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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, December 2018 Issue



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In This Issue:
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  • New Go Cancun Card
  • 10% Off U.S. Western Itineraries
  • Hilton Extended Weekend Package
  • 10% Off Camino Ways Tours
  • 320 Guest Ranch $139 Winter Rate
  • Voyages to Antiquity Savings, Free Airfare
  • Off-Season Specials in Saugatuck
  • Pod Winter Deals from $79
  • Save $300 Per Couple with UnCruise
  • Military & Emergency Appreciation
  • Speed Trap Scams
  • Ashville, NC Deals
  • Free Movies Onboard Southwest
  • Traveler's Thrombosis
  • Discounts on South Lake Tahoe Ski Vacations
  • Failed European Low-Cost Airlines
  • Visit Philly Winter Overnight Package
  • Stay Twice, Earn Gold Elite Status
  • Club Med Upgrades, Free Stays For Children
  • Boxing Day Sales

  • New Go Cancun Card

    With tourism to Cancun growing, you can make the most of a Cancun visit with the new Go Cancun Card. It’s an all-in-one ticket to more than 20 leading experiences in and around the city. The Go Cancun Card was introduced by the Leisure Pass Group, operators of attraction passes.

    Offering 23 attractions, tours and activities, the pass provides flexibility while saving you up to 45 percent on standard admission and tour prices. Purchase a Go Cancun Card for your preferred duration, then enjoy as many experiences as you wish, all for one price. Highlights include water sports, dolphin encounters, cruises and cultural excursions.

    Prices start at $84 per adult and $49 per child (aged five to 11) for a one-day Go Cancun Card, with two-day, three-day, four-day, five-day and seven-day passes also available. Passes for three or more days include free admission to five additional 'premium' attractions.

      Among the featured Go Cancun Card attractions are:
    • Xcaret Park - Normally $129.99 per adult, entry is included as a premium attraction with the Go Cancun Card (three days or more).
    • Surf Lesson at 360 Surf School - 90-minute introduction to surfing. Normally $100, the lesson is included with the Go Cancun Card.
    • Columbus Dinner Cruise - Spanish galleon sailing around Cancun's lagoon, with sunset views, live music and food. Normally $89, included with the Go Cancun Card.
    • Xplor Fuego - Night time rainforest exploration, zip wires, journey into illuminated caves and swim in the underground river. Normally $129.99, all-inclusive entry is a premium attraction on the Go Cancun Card (three days or more).
    • Parasailing Adventure - 12-minute, three-mile flight, with stunning views of the city and Isla Mujeres and Nichupté Lagoon. Normally $60, included with the Go Cancun Card.

    The Go Cancun Card can be purchased online. You receive your pass via email and choose to print it at home or download it to your smartphone via the free Go City Card app. Pass holders receive a guide with details on each attraction, opening hours and a map.

    Also available is the Cancun Explorer Pass, designed for longer-term visitors. You buy a pass to a specified number of attractions - three, four, five, seven or 10 - and then have a choice of 22 experiences to pick from over a 30-day period. Prices start at $130 per adult and $84 per child for a three-attraction Cancun Explorer Pass.

    Go Cancun Card.


    10% Off U.S. Western Itineraries

    Grand American Adventures has many of their western hiking trips on sale at 10 percent off. That includes their 11 day National Parks Walk, Code #PLZ, which drops from $2,715 to $2,449 for the Apr. 22, 2019 departure. There are additional departures May through November 2019 at a greater rate.

    For the sale rate, put a deposit on a trip and full payment is due eight weeks before departure.

      Highlights of the 11 day National Parks Walk include:
    • Monument Valley half day hiking and backroads tour led by a Navajo guide and included dinner in the valley
    • Guided hikes in Zion National Park
    • Follow the trails deep into Bryce Canyon
    • Hike to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
    • Walk the Grand Canyon rim trails and go down into the belly of the canyon
    • Explore Canyonlands National Park
    • View over Dead Horse Point
    • Cruise the Las Vegas Strip
    • Visit Capitol Reef.
      The trip includes:
    • Professional tour leader and Navajo guide in Monument Valley
    • All transportation by private vehicle
    • Free Wi-Fi in your vehicle (Maximum five users at one time)
    • 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner with the Navajo in Monument Valley.

    All other meals are paid locally and the price is land-only.

