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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, November 2009 Issue

Travel Savings Alerts
P.O. Box 91033
Columbus OH 43209
ISSN: 1542-801X, Copyright  2009 
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Editor: Nicki Chodnoff

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In This Issue:
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  • Book Early & Save at Barcelo Resorts Mexico
  • Marriott's Fall Travel Specials
  • Bird and a Boat Discount Houseboat Adventure
  • Kids Stay F.ree On Game Tracker Safaris
  • Less Green for Emerald Isle Getaway
  • Bay Gardens Resorts Fall Savings
  • Early Snowbird Special on Florida's Gulf Coast
  • Top 10 Fre.e Things to Do in Beverly Hills
  • Aer Lingus Vacation Store Special
  • Whistler Book Early and Save Packages
  • CityPass Winter Special
  • $888 Golden Triangle Tour
  • Cool Yule at Gem Hotels in NYC
  • Quail Park Lodge National Parks Package
  • Win Daytona 500 Race Package
  • Every Other Night Fre.e Anniversary Offer
  • 40 Off Travel Deals
  • Dress Rehearsal Rate Savings
  • 4th Night Fre.e at Stein Eriksen Lodge
  • Air Tahiti Nui Couples Retreat Package

    • Book Early and Save at Barcelo Resorts in Mexico

      Barcelo Hotels & Resorts recognizes that value is top-of-mind. The hotelier has rolled out its winter warm-up sale, "Blue Waters. White Sand Savings." By booking early, you can save on all-inclusive stays at select resorts in Mexico, including the newest offering, Barcelo Los Cabos Palace Deluxe, debuting December 2009.

      You receive 20 percent off on all new bookings placed through Nov. 30, 2009, for stays Dec. 24, 2009, through Apr. 30, 2010. With these savings, you can extend summer into winter without compromising your budget.

      Thanks to predictably sunny, warm weather, winter is the best time to experience Mexico. Barcelo's dozen hotels include destinations in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta and soon Los Cabos. Each property infuses the characteristics of the destination into its architecture, style and amenities.

      This promotion requires no minimum-night stay and cannot be combined with any other offers. Other restrictions may apply.

      Barcelo Hotels & Resorts.

      Marriott's Fall Travel Specials

      Marriott International offers fall travel specials. With affordable hotel deals and packages in select destinations around the globe, you can get away for less all season long.
        Highlights of fall travel specials include:
      • 25 percent discount at Marriott Vacation Club, to commemorate Marriott Vacation Club's 25th anniversary. Available through Nov. 20, 2009.
      • Up to $100 daily resort credit at JW Marriott, Marriott & Renaissance Resorts to use on spa treatments, golf, dining and more. Available through Jan. 31, 2010, at participating locations.
      • Save 25 percent at hotels across Mexico. At Marriott and JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts and Courtyard and Fairfield Inn by Marriott, you can receive a 25 percent discount off the leisure rate, f.ree margaritas, snacks, and a souvenir recipe. Available through Nov. 30, 2009.
      • 30 Percent Off in Muskoka, Ontario at the Rosseau, A JW and Marriott Resort & Spa. Valid for select dates through Dec. 20, 2009.
      • Unlimited Golf Package for Two at JW Marriott Desert Springs. The package features hotel accommodations, unlimited golf for two and 25 percent off any 60-minute spa treatment. Available through Dec. 31, 2009.

      In addition to fall travel specials, Marriott also offers on-going hotel deals for seniors, military and government employees plus deals specific to each of Marriott's more-than 3,000 hotels worldwide.

      Marriott International's latest travel specials.

      Sterling Silver Circle Pendent Circle necklace
      The 30 mm sterling circle pendent is nearly 1 1/4 inch wide with a pave finish to make it look like small diamonds line the circle. The back of the pendent is clad in yellow 18K yellow gold overlay while the front remains silver. The necklace is finished off with an 18-inch sterling silver box-like chain clad in the same 18K yellow gold overlay. Comes in a black faux-leather gift box.

