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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, February 2011 Issue



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In This Issue:
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  • Two Days $99 Disneyland Resort Offer
  • National Park Fee Free Days 2011
  • Discounts at Round Hill Hotel and Villas
  • Winter Packages at Red Lion Hotels
  • Kentucky State Parks Military Discount
  • Discounts on Fall/Winter 2011 Galapagos Cruises
  • Warwick Hotel Rooms for Seniors From $55
  • ’Tween Waters Inn “80 Years with 80 Nights”
  • Trafalgar Savings Up to $1000
  • Lion World Tours to Kenya
  • Refer a Friend, Get Reduced Airfare on Air Pacific
  • Windstar Special Fares on 2011 Europe Sailings
  • SuperShuttle Winter Garage Sale
  • Early Bird Savings at Hedonism, Superfun Resorts
  • IHG Pays Up to $100 in Checked Baggage Fees
  • Ten Ways to Score Free Hotel Upgrades
  • The Palm Beaches Spring Training Offers
  • Lee County FL Savings
  • Hollywood CityPASS
  • Up To $200 Off Weekend Getaway at Marriott and JW Marriott Hotels


  • Two Days $99 Disneyland Resort Offer


    Southern California residents looking for value will find a new offer at the Disneyland Resort. You can purchase a Disneyland Resort two-day ticket for $99, with a choice of one park per day – Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park. With the new ticket, you get the flexibility to visit any two days through May 14, 2011. Each day of use constitutes one full day of use. You may purchase up to eight tickets per person, per day with valid ID. Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial use. Offers may be combined with other discounts or promotions.

    As a bonus, you can add the Park Hopper option for $10 more, having the freedom to go from park to park on both days. The two-day Park Hopper Ticket is valid for two days of admission to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park, including visits to both Parks on the same day.

    The two-day deal won't last long. You must purchase the two-day ticket by Apr. 14, 2011. The offer is limited to residents of Southern California (zip codes 90000-93599) and North Baja California (21000-22999). Proof of residency is required for purchase and admission.

    You can add a hotel stay to the two-day ticket with special offers at the three Disneyland Resort deluxe hotels. On rooms booked through Feb. 19, 2011, you can save up to 35 percent off the room rate at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, up to 30 percent off at Disneyland Hotel, or up to 25 percent off at Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel. The "hotel room only" offer requires a two-night minimum stay and is available most nights through Apr. 13, 2011.

    You can purchase the two-day ticket online. If you purchase your ticket online, you can print your tickets at home.

    For longer stays, you can purchase the three-day Park Hopper ticket for $169. The three-day ticket is available online or call 866/59-DISNEY. Tickets must be purchased before arriving at the resort.

    The Disneyland Resort features two theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure park – plus the Downtown Disney District comprised of dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The resort's three hotels are the newly expanded 948-room Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, the 970-room Disneyland Hotel and the 481-room Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel.

    Disneyland Resort or 866/60-DISNEY.



    National Park Fee Free Days 2011


    The National Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 selected dates throughout 2011 and encourages Americans to make a New Year's resolution to visit a national park this year.

    With 394 national parks throughout the country, most Americans live within a few hours of a park, making them places for easy and affordable vacations any time of the year.

    Fee-free days will give families many opportunities to enjoy our nation's heritage and natural beauty in meaningful and affordable ways.

    The 2011 fee-free dates will be the weekend of National Park Week (Apr. 16 to 24), the first day of summer (June 21), National Public Lands Day (Sep. 24), and the weekend of Veterans Day (Nov. 11 to 13).

    Many national park concessions will offer discounts on fee free days, saving you money on food, lodging, tours and souvenirs.

    National Park Fee Free Days.



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    Discounts at Round Hill Hotel and Villas


    Start the new year with an escape to Round Hill Hotel and Villas near Montego Bay, Jamaica.

    For a limited-time, you can stay in a full ocean-front room in the Ralph Lauren-designed Pineapple House for a special rate of $495 per night (regularly $579 per night). Book four or more nights and receive a $250 resort credit good towards cocktails, dining or spa treatments. Book a Villa Suite for four or more nights (starting at $595 ) and receive a $300 resort credit.

