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In This Issue:
Bodie Island Lighthouse and Double Keepers' Quarters, Nags Head, NC



  • Fall Only in Cayman
  • Winter Savings Now
  • Christmas Cruise Savings up to $1990 per Couple
  • KT Discount on SIMs, WiFi for Visitors
  • Early Bird Special on Myanmar Tour
  • Flair Adds USA Routes
  • Red Cross Tips for Safe Vacations
  • Block Island Shoulder Season
  • Club Med SUNsational Sale
  • Australia Highlights Tour
  • WOW air Service to New Delhi
  • Ski Passes in Utah
  • Rocky Mountains Tour
  • A & R Deals
  • Respite Vacations for Cancer Patients
  • Tahitian Guesthouse Packages
  • Up to 50% Off Benchmark Fall Packages
  • Cunard Three for All Promotion
  • Kids Stay Free for Holidays
  • Free Museum Days In San Francisco

  • Fall Only in Cayman

    The Cayman Islands provide reasons to visit during the fall season, including savings of up to 45 percent. Book a Fall Only in Cayman vacation by Nov. 15, 2018 to receive offers on accommodations, attractions, and watersports.

    Here are some accommodations offers.

    Sunset Cove Treasure Island Condos, 800/999-1338 - Every fifth night is free with a five night minimum stay. Children ages 17 and under stay free with paying adult with a maximum of two free children per reservation. Extra people in the room are half price at $15 per person, per night. Subject to availability and not valid for Thanksgiving travel.

    Holiday Inn Resort, Grand Cayman, 855/722-9626 - Receive up to 20 percent off. Reserve a room online using the "Book early and save promotion". Mention the Fall Only in Cayman promotion at check in for a discount card.

    Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort, 345/949-0088 - Book the Sand Dollar promotion and receive up to 10 percent off and a daily $50 food and beverage credit. Minimum four night stay required. Offer must be booked by Nov. 15, for stays through Dec. 21, 2018. A limited number of rooms are available for this promotion.

    Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman, 855/640-6440 – 20 percent off rates Nov. 2 to Dec. 20, 2018, when staying at the newly-renovated resort.

    Wyndham Reef Resort Grand Cayman, 888/232-0541 - Save up to 30 percent on travel through Dec. 15, 2018. Minimum four night stay required. Tax and resort fee additional.

    Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, (345/943-9000 - Every fourth night free when staying in Garden, Resort, Ocean and Club level rooms.

    Plantana, 404/474-4344 - Stay Oct. 15 to Dec. 16, 2018, and receive every fifth night free.

    Fall Only in Cayman.


    Winter Savings Now

    It’s not too early to think ski. Book your trip in advance at Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, and Deer Valley Resort, both in Utah, to save money on a mountain vacation. Book your stay by Oct. 31, 2018, and receive 30 percent off. A breakfast buffet for two is included with each night of your stay.

    You can stay from Dec. 7, 2018 through Apr. 6, 2019. Starting rates are based on deluxe guestroom accommodations. Blackout dates may apply. Rates are subject to availability. Subject to change based on room category, the promotion may not be combined with any other promotion and is not available to groups.

    The rate is per room, per night and does not include tax, resort fee, gratuity, or service charges, which vary by season and room type. Use booking code: ADVANCE

    Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley or 800/453-1302.

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    Christmas Cruise Savings up to $1990 per Couple

    Grand Circle Cruise Line (GCCL) offers savings up to $1,990 per couple on select December 2018 departures of its three holiday river cCruises. That's up to 30 percent off the regular trip price. There are three saving opportunities:
    1. Spend Christmas day in Rouen, France — save $1,400 per couple when you travel on the Dec. 21, 2018 departure of GCCL's new Holiday Spirit Along the Seine. The nine day cruise explores Paris, Vernon, Rouen, and Mantes-la-Jolie. Was $2,545, now $1,845 including roundtrip, international airfare from New York.
    2. Spend Christmas day in Cologne, Germany — save $1,400 per couple when you travel on the Dec. 16, 2018 departure of Christmas Markets Along the Rhine. The 12 day cruise explores Basel, Switzerland; in France: Kaysersberg, Riquewihr, and Strasbourg; in Germany: Plittersdorf, Baden-Baden, Speyer, Mainz, Koblenz, and Cologne; and The Netherlands: Nijmegen and Amsterdam. Was $2,695 now $2,295 including roundtrip, international airfare from New York, Newark, or Philadelphia.
    3. Spend Christmas day in Austria with savings of $800 per couple plus a free trip extension to Vienna ($595 per person value), a savings of $1,990 per couple when you travel on the Dec. 16, 2018 departure of Christmas Markets Along the Danube. The nine day cruise explores Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Melk, and Vienna. Was $2,695 now $2,295 including roundtrip, international airfare from New York, Newark, or Philadelphia and a free three night trip extension to Vienna.