      Priced at $75. Our price $24.95.

      Order quickly from AAA Jewelry Outlet so you won't be disappointed. Quantities are very limited. Click here to order.

      "Bird and a Boat" Discount Houseboat Adventure

      Not everyone wants to go home for the holidays. If you're looking to celebrate Turkey Day out of town and on a lake, think Forever Resorts' 2009 "Bird and a Boat" houseboating package. The package is valid for Wed. Nov. 25, 2009 departures from various Forever Resorts marinas and includes a f.ree turkey and a 40 percent discount on houseboating vacations. You get to spend five days on the lake for the cost of three.

      All Forever Resorts houseboats have fully equipped kitchens and outdoor barbecues. There's room to prepare, store and enjoy the fixings of a Turkey Day feast (and leftovers). Following your holiday meal, you can watch movies or football on the satellite TV - or head out of doors to enjoy the lake or surrounding landscape.

      The "Bird and a Boat" package is available at Forever Resorts marinas in Arizona, California, Nevada and Texas.

      Boats in the Forever Houseboat fleet measure from 50 feet to 75 feet in length, and 14 feet to 18 feet in width. Most boats sleep 10 with a maximum capacity of 12. Houseboats are powered by dual engines and the floor plans are similar on each boat with the main living area, kitchen and dining all together. Typical setups include two to six staterooms and one to two full baths. All houseboats have a fully appointed kitchen, waterslide and barbecue grills. Operational training and a personal orientation by skilled marina staff teaches renters how to pilot, dock and beach a houseboat, and the boating safety rules of the lake.

      Forever Resorts or 800/255-5561.

      Kids Stay F.ree On Game Tracker Safaris

      Taking the family on a safari is now more affordable as Kensington Tours offers a Kids Stay Fr.ee promotion on its Family Game Tracker private safaris through the parks of Kenya and Tanzania including Masai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.

      With the promotion, children 17 years of age or younger stay fre.e when they share accommodations with two adult family members, with a maximum of two children per two adults. The Kids Stay Fre,e offer is valid through July 31, 2010.

      This eight-day private safari combines game viewing in a family's own private vehicle with an experienced guide and evenings in tented camps. All safaris are private and customizable with no pre-set departure dates for family-friendly flexibility not found on group safaris.

        The Family Game Tracker ranges from $7,999 to $10,082 for a family of four, dependant on the time of travel and includes:
      • All accommodations (one night in Nairobi, six nights at Kensington Camps, and a day room on the last day)
      • Daily game drives in a private 4X4 vehicle at Masai Mara, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest caldera, an extinct volcano packed with wildlife
      • All park fees
      • Services of a private driver/guide
      • All meals and airport transfers
      • All internal flights

      Drinks, visas and optional activities such as hot air balloon rides and Masai cultural visits are not included in the listed safari price.

      Kensington Tented Camps – Kensington Mara, Kensington Serengeti and Kensington Ngorongoro – has eight canvas tents. Among the largest in the game parks, tents include two queen-size beds, running hot and cold water, flush toilet and shower, lighting and electricity.

      Kensington Tours or 888/903-2001 .

      Less Green for Emerald Isle Getaway

      Celebrating the holiday season doesn't have to come with a high price tag. Sceptre Tours, a operator of tours to Ireland, offers upscale and affordable Christmas and New Years packages that include accommodations at The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt with dinner at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant or accommodations at the Adare Manor with a black tie New Year's Eve Ball.

      Holiday packages start from $1,149 per person for six nights including roundtrip airfare, accommodations and weekly car rental.

      Christmas Holiday at The Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt. in County Wicklow, 16 miles from Dublin, combines country living with easy access for exploring Ireland's east coast, including Dublin, Belfast, Kilkenny and Waterford. The Christmas at the Ritz package is priced from $1,949 per person, based on double occupancy. The package includes six nights in a Deluxe Room, roundtrip airfare between New York and Dublin, weekly car rental (standard shift economy car), breakfast daily, Christmas Eve dinner at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant and a Christmas Day buffet lunch. The package is subject to availability and based on departing Dec. 21, 2009. Departure on Dec. 19, 20, 22 or 23 is available at a higher rate. Price does not include taxes and fees ranging from $98 - $165 per person.