    Located on a 110-acre peninsula just west of Montego Bay, with views of the Caribbean Sea, Round Hill welcomes your with a newly designed restaurant, locally-sourced spa packages and a recently expanded white-sand beach. Accommodations include 36 oceanfront guest rooms, 90 villa rooms and suites or a selection of 27 private two to six bedroom Signature Villas – most with private pools. Other highlights include open-air terrace dining, family programs, an infinity pool and spa located in a beautifully-restored 18th century plantation house.

    This offer is available for booking and stays until Apr. 15, 2011. Use booking code RHWINTER.

    Round Hill Hotel and Villas or 800/972-2159.



    Winter Packages at Red Lion Hotels


    Shop, snowshoe, see a show with packaged travel from Red Lion Hotels across Washington State this winter.

    Tri-Cities Hotel Fuels Stays - Cars (and guests) eat free at the Red Lion Hotel Columbia Center in Kennewick. With this package receive a $50 gas card, breakfast and a $50 food and beverage credit at the hotel's restaurant and lounge.

    Trekking Hurricane Ridge Near Port Angeles - The snowshoes, poles, map and hand warmers are included in the winter snowshoeing package at Red Lion Hotel Port Angeles. Servicemen and women can book the same adventure under the Red, White and Blue package and save more.

    Ski Wenatchee – Start your day with breakfast at Red Lion Hotel Wenatchee. The ski package also includes lift tickets to Mission Ridge or Stevens Pass. Additional adult lift tickets can be purchased for $45 at the front desk, a $50 value. Season ski pass holders can save too.

    Showstoppers in Spokane - Some of the best seats for the Best of Broadway series go to those purchasing Best of Broadway packages at Red Lion Hotel at the Park and Red Lion River Inn in Spokane.

    Showstoppers in Seattle - Entertainment seekers at Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue are steps from the 5th Avenue Theatre. The Broadway Theatre packages include the Broadway productions which run through Spring 2011.

    Shop Seattle Fifth Avenue Finery - Shoppers delight in the $25 City Center gift card, $25 Macy's gift card and additional Macy's savings pass that make it easy to experience great buys in the heart of downtown Seattle. The Red Lion Hotel on Fifth Avenue is within walking distance of City Centre Mall and Macy's, Pike Place Market and the 5th Avenue Theatre. Free parking frees up money for more shopping.

    Red Lion Hotels or 800/733-5466.



    Kentucky State Parks Military Discount


    Active duty and reserve component military members, retirees and veterans can take advantage of discount rates with the Kentucky State Parks "USA Military Pass" program through Mar. 31, 2011.

    The program is available to those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists. Proof of military service is required at check-in. When making USA Military Pass reservations online, use "USA" for the promotional code.

    With the USA Military Pass, lodge rooms are $49.95 per night; one bedroom cottages for $74.95 a night; two bedroom cottages for $84.95 a night and three bedroom cottages for $94.95 a night. Tax is not included in these rates.

    The Kentucky State Parks have 17 resorts that offer golf, fishing, hiking, beautiful scenery and full-service restaurants. Many resorts are near or include historic sites and museums and offer programs during the fall and winter, such as elk tours, eagle watching tours, entertainment and nature programs.

    This offer is not good in conjunction with other special discounts or packages. The discount is based on availability and may exclude special events and holidays.

    Kentucky State Parks Military Discoun or 800/255-7275.


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    Discounts on Fall/Winter 2011 Galapagos Cruises

    Receive a sliding scale discount through next fall when you book your cruise directly with Ecoventura and its eco-friendly fleet of small expedition vessels in the Galapagos Islands.

    Multiple departures beginning in late August through mid December are available with up to 15 percent off if booked 180 days out from departure. The “Early Bird” booking discounts are reduced as passage is booked closer: 10 percent if booked 179 to 90 days out and five percent from 89 days out to the day of departure.