    There is no single supplement. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. If you prefer your own space, request the Solo Sleeper Option that guarantees your own room for every night of the tour. The number of single rooms is limited. The Solo Sleeper upgrade is higher during peak season months (May to September).

    The National Parks Walk, based on a maximum group of 12 travelers, starts and ends in Las Vegas and stays are in hotels each night.

    Grand American Adventures.

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    Hilton Extended Weekend Package

    Hilton offers its “Weekend Like a Local” package to explore the Mid-Atlantic region this holiday season.

    The package is available at 60 participating hotels in DC, Southern Maryland and Northern Virginia, and offers up to half-off Sunday night stays. As part of the package, Hilton will offer deals from regional partners to create a long weekend for leisure travelers during their stay in and around the nation’s capital. Guests who book at participating hotels will receive discounts through the end of March 2019 at Neighborhood Restaurant Group establishments, Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro properties in the region and City Winery Washington DC.

    Book the package and Neighborhood Restaurant Group will offer select free brunch cocktails and buttermilk biscuits at Columbia Firehouse in Alexandria, VA, a welcome cocktail and zucchini bread at Hazel Restaurant in DC, and craft beers with a beer tasting trio and Bavarian pretzel at Bethesda’s Owen’s Ordinary. You receive 25 percent off at Buzz Bakeshop and Planet Wine locations and a free tour and tasting at City Winery Washington DC, a working winery and live music venue in the Ivy City neighborhood.

    This limited time package is subject to availability and at participating hotels for stays booked and completed through Mar. 31, 2019. Offer requires a minimum stay of three nights and must include Saturday and Sunday night. Hilton Honors members qualify for 50 percent off Sunday nights and non-Honors members receive 40 percent off the Sunday rate.

    Weekend Like a Local package or 800/774-1500.


    10% Off Camino Ways Tours

    Camino Ways Tours offers a 10 percent off early booking discount on their Camino adventures.

    Each year pilgrims walk the Camino de Santiago and other Caminos for religious reasons, ending in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. For some caminos you receive a compostela or certificate of completion. You can receive a compostela in Latin for religious or spiritual purposes or in Spanish for cultural or historical purposes. To qualify for a compostela you must complete the last 100 kilometers (more than 65 miles) of your camino walking or on horseback, or the last 200 kilometers if you ride a bicycle.

    Camino self-guided tours are available year-round. Book your 2019 Camino by Dec. 31, 2018 and get 10 percent off. Enter the code: earlybird10 to receive the discount. The offer applies to self-guided Camino tours and it cannot be combined with other discounts.

    Standard packages include half-board accommodation (breakfast and evening meal) in select properties, luggage transfers and holiday pack with walking notes, maps and practical information. Hotel upgrades are available in select towns and cities. Prices do not include flights, insurance or lunch.

      Here are some of the Camino walks eligible for the 10 percent discount.
    • Camino Frances: The French Way is a more than 65 mile walk from Sarria to Santiago.
    • Portuguese Coastal Camino: Peaceful trails and coastal landscapes. From Porto the camino takes a couple of weeks. You can complete the last section from Baiona (Galicia) in one week.
    • Camino Del Norte: Walk through Basque Country from Sebastian to Bilbao.
    • Finisterre Camino: At the end of the Camino trail near the lighthouse, you find the KM0 milestone. It is the only Camino route that starts in Santiago so you can explore the city before you start.

    Camino Ways.


    320 Guest Ranch $139 Winter Rate

    The historic 320 Guest Ranch, in Gallatin Gateway, MT, has a seasonal rate that starts at $139 per night in a refurbished log cabin with two queen beds with views of the Gallatin Mountains. The rate is in effect to Dec. 23, 2018 and Jan. 5 to May 31, 2019. The value-added rate includes free shuttle service to/from the ski slopes of Lone Peak Mountain.

    Founded in 1898, the ranch's past is present in the rustic lodges and log buildings, modernized but offering a window on Montana's history and heritage. Yellowstone National Park is 30 minutes away.

    Winter brings a host of activities: downhill skiing on Lone Peak, Nordic skiing, snowmobiling through the national forest, ice skating and dog sledding. The Gallatin River runs through the ranch property and fly fishing is available, even in winter.

