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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, February 2015 Issue



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In This Issue:
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  • Changi Airport Transit Promotion
  • 2-For-1 Alaska Tours
  • Marriott Rewards Spring MegaBonus
  • Spring Break Student Scams
  • Jackson Hole Winter Adventure Package
  • Free WiFi at Hyatt Hotels
  • Ski 3, Stay Free
  • Cunard Line 175th Anniversary Deals
  • Outrigger Early Bird Deals
  • MSC Cruises Wave Season Cruise Sale
  • Gunnison Value Getaway
  • SuperShuttle 2015 Winter Sale
  • So. Cal Discount Tickets for Frozen Fun
  • Un-Cruise Savings on 2015 Cruises
  • Club Med "#appySale" Winter Getaways
  • Kimpton’s Fly South for the Winter Package
  • Greyhound Cuts Prices On Fares
  • Be Cautious with Heavy Luggage
  • Seattle Inaugural Museum Month
  • Valentine’s Packages at Amelia Island

  • Changi Airport Transit Promotion

    Redeem a S$20 Changi Dollar Voucher when you transit through Singapore’s Changi Airport through Mar. 31, 2015.

    Singapore Airlines or SilkAir in-transit passengers, which means Singapore is neither your point of origin nor end destination, are eligible.

    Your e-ticket number must begin with 618, 629 or 086, and you must travel on flights operated by Singapore Airlines or SilkAir in and out of Singapore. Any connecting flight into or out of Singapore that is not operated by Singapore Airlines or SilkAir must be operated by Air New Zealand. Children must be older than two years when their ticket was issued and have their own seat, not a seat shared with their parent or guardian.

    Vouchers are valid for one-time use at some retail, food and service outlets at the transit and public terminals. They can also be redeemed for one-time access to the Ambassador Lounge at Terminals 2 and 3 for up to two hours per $20 CDV. Lounge usage includes showers with basic toiletries, light refreshments, international reading materials and free Wi-Fi.

    To redeem the voucher, go to the iShopChangi Collection Centres near the GST Refund counters in the transit areas of Terminals 2 and 3 and present your passport, boarding passes and e-ticket showing your full itinerary. The iShopChangi Collection Centres are open 24 hours.

    You can discover the cultural heritage of Singapore or view the night scene if your stopover is five hours or more, with a free Singapore Tour. The two-hour tours are organized by Singapore Airlines and Changi Airport.

    Daily tour run 9 to 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

    The Heritage tour includes landmarks such as the Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay, Merlion Park and end in either Chinatown or Little India.

    The night tour includes stops along the Marina Bay Waterfront Promenade, the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands and Esplanade. Other highlights are Bugis Village and the Raffles Hotel.

    To register for the free tour, go to the Free Singapore Tours (FST) Registration Booth at Terminal 2 or Terminal 3. Register at least one hour before the start of the tour. Pre-bookings can be made through your local Singapore office.


    2-For-1 Alaska Tours

    The Alaska TourSaver is a two-for-one travel guide that tries to provide travel opportunities to discover all of Alaska. The 2015 edition has more than $20,000 in travel savings. There are more than 125 two-for-one offers for: glacier cruises, rail trips, rafting, fishing, flightseeing, adventure trips, hotels, car rentals and cultural trips.

    Two-for-one means one person pays for a tour, attraction or admission and the second person goes for free. For hotels you pay for the first night and the second consecutive night is free. One book works for two travelers. Four travelers would need two books.

    Coupons are valid for 2015. Most coupons expire at the end of the tourist season in September. Some, including the hotel coupons, expire Dec. 31, 2015. For many of the offers, advance reservations are required and you must mention that you have an Alaska TourSaver.

    The 2015 Alaska TourSaver book costs $99.95. You can buy the book or download the app for either iPhone or Android.

    Alaskan TourSaver or 888/315-1650.

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    Marriott Rewards Spring MegaBonus

    Marriott Rewards, Marriott's loyalty program, offers a “Picture This” MegaBonus global promotion, making it easier to earn up to 25,000 bonus points toward redeemable rewards.