    The 2011 cruise dates for the fall Early Bird Booking discount are: Aug. 28, Sep. 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 27, Dec. 4, and 11, 2011.

    Also new for 2011, all passengers on Ecoventura’s three expedition yachts: Eric, Flamingo and Letty, will be offered a free glass of house wine or local beer during dinner each night.

    Ecoventura is a family-owned company based in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The cruise company operates three 20-passenger expedition vessels and the M/V Galapagos Sky, a 16-passenger live aboard diving vessel offering seven-night itineraries visiting the northern Galapagos islands of Wolf and Darwin.

    Ecoventura or 800/644-7972.



    Warwick Hotel Rooms for Seniors From $55

    Warwick International Hotels U.S. polished-up their senior discount with rates from $55 for accommodations in a major American city. Significant senior discounts are also available at 12 international hotels in the Warwick collection, with destinations from Fiji to France on sale all year round.

    The senior discount is available throughout 2011. Participating locations are:

    U.S.: Warwick New York, Warwick Melrose Dallas, Warwick Denver, Warwick San Francisco and Warwick Seattle.

    Europe: Barcelona (Gallery Hotel), Brussels (Royal Windsor Hotel Grand Place and Warwick Barsey Hotel), Geneva (Hotel Warwick Geneva), London (Leonard Hotel & Residence), Lyon (La Reine Astrid), Malaga (Hotel Molina Lario), Nice (Splendid Hotel & Spa), Paris (Warwick Champs-Elysées and Hotel Westminster), Zurich (Central Plaza Hotel)

    South Pacific: Fiji (Naviti Resort)

    Warwick hotels in other cities will offer up to 30 percent off their best available rates for seniors throughout the year. A special feature of the Warwick senior rate is that it can be used for up to two rooms so family can come along – without being too close.

    Use booking code WKSNR when booking online.

    Warwick International Hotels.



    ’Tween Waters Inn Island Resort “80 Years with 80 Nights”

    The Tween Waters Inn Island Resort celebrates 80 years of hospitality by giving away 80 free overnights throughout 2011. The year-long “80 Years with 80 Nights” promotion features 40 two-night Captiva vacations at the full service resort on Captiva Island, FL.

    In addition to the anniversary promotion, ’Tween Waters Inn also offers a year-long promotion with $80 in dining credits for every three-night stay or longer. Limit of one $80 credit per reservation. Paired with three-night package specials, this $80 dining credit means extra savings year round.

    The fishing cottages that evolved into ’Tween Waters Inn first began accepting guest reservations in 1931. To mark this 80-year milestone, ’Tween Waters Inn is giving away 10, two-night packages per quarter (total of 80 nights) to winners who enter via online portals, such as www.tween-waters.com/80 and www.Facebook.com/tweenwaters.

    Each package includes two nights' accommodations (based on availability), plus free continental breakfast. The drawings for the two-night getaways will be held on Mar. 31, June 31, Sep. 30 and Dec. 20, 2011. Winning prizes will be valid for one year past the drawing date. Reservations will be based on availability and will not be valid during holidays. Entrants must include all information to be considered. Winners will be notified via email first and second by telephone.

    Located across 13 beaches-to-backbay acres on Captiva Island, FL, ’Tween Waters Inn Island Resort has 137 accommodations including 19 themed cottages, one, two and three bedroom suites, and contemporary guest rooms and efficiencies.

    ’Tween Waters Inn Island Resort or 800/223-5865.



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    Trafalgar Savings Up to $1000

    Trafalgar offers a vacation new deal. Book a 2011 Trafalgar Europe guided vacation and save up to $1000 per couple. The offer is valid on new 2011 Europe bookings when full payment on land (and air if applicable) is made by Feb. 28, 2011. Travel must be completed Apr. 1 through Oct. 31, 2011 (not applicable to tours from Trafalgar's Autumn, Winter and Spring Europe brochure). Offer can be combined with brochure discounts (except Early Payment Discount) and Show Coupons. Offer is not combinable with other promotional offers, including Last Minute Deals. Offer is not valid on City Breaks (including Magic & Make Believe), Train Tours, tours with cruises or tours to Egypt, Israel, Turkey or Greece.