    There are 87 sleeping rooms. The 58 cabins and mountain chalets have a telephone, desk, flat screen TV and free Wi-Fi. With kitchenettes in select cabins and a refrigerator available you can pre-order groceries and have them delivered to the cabin. Many cabins include wood-burning fireplaces and the ranch provides free firewood. Daily maid service is included.

    The property offers dining at the 320 Ranch Steak House. The restaurant has an emphasis on big game cuisine and the 320 Saloon is the place for after-hours activities.

    320 Guest Ranch Winter Rate or 406/995-4283.


    Voyages to Antiquity Savings, Free Airfare

    Small-ship cruise line Voyages to Antiquity launched a promotion offering discounts on five Europe 2019 cruises.

    As part of the Our Fares Have Fall'en sale, Voyages to Antiquity cuts cruise fares by $2,000 or more, valid on five voyages in the cruise line's 2019 European cruise program: the Black Sea and Greek Islands (May 1, 2019), Renaissance Italy and Historic Islands (May 22, 2019), European Connoisseur (June 3, 2019), Iceland, Faroes and Shetlands (July 27, 2019), and the Three Rivers (Aug. 11, 2019).

    As part of this promotion, free roundtrip airfare is available, valid from US gateways: New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), Philadelphia (PHL), Washington DC (IAD), and Seattle (SEA).

    Voyages to Antiquity is a small-ship cruise line specializing in culturally immersive cruise experiences. Able to cruise to smaller ports, the 350-guest Aegean Odyssey explores the history, culture and natural wonders of Europe, Africa and Asia. In-depth itineraries are complemented by expert-led shore excursions and onboard enrichment programs.

    Voyages to Antiquity or 877/398-1460.


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    Off-Season Specials in Saugatuck

    The village of Saugatuck and surrounding southwest Michigan locations have ample choices for off-season lodging: bed & breakfasts, hotels, motels, resorts, cottages, and beachfront vacation homes.

    Here are several offers:

    Dollybrook Family Resort, 269/543-4830, in Fennville, MI, sits on 40 acres of woodland and countryside. Off-season rates range from $240 to $385 a night, per cottage with a two night minimum. Additionally, stay two nights and you get the third night half off.. Available only for new reservations, mention SAUGATUCK18 when booking.

    Northern Lights Condo Resort, 269/767-1312, in Douglas, MI, has a stay two nights in a one or two bedroom unit, and get the third night for $25. The offer is valid through May 22, 2019 for new reservations.

    Maplewood Hotel, 269/857-1771, in Saugatuck, MI, has 20 percent off a two night stay. The offer must be mentioned with booking and it cannot be combined with other discounts.

    Saugatuck Deals.


    Pod Winter Deals from $79

    With cold weather here, the pioneer of the micro-hotel concept, the Pod Hotels, offers a savings deal.

    Book the WinterWow deal directly on the Pod Hotels webpage and get rates in January and February 2019, from $79 at New York City Pod locations, including Pod 39, Pod 51 and Pod Brooklyn. Blackout dates apply.

    The WinterWOW deal includes one free drink per person at the hotel bar.

    The pod micro-hotel model came to New York City in 2007 with Pod 51, in Midtown East. Accommodations range from 60 to 120 square feet. The second outpost, Pod 39, launched in June 2012, expanding with a rooftop lounge, a communal “Play Room,” restaurant, and wall-mounted iPads and projection screens. The third micro-hotel was Pod DC, followed by Pod BK in New York. The flagship hotel, Pod Times Square opened in early 2018.

    Pod Hotels or 844-POD-ROOM.


    Save $300 Per Couple with UnCruise

    Spring cruisers in Alaska can save $300 per cabin on Alaska Awakening departures in April and May 2019. UnCruise Adventures opens the Alaska cruise season with its first cruise departing Apr. 6, 2019. Their 26 week Alaska cruising season ends with its last departure Sep. 28, 2019.

    The $300 per couple adventure savings ($150 per person) may be used on 2019 Alaska Awakening cruises departing Apr. 6 to May 18, 2019. Mention code “AKAwake19” to receive the savings. The offer is good for bookings made by Dec. 14, 2018.

    UnCruise will feature 25 Alaska Awakening departures in April and May 2019, visiting Southeast Alaska during the driest months of the year. Its fleet of seven ships carry 22 to 90 guests exploring Alaska’s wilderness.

    Early bird cruisers to Alaska benefit from lower air prices.

