the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. To ease your mind and maybe avoid picking up a bug, wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water, and use alcohol- based wipes on all of those germy surfaces before you touch them.

    Make Sure You’re Covered: Travel insurance can cover the cost of your airfare (as well as hotels, tour costs, or cruise fare) if you need to cancel or interrupt a trip because of unexpected events such as personal illness, the illness or death of a relative or travel companion, or some types of severe weather. Travel insurance will generally also cover the cost of belongings that are lost or stolen, emergency medical care, and also offer a death benefit. But travel insurance is a benefit provided by some credit cards, and you may be covered for medical treatment and theft under your own health and homeowners policies.

    Rythmia Group, Inc.

    SmarTours Peru Discount

    SmarTour offers a discount on their 11-day Enchanting Peru trip from $1,999 if you pay by check and $2,099 with credit card payment. The price includes airfare and taxes. The $1,999 sale price is available on the Feb 6, or Feb. 27, 2017 departures.

    You can save up to $800 per couple on this Peru vacation packages but you must reserve by Oct. 6, 2016, to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited. Rates are per person based on double occupancy while the single room supplement is $499. If you want to depart from New York rather than Miami add $100 to the price.

    Highlights of the trip include Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Indian Market in Pisac, the Plaza de Armas in Lima and a tour of modern and colonial Lima. The itinerary includes two nights in Yucay, three nights in Cuzco, two nights in Puno and one night in Lima.

    In addition to roundtrip airfare, the trip includes intra-Peru flights, ground transportation and transfers, accommodations at first class hotels, eight buffet breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners, sightseeing tours including admission fees and English speaking guides.

    SmarTours 800/337-7773.

    Benzie County Fall Package

    The Benzie County Visitors Bureau, in Northwest Michigan's Lower Peninsula, offers the "Benzie Treasure Trove" vacation getaway package for fall color. The "Benzie Treasure Trove" getaway includes up to $300 of free food, gifts and value priced recreational activities when you stay two consecutive nights in Benzie County at participating lodging locations by Oct. 31, 2016. To participate in the "Benzie Treasure Trove" you must sign up online and receive the "Benzie Treasure Trove" Validation form.

    Benzie County has 57 inland lakes, two rivers, and nearly 30 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

    Benzie County Visitors Bureau or 800/882-5801.

    Cunard Three for All Sale

    Cunard offers the Three for All sale on more than 170 voyages sailing between May 2017 and January 2018 on all three Cunard Queens, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.
      The Three for All sale includes:
    • Free stateroom upgrades
    • Free gratuities
    • $150 reduced deposit
    • Free drinks in Princess and Queens Grill Suites.

    Princess and Queens Grill suite accommodations include a dedicated Grills concierge to orchestrate spa appointments, excursions and impromptu cocktail parties with other guests. All Grills guests have intimate spaces reserved for them and dining tables reserved in the Queens Grill or Princess Grill restaurants. Queens Grill guests also have the service of a personal butler.

    You can reserve a voyage under Three for All through Dec. 1, 2016, on transatlantic crossings, New England and Canada, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Northern Europe and Iberia and Canary Island voyages.

      Three for All applies to new bookings only. The offer features:
    • Transatlantic Crossing fares from $1,099
    • New England & Canada fares from $1,349
    • Caribbean fares from $1,649
    • Mediterranean fares from $1,149
    • Northern Europe fares from $1,799
    • Iberia & Canary Islands fares from 1,399.

    Fares are per person, based on double occupancy and apply to the first two guests in a stateroom but do not include air travel. This offer has limited space, is nontransferable, subject to change, and may not be combined with other public, group or past passenger discounts. Offer is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older.

    Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses ranging from $45 to $425 per person are additional and subject to change.

    Cunard Three for All sale or 800/728-6273.


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    South African Surprise

    Indus Travel introduces South Africa’s famous and lesser-known sights with their 15 day South African Surprise package that starts from $2,095 per person and $890 as a single supplement. The price is good for departures through Dec. 11, 2016.

    Beginning in Johannesburg, the tour travels through the Lowveld to Hazyview where you can visit Kruger National Park. Then stop at Swaziland in route to the coastal town of St. Lucia, another wildlife haven. Following the coast towards Durban, the tour heads to the Drakensburg Mountains before returning to Port Elizabeth where you can visit Tsitsikamma Forest and the Cango Caves. The last few nights are spent in Cape Town.

      The tour includes:
    • 14 nights’ accommodations
    • Transportation in air conditioned coaches
    • Professional English speaking tour guide
    • 14 breakfasts and four dinners
    • Return airport transfers
    • Hotel porterage
    • Kruger National Park Conservation Levy
    • Taxes and surcharges.

    The tour does not include meals not included in the itinerary, international or domestic airfare, Beverages with meals, items of a personal nature, optional tours, tips and gratuities and travel insurance.

    Indus Travel or 866/978-2997.

    Iceland Academy - Learn from Locals

    Have you wondered how Icelanders stay cozy in sub-zero temperatures or how to view the Northern Lights? To celebrate the start of the Autumn school term, Inspired By Iceland released its latest video tutorials offering insider advice and knowledge on some of the topics that tourists wonder about most.

    Offering tips from local experts on how to pack, track down the Northern Lights and learn about Icelandic food, the classes are hosted by local 'tutors' including Chef Ylfa Helgadóttir, a member of the National Culinary Team, photographer Baldur Kristjáns, who documented the life of Icelanders for the past 10 years and Head of Iceland Academy and guide Stína Bang.

    Early this year, Iceland Academy produced videos to help visitors understand Icelandic culture, nature and etiquette for a meaningful experience. For example, its 'How to Avoid Hot-Tub Awkwardness' video captured the sensitivities around pre hot-tub showering.