    Itineraries begin at $1,845 per person, including international air from 23 U.S. gateways (price depends on gateway, departure date, and cabin selection). For these savings, reserve a cruise by Oct. 12, 2018, and use code WBPR 002 when calling. The offer applies to new double occupancy reservations only and cannot be combined with low-cost Single Supplements.

    Grand Circle Cruise Line or 800/221-2610.


    KT Discount on SIMs, WiFi for Visitors

    A telecommication company in South Korea, KT Corp., offers a promotion for foreign visitors who purchase its SIM-card and WiFi services through the end of the year.

    Foreign travelers can receive a discount of up to 50 percent on KT's mobile roaming services when pre-ordering online from the company's English website.

    KT SIMs can be purchased at the KT's Roaming Center, at the Incheon, Gimpo and Gimhae airports and Busan Port – by providing a valid passport or an Alien Registration Card as an official form of identification, and a credit card matching the applicant's name with an expiration date extending more than three months from the purchase date.

    KT offers two temporary SIMs for travelers: Prepaid Data SIMs and Prepaid SIMs. KT's Prepaid Data SIMs offer unlimited data usage and free inbound calls and texts, while Prepaid SIMs also allow outbound calls and texts at affordable rates.

    Handsets that have country locks are not compatible with KT SIMs. It is advised that travelers call their home service providers to check if their handsets are unlocked.

    Mobile users who plan to stay in South Korea for a long time, or are traveling in a group, should consider the KT WiFi Router. The wireless router allows multiple users to simultaneously access unlimited data. The router can generally handle up to three connections at one time without connection troubles.

    Foreign visitors can use KT SIMs on their smartphones immediately after checking their handset's compatibility at the KT Roaming Center. Third parties cannot collect KT SIMs and payments can be made with credit cards or in Korean won.

    KT SIMs can be returned to any Roaming Center and a third party may do returns. The service can only be used on smartphones with WCDMA capabilities, and certain functions such as video calls may only be available depending on the model of the handset.

    KT SIM customers receive duty free benefits, such as a free VIP Silver Card with a 10 percent discount at Lotte Duty Free Shops, a 10,000 won prepaid cash card and $10 worth of online Lotte Duty Free credits. Taking part in the discount is simple. After collecting the KT SIM, visit the Lotte Duty Free Shop along with a passport and the KT SIM package to receive the benefits. KT Roaming Homepage.


    Early Bird Special on Myanmar Tour

    Myanmar (which used to be called Burma), is a Southeast Asian country that has been expensive to visit until now.

    World Spree Travel offers a deal: an eight-day Exotic Myanmar tour for $1,899 if you can plan ahead to May, 2019. If you can’t plan that far ahead, other months cost from $1,959 to $2,199.

    The trip includes international airfare, all ground transportation and transfers in Myanmar, daily buffet breakfast, four lunches, sightseeing tours with entrance fees, professional English-speaking guides, baggage handling and deluxe hotels with restaurants, swimming pools and amenities.

    The tour starts and concludes in the capital, Yangon (formerly Rangoon), with its British-colonial architecture and the golden Shwedagon Pagoda. Then to Mandalay, home to the Golden Palace Monastery. Amarapura has a 200-year-old teak bridge and a famous Buddhist monastery and Mingun on the Irrawaddy River. Bagan has some 4,400 temples. The tour includes a visit to Bagan’s Morning Market, an elevated temple with spectacular views, and to the most significant pagodas and temples. From October to March there’s another optional tour of Bagan from a hot air balloon.

