If your email reader cannot read HTML, please go to http://tsanews.fateback.com to view this newsletter. Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter
Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, December 2003 Issue


Travel Savings Alerts
P.O. Box 91033
Columbus OH 43209
http://tsanews.fateback.com
travelalerts@wowmail.com
FAX: 775/264-7063
ISSN: 1542-801X, Copyright © 2003 
All Rights Reserved.
Moissanite -- The Ultimate Holiday Gift. It's the diamond look-alike that fools the experts at 1/10th the price of diamonds!!!
Buy Moissanite and other fine designer jewelry at outlet prices up to 80% off everyday.
AAA Jewelry Outlet


In This Issue:
Shimmering Sunset

  • BestWestern Specials
  • $99 Companion Fare to Europe
  • Ski Utah Photo Contest
  • Starting a Car on a Cold Morning
  • Ski & Stay for $59
  • Via Rail Off-Peak Fares
  • High Flying & Royal Treatment
  • Avoid Buying the Wrong Travel Insurance
  • Seattle Super Saver Program
  • Europe from $339 with Hotel & Air
  • Ski Package at Keystone Resort
  • Sample Iceland from $299
  • 13-Day Yangtze River Cruise from $1,628
  • Kids, Companions Fly Free
  • New York Under $100 a Day
  • Jet BLue Super Fly Fares
  • Buy One Get One Free In Monterey
  • Travel Details: Japan

  • Best Western Deals

    BestRates at Best Westerns -- Best Western International provides value-priced lodging at participating hotels throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean with savings up to 50 percent at select properties through Jan. 14, 2004. Many properties offer BestRates year-round, so ask for BestRates when making a reservation. The BestRates program must be requested to receive the rate. These rates are subject to availability at participating Best Western hotels.
    XXXXXXXXExamples include $59 in Chicago; $49 in Atlanta; $46 CDN in Vancouver, British Columbia; $39 in Las Vegas; $69 in St. Croix, USVI and $79 in the Boston area.
    XXXXXXXXThe chain’s Gold Crown Club International members get double points or miles after each qualifying stay along with BestRates.


    Save Big in Florida at Best Western -- Participating Best Western hotels throughout Florida are offering a Florida Fun Rate with discounts of up to 25 percent. Select hotels are offering even greater discounts.
    XXXXXXXXSample discounts include: Best Western Maingate East Hotel & Suites, Orlando 25 percent off; Best Western Oceanside Inn, Fort Lauderdale 25 percent; Best Western Admiral's Inn, Cypress Gardens 25 percent; Best Western Chateau Bleau Hotel, Coral Gables 30 percent and the Best Western Inn at Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach 40 percent.
    XXXXXXXXWhen making reservations, ask for the FS code. Rates are based on availability and subject to change.
    XXXXXXXXBest Western or 800/WESTERN.


    $99 Companion Fare to Europe

    HURRY BOOK BY DEC. 31, 2003 -- Plan next year's Europe vacation now. For a limited time, book spring and summer travel to London or Paris with United Vacations and receive $99 companion airfare. This offer is valid for bookings made by Dec. 31, 2003, for travel April 1-Oct. 31, 2004.

    Vacation packages include roundtrip airfare on United Airlines; four nights' hotel accommodations; daily breakfast; a guidebook; a discount card for shopping, dining and attraction savings; a city map; hotel taxes and fees; services of United Vacations' European service office; and 24-hour traveler assistance.

    Sample prices are per person and reflect the full-price airfare and the $99 airfare evenly split between two travelers. London vacations with accommodations at Craven Gardens start at $549 from New York City; $574 from Boston; $594 from Washington, D.C.; $644 from Chicago; $674 from Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland, Ore.; and $679 from San Francisco and Denver.

    Paris vacations with accommodations at Ibis Porte de Clichy start at $579 from New York City, $604 from Boston, $644 from Chicago, $659 from Los Angeles, $674 from Washington, D.C., $734 from Denver, $749 from San Francisco and $759 from Seattle and Portland, OR. Prices do not include fees and taxes. Full payment is required at time of booking. All offers are based on availability and are subject to change without notice. Additional restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

    United Vacations or 888/328-6877.