    To bring the "Picture This" promotion to life, log onto the Picture Your Rewards website, upload photos, and style them with decorative illustrations before sharing on your personal social media channels.

    Through Apr. 30, 2015, earn bonus points with your second paid stay at participating properties and earn up to 25,000 Marriott Rewards bonus points throughout the promotion. Registration is required and must be completed by Mar. 31, 2015. Sign up here.

    Non-members can sign up for Marriott Rewards on the MegaBonus site and receive automatic enrollment in the MegaBonus promotion.

    Fifteen hotel brands in more than 3,800 destinations worldwide are participating in MegaBonus.

    In addition to the MegaBonus global promotion, Marriott Rewards has new initiatives such as LocalPerks to offer added benefits beyond a hotel stay.

    Marriott Rewards also offers free in-room Wi-Fi to members who book directly. Gold and Platinum Elite Members receive free enhanced Wi-Fi optimized for downloading and streaming.

    Marriott Rewards or 800/450-4442.


    Spring Break Student Scams

    Spring is just around the corner. So many students will be looking for deals as they make their spring break travel plans.

    Scammers are advertising custom-tailored schemes to defraud students. Police in many tourist areas are so busy trying to maintain order during spring break they cannot track down fraudsters, who keep under the radar by swindling a relatively small amount of money. Knowing that this lowers the chance of being caught, scammers have become increasingly bold.

    Fraud.org, a project of the national consumers’ league, warns students of this widespread fraud and to be wary of any offer that seems too good to be true.

    The scams come in many forms, from vacation packages for far less than other companies, to misleading information on what accommodations a hostel has, to travel packages that seem to include flight or hotel reservations but really only offer something unrelated.

    Students and consumers can protect themselves. Here are some guidelines you should consider before booking.

    Proceed with caution on deals for five-star hotels, premium airfare, etc., for a very low price or that require immediate payment to retain a rate.

    Get all details from the purchase in writing, including the total cost, any restrictions that may apply, and the exact names of the hotels or airlines promised.

    Be wary of claims that say you “won” something, especially if the offer is unsolicited.

    Pay for the vacation with a credit card so you are protected if something goes wrong, and so authorities can more easily track the fraudulent vender. Avoid companies that require payments by cash, check, or wire transfer.

    Go online to see if the company has an established reputation. Look to see if other consumers have complained of hidden fees or sudden price increases.

    If a third party company claims to have purchased airline tickets or hotel reservations, call the companies yourself to ensure that the claim is valid. Some consumers have traveled long distances only to find that the hotel they thought they were staying at does not exist.


    Jackson Hole Winter Adventure Package

    Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole, WY has a Winter Adventure package where you can select your activities.

    The four-night package is available through Mar. 15, 2015. The rate is $1,076 per adult, $796 per child based on double occupancy and includes accommodations with a king or two queen beds and daily breakfast from the menu.

    This package gives you four choices from seven options that include wildlife safari, 60 minute spa treatment, snowmobile tour to Granit Hot Springs or sleigh rides that end with a three course meal or travel to the National Elk Refuge.

    These activities can be upgraded at discounted rates.

    There is also a ski free in the Tetons option, available through Apr. 5, 2015.

    Book four nights in a deluxe room, two bedroom townhome or mountain villa and get three days of skiing for two guests at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Breakfast is included with deluxe hotel rooms.

    Spring Creek Ranch or 800/443-6139.


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    Free WiFi at Hyatt Hotels

    Starwood Hotels & Resorts will offer free WiFi on Feb. 2, 2015, for loyalty members who book through Starwood’s digital channels and travelers who book through a travel agent who participates in the SPG Pro program.

    Hyatt Hotels is going one better by offering free WiFi at its hotels to all customers, starting February 2015.

    Hyatt is pulling out all of its stops as there will be no limit on how many devices you can connect to the Internet from hotel rooms or public spaces.

    Hyatt already provides free WiFi at some of its brands and to loyalty members. Now loyalty members will receive “premium” WiFi service at hotels where that amenity is available.

    Marriott International started offering free WiFi at full-service hotels (Marriott, JW Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance) for Marriott loyalty members who book through Marriott channels.