    The Exotic Myanmar trip is also a pre- or post-trip extension to other itineraries such as Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. World Spree offers a longer, more extensive tour called Golden Kite of Myanmar, which includes the floating gardens of Inle Lake.

    All prices are per person, double occupancy, and are subject to early booking and availability. For more information, click Destinations, then Myanmar, on the World Spree web site.

    Exotic Myanmar tour or 866/652-5656.


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    Flair Adds USA Routes

    Flair Airlines, one of Canada's low fare airlines introduces non-stop flights to six U.S. destinations this winter. The new routes will extend Flair's network to Florida's Orlando International Airport, St. Pete-Clearwater (Tampa Bay) and Miami plus Palm Springs, Las Vegas and Phoenix-Mesa Airport.

    For the winter schedule, Flair increases domestic service with new routes between Toronto to Winnipeg (daily) and Calgary to Abbotsford.

    Flights are on sale, with the majority of service beginning Dec. 15, 2018. Edmonton to Las Vegas starts Nov. 9, 2018.

    New non-stops include: Edmonton to Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa, Palm Springs, Orlando and Miami. Winnipeg non-stops include: Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa, Orlando, St.Pete/Clearwater and Miami. Non-stop flights from Toronto to Miami.

    One-way introductory fares, taxes and fees included, start at $99 to Las Vegas from Winnipeg and Edmonton.

    For a decade Flair operated as a charter carrier before transitioning to scheduled service in 2017. To offer affordable air travel, Flair focuses on key airports, with its main transfer hub in Edmonton. F

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    Red Cross Tips for Safe Vacations

    Many people take a trip that involves international travel. If you are planning a trip which involves driving across a border, sailing to a coastline, or flying halfway around the world, the American Red Cross has some steps you can take to stay safe.
    1. Download the first aid app. The American Red Cross first aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Arming yourself with basic first aid skills can save a life. Download the app while you're still in the United States, otherwise you'll download the local Red Cross mobile app (which will be in the local language).
    2. Make a plan. Just like at home, establish a time and place to meet family members in case you get separated.
    3. Know what natural disasters are possible. It's important to research whether your destination faces emergencies you've never experienced. While you'll need to gauge the local context, the Red Cross offers basic tips about what to do during natural disasters such as tsunamis, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
    4. Register your trip with the State Department. Enter your travel details with the free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program online, which allows the State Department to better assist you in case of an emergency while you are abroad. You can also get information about safety conditions in the country you are planning to visit.
    5. Write down contact details for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to carry with you in case of emergency while traveling.
    6. Check out the State Department's 'What the Department of State Can and Can't Do in a Crisis' and have an evacuation plan that doesn't rely on the U.S. government.
    7. Keep your destination country's emergency numbers handy. Find your destination country on a reference sheet from the State Department and write down the emergency numbers for the fire department, police, or an ambulance before you take off.
    8. Know the six-month passport rule. Some countries deny travelers entry if their passport expires in less than six months. Renew your passport about nine months before the expiration date.
    9. Let your credit card company know what countries you will be visiting and when. This way, they won't think your card is stolen and shut it off just when you need it the most.
    10. Pack your International Certificate of Vaccination. Referred to as the "yellow card," it lists your immunizations, allergies, and blood type. The "yellow card" is available from your physician or local health department.
    11. Bring medications and bug repellent. If you're traveling somewhere with mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria, dengue, or Zika use spray repellent and/or cover your arms and legs with lightweight clothing at critical times of the day. Don't forget your medications and bring other stuff such as OTC pain reliever and something for an upset stomach.
    12. Check for emergency exits and evacuation routes. Many communities around the world have signs that indicate evacuation routes in case flooding or other natural disasters. Identify evacuation routes at your destination and pay attention to the location of emergency exits.

    American Red Cross.


    Block Island Shoulder Season

    A quick ferry ride from mainland Rhode Island, fall is a good time to visit Block Island where more is available with the same New England vibe.

    Here are some Shoulder Season discounts at this classic beach town:

    From Oct. 8, 2018 until May 20, 2019 stay for two nights at the Blue Dory, a bed and breakfast at the head of Crescent Beach, and get the third night free.