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    Save $1000 per couple ($500 per person) on air-inclusive packages with British Airways flights Promotion Code: 11AIR1000

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    Save $500 per couple ($250 per person) on land-only vacations Promotion Code: 11LAND500.

    Book early to secure preferred flights.

    Trafalgar Tours or 866/544-4434.




    Lion World Tours to Kenya

    Lion World Tours offers a special package to Kenya from $2,199 per person including international airfare and fuel surcharges. Government taxes, departure fees, service charges and security fees of $170 are additional and payable prior to departure. This "Kenya On Sale" package is valid for departures on Mar. 17, 24, 31 and Apr. 7, 2011.

    This package includes roundtrip international airfare to Nairobi on Ethiopian Airlines, six nights of accommodations in Kenya, game viewing, guides, meals and transfers. There is no single supplement fee for passengers traveling alone.

    "Kenya On Sale", starting at $2,199 per person is a nine-day trip which includes:

  • Roundtrip economy class airfare from Washington, DC to Nairobi, Kenya on Ethiopian Airlines
  • Fuel Surcharges
  • One night at Serena Mountain Lodge
  • Two nights at Sarova Shaba Lodge
  • One night at Sarova Lion Hill Lodge
  • Two nights at Sarova Mara Game Camp
  • Game drives as specified in itinerary
  • Six breakfasts, lunches and dinners
  • Lion World Tours representative Meet and Greet upon arrival
  • Transfers
  • This package is also available at a higher rate of $2,499 per person on Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar. 3, and 10, 2011. The single supplement fee for these departure dates is $650.

    Roundtrip add-ons from other cities include: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New York: $125; Houston, Miami: $180; Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle: $230. Add-ons are offered from other cities.

    Accommodations include stays at one or some of the lodges. From the Serena Mountain Lodge you can observe animals as they arrive to drink, bathe, spar and forage around the water hole. The Sarova Shaba Lodge is built around natural springs and offers a green oasis in an arid landscape. Lion Hill Lodge has a panoramic view of the pink shoreline created by millions of flamingos on Lake Nakuru. Sarova Mara Game Camp is set in the African bush.

    Lion World Tours or 800/387-2706 from the USA; 800/668-9968 from Canada.



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    Refer a Friend, Get Reduced Airfare on Air Pacific

    Air Pacific, Fiji's international airline, reduces airfares to travelers who take a friend along to Fiji on Air Pacific.

    Share free meals, cocktails and in-flight entertainment with a friend aboard Air Pacific and you will earn an instant discount on your airfare. The offer: Fly roundtrip from Los Angeles to the South Pacific on Air Pacific from $1,050 and take a companion with you for an additional $625. Or get three friends to travel to the South Pacific with you and you will travel for free apart from government taxes and other fees that apply from $315. The above prices include a fuel surcharge but not $115 in government taxes and other fees.

    South Pacific includes: Nadi, Fiji Islands; Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in Australia; Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand; Tongatapu in Tonga; Port Vila in Vanuatu; Apia in Western Samoa; Honiara in the Solomon Islands. If you are traveling to any of the destinations beyond Fiji, your stopover in Fiji is free.

    You can book this offer until May 31, 2011. Travel is valid until May 31, 2011, and all travel must be completed by June 14, 2011.

    Air Pacific reservations or 800/227-4446.




    Windstar Special Fares on 2011 Europe Sailings

    Windstar Cruises has special fares on 2011 Europe voyages and shipboard credit of up to $1,000. The offer expires Mar. 15, 2011 and is valid on new bookings only.

    Windstar's special fares are featured on selected sailings on Windstar's Spanish Coast, Mediterranean, Italy, Greek Isles, Baltic and Holy Lands voyages. In addition to special fares, you receive a shipboard credit of $600 ($300 per person, maximum of $600 per stateroom) if you book a Category B or A stateroom or a shipboard credit of $1,000 ($500 per person, maximum of $1,000 Wind Surf only) if you book a suite. Shipboard credits may not be used towards gratuities or casino, have no cash value and unused portions are forfeited at the end of the cruise.