      New Years at the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt is priced from $1,799 per person, based on double occupancy. The package includes six nights in a Deluxe Room, roundtrip airfare between New York and Dublin, weekly car rental (standard shift economy car), breakfast daily, New Year's Eve dinner at Gordon Ramsay's restaurant and a New Year's Day buffet lunch. The package is based on a Dec. 30, 2009 departure. Departures on Dec. 26, 27, 28 & 29 are a higher rate. Price does not include taxes and fees ranging from $98 - $165 per person.

      New Years at Adare Manor Package - Villas on the Manor's 840 acres are a good way for friends and family to share an upscale vacation with easy day trip access to Limerick, Bunratty, Galway, Killarney, Waterford, Cliffs of Moher and Blarney Castle. The New Years package is priced from $1,149 per person, based on four people sharing. The package includes six nights in a three bedroom villa, roundtrip airfare from New York to Shannon, weekly car rental (standard shift full-size car), New Year's Eve Black Tie ball with champagne reception and dinner. The price is based on availability and a Dec. 30, 2009 departure. Departures on Dec. 26, 27, 28 & 29 are available at a higher rate. Price does not include taxes and fees ranging from $98 - $165 per person.

      Sceptre Tours or 800/221-0924.

      Give a Jaguar -- An Amber Jaguar -- The remarkable face of a jaguar is hand-carved onto a lovely piece of cherry amber that's 33x20 mm in size. The dramatic pendent hangs on an ultra-chic 18-inch natural-colored leather necklace cord with a sterling silver clasp. Boy will this turn heads.

      High-style boutiques and jewelers charge $500 or more for this glam piece. It's yours for only $125 plus shipping & insurance. Click here to order.
      At the home page, click on the amber category.

      Bay Gardens Resorts Fall Savings

      Bay Gardens Resorts offer fall sales at each of their three Saint Lucia properties: the Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa, Bay Gardens Hotel and Bay Gardens Inn. Travel must be booked by Dec. 1, 2009 and rates subject to a 10 percent service charge and eight percent government tax.

      Located on Reduit Beach, the four-star Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa offers 35 percent off all published rates through Dec. 15, 2009.

      In the heart of St. Lucia's entertainment and recreation center, Bay Gardens Hotel fall rates start at $50 for a standard room and 35 percent off published rates on all room categories higher than standard, for travel though Dec. 15, 2009.

      The family-friendly Bay Gardens Inn in Rodney Bay Village offers standard rooms for $50 and 25 percent off published rates on all room categories higher than standard. The offer is valid through Dec. 15, 2009.

      Bay Gardens Resorts.

      Early Snowbird Special on Florida's Gulf Coast

      Anna Maria Vacations offers value for sun-seekers with two weeks' rental for the price of one at its villas, apartments and waterside homes on Anna Maria Island, on Florida's Gulf Coast. You must complete your stay before Dec. 19, 2009.

      Bookings must be made by telephone to take advantage of this offer.

      Anna Maria Island offers the "Old Florida" experience. With a seven-mile strip of unbroken beach along its western coast, a laid-back atmosphere and a variety of attractions within easy reach, it is a destination far from theme parks and high-rise hotel blocks. The waters surrounding Anna Maria are home to manatee, dolphins, endangered sea turtles and numerous birds and you don't have to pay an entry fee to see them.

      Anna Maria Vacations or 800/737 9855.

      Top 10 Fre.e Things to Do in Beverly Hills

      Beverly Hills, home to high-end boutiques and multi-million dollar real estate, offers some fr.ee things to do. Less than six square miles, Beverly Hills is a "walking" city within greater Los Angeles. It offers public art, extraordinary architecture, parks and gardens and many community events. Whether it's a self-guided tour, a museum visit, or a movie screening, you can explore Beverly Hills without spending a dime.