    Advertisement
    New Cheap Tix Chart
    Buy Tickets at a Discount -- Special ticket outlets sell discounted day-of-performance tickets to theatrical productions, films, and sporting events. Discounts can be 50 percent or more. On The Go Publishing’s NEWLY UPDATED Cheap Tix Chart, still only $14, lists outlets in the U.S. and eight foreign cities that sell discounted, day-of-performance tickets. Order here.


    Point, Shoot, Submit. Ski Utah Photo Contest

    Ski Utah is looking for sharp shooters for its first photo contest. People who enter the contest will get a chance to win one of two prizes. Your images will be considered for use in Ski Utah’s Winter Vacation Planner, distributed internationally with a circulation of more than 500,000.

    The Grand Prize is a three-night Utah winter vacation for two including roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines, three nights’ lodging, three days of lift tickets, car rental and ski or snowboarding rental. First Prize is a pair of Atomic skis or a snowboard.

    Anyone visiting a Utah ski resort during 2003-04 ski season can enter the contest and submit a limit of two entries per person. Photos can be submitted in four categories: Powder, Scenics, Terrain Parks or Faces. Entries must be submitted by Apr. 30, 2004. Digital photos can be in TIFF or JPEG format with a minimum dpi of 300 at 5" x 7", 8 x 10 or smaller color or black-and-white prints, or 35mm slides. No negatives or computer altered photographs will be accepted.

    With each image, submit your name, address, phone number, email address, date, location and model name. Send entries to: Ski Utah, 150 W. 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 8410.

    Click here for complete contest rules.


    Starting a Car on a Cold Morning

    The temperature doesn't need to drop very far for some to feel a sense of inconvenience and discomfort in our driveway. While drivers can't do anything about the weather, they can alter their morning routines in ways that make winter car trips less numbing, AAA says. Today's vehicles are more reliable then those made years ago, but some things never change. Frost still forms on the windshield. Door locks ice up, batteries run down and seats seem to take forever to get warm.

    To help motorists cope with their cold cars, AAA offers the following advice:

    -- Use your garage if you have one. Park the family vehicle outside during the summer if you must, but have a garage sale and then pull the car inside if possible this winter.

    -- If you must park outside, check your vehicle first thing in the morning. Are the windows covered with frost? Is it possible the door locks are iced over? Will you need some extra time to get underway this morning?

    -- If the door locks are frozen, fill a container with lukewarm water and pour it on the lock. This should melt the ice away enough for you to insert a key and unlock the door. Don't try to chip the ice away with your key as this may damage the key and your car's finish. (And, never pour hot water on windows. They may crack.)

    -- If the car is covered with snow, use a brush and not your hands to get it off. Don't worry about clearing frost or ice from the windows yet.

    -- Start the car, making sure the transmission is in park and the brake is set. If the vehicle is inside, open the garage door so carbon monoxide doesn't build up in the garage. Switch the heater to the defrost setting. Turn on the rear window defroster, if you have one.

    -- Go back inside and have a hot beverage, or do something else for five minutes while the vehicle begins to warm up and does most of the work of clearing the windows. Keep an extra key so you can lock the doors. An idling vehicle can be a temptation to car thieves.

    -- When you go back outside, you should be able to get most of the ice or frost off the windows with a little effort and an ice scraper. Once the windows are clear, you are ready to begin your trip.

    One of the most common and frustrating problems encountered during cold weather is battery failure. The only sure way to know your battery will be there for you on those cold mornings is to have it tested by a reliable repair shop. This is especially true of any battery more than two years old.


    Ski & Stay for $59

    The Peppermill resort in Reno, NV lets you stay and ski for the price of a lift ticket at many ski destinations. Their $59 per person ski package includes one night in a tower room, one full-day lift ticket, $5 food voucher, use of the health spa and outdoor heated pool, and free airport shuttle service.

    Lift tickets are good at 18 ski resort in nearby Lake Tahoe. Transportation to the ski resorts is available for an added fee.

    The package is valid Sunday through Thursday during the 2003-2004 ski season and is subject to availability. Additional nights can be added to the basic package.

    Peppermil or 800/648-6992.

    Advertisement
    Face-It Luggage Tags -- Your Face on Your Luggage
    There's no mistaking your luggage with the NEW 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.