    Highlighted Windstar Voyages Include:

  • 7-Day Spanish Coast Voyages - from Lisbon or Barcelona, from $2,299
  • 7-Day Islands of the Western Mediterranean Voyages - from Barcelona or Rome, from $2,199
  • 7- Day Classical Mediterranean Voyages – from Rome or Athens, from $2,299
  • 7-Day Italy Voyages from Rome - from $2,299
  • 7-Day Greek Island Voyages – from Athens or Istanbul, from $2,999
  • 7-Day Baltic Voyages – from Lisbon or Le Havre, from $2,399
  • 10 and 11-Day Holy Land Voyages – from Athens or Ashdod, from $4,499.
  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy, cruise only, and include non-discountable amounts. Taxes ($35 to $300 per person) are additional. The offer may not be combined with any other pricing or shipboard credit offers and is capacity controlled. Cancellation penalties and certain restrictions may apply.

    Windstar Cruises operates three sailing yachts that carry 148 to 312 guests, cruise to nearly 50 nations and call at 100 ports throughout Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas.

    Windstar Cruises or 800/258-7245.




    SuperShuttle Winter Garage Sale

    SuperShuttle, the nation's largest shared ride service to and from 36 airports, gives winter travelers a break by offering 15 percent discounts on all roundtrips booked through Mar. 15, 2011. The "Winter Garage Sale" is only for residential customers and requires a roundtrip booking.

    This special offer makes SuperShuttle an inexpensive option for traveling this winter and travel on SuperShuttle also brings you double airline miles on participating carriers including; Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines or US Airways programs.

    “SuperShuttle wants to promote parking your car in your own garage and letting us do the driving this winter," said Ken Testani, senior vice president of global marketing for SuperShuttle. "Not only is this a good incentive to share a ride, but we want customers to know that sharing a ride on SuperShuttle to and from the airport saves on gas, means fewer cars on the road and ultimately fewer greenhouse gas emissions."

    SuperShuttle Winter Garage Sale.


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    Early Bird Savings at Hedonism, Superfun Resorts

    BOOK BY FEB. 28 - - The adults-only Hedonism Resort in Negril and SuperFun Beach Resort & Spa in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, offer guests 18 and older limited-time early booking savings. Book all-inclusive getaways by Feb.28, 2011 and you can party through Aug. 31, 2011 at the adult playgrounds starting at $105 per person per night. Blackout dates apply.

    On 22 acres of gardens and white sand beaches in Negril, Hedonism II offers rooms with king size showers and massaging showerheads. The 280 prude- and nude-side rooms feature beach or garden views, and 12 suites have private terraces and Jacuzzis. With clothing-optional pools and beaches, late night entertainment, themed events, live bands and a gaming lounge, the resort is a non-stop romp. Rates start from $140 per person per night.

    On the west side of Jamaica in Runaway Bay, SuperFun Beach Resort & Spa offers adult singles, couples and groups of friends an activity-filled vacation. The hotel, which opened in October 2010, has 210 rooms and 15 suites with ocean and pool front views, multiple dining options including Japanese, Italian and authentic regional cuisine, the world’s only see-through-bottom Jacuzzi, a four-story waterslide, three freshwater pools and spa facilities. A wide selection of daily activities ranges from performances by local musicians to late night disco. Rates start at $105 per person per night.

    The SuperFun Beach Resort and Hedonism II are super-inclusive with accommodations; all meals, snacks and premium brand cocktails; unlimited use of all sports facilities, including equipment rental and instruction; entertainment; recreational activities; and hotel taxes. Tipping is not allowed.

    Hedonism Resort or 800/467-8737.

    SuperFun Beach Resort & Spa. or 877/467-8737.