        Top 10 Fre.e Things To Do In Beverly Hills:
      1. See a screening at the Paley Center for Media (formerly the Museum of Television & Radio) or check the library of more than 140,000 radio and television programs. This cultural institution is dedicated to the discussion of the cultural, creative and social significance of television, radio and emerging platforms.
      2. Wander the Beverly Hills Farmers' Market, a weekly certified market with more than 60 farmers and vendors who provide fruits, vegetables, juices, breads and specialty items. Sundays 9am to 1pm.
      3. Self-guided walking tour of the public art sculptures and art galleries around town. Maps are available from www.beverlyhills.org.
      4. The Getty Center - The Richard Meier-designed facility presents the Getty's collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present, against tranquil gardens and beautiful views. The Center also offers f.ree family events and programs.
      5. Greystone Mansion and Park - Originally the largest family estate in Beverly Hills with 425 acres. Today it is a filming location for films such as Spiderman, Airforce One and Indecent Proposal.
      6. The Cactus Garden - One of the world's largest collections of cacti filling an entire city block.
      7. Franklin Canyon - Administered by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, it's adjacent to Beverly Hills and offers four short hiking trails and outdoor education programs.
      8. Museum Row - On a three-block stretch of Wilshire Boulevard are the California Craft & Folk Art Museum, George C. Page Museum/La Brea Tar Pits and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. All offer fre.e admissions on select days.
      9. Santa Monica Pier - with its boardwalk, iconic Ferris wheel and local fisherman.
      10. Hollywood Walk of Fame - Stroll the walk with more than 2,000 stars or visit during an induction ceremony which is open to the public. Go to: www.hollywoodchamber.net for ceremony schedules.

      Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive, 866-LUXE-411, the only hotel on Beverly Hills' most famous shopping street. The hotel offers special rates from $199 per night.


      Philadelphia Eagles boys growth chart thumb NFL Team Branded Growth Chart

      A great keepsake to capture a child's growth through the years and show your team spirit. Available for all 32 NFL teams plus the Ohio State University, the large growth chart (54" long by 15" wide) easily hangs on any surface with removable adhesive tabs. A pink version for all 32 NFL teams is available for girls. The growth chart comes with 14 removable footballs that adhere directly onto the chart. Footballs, placed at the child's measurement each year, include a place to write the date and child's age, when measured, and a place for a photo!

      NFL team growth charts are available at NFL.com Search for team name growth chart. Ohio State University growth charts are available on amazon.com. Search for Ohio State University growth chart.

      Aer Lingus Vacation Store Special

      The Aer Lingus Vacation Store introduces a new package with savings on travel to Ireland .

        The Ireland Five-Star Resort package includes:
      • Six nights in a two-bedroom villa at The Heritage Five Star Golf & Spa Resort
      • Roundtrip airfare to Dublin
      • Weekly manual full-size car rental
      • Entrance to Belleek China Visitor Center
      • Shannon Region Discount Booklet (worth $500 in savings)

      This package is priced from $499 per person, based on quad occupancy, for travel Dec. 1, 2009 to Feb. 11, 2010 (blackout dates Dec. 18 to 31, 2009) from New York or Boston. Travel from Chicago is$549 per person and $799 from San Francisco. Taxes, ranging from $98 to $165 per person, are additional.

      The resort consists of a five-star hotel, an18-hole golf course, a spa, a variety of restaurants and bars, walking track, tennis court, and health club. It is two hours and 15 minutes from Belfast City, Waterford City, the Shannon region (west) and one hour and 45 minutes from Kilkenny Town.

        You can add-on the following to the package:
      • A round of golf for $99.
      • The Heritage Spa Experience, a three-hour treatment for $40.
      • Business-Class Airfare from $499 each way from New York, Boston, or Chicago.