    Ski 3, Stay Free

    Indianhead Mountain Resort in Wakefield, MI, has a midweek special that runs through Mar. 19, 2015. Buy a regular price Indianhead only three-day adult lift ticket, for Sunday through Thursday skiing, and get three nights free.

    Regular price for an adult three-day ticket is $166. The offer requires a minimum of two paid adults per room. Use promotion code FREE if you are booking online.

    Indianhead Mountain Resort or 800/346-3426.


    Cunard Line 175th Anniversary Deals

    To celebrate Cunard Line’s 175th Anniversary, they offer the Grills Inclusive package, with free amenities aboard flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.

    The Grills Inclusive package is available for bookings through Feb. 28, 2015.

    Free services and amenities include a wine package, Internet minutes, a keepsake photo, a specialty coffee card, gratuities and an alternative dining credit.

    Onboard the Britannia, the 175th Celebration package offers free balcony upgrades and onboard credit.

    In 2015 (excluding World Voyages), Grills Suite staterooms (Q1 – P2) will include the following:

    • Onboard Credit: Grills guests receive an onboard credit of $60 per stateroom ($30 per person) per day.
    • The Captain’s Wine Collection: four select bottles of wine per stateroom for voyages of 13-days or less, six select bottles of wine per stateroom for voyages of 14 to 20 days, and nine select bottles of wine per stateroom for voyages of 21-days or more.
    • Alternative Dining Credit: dining credit of $70 per stateroom for Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth voyages, or $48 per stateroom for Queen Victoria voyages.
    • Free Gratuities: The suggested daily amount of $13.50 per person for Grills Suites will be credited.
    • Keepsake Photo: receive up to two 8” x 10” professional portraits per stateroom.
    • Internet Minutes: receive 120, 240, or 480 minutes per person based on voyage length.
    • Specialty Coffee Card: receive up to two specialty coffee cards per stateroom.

    For Britannia guests, the 175th Celebration package offers free Balcony upgrades, onboard credit and a reduced, refundable deposit on all three Cunard Queens.

    For Europe voyages, the offer features free double upgrades from inside to balcony stateroom; up to $300 onboard credit per stateroom; and a reduced, refundable deposit of $175 per person. For trans-Atlantic crossings, New England & Canada and Caribbean voyages, the offer features free upgrades from ocean-view to balcony staterooms; up to $300 onboard credit per stateroom; and a reduced, refundable deposit of $175 per person.

    The Grills Inclusive package and the 175th Celebration package are applicable to most sailngs May 3, 2015, to Jan. 3, 2016.

    The packages can be booked with the following promotional codes: R2G and Z2G for The Grills Inclusive package and R2W for the 175th Celebration package.

    Cunard 175th Anniversary package.


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    Outrigger Early Bird Deals

    Outrigger Hotels Hawaii offer early bird deals if you book by Feb. 23, 2015 for travel by Dec. 21, 2015. To get the early bird rates use promo code: EARLYBIRD. Most of the Hawaii properties have a two-night minimum stay while some have a three- or four-night minimum.
      Oahu resorts start from $79 per night at the Ohana Waikiki West.
    • Other Oahu hotels include:
    • Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort starts at $215 per night with no resort fee, free direct-dial calls to the U.S. Mainland and Canada, internet access, Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and a 24 hour fitness center. Children 17 years or younger may stay in parent's room using existing bedding at no additional charge.
    • Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort starts at $237 per night and the extras offered at Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach.
    • The Ohana Waikiki East and Waikiki Malia from $104 per night.
    • Waikiki Shore by Outrigger and Ala Moana Hotel from $149 per night.
    • Regency on Beachwalk Waikiki Condo by Outrigger from $169 per night.
      Maui condos start from $99 per night at the Royal Kahana Maui
    • Other Maui condos include:
    • Maui Eldorado Kaanapali by Outrigger from $105 per night.
    • Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger from $129 per night.
    • Palms at Wailea Maui by Outrigger from $169 per night.
    • Aina Nalu Lahaina by Outrigger from $119 per night.
    • The Kapalua Villas Maui from $175 per night.
      Kauai condos from $105 at the Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger
    • Other Kauai condos include:
    • Lae Nani Resort Kauai by Outrigger from $149 per night.
    • Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa Kauai by Outrigger from $195 per night.
      Hawaii, the Big Island condos include:
    • Kanaloa at Kona by Outrigger from $109 per night.
    • Royal Sea Cliff Kona by Outrigger from $79 per night.
    • Fairway Villas Waikoloa by Outrigger from $139 per night.
    • Kohala Coast Vacation Rentals by Outrigger from $259 per night.