    IHG Pays Up to $100 in Checked Baggage Fees

    Revel in long winter weekends and spring breaks without checked baggage fees because IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) extends its "Check It Free" promotion through Apr. 30, 2011. You can get back up to $100 in checked baggage fees for each roundtrip flight with a two-night weekend stay at any of IHG's 4,500 hotels worldwide including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites.

    IHG initiated its first Check It Free promotion in fall 2010. Building on its popularity, the hotel group extends the promotion period and doubled its reimbursement offer to $100 from $50.

    To submit for reimbursement of baggage fees, U.S. residents may receive an IHG Visa Prepaid Card valued up to $100 by following three simple steps:

    1. Book a two-night consecutive weekend stay (on Friday, Saturday or Sunday).
    2. Stay through Apr. 30, 2011 and pay using a valid Visa credit card
    3. Download a rebate form and submit it with copies of your hotel receipt and baggage fee receipt of up to $100 per household for two bags on the same trip. All submissions must be postmarked by May 31, 2011.

    IHG "Check It Free" promotion.



    Ten Ways to Score Free Hotel Upgrades

    Sometimes, being personable and friendly can go a long way in scoring a free hotel upgrade. The Kiwi Collection of hotels have some other tricks to try when a nice smile and pleasant demeanor is not enough.

    1. Timing -- Check in later, between 4 to 6 p.m. as the front desk can see the cancellations and no-shows of that day. Also, if your dates are flexible, don't book on busy holiday times, as upgrades cannot be given if a hotel is at full occupancy.
    2. Book a room in the middle price range -- It's not impossible to get upgraded when booking the cheapest room category available, but it doesn't help your odds. Book a room that is in the mid range for better chances.
    3. Be nice -- Front desk staff and hotel managers deal with a lot of people and handle a lot of problems and stress during their day. Sometimes, just being personable and friendly can go a long way.
    4. Ask -- It doesn't hurt to ask. The worst thing that can happen is that you get declined. Ask if an upgrade is available. If it's a special occasion, it doesn't hurt to volunteer that information.
    5. Hotel mistake? Sometimes a hotel's mistake can work to your advantage. Perhaps your room wasn't ready upon check-in, construction causing loss of sleep - you can always address a hotel issue with the management in a nice manner and see if they will do something (like provide an upgrade) for the inconvenience.
    6. It's all about relationships -- Who you knows matter, and even more so if it happens to be the general manager. Don't have a connection? Don't fret. Book on luxury hotel site Kiwi Collection and they'll do the contacting for you. Half the hotels offer free perks and free upgrades. If you book with a Visa Signature card at one of the 800 Visa properties, you get an automatic free room upgrade. Frequent Kiwi bookers can earn VIP status, and that's when Kiwi contacts the hotel on your behalf to request upgrades.
    7. Where you book matters -- If you're booking a standard room, a hotel can give you a different room based on the booking source you made the reservation on.
    8. Loyalty -- You have better chance of a free upgrade if you are loyal to the hotel and provide repeat business. It doesn't hurt to let them know that you've stayed there before or are a member of the hotel's loyalty program. Hotels know that it costs less to keep a repeat customer happy then to acquire a new one. So often they give special treatment to return customers.
    9. Title drop -- You may find that title dropping can increase your chances of special treatment and upgrades. Hotels may want to impress you because they know you're an important businessperson, someone who can refer new business or have blogging or press power.
    10. Volunteer information -- If you're at the hotel celebrating a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, share the information with the front desk. Also mention your status and loyalty as a booker, and politely inquire about upgrades.

    Kiwi Collection or 877/999-0680.



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    The Palm Beaches Spring Training Offers

    The Palm Beaches are gearing up for spring training baseball, welcoming back two World Series Championship teams – the Florida Marlins and the St. Louis Cardinals. A number of hotels and resorts offer discounted rates and specials for visiting fans who go to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter Beach, where the Marlins and Cardinals share the diamond at Florida’s only two-team training facility March through April 2011.

    Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa offers 10 percent off the best available rate on all room types; breakfast for two daily; and a welcome gift that includes a baseball, red Sharpie pen, a box of Cracker Jacks and a $10 credit for a hotdog and beverage at Roger Dean Stadium. Rates from $269. Promo Code: SPRING.