    Via Rail Off-Peak Fares

    Chill out this winter season with off-peak savings from VIA Rail Canada. Following are sample discounts on several VIA Rail services.

    The Canadian, the Toronto-Jasper-Vancouver train, is a three-day rail journey across Northern Ontario and the Canadian prairies with domed cars in premier Silver & Blue Class, private sleeping compartments with picture windows, duvet bedding, and lounges. All meals are included and are served in VIA's original art deco-style dining cars. Savings of 37% or more are available for the Canadian service through May 31, 2004. A bedroom from Toronto to Vancouver is CND $1,064 (approx. USD $808) plus tax per person, when purchased at least seven days in advance. Passengers may also choose to make a stopover at any destination along the route for no additional cost.

    The Ocean is VIA's overnight service between Montreal-Moncton-Halifax. The Chaleur, travels overnight between Montreal and the Gaspe region. The premier service features sleeping compartments with picture windows, down duvets, private washroom, and use of the Easterly Class Lounge where complimentary continental breakfast is served. When you purchase a tickets at least seven days in advance through June 24, 2004, savings of 40% or more are available on the Ocean and the Chaleur. A bedroom aboard the Montreal and Halifax run is CAD $190 (approx. USD $144) plus tax per person. The Chaleur between Montreal and Gaspe is CND $167 (approx. USD $127) per person. Due to high demand for holiday travel, off-peak discounts are not available Dec. 20, 2003 to Jan. 3, 2004.

    Through Feb. 28, 2004, adults over 60 years old traveling in any sleeper class service will receive a 75% discount for their companion and a 10% discount for themselves. Adults over 60 in Economy Class can bring along a companion of any age for free. Tickets for Senior's Companion Fares must be purchased at least 10 days in advance. Senior's Companion Fares are not available Dec. 15, 2003 through Jan. 5, 2004. On Ontario-Quebec Corridor services, Senior's Companion Fares are not available for travel Fridays or Mondays.

    VIA Rail Canada or 888/842-7245.


    High Flying & Royal Treatment

    BOOK BY DEC. 15 -- Red Carnation Hotels has teamed with American Airlines to offer premium value to London this winter. The High Flying & Royal Treatment package offers a minimum of three nights’ at three London hotels, with business class roundtrip airfare for two, and frequent flyer miles credited to your personal account.

    Hotels include the Milestone in Kensington, the Chesterfield in Mayfair, and "41" opposite Buckingham Palace. Bookings must be made by Dec. 15, 2003 for travel through Mar. 31, 2004. This offer is valid from New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, LA and San Francisco.

    The package includes: three nights in a double room for two with a Saturday night stay-over, full English breakfast for two daily, a voucher for 50£ at Harrods, Selfridges or Harvey Nichols with one free taxi ride to one of these three stores, free admission to one event or exhibition close to your hotel, one four-course dinner for two, afternoon tea for two one day, one in-room movie, hot water bottles nightly and a pair of 'his and her' hip flasks filled with fine "anti-freeze."

    The all-inclusive prices for two people start from $5,459 and includes roundtrip business class airfare and accommodations. Single package rates from $3,246. Package prices for suites are available upon request.

    ITP Travel 800/223-7406 (ask for Eileen) or email: itptvl@aol.com.


    Buy the Right Travel Insurance

    If an emergency occurs during your vacation, it could be a major disaster if you do not have the right travel insurance. Chris Harvey, president of Quotetravelinsurance.com, offers insight on the process based on his experience.

    Where should I buy insurance? Beware of the hard sell. Insist on choice. This is important as most travel web sites and tour or cruise operators either automatically include insurance or may hard sell you their own policy. This can be much more expensive and may include large "administration" charges. If you are forced to take insurance, print out your policy EOB (evidence of benefits) page and compare it to the market leading policies using comparison tools such as www.quotetravelinsurance.com. At least you'll know if you're missing vital coverage.

    When should I buy insurance? Most insurers offer full coverage for pre-existing medical conditions if you buy their policy within 10 to14 days of making the trip deposit payment. If it's more than 14 days since your deposit, coverage is provided for claims not connected to existing medical conditions. Most insurers also only look back six months to determine pre-existing medical conditions. You can purchase anytime up to the day you are traveling. If you let it go this late, coverage does not start until midnight on the day of purchase. Your policy will cost the same whether you make the purchase a day or a year before you travel so it's always better to purchase sooner rather than later as you get extra cancellation coverage without extra charge.