      Alaska Awakening adventure cruises:
    • Alaska’s Fjords & Glaciers: Apr 6; May 11, 18
    • Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise: Apr 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18
    • Northern Passages & Glacier Bay: Apr 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18
    • Alaska’s Glacier Country: Apr 26; May 3, 10, 17
    • Alaska Yacht: Bears, Bergs, Bushwhacking: May 16
    • • Alaska’s Inside Passage & San Juan cruise: April 12, 20; May 12 (Save $400 per couple on 14-night cruises between Seattle and Juneau, AK).

    Every Alaska cruise includes adventure activities in remote wilderness —hiking, bushwhacking, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff excursions and whale watching. With few port calls and flexible itineraries, you spend the week exploring remote wilderness and searching for wildlife. Knowledgeable expedition guides lead tours and provide interpretation along the way.

    Rates for weeklong Alaska cruises begin at $2,995 per person based on double occupancy and include meals; all beverages including alcohol; adventure activities; group airport transfers day of cruise; hot tub; and fitness equipment. Land packages are available to Denali National Park and Talkeetna, and Juneau, AK.

    UnCruise Adventures or 888/862-8881.


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    Military & Emergency Appreciation

    Hotel Walloon, in Walloon Lake, MI, (between Petoskey, Charlevoix, and Boyne City) wants to express its appreciation to all military personnel and emergency responders (firefighters, EMS and law enforcement) by inviting them to stay at Hotel Walloon Mar. 1 through 31, 2019 with a buy one night, receive the next night free promotion.

    To receive the second night free, you must stay two consecutive nights and show a valid form of military ID or emergency responder ID upon check-in.

    To make reservations, call the front desk 231/535-5000 for more information and to confirm date availability.

    Hotel Walloon is a 32 room property with free valet service, private bar, free food service four times a day, billiards room, fitness room, and a heated outdoor whirlpool spa.

    Hotel Walloon or 231/535-5000.


    Speed Trap Scams

    Hackers are trying to penetrate and get a slice of the lucrative speeding ticket market.

    In one scam hackers pretend to be the police department and send emails saying you've been caught on a speed camera and received a violation. You need to log into their phony site to see and pay the violation. When you do, the scammers harvest passwords and personal information to steal your identity. Police departments don't send citations by email. Traffic violations are sent through snail-mail, making this scam fairly easy to spot.

    Scammers have used the phone successfully to steal money from unwitting people. In one scam, a woman lost $3,000 to a scammer who used the names of real police officers in her community to rip her off. If you get that phone call, don’t give out your credit card information. Double-check with the real police or sheriff's department. This speed trap version has scammers claiming they are the police or sheriff and want you to pay by phone or online. That’s a tip off as most police departments don't accept speeding ticket payments online or by phone. These are payments typically handled by a court.

    Lastly, ask yourself: If I did not receive a speeding ticket in person or through the mail, why am I being asked to pay online or by phone? Take a minute to analyze a suspicious email or call before giving up your credit card information.


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    Ashville, NC Deals

    Asheville, NC, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is known for fall color and summer adventure but is not known as a winter destination. Mostly moderate winter weather means Asheville's downtown remains walkable with long-range views of snowy peaks and hiking trails.

    During the quieter season, Ashville hotels offer discounts. Here are a few.

    3 for 33 at Pinecrest B&B - Book any two consecutive nights and if, on arrival, the room is unoccupied for the third night, you can book it at 33 percent discount. Offer valid only at check in, only for one additional night and only for the same room. Not valid on reservations booked through online travel agencies such as Expedia or Hotel.com. Offer valid until Dec. 31, 2018.

    Pinecrest Bed and Breakfast Anniversary Special - Book a two night reservation and the bed and breakfast will include a free split of "bubbles" upon arrival. Accommodations include full breakfast, afternoon dessert tray, 24-hour beverage center, and free parking. Offer valid until Dec. 31, 2018.

    Comfort Suites Asheville offers the Blue Ridge Parkway package that includes accommodations, a parkway map and snack for two. Amenities include free wireless internet, access to the fitness center, outdoor, seasonal pool, free business center, coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, hair dryer, iron/ironing board and pull-out sleeper sofa. All suites include a hot buffet breakfast. Offer valid until Dec. 31, 2018.