    Outrigger Hawaii Hotels.


    MSC Cruises Wave Season Cruise Sale

    MSC Cruises, with a fleet of 12 ships, provides a cruise sale with perks such as up to $200 in shipboard credits, beverage packages and reduced deposits. Shipboard credits can be used for items such as specialty restaurants, spa treatments or shops onboard. In addition, MSC offers kids 11 and under sail free.

    Value-added benefits are based on the "Experience" category and stateroom selected. Benefits include the following:

    Bella Experience: Ocean view or balcony staterooms receive up to $50 per stateroom to spend on board and reduced deposits of $100 per person.

    Fantastica Experience: Ocean view or balcony staterooms receive up to $100 per stateroom to spend on board, reduced deposits of $100 per person, and a drink package of 12 vouchers per person for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages that can be used throughout the cruise.

    In addition, Fantastica experience guests receive a premium location stateroom; priority choice of early or late dining; 50 percent off all fitness classes and personal training; free delivery of room service; and enhanced recreational activities for children including cooking and foreign language classes.

    Aurea Experience and MSC Yacht Club: Balcony staterooms and suites receive up to $200 per stateroom to spend on board and reduced deposits of $100 per person.

    Aurea experience guests receive "My Choice Dining" flexible times; priority boarding; an all-inclusive beverage package; a spa package; access to the adults-only Top 18 sun deck; and all the perks associated with the Fantastica experience.

    MSC Yacht Club guests receive an all-inclusive VIP club level experience with priority check-in and check-out reception; signature Butler service; dedicated 24-hour concierge; exclusive Top Sail lounge and pool; 24/7 free alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages within the Yacht Club area; and a private MSC Yacht Club restaurant.

    MSC Cruises' launched Inclusive Experiences, a new pricing structure where you choose an "experience" based on your personal preference and amenities while cruising in Fall 2014.

    MSC's Wave Season promotion applies to select Caribbean, Bermuda, Europe, Canary Islands, and Transatlantic Grand Voyage sailings booked by Feb. 15, 2015.

    MSC Cruises or 844/811-1712.


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    Gunnison Value Getaway

    Gunnison, CO and nearby Almont lodging properties teamed up with Crested Butte Mountain Resort to offer Gunnison Getaway vacation packages that in most cases costs less than buying a lift ticket.

    With the Gunnison Getaway ski package, you can stay in Gunnison and ski Crested Butte Mountain Resort, a 30-mile drive or free bus ride away, and get low rates all season long. Sample per person, per night rates based on double occupancy during value season, Mar. 24 to Apr. 6, 2015, start at $51 per person at Wanderlust Hostel, $78 per person at Comfort Inn and $83 per person at Almont Resort for a cabin with lodging and lift ticket.

    During regular season, Feb. 7 to Mar. 23, 2015, sample starting rates include $89 at Alpine Inn or Quality Inn, $94 at Econo Lodge and $109 at The Inn at Tomichi Village.

    The normal daily lift ticket price is $103 to $106 for adults.

    Colorado’s largest body of water, Blue Mesa Reservoir in Curecanti National Recreation Area just west of Gunnison, offers local ice activities with natural ice available for skating and ice fishing. Local outfitters can assist with winter fishing on Blue Mesa and area rivers.