    In October and November 2018, the Darius Inn offers 20 percent off to visitors who book five nights or more.

    Sea Breeze offers 25 percent off for all stays in October 2018.

    The Sullivan House’s two night Value Break package includes a room with private bath, breakfast, bikes, kayaks for two hours, beach chairs and towels for $500.

    Block Island or 800/383-BIRI.


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    Club Med SUNsational Sale

    Book by Oct. 23, 2018, for Club Med's SUNsational Sale promotion, from $125 per person, per night. You can travel on this promotion through May 4, 2019,.
      Benefits include:
    • Up to $400 air credit
    • No single supplement
    • Kids under four stay free
    • Kids under 15 stay for up to 50 percent off
    • Free room upgrades.

    Club Med North American destinations include:

    Club Med Cancún Yucatán, Mexico: The Aguamarina expansion introduces 60 oceanfront family rooms and a new pool area dedicated to families.

    Club Med Turkoise, Turks and Caicos: adults-only resort includes an infinity-edge pool, wellness center and a wine cellar overlooking the water.

    Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida: Home to the Club Med Academies with professional sports instruction or explore land and water sports, including beach volleyball, sailing, kayaking, trapeze, and yoga.

    Club Med properties offer unlimited access to locally-inspired dining, land and water sports, health and wellness classes, and nightly entertainment.

    Club Med or 800/258-2633.


    Australia Highlights Tour

    Travel2 offers a 15 day Australia Highlights tour that includes visits to Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney. Prices start at $3,399 per person based on double occupancy and you must book by Dec. 10, 2018 using tour code SO18006. Travel dates are through Mar. 31, 2019. Government-imposed taxes and fees and carrier-imposed charges are included.
      The trip includes:
    • Roundtrip flights on Qantas Airways from Los Angeles to Australia
    • Four nights in Melbourne in a standard hotel
    • Guided city sightseeing tour visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens, Shrine of Remembrance and the Formula One Grand Prix track
    • Four nights in Cairns in a standard hotel
    • Great Barrier Reef full day cruise
    • Four nights in Sydney in a standard hotel
    • Scenic cruise on Sydney Harbor
    • Australian domestic flights between Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney
    • Airline fuel surcharges and taxes.

    Bookings must be 14 days prior to departure with a minimum stay of 10 days after departure of the outbound transpacific flight. Seats are limited and not available on all flights. Black-out dates and seasonal supplements apply.

    Travel2 or 888/282-4346.


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    WOW air Service to New Delhi

    WOW air will launch its flight service from the U.S. to New Delhi, India via Iceland beginning Dec. 5, 2018. To celebrate, WOW air offers one-way tickets to the Indian capital for $199.

    The one-way $199 sale price tickets to DEL will be available from Boston (BOS), Washington D.C./Baltimore (BWI), Newark (EWR), Chicago (ORD), Detroit (DTW), Los Angeles (LAX), and San Francisco (SFO) via Iceland (KEF).

    Thee $199 fare is based on lowest one-way WOW basic fare when booking roundtrip flights online. The price includes all taxes, fees and carrier charges and is available for travel January through March, 2019. The offer applies for 1,200 seats on selected flights, during the travel period and is subject to availability. Restrictions and baggage fees apply. The lowest advertised fare is exclusive to MyWOW members.

    At the end of 2018, the airline will offer service to New Delhi from Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Detroit (DTW), Newark (EWR), Los Angeles (LAX), Pittsburgh (PIT), San Francisco (SFO), St. Louis (STL), and Washington D.C./Baltimore (BWI).

    WOW air will use new Airbus A330neo aircrafts on the Delhi route, which are outfitted with WOW premium seats offering at least 37 inches of legroom.

    WOW air.


    Ski Passes in Utah

    Ski season is almost here. Utah has a variety of pass options available where skiers and riders have access to multiple Utah resorts and resorts around the country.

    Ski Utah Gold Pass - $5,200: Utah’s only fully transferable lift pass. It is valid for 50 days of skiing/riding at each of Utah’s resorts except Park City Mountain where it is valid for 100 days. It is also valid for summer lift access to resorts open during the summer months. Limited quantity available.