    1889 WhiteGate Inn and Cottage - Buy One Get One 1/2 Off Spa Special. Book one Signature Silver Spa treatment and save 50 percent off your second treatment. The offer starts Feb. 28, 2019.

    Asheville Cabins of Carolina Mornings has a First Dog Stays Free offer. They have number of pet-friendly participating properties where your first dog can stay at no cost. 888/553-3671. Offer valid until Dec. 31, 2018.

    Wildberry Lodge Military Discount - Recognizing the sacrifice members of the military make, Wildberry Lodge offers 15 percent off the regular rate. The offer cannot be combined with other discounts. Note the special when making your reservation. Military ID required at check-in. Offer valid through July 31, 2019.

    Ashville Hotel Discounts or 828/258-6129.


    Free Movies Onboard Southwest

    Southwest Airlines enhances the customer experience by switching from paid to free movies on its Inflight Entertainment Portal on Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft.

    There are up to 30 free movies available on Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft. Also stay connected at 35,000 feet with free messaging2 via iMessage or WhatsApp.

    You can tune in to iHeartMedia's free all-in-one digital music and live streaming radio service, iHeartRadio, on select Wi-Fi-enabled flights. If you have the iHeartRadio app installed on your device, you will be able to personalized music and podcasts from the app while onboard select Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft.

    The Inflight Entertainment Portal is offered on Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft which customers can access through their phones, iPad, tablet, or laptop. It is not necessary to purchase Wi-Fi to use the free inflight entertainment onboard.

    The Inflight Entertainment Portal includes a Flight Tracker feature to stay on top of arrival times, check the current weather and get on local hot spots via the City Guide.

    If you need to be productive during your flight, you can purchase inflight Wi-Fi for $8 a day per device on Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft.

    Southwest Airlines or 800-I-FLY-SWA.


    Traveler's Thrombosis

    There can be plenty of things to worry about when flying: airport security, travel costs and flight delays. Most people don’t think of health hazards yet flying can be a health hazard for some people who are at risk of getting blood clots.

    Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the term for a deep blood clot, usually in the leg. Patients may have no symptoms at all, or they can get pain, swelling, redness or warmth along the affected vein. A blood clot is easily treatable but requires immediate attention since a piece can break off and travel to the lungs.

    Dr. Deepak Nair, chief of vascular surgery at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida and a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, answers some common questions about this syndrome.

    Is deep vein thrombosis really related to travel or is it mostly because the patient is not moving? Is travel more dangerous than working at a desk all day long?
    Inactivity for four hours or more may contribute to DVT. Long journeys that offer few options to move pose an increased risk. The risk of DVT doubles after four hours or more of travel, but the absolute risk is still only about 1 in 6,000. That's because DVT occurs when there is a perfect storm of other risk factors.

    What are those risk factors?
    Injury to any blood vessel releases chemicals that promote clotting. Recent surgery, a recent IV (intravenous line), or injuries such as a sprained ankle or blunt trauma, all increase the risk of deep venous thrombosis. The longer one waits between these injuries and travel, the less the chance of DVT.

    There are reports that people can get DVT from traveling even days after their trip. Why is that?
    There likely isn't a time lag. The clot may have already been there during travel and it just grew or matured and then caused symptoms afterwards. However, one study found that the risk of blood clot complications remains elevated for up to four weeks after a flight.

    Why is a clot in the leg life-threatening?
    A DVT can be life-threatening if it travels to the lungs and gets stuck in a major blood vessel which then limits blood flow to one or both lungs. This puts a major strain on the heart as well.

    If I am treated with blood thinners, am I still in danger during this treatment time? How long would I have to be on them?
    If the blood thinners are working, then the risk of another blood clot or worsening of the current one is very low. Your physician will determine the length of treatment based on your particular situation.

    What if I am at higher risk? I still want to travel.
    During a trip, try some seated leg and foot exercises like ankle circles, leg lifts and calf stretches. This encourages blood flow and reduces blood stagnation. Wear loose clothing so that blood flow is not constricted. Ask your doctor if compression stockings will help.

    More information about deep vein thrombosis is available on the Society for Vascular Surgery website.


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    Discounts on South Lake Tahoe Ski Vacations

    Discounts on nightly rates at Marriott's Timber Lodge and Marriott Grand Residence Club, in Lake Tahoe, CA offer good reasons to book a 2019 South Lake Tahoe ski trip now.