    Gunnison Nordic grooms approximately 50 kilometers of Nordic skiing trails in the Gunnison area, including Hartman Rocks Recreation Area, Van Tuyl Ranch, Western State Colorado University’s practice field, Jorgensen Park and Mill Creek. Trail maps and trail reports are posted online, and there is no cost to use Gunnison’s Nordic trails. Another way to try out trails is on fat bikes, mountain bikes with huge tires meant for snow, which can be rented at All Sports Replay and Rock ‘N’ Roll Sports.

    Gunnison has a small downhill ski area, Cranor Ski Hill, open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on local school holidays as snow conditions allow. Cranor Ski Hill, perfect for new skiers and families, was constructed as a private ski ranch in 1962 and now is owned by the City of Gunnison. Tickets for ages five to 16 cost $10, adults $14, and seniors (62 and over) and kids under age five are free.

    Gunnison’s Community Center has an indoor swimming pool with slides, a large rock climbing wall, gym, gymnastics room and game room for all ages to enjoy. Western State Colorado University’s new Mountaineer Fieldhouse features an indoor track, fitness center, climbing wall, foam pit and more. The 65,000-square-foot facility is open to the public.

    Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is an hour west of Gunnison. The park offers several free programs in winter, including free snowshoe walks that cover approximately 1.5 miles and include equipment on Saturdays and Sundays through Mar. 1 at 1 p.m. Ts and more, go to or .

    Click here to save on flights, hotel rooms, vacation packages and car rentals or 800/814-8893.


    SuperShuttle 2015 Winter Sale

    SuperShuttle, the nation's largest shared ride service to and from more than 40 airports, gives winter travelers a break by offering 10 percent discounts on total fare for airport transfers booked through Mar. 15, 2015. The Winter Sale is available system-wide including SuperShuttle's new service in Atlanta from Hartsfield International Airport to downtown locations.

    Travel on SuperShuttle allows you to earn airline points and miles on participating carriers including; Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and American Airlines.

    SuperShuttle.


    So. Cal Discount Tickets for Frozen Fun

    The Disneyland Resort offers a special ticket for Southern California residents, with options for two or three days at special prices.

    The Disneyland Resort introduced "Frozen Fun" with adventures with characters from the Walt Disney Pictures film. The live "Frozen" experience at Disney California Adventure Park lets you meet Anna and Elsa in a sing along with the "Frozen" soundtrack in the Crown Jewel Theatre, play in the snow and get a hug from Olaf the snowman.

    To explore the "Frozen" experiences, Southern California residents may use the special tickets to visit one park per day (either park) or purchase Park Hopper tickets for a two- or three-day period. The offer has four purchase options: a two-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $139; a two-day Park Hopper ticket for $178; a three-day ticket with choice of one park per day for $169, or a three-day Park Hopper for $208.

    With these limited-time tickets, Southern California residents have the flexibility to visit the parks for two or three days, through May 21, 2015, except Mar. 20, to Apr. 4, 2015.

    Tickets can be purchased online, the Disney Stores, Vons and other retail locations and any Disneyland Resort ticket booth. When you purchase tickets online you may print your tickets at home. When purchased in advance, three-day tickets include one Magic Morning early entry to Disneyland Park. This benefit is not available to tickets purchased at Disneyland Resort ticket booths.

    Through Mar. 26, 2015, special hotel offers are available to turn your visit into a getaway, including a stay at any of the three Disneyland Resort hotels. Save up to 25 percent on premium rooms for select nights at a Disneyland Resort hotel for travel through Feb. 12, 2015, and up to 20 percent for travel Feb. 13 through Mar. 26, 2015, if booked by Feb. 12, 2015.

    Disneyland Resort or 866/43-DISNEY.


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    Un-Cruise Savings on 2015 Cruises

    Save up to $400 per couple on 2015 Un-Cruise Adventure voyages in Hawaii, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Columbia & Snake Rivers, Alaska, coastal Washington and British Columbia.

    Un-Cruise Adventures’ fleet of yachts and small ships carry 22 to 88 passengers on cruises lasting one week to 21 nights. All activities and shore excursions are included.

    The new adventure savings offer varies for each destination. The offer is for new bookings on select departures in 2015 and must be booked by Mar. 27, 2015.