    Ski Utah Silver Pass - $3,250: Valid for 30 days of skiing/riding at each Utah resort except Park City Mountain, where the pass is valid for 60 days of skiing. It is also valid for summer lift access to resorts open during the summer months. Limited quantity available.

    Ski Utah Passport - $45: This pass offers fifth graders three days of skiing and sixth graders one day of skiing at each of Utah’s resorts. New this season - Passport sign up and on-mountain redemption are going digital.

    Ski Utah Yeti Pass - $649: Is good for one lift ticket at every Utah resort and is a great option for parents with children who participate in the Ski Utah Passport program.

    Ski City Super Pass - price varies: Allows unrestricted access to Alta Ski Area, Snowbird, Brighton Resort and/or Solitude Mountain Resort. The pass can be purchased for three to 10 days of skiing. The UTA ski bus is free to and from the resort with the purchase of this pass. Price varies depending on the number of days purchased.

    Epic Pass - $899: Offers unrestricted access to 65 ski resorts throughout the world, including Utah’s Park City Mountain. Number of days the pass is valid varies by resort. For lower rates with a few restrictions, there are the Epic Local Pass, Epic 7-Day Pass and Epic 4-Day Pass, Park City Youth Pass and Park City 4-Pack. An Epic Military Pass is also available.

    Ikon Pass - $999: New for the 2018-19 season, the Ikon Pass offers access to more than 30 resorts around the world with no blackout dates, including Utah’s Deer Valley Resort, Alta or Snowbird, Brighton Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort. An Ikon Base Pass is also available for a lower rate with a few restrictions.

    Mountain Collective - $449: Offers two days of skiing or riding at 17 destinations, including Alta Ski Area, Snowbird and Snowbasin Resort in Utah. There are no blackout dates and pass holders get 50 percent off all additional days at Collective destinations.


    Rocky Mountains Tour

    YMT Vacations discounts their 14-day, land-only Rocky Mountains and Western Frontiers tour from $1,949 to $1,599 per person, based on double occupancy. The rate applies to the May 22, 2019 departure which does not include $199 in taxes and fees. Airfare is separate.
      The moderately active trip includes:
    • 13 nights of accommodations in moderate hotels.
    • Sightseeing and special events as listed in the itinerary.
    • Baggage handling to/from your hotel room throughout your tour for one piece of baggage.
    • Tour Director knowledgeable on the local area.

    The tour starts and ends in Denver, CO, with the first stop in Cheyenne, WY, then to Rapid City, stopping en route to Fort Laramie Historic Site, a drive through the Black Hills, Mount Rushmore National Monument and Crazy Horse Memorial.

    Additional South Dakota stops include the frontier town of Deadwood, Tatanka Bison interpretive center, and Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument.

    Montana stops start with Cody to visit the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, then a day at Yellowstone National Park. The next day head south to Grand Teton National Park with an overnight in Jackson Hole. The next two are days in Salt Lake City. Spend a day in Dinosaurland in Vernal, UT home to the largest quarry of prehistoric Jurassic dinosaur bones and Dinosaur National Monument, with its 1,500 fossils. The tour continues to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado with its Highway to the Sky before spending the last night in Denver.

    YMT Vacations or 877/332-6185.


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    A & R Deals

    Tour operator Alexander and Roberts, creating tours since 1947, offers the chance to save on travel without blackout dates or fine print. Here are the current ways you can save.

    Pay-In-Full Discount: Save $1,000 per couple or $500 on a solo trip on all of the Alexander and Robert’s small group, small ship and private journeys when you book and pay in full by Dec. 31, 2018.

    Family + Friends Discount: Combine the pay in full discount with the Family & Friends offers to save more. Save $50 more per person when three guests travel, save $100 more per person with four people, save $150 more per person with five people and save $200 more per person with six or more people.

    Sign up as a World Traveler Club Member to receive benefits that save you money and make travel planning faster and easier.

    Alexander and Roberts or 800/221-2216.