    Staying in the resorts' villas, guest rooms and studios, you are close to Heavenly mountain's slopes, ski runs and lifts and trails. You are also close to Heavenly Village and the town's boutiques and dining.

    Discounts on nightly rates help you stretch travel dollars.

    Save 25 percent on resort stays at Marriott's Timber Lodge or Marriott Grand Residence Club, Lake Tahoe, between Jan. 31 and Apr. 4, 2019 when you book and prepay 90 days prior to your arrival date by credit card. Once prepayment is made, no changes to the reservation will be permitted. Unused nights of a reservation, due to late arrival, early departure or otherwise, will not be refunded.

    There are a limited number of rooms for this promotion. Tax is additional and not included in the room rate. The offer does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms and cannot be combined with any other promotions. Rates are per room, per night, based on availability at the time of reservations.

    Marriott's Timber Lodge villa accommodations features one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with scenic views, kitchens, separate living and dining areas, fireplaces and washers/dryers. You can use the fitness center, outdoor pool, whirlpool and sauna. Nearby Heavenly Gondola takes you up the mountain in about 12 minutes.

    Marriott Grand Residence Club, Lake Tahoe, is steps from the Heavenly Gondola. The resort, with its heated outdoor pool, offers guest rooms, studios and one- and two-bedroom residence rentals with kitchens, separate living and dining areas and fireplaces.

    Click here to book. or 855/222-3214. Choose a resort and click on "check availability." When prompted, use promo code ADV. Or call 800/845-5279 and ask for promotional code ADV.


    Failed European Low-Cost Airlines

    In recent years a number of low-fare airlines started service, especially in Europe. Some low-fare carriers shut down soon after they started flying, leaving travelers at their destinations stranded and travelers who hadn’t started their trips were left with worthless tickets.

    These failures should make you cautious about flying on European low-fare airlines: Anyone planning to use a small low-fare startup should consider buying travel insurance. And buy it from a third party, not the airline: Most airline insurance policies don’t pay off if the corporation that sold them folds. When you factor in the cost of travel insurance, the low-fare rates are no longer low-fare.

    Here are some of the casualties.

    Primera Air: Their business model of $149 flights to Brussels couldn’t sustain the airline. On Oct. 1, 2018, a month after they started flying, Primera Air declared bankruptcy and shut down.

    Monarch Airlines: Failure of U.K.'s fifth largest airline in Oct. 2017 meant British authorities had to bring home 110,000 stranded travelers.

    Cobalt Air: Cypriot airline headquartered in Nicosia and based out of Larnaca International Airport. The airline operated from June 2016 until October 2018.

    Air Berlin: At its peak, it was Germany's second-largest airline. Headquartered in Berlin, it had hubs at Berlin Tegel Airport and Düsseldorf Airport. After years of losses, Air Berlin ceased operations in October 2017.

    Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium: Owned by the Thomas Cook Group, it operated scheduled flights throughout Europe and Africa from its base at Brussels Airport. The airline operated until 2017.

    SkyEurope Airlines: Low-cost airline headquartered and based at Bratislava Airport (BTS) in Bratislava, Slovakia. The carrier filed for bankruptcy in August 2009 and suspended all flights in September 2009.

    Additionally, established low-cost airline WOW is losing money and seeking a merger with Icelandair. If Icelandair shareholders approve the takeover, Wow would continue operating its own brand.


    Visit Philly Winter Overnight Package

    The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel package returns for the winter with perks and free hotel parking, an up to $218 value. Bookable now at visitphilly.com/overnight, the winter edition runs through Mar. 3, 2019.

    Available at 49 participating Philadelphia hotels, this season’s Philly Overnight Hotel package includes free overnight hotel parking; two tickets to the Barnes Foundation; admission and ice skate rental for two at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest; a $20 voucher for Chickie’s & Pete’s at the Lodge at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest and a $10 Lyft credit.

    Package Perks in Detail: The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel package is available for a one- or two-night stay at participating hotels.

      The winter deal includes the following for a combined value of up to $218:
    • Hotel parking (up to a $100 value for a two-night stay)
    • Two tickets to the Barnes Foundation (a $60 value)
    • Two tickets for admission/ice skate rental at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest (a $28 value)
    • $20 gift voucher for the Chickie’s & Pete’s at the Lodge at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
    • $10 credit toward Lyft rides for new and existing riders.