    Hawaiian Islands — Save $400 per couple on weeklong cruises departing Feb. to Mar. 2015 and Nov. and Dec. 2015 on the 36-passenger Safari Explorer.

    Mexico’s Sea of Cortés — Save $250 per couple on weeklong cruises departing Feb. to Mar. 2015 and Nov. and Dec. 2015 on the 84-passenger Safari Endeavour.

    Columbia & Snake Rivers — Save $350 per couple on weeklong river cruises sailing roundtrip from Portland, Apr. 18 to Aug. 1, 2015. The 88-guest S.S. Legacy, a replica coastal steamer, explores the scenic beauty and history of the area, including the Lewis & Clark expedition, with living history presentations, and excursions to museums, wineries and forts.

    Coastal Washington/British Columbia — Save $200 per couple on the 22-passenger Safari Quest yacht exploring British Columbia. Save $100 per couple on the 60-passenger Wilderness Adventurer exploring Puget Sound and San Juan Islands. Weeklong cruises depart from Seattle, WA from April to May and September to November 2015.

    Alaska — Save $400 per couple on 12-, 14- and 21-night cruises in Southeast Alaska aboard yachts and small ships carrying from 22 to 84 passengers. Departures are available April to September 2015.

    Un-Cruise Adventures or 888/862-8881.


    Club Med "#appySale" Winter Getaways

    Club Med wants you to find your happy place (#appyPlace) with savings during the "#appySale" for all-inclusive warm weather getaways from $129 per person, per night.

    The per person price is based on double occupancy in a Club category room on select weeks at Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico; Sandpiper Bay, Florida; and Turkoise, Turks & Caicos. Prices on other dates and resorts may vary. Blackout dates apply. The offer requires a three-night minimum stay (seven-night minimum for Columbus Isle). The price does not include airfare.

    Vacation at one of Club Med's resorts around the world where kids under four stay free at family destinations. Children ages four to 11 years stay at up to 50 percent off adult price at select family resorts. Children ages 12 to 15 years stay at up to 40 percent off adult price at select family resorts.

    For flights booked through Club Med, you must pay for tickets for children. Children eligible to stay for free must stay in the same room as the adults paying for their stay, or in a connecting room. Costs for Baby & Petit Club Med are at full day rate during entire stay booked.

    To take advantage of these rates, book by Mar. 3, 2015 for travel through Aug. 21, 2015. The offer is for new individual bookings on select travel dates and subject to capacity control.

    The Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic will launch a partnership with Cirque du Soleil for a circus-inspired experience for all ages in June 2015. Adults and children will be able to train with Cirque du Soleil staff in activities from acrobatics to mask.

    Club Med offers an all-inclusive escape with everything included in one price from dining throughout the day with an open bar of premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to activities with professional instruction and top-of-the-line equipment.

    Club Med or 800/258-2633.


    Kimpton’s Fly South for the Winter Package

    The Fly South for the Winter package is available at the following Kimpton Hotels in South Florida. Use booking code FlySNYT. You may book the offer through Apr. 30, 2015. Blackout dates may apply.

    Epic Miami - two free cocktails, sunscreen and lip balm from Exhale spa, and 20 percent off any Exhale spa therapy. Rates from $359 per night.

    Surfcomber Miami, South Beach - two free signature vodka cocktails from the Social Club, Surfcomber beach pack with koozie, beach ball, sandals and lip balm, and two free bottled waters. Rates from $263 per night.

    Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa, Palm Beach - two free welcome cocktails at Brandon’s restaurant, 20 percent off services at the Tideline Spa and sunglasses.

    Vero Beach Hotel & Spa - two free pairs of sunglasses, two welcome mimosas and two bottled waters. Rates from $280 per night.

    The Angler’s Miami, South Beach - Beach Bum cocktails “to-go”, two free bottled waters and one take-home beach bag. Rates from $279 per night.

    Fly South for the Winter Package or 800/546-7866.


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    Greyhound Cuts Prices On Fares

    Greyhound, a provider of intercity bus transportation in North America, launches its biggest fare sale.

    Receive up to 50 percent off the standard fare when you purchase a ticket seven days in advance to any of Greyhound’s 2,300 United States destinations.