      Aer Lingus Vacation Store or 800/495-1632.

      Whistler Book Early and Save Packages

      Tourism Whistler's Book Early and Save packages offer value for the 2009/10 winter season - with savings of up to 39 per cent on accommodations and lift tickets.

      In addition to offering savings, kids 12 and under stay, ski, rent and bus transfer for fr.ee. Whistler’s Best Price Guarantee means that bookings made before Nov. 15, 2009, come with a promise: if the price drops on an equivalent package later in the 2009/10 winter season, the price will be matched. Blackout dates apply during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games Feb. 12 to Feb. 28, 2010.

      Early season ski and stay deals start at $99 CAD per night, per person. Book for arrival after Nov. 26, 2009 and depart before Dec. 21, 2009, for four-night packages with three-day lift ticket from $366 CAD per person, or seven-night packages with six-day lift ticket from $705 CAD per person.

      Christmas deals, between Dec. 22, 2009 and Jan. 1, 2010, from $631 CAD per person for a four-night package with three-day lift ticket or from $1,307 CAD per person for a seven-night package with six-day lift ticket.

      During the Whistler Holiday Experience, Dec. 18 to 30, 2009 (excluding Christmas Day) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., kids can take part in activities such as bouncy castles, mini-putt, a games room and visits with Santa.

      Whistler Winter Packages or 800/944-7853.

      Face-It Luggage Tags -- Your Face on Your Luggage
      There's no mistaking your luggage with the Face-It Luggage Tag. The durable, laminated tag displays your face and the phrase `This Face Belongs With This Luggage.`

      A Face-It Luggage tag makes it less likely for a stranger or thief to walk off with your luggage and helps you recognize your luggage at a glance in hotels or airports. Face-It Tags are also available for briefcases, portfolio books, backpacks, sporting equipment, musical instruments, bicycles and more. Face-It Luggage Tags.

      CityPass Winter Special

      A trip to the city has a more relaxed pace after the holiday rush, especially with a CityPass in hand.

      The CityPass sightseeing booklet is the way to fill winter days with big city museums, aquariums, city views and science halls. The CityPass Winter Special, available in New York City, Boston and Philadelphia, offers a longer look at the best museums and attractions while saving time and money. Using a CityPass booklet on or after Dec. 15, 2009 automatically expands the usual nine-day 'use-buy' window to 75 days, through Feb. 28, 2010.

      CityPass booklets include general admission to five or six of each city's most popular spots at savings of about 45 percent. New York CityPass is $79, a savings of $61. Boston CityPass is $44, a savings of $38. Philadelphia CityPass is $58, a savings of $47. Youth prices are also available. The CityPass Winter Special also applies to Seattle and Hollywood CityPass booklets.

      CityPass may be purchased online and sent to home, office or hotel addresses. The booklet also makes a nice guest room amenity for friends and relatives heading into the city, and can be presented inside a red gift envelope with a personalized gift card for a $3 fee on most orders.

      CityPass or 888/330-5008.

      $888 Golden Triangle Tour

      China Spree's new 10-day Golden Triangle Tour, which starts at $888, a lucky number in China, is less than $100 a day. The $888 price includes roundtrip non-stop Air China flights from San Francisco to Beijing, all intra-China transfers and transportation, eight nights' accommodation with private bath in four-star hotels, eight American breakfasts, five Chinese lunches, private sightseeing tours, entrance fees and professional guides in each city. Add $300 for non-stop flights from New York.

      The itinerary presents China's key highlights in 10 days, starting with Beijing. Then there's an overnight train trip with sleeper accommodations to Xian to see the life-sized Army of terra cotta Warriors. A flight to Shanghai for shopping and dining in China's most modern and cosmopolitan metropolis.

      The $888 price is for January and February 2010 departures. Later, the cost will be higher. Prices are the cash discount rate per person, based on double occupancy, are subject to availability and do not include departure taxes, a fuel surcharge or the China visa fee. There is no booking deadline as long as space is available.