    Visit Philadelphia.


    Stay Twice, Earn Gold Elite Status

    Stay Twice, Earn Gold Elite Status - - The Choice Privileges loyalty program from Choice Hotels has a new promotion for Cambria Hotels guests. Book two qualifying stays at any Cambria hotel and check-in by Dec. 31, 2018, and automatically earn Choice Privileges Gold Elite Status through 2019.

    Choice Privileges Elite members get access to more rewards that help you #TravelLikeABoss when you stay at a Cambria hotel. Perks include exclusive reservation and customer service phone numbers, the option to choose bonus points or a welcome gift at check-in, and a 10 percent elite point bonus, rewarding elite members with 10 percent more points per stay than basic members.

    The Cambria Hotels brand offers an upscale experience with locations in major cities such as New York City, Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago, and Phoenix.

    • To qualify for Gold Elite Status through this promotion, Choice Privileges members must complete the following steps:
    • Register at the Choice Hotels promotion
    • Book directly at Choice Hotels, the Choice Hotels mobile app, or by calling 800-4Choice
    • Complete two separate qualifying stays at any Cambria hotel. The second stay must begin by Dec. 31, 2018.

    Choice Privileges rewards program. Stay Twice, Earn Gold Elite Status promotion.


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    Club Med Room Upgrades, Free Stays For Children

    Club Med launched a promotion to highlight their warm weather resorts. Through Jan. 8, 2019, solo travelers, couples, and families can experience Club Med from $119 per person, per night. You can take advantage of the savings on travel through June 22, 2019.
      Extra benefits including:
    • Up to $300+ air credit
    • No single supplement
    • One child under four stays free
    • Kids under 15 stay for up to 50 percent off
    • Free room upgrades.
      Club Med resorts include:
    • Club Med Cancún Yucatán, Mexico: The new Aguamarina expansion was designed for families: 60 oceanfront two-bedroom accommodations and a family pool along a secluded beach.
    • Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida: Home to the Club Med Academies, with professional sports instruction or free time engaged in land and water sports.
    • Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico: hacienda-style architecture with a renovated spa.

    Club Med properties offer locally-inspired dining, land and water sports, fitness classes, and nightly entertainment.

    Club Med.


    Boxing Day Sales

    According to Visit London, the official London Visitors site, the post-Christmas period means sales.

    Put on a sensible pair of shoes and find bargains in London's Boxing Day sales and January sales. Save money on clothes and fashion, phones, electronics, and everything in between.

    Many high street stores in London start their sales on Boxing Day (Dec. 26), or the day after. Sales last until the middle of January. There may be additional price cuts in the final days of the sales around mid-January.

    Public transport is limited on Boxing Day (Dec. 26) and New Year's Day. Trains to and from London may be affected by engineering work, so check in advance.

    Plan your shopping trip tactically. Choose a particular shopping destination, such as the West End, Covent Garden or Westfield.

    Department stores are a safe bet as everything can be found under one roof. Plus there's a chance to grab a coffee if you start to tired.

    For designer brands or luxury shopping head to King's Road boutiques or Bond Street. There are also bargains on Oxford Street, Regent Street, and areas such as Seven Dials and Carnaby. For cheap gadgets Tottenham Court Road is a good place for computers and electronics.

    • Some of the big names having sales include:
    • Debenhams: Reductions on everything, from accessories to furniture.
    • Fenwick: Bargains on fashion and accessories at this Bond Street store.
    • Fortnum & Mason: Luxurious food emporium.
    • Hamleys: Up to 50 percent off toys and games.
    • Harrods: Iconic store famous for savings on luxury goods.
    • Harvey Nichols: Chic department store with impressive reductions.
    • House of Fraser: Savings on everything, from cosmetics to fashion.
    • John Lewis: Department store claims it is “never knowingly undersold".
    • Liberty: Liberty luxury at discount prices.
    • London Designer Outlet: Up to 70 percent off year-round.
    • One New Change: Bargains at 60 stores at this City-based shopping mall.
    • Peter Jones: Shop in comfort at the much-loved department store.
    • Selfridges: Six floors of sale-packed shopping.
    • Westfield London: Shepherd's Bush for clothes and shoes.
    • Westfield Stratford City: Bargains at more than 200 stores under one roof.
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