    Iceland Academy's classes are open to everyone via the Inspired By Iceland website and social media channels. You can watch video tutorials and complete a short quiz. On successful completion of the quiz, you will receive an Iceland Academy badge and can compete to win a field trip to Iceland where you can test your new skills.

    Additional classes including A Guide to Icelandic Festivals, A Guide to Safe Selfies, How to Travel Further in Iceland, Therapeutic Iceland and A Beginners Guide to Icelandic Horses and Sagas will be added later.

    Inspired By Iceland.

    Wonders of Chile 30% Off

    Tour operator Journeyou offers an eight day tour to Chile that highlights the Atacama, Santiago and the Lake District. The $1,790 price reflects the 30 percent discount as the regular per person based on double occupancy price is $2,560.

    The itinerary includes the Salt Flat Altiplanic lagoons, El Tatio geysers and Machuca Moon and Death Valleys, Santiago, Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Petrohué Falls and Todos los Santos lake.

    The small group tour includes domestic flights within Chile, all services; lodging; food and beverages in the trip description; taxes; excursions with an English speaking guide; tourist tickets and entrance fees, except Eastern Island entrance. Accommodations in the economy or tourist plus version of the trip are in three star hotels as mentioned in the itinerary.

    Not included is food and services not listed in the itinerary, beverages during meals, hotel extras, personal expenses, international airfare, tips for guides, drivers, and waitresses.

    Wonders of Chile or 855/888-2234.

    One World Observatory - For Best Availability Purchase Tickets in Advance Online

    L.E. Hotels New Promotions

    From Miami to Brazil, L.E. Hotels helps you satisfy your wanderlust with special rates and amenities. The newest packages and promotions highlight destinations around North and South America.

    Some discounts include 30 percent off the best available rate and a free room night when you book four or more nights. Others include free continental breakfast, a beach bag with a blanket and sun products, and additional discounts on spa amenities and tourist attractions.

    L.E. Hotels offer packages and promotions at properties around the globe. A full list of L.E. Hotels packages and promotions can be found here.

    L.E. Hotels or 866/589-3411.

    Oxford Experience Summer School

    It’s time to sign up for the summer 2017 Oxford Experience, a one-week learning vacation at England’s Oxford University. The program, open to everyone, has no requirements, no exams and no papers, and gets more popular each year. Last year one of the courses filled up in two hours, so it’s best to register early.

    The program, which runs July 2 to Aug. 12, 2017, takes place at Christ Church, the most prestigious and beautiful of all Oxford colleges, founded in 1546 by Henry VIII. Summertime students live in dorms that range from the 18th to the 20th century and most rooms have private bathrooms. Students dine in the Tudor Hall that housed Charles I’s parliament during the English Civil War and starred in the Harry Potter films. Once a week each student is invited to sit at High Table.

    Small classes of 12 are taught by tutors and the more than 60 courses offer a variety of subjects such as: The Age of Churchill; Country Houses; The Beatles, Popular Music and Sixties Britain; Adventures in Creative Writing; Enigma and the Intelligence War; to name a few.

    The residential program includes accommodations and three daily meals: a full English breakfast; a buffet lunch; and a three-course dinner. On the final night everyone gathers for champagne and picture-taking in the Cathedral Garden and a farewell dinner in the Hall. Throughout the week there are excursions to stately homes, cathedrals, museums; tours of Oxford; pub walks; whisky tastings; lectures; wine and croquet in the Masters’ Garden; and Evensong in the college chapel, which is also the Oxford Cathedral.

    Participants range in age from 25 to 90, though the average is about 60. The mix is cosmopolitan: Europeans, Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans, an occasional Asian and lots of Americans and Canadians. Some sign up for two or more weeks and many have been coming for 10 or more years.

    The price of a one-week course, including tuition, accommodations with private bathroom, meals, class excursions, evening activities and entertainment, free WiFi and an attendance certificate is £1,490 or approximately $1,994 in U.S. dollars or $2,559 in Canadian dollars. A few standard rooms, which share bathrooms, are available at a lower price.

    Information and a registration form are available here or from The Oxford Experience, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, U.K.

    St. Regis Savings

    The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, in Puerto Rico, offers their Sunsational Savings promotion with a free night and resort credit.

    With the fourth night free, you receive a $100 food and beverage credit for your stay and an upgrade. The offer is based on availability, when you reserve your choice of dates. Use Promotional Code ZS4.

    With the fifth night free, you receive a $150 food and beverage credit for your stay and an upgrade. The offer is based on availability, when you reserve your choice of dates. Use Promotional Code ZS5.

    With the seventh night free, you receive a $300 food and beverage credit for your stay and an upgrade. The offer is based on availability, when you reserve your choice of dates. Use Promotional Code ZS7.

    For the Sunsational Savings promotion you must travel by Dec. 17, 2016.

    An eligible stay is three or more consecutive nights paying a qualifying rate in the same hotel regardless of the number of check-in or check-outs that occur. Rates are per room, per night, based on single or double occupancy and availability at time of reservation and do not include additional per room, per night charges that may be imposed or state/local taxes.

    A limited number of rooms may be available at these rates and they do not apply to groups. This offer cannot be combined with other offers or promotions and the offer is subject to change.

    St. Regis Sunsational Savings or 866/716-8116.


    AmericInn 20% Off During October

    Summer may be over, but AmericInn extends the season with Explore the Great AmericInn Way. AmericInn, a midscale hotel brand in the upper Midwest offers 20 percent off its best available rate for Sunday through Thursday stays during October 2016.

    With more than 200 locations open or under development, AmericInn offers a pool, free Wi-Fi and a hot breakfast.

    Explore the Great AmericInn Way or 800/634-3444.

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