      China Spree or 866/652-5656.

      Cool Yule at Gem Hotels in NYC

      The GEM Hotels in New York, NY, with locations in SoHo, Chelsea and Midtown West, offer a "Cool Yule" nightly rate of $139 per room, from Nov. 20 to 29 and Dec. 13 to 29, 2009.

      The special represents savings of about $80 per night, with regular rates averaging $219 during this period. Rates are based on availability and don't include tax.

      GEM Hotels are a collection of neighborhood boutique properties in Manhattan. F.ree amenities include high-speed Internet access, bottled water and Wolfgang Puck coffee.

        Guest programs include:
      • GEMmine: an ever-changing chalkboard in the lobby, which lists the must-see local events, neighborhood hideaways and exclusive deals. You can post your own thoughts and share your experiences and finds.
      • GEMwalks: Fr.ee on-loan iPods, pre-loaded with audio tours for areas including Chinatown, Little Italy, Meatpacking District and Times Square
      • GEMtexts: You can sign up to receive twice-daily hotel and neighborhood offers and updates on your cell throughout your stay.

      GEM Hotels holiday deal.

      Protect Luggage with Baggage Guard Seals

      The pre-numbered, one-time use plastic padlocks are the perfect way to protect luggage since they cannot be reinstalled once removed. That feature lets you instantly know if someone tampered with your luggage. Yet when TSAs at airports need to inspect your luggage, Baggage Guard Seals can be easily removed. A package of 10 Baggage Guard Seals is still only $9.95.

      Click Here to Order from On The Go Publishing.

      Quail Park Lodge National Parks Package

      Filmmaker Ken Burns' documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" has brought increased interest to America's national parks. In response, Quail Park Lodge introduces its new National Parks package.

      First opened in 1963, the 13-room roadside lodge in Kanab, UT, was purchased by Matt Walters in 2008 and fully remodeled in May 2009. Today, it retains its original retro, roadside-motel aesthetic while offering amenities for the modern guest. Located between the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park, Quail Park Lodge is the ideal getaway in picturesque southern Utah.

      The package is priced at $99 per night for double queen rooms and $129 for suites. The National Parks package includes: an artist gift pack from photographer David J. West (a $35 value) and a fr.ee bottle of Quail Park Lodge's "Red Rock Red" wine in room on arrival (a $30 value).

      Rooms contains pillow-top mattresses, hypoallergenic comforters, 300-thread count linens; in-room IPod/MP3 player docking stations; wireless internet connection; a refrigerator and a microwave plus spa-quality personal-care items. The lodge offers fresh fruit, pastries and coffee each morning in the lobby; fre.e computer, printer and internet access and a swimming pool and outdoor lounging area.

      To book the National Parks package, enter the promotional code "PARKS" during online checkout.

      Quail Park Lodge or 435/644-8700.

      Win Daytona 500 Race Package

      Want to spend a February weekend in Florida and witness "The Great American Race"?

      Then enter the ServiceMaster Clean VIP Race Package Sweepstakes. The winner will receive a three-night trip for two to the 2010 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2009. The package includes airfare, hotel, tickets to the Nationwide Series race and the Daytona 500, VIP hospitality with infield access, grandstand seating and transportation .

      No purchase is necessary, but you must be 21 years or older to enter the contest. One entry per day is allowed, but multiple e-mail addresses per person are acceptable. The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Dec. 15, 2009.

      You can go online to view the contest rules and to submit an entry. Or, write to Sweepstakes Opt-Out, c/o ServiceMaster Clean, 3839 Forest Hill-Irene Road, Memphis, TN 38125. ServiceMaster Clean employees, franchisees and franchise employees are not eligible for the sweepstakes.

      The Daytona 500 has been called "The Great American Race" and "The Super Bowl of NASCAR." There's no doubt it's the biggest, most-prestigious event on the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule and ServiceMaster Clean would like to send you there.