    Respite Vacations for Cancer Patients

    For the last two years, Encore RV Resorts and Thousand Trails Campgrounds partnered with For Pete's Sake (FPS). The partnership began when FPS looked for a travel partner for cancer patient respites. Patients and their families receive VIP treatment from FPS and the RV resort of their choice. Respite stays hosted by Encore and Thousand Trails have been at Circle M, Fiesta Key, Chesapeake Bay, Sea Pines, Hershey, and Tropical Palms.

    Encore and Thousand Trails provides outdoor recreation in vacation destinations around the country. Guests can choose from RV sites, yurts, cabins, cottages and tiny houses.

    For Pete's Sake has enabled cancer patients and their loved ones to strengthen and unify relationships with respite vacations. Patients are nominated for the respite by a member of their oncology team. More than 7,500 patients have been helped by FPS to date.

    Marci Bossow Schankweiler founded For Pete's Sake Cancer Respite Foundation in memory of her husband, Peter R. Bossow, Jr., and his 15-month battle with cancer. The organization is funded entirely by charitable donations.

    For Pete's Sake or FPS.


    Tahitian Guesthouse Packages

    With new flight options, there is no better time to travel to The Islands of Tahiti. With lower prices, it’s an opportunity to stay at a Tahitian guesthouse, a locally run and immersive type of accommodation. For a more affordable vacation, select from seasonal Tahitian guesthouse packages. The following are a few packages that immerse you in Tahitian culture:

    10 Days in Tahiti and Huahine with air and meals: Stay six nights at the Vanira Lodge in the island of Tahiti Iti, known for surfing and diving with tiger sharks. The package includes breakfast daily, transfers for flight to Huahine where you spend three nights at Relais Mahana, with two-course dinner included. From $2,899 per person.

    Charming Polynesian Guesthouses: Stay one night at Fare Suisse; three nights at the Green Lodge on Moorea; three nights at Blue Heaven Island on Bora Bora, three nights at Les Relais de Josephine on Rangiroa; and three nights at the Havaiki Pearl Lodge on Fakarava. Package includes flower lei welcome; all transfers and baggage handling; and roundtrip inter-island flights on Air Tahiti. From $2,748 per person.

    Bora Bora, Rangiroa & Tikehau: Spend three nights at Blue Heaven Island near Bora Bora; three nights at Guesthouse Tevahine Dream on Rangiroa; and three nights in the Ninamu Resort near Tikehau. Includes flower lei welcome; interisland transportation on Air Tahiti; and all airport/hotel transfers. From $3,298 per person.

    Island Discovery, Tahiti and Taha’a: On this seven-night vacation, spend three nights at Vanira Lodge on Tahiti and three nights at Vahine Private Island Resort on Taha’a. Package includes daily breakfast and dinner for two, a car rental on Tahiti, roundtrip international airfare from Los Angeles, all transfers, and business class lounge access upon departure. From $2,275 per person.

    Atoll Dive in Fakarava: Dive the atoll and lagoon of Fakarava with a 10-dive pass with TopDive, which can be split between two people. Package includes roundtrip inter-island air, one night in Tahiti, six nights in Fakarava at Havaiki Lodge, and access to the business lounge upon departure from Papeete. From $2,250 per person.

    Tahitian guesthouses, known locally as pensions (pronounced pone-see-owns), are typically family-operated lodgings. From individual bungalows and villas to private island rentals, they are available in a range of prices. Tahitian guesthouses provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Polynesian way of life. Some owners may cook traditional family style Polynesian meals and meet other visitors, acting as a guide on a local excursion. Tahiti Tourisme’s Tahitian guesthouse section is updated regularly with new deals and offers.

    Located in the South Pacific, The Islands of Tahiti are eight hours by air from California. The 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, culture, and Polynesian style. The islands are known for white-sand beaches, turquoise lagoons and landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks.

    Tahitian Guesthouse packages or 310/414-8484.


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    Up to 50% Off Benchmark Fall Packages

    Benchmark Resorts & Hotels and the Gemstone Collection offer experiences at 13 mountain resorts. From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Grand Tetons, these value-added programs feature savings up to 50 percent. These promotions are available for a variety of fall dates set by each individual hotel and resort. Some blackout dates may apply.