    How much should I pay? Every identical policy costs the same regardless of who sells it. Some tour companies may add an "administration" charge. Travelers under 40 - expect to pay around 4to 7% of your total trip cost. Under 50 - around 5%. Under 70 - 6 to10%. Over 70 - 9 to12%. You can get excellent coverage from the cheaper policies because insurance companies aim their products at certain types of traveler. While policy "A" maybe cheapest for 40-year-old travelers, it maybe expensive if the travelers are over 70.

    How do I know if an insurer will look after us in an emergency? The short answer is in most cases you don't. Quotetravelinsurance.com offers a zero complaint policy. This means an insurer selling products on our site does so only while it maintains a flawless record with our customers. If even one of our clients has a complaint that we cannot resolve to our satisfaction, we will remove that insurer from our site, explains Chris Harvey.

    quotetravelinsurance.com or 866/874-7226.

    Advertisement
    50% Off "Suite Deal"
    Treat yourself to a special weekend in the Big Apple. The New York Palace Hotel's “Suite Deal,” gets you 50% off a Towers Suite on Friday or Saturday, free parking, free breakfast and a free bottle of red wine. The New York Palace is across the street from St. Patrick's Cathedral and steps from Rockefeller Center, Broadway theaters, Fifth Avenue shopping, museums, and galleries. New York Palace 800/697-2522.


    Seattle Super Saver Program

    For the 13th year, the Seattle Super Saver Program offers travelers a way to save up to 70 percent on hotel stays at 48 Seattle hotels. The rates are effective through Mar. 31, 2004. To receive the discounted rate, you must stay at least one night at a participating hotel and must make reservations through the Super Saver web site or toll-free reservation line. This year’s expanded features include room upgrades and deep discounts on suites, and a guide with offers on Seattle dining, shopping, culture and sightseeing.

    When you book a hotel stay through the program, you will be given the lowest available rate at the time of your reservation. In addition to receiving the best rate, you can upgrade to a higher room category or suite at a discount. At check-in, you will get the best available room or suite, depending on availability and a free value guide with discounts and benefits at Seattle retail stores, restaurants, attractions and cultural events.

    Seattle Super Saver or 800/535-7071.



    Europe from $339 with Hotel & Air

    Octopus Travel, a division of Gulliver’s Travel Associates, offers seven-day packages to Europe from $339 including air and hotel. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and are valid for travel through Mar. 31, 2004. The blackout period applies Dec. 12 to Jan. 3, 2004. Prices do not include airline departure tax, fees or weekend surcharges.

    Packages include roundtrip airfare on scheduled carriers, six nights in select hotels, Continental breakfast daily, hotel taxes and surcharges, phone consultation with an Octopus Travel expert and Express document delivery.

    Sample prices from New York or Newark: London $339, Paris $379, Prague $399, Vienna $459, Berlin or Madrid $469, Budapest $479, Amsterdam $519 and Barcelona $539. Add-on airfares from different U.S. gateways can add up to $250 to the package price.

    Octopus Travel or 877/330-7765.



    Sample Iceland from $299

    Take a few days to enjoy the sights, sounds and sensations of Iceland, a hot destination with a chilly name. Icelandair offers a "Midweek Madness" package from $399 per person, based on double occupancy through Apr. Prices drop to $299 per person Nov. through Mar. 2004.

    The package includes roundtrip airfare on Icelandair from Baltimore, Boston, New York, Orlando and Minneapolis; two nights in a double room at a hotel in Reykjavik; buffet breakfast daily except arrival day and airport/hotel transfers. From the Eastern seaboard, travelers can get to Baltimore by Amtrak from Philadelphia, New York and Washington DC at an additional cost.

    Current departures from Baltimore, Boston and Minneapolis are on Monday with a Thursday return. Packages are not available Dec 15, 2003 through Jan 5, 2004. Packages are non-refundable once booked and purchased. The maximum stay is two nights; extra nights are not available. Departures from New York are not offered through Apr. 1, 2004.

    Icelandair.


    Advertisement
    Protect Luggage with Baggage Guard Seals

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

    Click Here to Order.