      Click here for contest rules and to submit an entry.

      Every Other Night Fre.e Anniversary Offer

      BOOK BY NOV. 10, 2009 - - Royal Hideaway Playacar, an adults-only resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, offers up to 50 percent off fall getaways as the property celebrates its 11th year.

      You receive one fre.e night for every night paid at this all inclusive resort, through Dec. 22, 2009, representing a minimum savings of $300 per person.

      Royal Hideaway Playacar vacations start from $300 per person, per night, based on double occupancy and includes unlimited meals and snacks at specialty restaurants and 24-hour room service, unlimited drinks with premium alcoholic beverages, daily resort activities, evening entertainment, DVD library, non-motorized water sports, and all taxes and gratuities.

      The 11th year anniversary offer must be booked by Nov. 10, 2009 for travel through Dec. 22, 2009, and cannot be combined with any other offers.

      Royal Hideaway Playacar sits on 13 beachfront acres on the Yucatan Peninsula, 45 minutes from the Cancun International Airport. Accommodations are in two-story Mexican-style villas, each with a private concierge, housing 200 guestrooms including six duplex suites and two Presidential Suites.

      In addition, the hotel features cooking classes, f.ree Wi-Fi in all rooms and throughout the property, morning yoga, high tea with live music each afternoon and a full service spa.

      Royal Hideaway Playacar or 800/999-9182.

      40 Off Travel Deals

      The 40th anniversary of Virginia is for Lovers campaign launches Virginia's 40 Off Travel Deals, a statewide program with nearly 200 participating partners offering discounts and deals that make travel in Virginia up to 40 percent off.

      These deals are designed to give you the freedom to travel and reconnect with the experiences that make life meaningful on vacation in Virginia.

      Resorts, hotels, inns, museums, outfitters and more are offering one of three ways to save in honor of 40 years of Virginia is for Lovers: $40 off deals, 40 percent off, or buy three get one fr.ee.

        $40 Off Deals samples
      • Basye - Realize an instant $40 savings with your booking at Bryce Condo at Byrce Resort. Valid through Dec. 31, 2009.
      • Natural Bridge - Reserve 2 nights or more and take $40 off your total room bill at Natural Bridge Hotel & Conference Center. Valid through Dec. 30, 2009.
      • Topping - Mention Virginia Tourism and receive $40 off your sailboat adventure with Blue Sky Memories. Valid through Dec. 31, 2009.
        Buy 3 Get 1 F.ree Samples
      • Fredericksburg - Buy three tickets and get one fre.e on the Trolley. Valid through Dec. 30, 2009.
      • Alexandria - Take a food tour of Old Town. Pay for three and the fourth tour is f,ree. Valid through Jan. 31, 2010.
      • Williamsburg - Buy three American Heritage Annual Passes to Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center and get the fourth fr,ee. Valid through Dec. 31, 2009.
        40 Percent Off Sample Deals
      • Chesapeake - The SpringHill Suites by Marriott Chesapeake Greenbrier celebrates with 40 percent off a king suite or two queens suites. Valid through Dec. 31, 2009.
      • Arlington - The Crowne Plaza in Crystal City, across the Potomac River from DC, offers 40 percent off through Apr. 21, 2010.
      • Richmond - The Linden Row Inn offers 40 percent off published rates for their Parlour Suites through Dec. 30, 2009.

      40 Off Travel Deals.

      Silky Travel Jewelry Roll
      A must have for travelers. Our silky travel jewelry roll comes in a random assortment of single-color jacquards, solid colors and two-color brocades. This handy travel jewelry roll measures 8 1/2 x 11 inches when open and closes to a compact 8 1/2 x 4 inches. Our exclusive design offers a place for everything with one deep pocket, a ring bar and three zippered compartments. Price $40. Click here to order from On The Go Publishing.

      Dress Rehearsal Rate Savings

      The Portland Square Hotel, in NY, gets ready for a multi-million dollar transformation to become the four-star boutique Sanctuary Hotel. In anticipation of its 2010 debut, the Times Square property gives you an opportunity to preview newly renovated model guestrooms with a special Dress Rehearsal rate.