    Best Western Palm Beach Lakes Inn has discounted rates of $89 for guests attending any spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Show the canceled ticket at check-in and receive a coupon for a large pizza delivered to the room. Plus all guests receive a 10 percent discount at Duffy’s Restaurant and Grill.

    The Brazilian Court and Beach Club’s Bed and Breakfast package includes breakfast for two before heading to the ballpark. Rates from $464.

    The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach offers a “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” package that includes box seats, batting practice, behind-the-scenes Clubhouse tour, pre-game festivities, ceremonial first pitch, honorary bat kid and media start pack. Rates start at $799 for quadruple occupancy.

    The Palm Beaches Sprint Training activities or 800/554-7256.



    Lee County FL Savings

    Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers offers the Great Migration winter package through Mar. 31, 2011. It includes two free cool-down cocktails per day, $100 a day for water sports, free cabana rental, and a savings of 25 percent.

    Sanibel Public Library now offers cardholders free, one-week Cultural Activities Passes to Sanibel Island’s Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum and Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. Library cards are available at no charge to all Lee County residents. Visitors may purchase a one-year library card for $10.

    Five Sanibel Island attractions join forces with support from the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) to create the new Sanibel Trails & Tales alliance and web site. The first Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m., J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge hosts an informative 45-minute program where visitors can learn about the island from representatives of the refuge, Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation and Sanibel Historical Museum & Village. Participants receive incentives to visit the attractions.

    Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau or 800/237-6444.



    Hollywood CityPASS

    Hollywood CityPASS packs Tinseltown's attractions into a pocket-sized ticket booklet that offers discounts. An adult 2011 Hollywood CityPASS sells for $59 (a $108.90 value), saving 46 percent off combined admission to the participating attractions. Youth (ages 3 to 11) booklets retail for $39 (a value of $79), saving 51 percent.

    CityPASS travelers save more than money. They save time. At Hollywood CityPASS attractions, pass holders take the VIP route, skipping most main-entrance ticket lines. That means that CityPASS travelers enjoy more time inside the attractions, as opposed to waiting in line.

    Hollywood CityPASS celebrates Tinseltown's glitzy, kitschy, iconic appeal, so you can explore your starstruck fantasy such as scouring the Hollywood Walk of Fame for your favorite entertainers; fitting your hands inside the prints left by Hollywood legends outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre; or popping into Madame Tussauds to pose for photos.

    Hollywood CityPASS holders enjoy Red Line Tours' "Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes" tour, a guided excursion to famous film locations, classic movie palaces, the iconic Hollywood Sign, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame; a Starline Movie Stars' Homes tour; Madame Tussauds Hollywood; and your choice of the Kodak Theatre guided tour or the Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building.

    Even though it's easy to purchase a online, Hollywood CityPASS ticket booklets can be purchased at any of the participating attractions.

    CityPASS ticket booklets are available for New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California and Toronto.

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    BOOK BY FEB. 11 - - Whether looking to escape the cold or to embrace the winter on the slopes, JW Marriott and Marriott Hotels & Resorts have an extra $200 bonus towards your next stay.

    Between Feb. 11 and Mar. 27, 2011, stay for the weekend at more than 355 participating JW Marriott and Marriott Hotels & Resorts in the Continental U.S. and Canada and receive a $100 Bonus Bucks coupon redeemable for a future two-night weekend stay. You will also receive a Travel Check airfare discount voucher with a value of up to $100 off a roundtrip ticket. The offer is available Thursday through Sunday with a Friday or Saturday night stay.

    A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotels, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. This offer is not applicable to groups of 10 or more. A limited number of rooms are available and black out dates or other restrictions may apply. Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer, discount coupon, sale, promotion, or prior purchase.

    Bonus Bucks can be redeemed for future stays at JW Marriott or Marriott Hotels & Resorts worldwide for up to six months from the date of issue. Travel Check certificates are valid for travel through Jan. 15, 2012. When booking use promotional code R6M.

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