    13-Day Yangtze River Cruise $1,628

    Pacific Delight Tours makes it tough to pass up China this winter. Its 13-day "Highlights of Yangtze River Supervalue" package ranges from $1,628 to $1,918 per person, double occupancy. Through early March 2004, Thursday departures are out of Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle on Northwest Airlines or Los Angeles, New York, Seattle and Honolulu on United. Add-on fares from dozens of other U.S. gateways range from $120 to $240.

    The trips center around a five-day Yangtze River cruise plus major country highlights of the Three Gorges; imperial Beijing's Tian An Men Square; the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs; the Shanghai Museum; and Xi'an life-size terra cotta warriors. Special meals and cultural entertainment run the gamut from an acrobatic show following a dinner in Shanghai to a performance at the Children's Palace.

    The package includes accommodations in deluxe or superior first-class hotels, four nights in an outside cabin, the services of English-speaking escorts and guides, all air and land transportation within China, sightseeing and cultural entertainment, transfers, baggage handling, hotel taxes and service charges, and $100,000 flight insurance when air reservations are ticketed by Pacific Delight. A four-day Hong Kong land-only extension is available from $230.

    Pacific Delight Tours or 800/221-7179.



    Kids, Companions Fly Free

    American Airlines Vacations offers "Kids Fly Free" (ages 2 to 12) and "Companions Fly Free" promotions to ski destinations.

    For the "Kids Fly Free" promotion, with any three-night or longer ski vacation, one child 12 or under flies free with each paying adult when traveling during specific times to: Steamboat Springs between Jan. 4 and Feb. 13, 2004; Vail or Beaver Creek Dec. 1 through Dec. 19, 2003, or Jan. 4 through Feb. 13, 2004; Breckenridge, Keystone or South Lake Tahoe/Heavenly Valley between Dec. 1 through Dec. 19, 2003, Jan. 4 through Feb. 13, 2004, or March 28 through April 23, 2004. All of the above must include a minimum three-night stay at any available resort, hotel or condominium. Airport transfers, lift tickets and car rentals are optional features.

    For the "Companions Fly Free" ticket, book a four-night or longer vacation package to one of the more than 40 hotels and resorts in Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone or Heavenly for travel through and April 15, 2004. Some blackout dates apply. Airport transfers and car rentals are optional features.

    This is a limited time offer based on availability.

    American Airlines Vacations or 800/321-2121.


    New York Under $100 a Day

    Stay at any of Apple Core Hotel’s five centrally located hotels in New York City for $89 per night with Continental breakfast from Jan. 2 to Mar. 31, 2004. This promotional rate is based on double occupancy. Up to four people can stay in a room for $99 per night. Children under 13 stay free when sharing their parents’ room.

    All the hotels feature on-sight fitness center, free high-speed internet access, hair dryers, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards, data ports with voice mail, cable, on-demand movies and video games.

    Properties include the LaQuinta Inn Manhattan, Red Roof Inn Manhattan, Super 8 Times Square, Ramada Inn East Side and New York’s only smoke-free hotel the Comfort Inn Manhattan.

    Apple Core Hotels or 800/567-7720.

    Advertisement
    FREE ADMISSION MONDAYS -- LAST CHANCE -- Up to five people in the same vehicle and a child 5 and under get in FREE at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA. Marvelous Mondays continue through 2003. Monday visitors also can register for a monthly drawing to win free passes for future visits. Callaway Gardens or 800/225-5292.

    Jet BLue Super Fly Fares

    BUY TICKETS BY DEC. 16 -- Travel between New York City and Denver, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Oakland, Ontario, San Diego, Salt Lake City, San Juan, Puerto Rico or Seattle on JetBlue for $99 each way. Tickets, with a three-day advance purchase, must be purchased online by Dec. 16, 2003 and travel must be completed by Feb. 10, 2004.

    JetBlue fares are one-way and non-refundable. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights. Above fares reflect a $5 savings per one-way trip when booked online at www.jetblue.com. Online discount expires December 31, 2003.

    JetBlue or 800/538-2583.



    Buy One Get One Free In Monterey

    Planning a getaway to Monterey County is easy and now, thanks to special offers at local hotels, motels and resorts, it's free.