      Book a stay in one of the nine Sanctuary studio rooms and you will receive a preview rate from $159 per night, based on double occupancy. Rates are based on availability and do not include tax or service charge.

      Guestrooms will feature plush beds with European linens, 32- to 42-inch plasma televisions and iPod docking stations. The bathrooms sport an open design with quarried marble and a glass enclosure with a rain showerhead surrounded by adjustable drapery. Several guestrooms show the original structure of the hotel with exposed brick or metal beams. The redesigned lobby will feature alcoves, fireplaces and a lounge offering specialty cocktails.

      Once the property's overhaul is complete rates will start at $309 per night. With the hotel hoping to get your feedback on the new accommodations, provide commentary from your stay prior to check-out (via email or to a hotel executive) and you will receive a $50 credit for a future stay. This promotion is valid through Mar. 31, 2010.

      To book the Dress Rehearsal offer, use promo code DRESS1

      Portland Square Hotel or 212/382-0600.

      4th Night Fre.e at Stein Eriksen Lodge

      At Stein Eriksen Lodge, in Park City, UT, you can enjoy luxury for less with their winter season promotions. Located mid-mountain at Deer Valley Resort, Stein Eriksen Lodge provides ski-in, ski-out access.

      You can receive a bonus fre.e night and f.ree day of skiing. The offer is valid Dec. 5 to 18, 2009, and Mar. 28 to Apr. 11, 2010. The package includes deluxe room accommodations, daily buffet breakfast, taxes and one adult lift ticket per person to Deer Valley Resort. Rates do not include service charges or gratuities. The package may not be combined with any other offer or applied to existing reservations.

      Additional Ski and Stay packages available during the winter season, include:

      Bronze Ski package $276 per person, per night: The package includes deluxe room accommodations, daily buffet breakfast, taxes and one adult lift ticket per person to Deer Valley Resort. The package is valid Dec. 4 to 17, 2009 and Mar. 28 to Apr. 11, 2010 for $276 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. A two-night minimum stay is required and lift tickets are non-refundable.

      Early Escape package $389 per person, per night: The package includes daily breakfast, taxes and one adult lift ticket per person to Deer Valley Resort. Additional nights may be purchased and a two-night minimum stay is required. Lift tickets are non-refundable. Valid Sunday through Wednesday Jan. 31 to Feb. 11, 2010, and Feb. 21 to Mar. 11, 2010, for $389 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. This package is not valid if a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night stay is included.

      Stein Eriksen Lodge or 800/453-1302.

      Air Tahiti Nui Couples Retreat Package

      BOOK BY NOV. 4 - - Bora Bora shines in Universal Pictures' comedy "Couples Retreat," filmed at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort. With Air Tahiti Nui's "Couples Retreat" vacation package, you can follow in Hollywood's footsteps and enjoy a Bora Bora retreat at the St. Regis.

      Prices for the "Couples Retreat" package start at $2,898 per person, based on double occupancy, and include roundtrip economy air from Los Angeles on Air Tahiti Nui, inter-island flights to Bora Bora, airport transfers, five nights' accommodation in an overwater villa at the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort and daily breakfast. Bookings must be made by Nov. 4 for travel Nov. 13 to Dec. 14, 2009 and Jan. 12 to Mar. 31, 2010.

      Less than eight hours from Los Angeles, Air Tahiti Nui's daily nonstop service takes you to Papeete, Tahiti's Faa'a International Airport. In Bora Bora, you spend four nights in a private overwater bungalow with tropical fish swimming below. The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort features a private lagoonarium for snorkeling and a spa with Tahitian and Pacific Rim treatments. The Lagoon Restaurant, suspended over water with views of Mount Otemanu, offers a Jean-Georges Vongerichten menu.

      Air Tahiti Nui or 877/824-4846.

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