    Snow King Resort, Jackson Hole, WY - The Wyoming Wildlife Adventure package offers a 25 percent savings on accommodations and two adult tickets for a sunset safari that includes dinner.

    Garden of the Gods Collection, Colorado Springs, CO - Hike or bike through the Garden of the Gods National Landmark. Priced from $279 the package includes accommodations, transportation to the park, a hiking map of the National Landmark, gluten-free trail snacks, resort amenities and a savory breakfast for two each day. Also included are free water, access to the resort's fitness club and various classes, free WiFi, local calls and free valet parking.

    Tivoli Lodge, Vail, CO - The Vail Getaway package offers 50 percent off accommodations, free use of the Vail Vitality Center and free bike rentals.

    Forest Suites Resort, Lake Tahoe, CA - The Emerald Bay Cruise package offers suite accommodations, a cruise on Emerald Bay, daily breakfast buffet, WiFi, self-parking and resort activities.

    Lake Arrowhead Resort, Lake Arrowhead Village, CA – The resort offers 30 percent off accommodations booked for two or more nights.

    Chaminade Resort & Spa, Santa Cruz, CA - The resort offers 25 percent savings on room rates with bookings of two or more nights, a $50 resort credit and a wine tasting for two at Beauregard Vineyards.

    Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center, Roanoke, VA - Train Lovers package includes accommodations, breakfast and tickets to the O. Winston Link Museum and the Virginia Museum of Transportation located steps from the hotel.

    The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA - Outdoor Adventure package includes overnight accommodations, breakfast buffet, Adventure snack pack, free parking, WiFi and local shuttle service.

    High Hampton Resort, Cashiers, NC - Book three nights and get one free, plus a $75 resort credit.

    Dollywood DreamMore Resort and Spa, Pigeon Forge, TN - Stay and Play offers 10 percent off accommodations, two and three-day admission tickets to Dollywood and free door-to-door transportation. You also receive a free Dollywood Time Saver Pass each day, good for 10 rides and unlimited daily shows.

    The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN - The Chattanoogan hotel offers a train trip on the Incline Railway up Lookout Mountain and a trip to the trails of Rock City and Ruby Falls. Priced from $219 per person, the package includes accommodations, passes to The Incline Rail, Rock City and Ruby Falls, full buffet breakfast and free overnight self-parking.

    Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV - Priced from $145, the Autumn Sips and Splendor package includes overnight accommodations for two in the lakeside lodge, tour and wine tasting for two at Lambert's Winery, two souvenir wine glasses and a cheese plate.

    Topnotch Resort, Stowe, VT - Leaf Peeper package includes 15 percent off accommodations in a guest room or resort home, daily breakfast, and a guide showcasing the best spots to view fall foliage.

    Benchmark Resorts & Hotels.


    Cunard Three for All Promotion

    Cunard cruise line offers the Three for All promotion on select cruise itineraries on its three Queens - Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.

    Cunard's Three for All applies to select voyages May through December 2019 and can be booked until Nov. 19, 2018. The offer highlights the brand's transatlantic crossings, Caribbean, New England and Canada voyages on Queen Mary 2 and European voyages on Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

      The offer features:
    • Free upgrade from Oceanview to Balcony Staterooms
    • Free upgrade to and within the Grill Suites
    • Free gratuities on all categories
    • $150 reduced deposit on all categories
    • Free drinks for all Grill Suite bookings.
      Three for All applies to new bookings on select voyages, including:
    • Queen Mary 2's special event crossings including transatlantic Fashion Week and Anthony Inglis and The National Symphony Orchestra
    • New England and Canada voyages sailing Québec to New York
    • Queen Elizabeth's 12-night Norwegian Explorer voyage
    • Queen Victoria's 12-night North Cape Voyage.

    Bookings are based on double-occupancy and taxes, fees and port expenses of $80 to $325 per person are additional.

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


    Kids Stay Free for Holidays

    Velas Resorts in Mexico bring the holiday season early with a Kids Stay Free promotion and other gifts when booking by Oct. 31, 2018. Up to two kids (ages four to 12) stay free in the same suite as parents at the Grand Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Rivera Maya and Riviera Nayarit when booking early.

    Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta features an $800 resort credit for golf, spa, the boutique or its imported wine program. Additionally, spa and golf credits, discounts in the resorts’ boutiques, tequila and mezcal tastings, and destination tours are included based on the resort.

    During the festive season, Velas Resorts feature in-suite Christmas trees, Mexican Posada and other holiday-themed activities. Velas Resorts consists of Casa Velas and Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta and the Grand Velas resorts in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit.

    Other savings and amenities when booking by Oct. 31, 2018 vary by resort. Stays at Grand Velas Los Cabos include free upgrade to connecting suites, 50 percent off discounted rates for teens (ages 13 to 15), a $50 spa credit per adult, per night and 10 percent discount in the resort's boutique. Stays in an oceanfront Grand Class Suite or Governor Suite with private plunge pools include a free Water Journey per adult, per stay.

    At Grand Velas Riviera Maya, guests receive a $50 spa credit per adult, per night, golf credit up to $70, and 10 percent discount in the resort's boutique. Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit offers a $50 spa or golf credit per adult, per night, $30 spa credit for teens (ages 13 to 15) and 10 percent discount in the resort’s boutique.

    At Velas Vallarta, up to $500 of the resort credit can be used toward green fees at Marina Vallarta and Vista Vallarta golf courses, $200 toward hotel spa treatments of 50-minutes or longer, $50 toward the hotel's boutique and $50 toward the hotel's imported wine-list selection. Children (four to 17 yrs. old) are discounted 50 percent.

    At the adults-only Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta, you receive a $50 spa credit per person, per night, unlimited rounds of golf, shopping tour of Puerto Vallarta or Cultural and Tequila Tour, and a 20 percent discount in hotel’s boutique.

    Holiday activities range from daily themed shows, picnic parties, drive-in movies, Mexican posada, Santa’s Workshop, Christmas cards and a letter to Santa. Teens get dedicated lounges with video games, Xbox Kinect, and karaoke plus activities such as urban dance classes, non-alcoholic mixology classes and Instagram Photo Tour. For younger children, Kids’ Clubs offer a safe and creative environment for interactive activities. Designated reading, arts & crafts, video game and movie theatre spaces complement outdoor offerings such as sand castle buildings, Instagram cooking classes and treasure hunts.

    All-inclusive rates include suite accommodations, gourmet meals at specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, taxes and gratuity.

    Rates start at $240 at Velas Vallarta, $418 at Casa Velas, $695 at Grand Velas Los Cabos, $1,037 at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and $717 at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Rates are per adult, per night, based on double occupancy. Up to two children (ages four to 12) stay free in-suite with a minimum one adult through Dec. 24, 2018 at Grand Velas Los Cabos, Dec. 25, 2018 at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and Jan, 4, 2019 at Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Kids are $110 per night at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and $120 at Grand Velas Los Cabos, without the promotion applied. Teens (ages 13 to 15) are $190 per night at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit and $200 per night at the Grand Velas in Los Cabos and Riviera Maya, not inclusive of the discount. Rates for kids (ages four to 12) and teens (ages 13 to 17) are $72 and $95 respectively per night at Velas Vallarta. A five-night minimum applies at Velas Vallarta.

    Velas Resorts or 888/407-4869.


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    Free Museum Days In San Francisco

    San Francisco has captivating, cultural institutions, from art galleries to theaters to music venues. Many of them offer admission-free days throughout the year. Here are some of the free museum days in San Francisco.

    Asian Art Museum (200 Larkin St.) - Free admission first Sunday of the month

    Contemporary Jewish Museum (736 Mission St.) - Free admission first Tuesday of the month

    de Young Museum (50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr.) - Free admission first Tuesday of the month

    Exploratorium (Pier 15) free admission on Community Days (not determined at publishingfor 2019). After Dark reduced admissions Thursday night 6 to 10 p.m.

    GLBT Museum (4127 18th St.) - Free admission first Wednesday of the month

    Legion of Honor (100 34th Ave.) - Free admission first Tuesday of the month

    Museum of Craft and Design (2569 Third St.) - Free admission first Tuesday of the month

    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission St.) - Free admission first Tuesday of the month.

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