    Off-season values are available at Monterey County businesses through Jan. 30, 2004. Purchase one room night at participating lodging properties and receive a second room night for free (some restrictions apply). Local restaurants have cooked up great values on food, wine and desserts. Holiday offers in Monterey County also include special rates on area attractions and activities.

    More than 20 hotels are offering 'stay free' deals, allowing you to choose from bed & breakfasts, historic inns and country lodges throughout Monterey County. In addition, Monterey Bay Scenic Tours offers $10 discounts on the Monterey Movie Tour. Businesses such as Wine from the Heart and Randy's Fishing Trips offer two-for-one specials on excursions and wine tastings.

    Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau or 888/221-1010.



    Travel Details: Japan

    The best way to get information while traveling in Japan is go to the source, Tourist Information Offices. Now numbering 95, their multilingual staffs are ready to provide you with information on local sightseeing in Japan. Most of them are located in train stations and marked by the "i" sign. There are two in Tokyo, one at Shinjuku Station and one at Tokyo Station.

    Here’s some useful information the Tourist Information Office provided:

    AMDA International Medical Information Center Tokyo Tel.03-5285-8088 Kansai Tel.06-6636-2333

    Tokyo Metropolitan Health & Medical Information Center Tel.03-5285-8181 (only for information within Tokyo)

    Metropolitan Police Dept. Counseling Service for Foreigners Tel. 03-3503-8484

    Japan Helpline - for emergencies and counseling 24 hours, a free call 0120-46-1997.

    Tokyo English Lifeline - for emergencies and counseling 03-3264-4347.

    English speaking doctors in Tokyo: St. Luke's Hospital 03-3541-5151; International Catholic Hospital 03-3951-1111; Tokyo Sanitarium Hospital 03-3392-6151.

    Japan Railway's English Language Train Information Service: phone number 03-3423-0111. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    NTT Japanese Telephone Service has an English information service number: 0120-364-463, toll free Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Tipping - Individual tipping is not common in Japan. But at high-end hotels, ryokans and restaurants a 10 or 15 percent service charge is added to the bill. No tip is necessary unless you request some extra special services.

    Drinking Water - Tap water is safe to drink anywhere in Japan. Mineral water is available at hotels, department and convenience stores, supermarkets and high-end restaurants.

    Electricity - The electric current for home use is uniformly 100 volts, A.C., throughout Japan but there are two different cycles in use -50 hertz in eastern Japan, and 60 hertz in western Japan. Leading hotels in Tokyo and other big cities have two outlets of 110 and 220 volts but their sockets usually accept two- prong plugs only. Major hotels have hair dryers and other electric appliances available on a loan basis.

    Emergency - Dial 110 for the police and 119 to report a fire or to call an ambulance. For these numbers, you don’t need to insert the usual ¥10 coin. If you call from a green public telephone, lift the receiver and push the red button before dialing the number. In case of gray and IC card public phones, just lift the receiver and dial the number.

    Public Telephones - found virtually everywhere in Japan. There are green and gray color phones which accept ¥10 coins, ¥100 coins and a magnetic prepaid card. IC card phones accept only IC prepaid cards. A local call is ¥10 for a minute and no change is given when you use ¥100 coins. Instructions on "How to use the phone" are pasted on gray phones and IC prepaid card-operated phones. You can make a direct overseas call from gray or IC card phones that are marked with "International & Domestic Card/Coin Telephone." Using prepaid cards issued by several telephone companies (such as "Moshi Moshi Card") enables you to make domestic and international calls on virtually all types of public telephones. These prepaid cards are available at station kiosks.

    Passenger Service Facility Charge - When you leave Japan from the new Narita Tokyo International Airport, chances are the charge is included in your airfare. For Kansai International Airport, keep yen on hand. The Passenger Service Facility Charge is ¥2,650 for adults and ¥1,330 for children ages 2 to11 years old.

    Japan National Tourist Organization.



    Bonus Miles for One-class Flights

    Delta Air Lines will be testing one-class service on selected flights between Atlanta and Houston and between Atlanta and Kansas City through Jan. 31, 2004. SkyMiles members who fly on test flights during this period may earn up to 2,000 bonus miles.

    The tests will be conducted on 12 flights between Atlanta and Houston Hobby Airport and 16 flights between Atlanta and Kansas City. The service enhancements are designed to provide extra comfort and convenience for business travelers.

    With the first paid segment on qualifying flights, you earn 1,000 bonus miles, or with the first paid roundtrip flight you earn 2,000 bonus miles. Maximum bonus miles that may be earned on this promotion is 2,000 miles. This offer is only valid on one-class 737-800 aircraft on flights between Atlanta and Houston's Hobby Airport, Atlanta and Kansas City and Atlanta and Chicago's Midway Airport.

    At the boarding gate in Houston and Kansas City, passengers traveling on morning flights will receive free coffee and USA Today newspapers. Travelers onboard all test flights will receive a wider selection of snacks including chocolate bars, pretzels and Goldfish snack crackers. In-flight entertainment has also been expanded to include television shows such as Law & Order, West Wing, Jag, Monk and Trading Spaces. Between 3 and 7:00 p.m. local time, passengers onboard will receive one complimentary cocktail, beer or wine.

    Flying the one-class 737-800 on these routes, the entire aircraft will have a 36-inch seat pitch, all-leather seats, expanded legroom and Empower(R) outlets at every seat.

    Delta Air Lines.


    PLEASE NOTE: All links in our newsletter are sent as clickable links. Some email programs such as AOL, Yahoo, & Hotmail change the links in our newsletter so that they are not clickable. If you have problems clicking on a link, just copy and paste the link into your browser.


    Classified Ads
    The Latest “Specials” at Connecticut hotels, charming B&B, historic inns and other attractions. A click of the mouse, gets you the hottest deals around the Constitution State, plus package dates and some direct links to each property. http://www. 52 Getaways or 800/282-6863.

    St. Augustine's 27 historic inns celebrate Senior Sweethearts in January. Sunday through Thursday, the “Senior Sweetheart” rate includes a two or three night stay. With a 2-night stay the second night is half price while the 3-night stay gets you the third night free! Senior Sweethearts

    Go Boston Card -- free admission to 25 top attractions, 2-day hop-on, hop-off trolley pass, $700 in discounts at shops and restaurants, free gifts, and a 132 page full-color pocket guidebook. www.GoBostonCard.com

    YesTravel.Net the best fares to South America Carnival in Rio from $529, Peru at a Glance from $339, Exploring Andean Lands in Equador 14 nights from $2,594, South American Grand Slam 15 nights from $918, Patagonia Experience 7 nights from $847. Yes Travel Network 800/497-8525.

    FREE CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING And Promotion Get your business opportunity, job, service or product noticed free. Click here for this important information.

    FREE GARNET Necklace & Bracelet -- Direct from a famous jewelry workshop. While supplies last. Limit 4 necklaces and bracelets per person. ACT RIGHT NOW. click here to order.

    SEIZED & RECOVERED property from law enforcement agencies. 16" Black Pearl Necklace -- Sensational jewelry! VERY LIMITED QUANTITY -- $29 per necklace. Each of the iridescent raven black cultured freshwater pearls are 6 to 7mm and finished with a yellow 14K gold clasp. Click here.

    Free Bear, Tickets at Hampton Inn Harrisburg-West -- $114 a night package includes breakfast bar, 24-hr. refreshments, 2 tickets to the National Civil War Museum, free gift bag, free Boyd's Bear, and discount coupons for area attractions. No charge for up to two children. Hampton Inn Harrisburg-West or 717/691-1300.

    Joshua Grindle Inn 3-night “3 Decades of Hospitality” package. Save up to 35%off regular prices. Pay today’s rate for the 1st night (about $180). The 2nd and 3rd nights are rates from the 1990s ($140) and 1980s ( $80). This special deal available Sunday through Thursday until Spring 2004. Joshua Grindle Inn 800/GRINDLE.


    Information & Credits

    The Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, P.O. Box 91033, Columbus OH 43209, edited by Nicki Chodnoff, is published monthly.

    Tell Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter readers about your products and services. Click here for rates and information.



    Subscription Information

    This ezine is distributed via Zinester - a mailing lists service and ezine hosting provider. You are receiving this ezine because you are a registered subscriber with Zinester. To unsubscribe or change your subscription preferences log in to your account at http://subs.zinester.com. You can always retrieve your password by clicking the "Forgot your password?" link.

    Zinester.com is a project by AGAVA Software Company. Software development - as it has to be.