    Along with low fares, you can travel on modern buses with amenities including free Wi-Fi, power outlets, leather seats and extra legroom. Fare discounts are applied to the full fare. Seven-day advance purchase is required. Some restrictions apply.

    Greyhound.


    Be Cautious with Heavy Luggage

    Carrying heavy luggage during travel can be brutal on bones and joints, so whether traveling by plane, train or automobile, know your limits and practice safety first.

    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 75,543 luggage-related injuries in 2013, an increase of more than 20,000 when compared to 2012.

    "While many of the injuries associated with carrying heavy luggage are minor, they can be painful and can take several days or even weeks to recover," said orthopaedic surgeon and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) spokesperson Brett A. Taylor, MD. "Travelers can avoid common neck, back and shoulder strains and other injuries altogether by cautiously handling their luggage."

      The AAOS offers the following tips:
    • When purchasing new luggage, look for a sturdy, light piece with wheels and a handle.
    • Pack lightly. When possible, pack items in a few smaller bags instead of one large luggage piece. Many airlines restrict carry-on luggage weighing more than 40 pounds.
    • When lifting luggage onto a platform or into a car trunk, stand alongside of it, bend at your knees, not your waist, lift with your leg muscles, then grasp the handle and straighten up. Once you have lifted your luggage, hold it close to your body.
    • When placing luggage in an overhead compartment, first lift it onto the top of the seat. Then, place your hands on the left and right sides of the suitcase and lift it up. If your luggage has wheels, make sure the wheel-side is set in the compartment first. Once wheels are inside, put one hand on the luggage and push it to the back of the compartment.
    • Do not twist your body when lifting and carrying luggage. Instead, point your toes in the direction you are headed, and then turn your entire body in that direction.
    • Do not rush when lifting or carrying a suitcase. If it is too heavy or an awkward shape, get help.
    • Do not carry heavier pieces of luggage for long periods of time. If it is too heavy, make sure to check luggage when traveling rather than carrying it on a plane, train or bus.
    • If using a backpack, make sure it has two padded and adjustable shoulder straps. Choose one with several compartments to secure various-sized items. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder does not allow weight to be distributed evenly, which can cause muscle strain.
    • Carry, don't drag, your luggage when climbing the stairs or, better yet, take the elevator with heavy luggage.

    The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.


    Seattle Inaugural Museum Month

    Visit Seattle starts the inaugural Seattle Museum Month, which offers you 50 percent off admission at more than 40 participating museums throughout Seattle and the region, Feb. 1 to 28, 2015.

    The offers are valid for guests staying at one of 54 downtown Seattle hotels. You must present an official Seattle Museum Month guest pass at participating museums to redeem the discounts; these discounts are valid for up to four people staying in the hotel room during hotel stay dates.

    Participating museums are located in Seattle and throughout the region, including King, Pierce and Kitsap counties. Participating Seattle museums include the Seattle Art Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Museum of History & Industry, Museum of Flight, EMP Museum, Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Henry Art Gallery, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Other participating museums throughout the region include the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue and the USS Turner Joy in Bremerton. Check the Seattle Museum Month web site for a full list of participating museums. www.seattlemuseummonth.com.

    A number of participating museums – including some with regularly free admission – will also offer films, lectures, tours and other special programming during Seattle Museum Month.

    You must stay in one of the participating hotels to access Seattle Museum Month offers. The discount offer will be honored for qualifying visitors for all days that participating museums are open in February, subject to capacity. Some separate, specially ticketed exhibitions, programs and events are not included in Seattle Museum Month.

    Visit Seattle.

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    Valentine’s Packages at Amelia Island

    Amelia Island, FL lures lovebirds with Valentine’s Day packages. A number of Amelia Island hotels, inns and resorts offer sweetheart deals to make a Valentine’s Day getaway affordable and romantic.

    Packages and special rates include:

    Amelia Hotel at the Beach - Hearts and Flowers package, available Feb. 1 to 22, 2015, starts at $438 and includes two-nights in a premium view room, champagne with keepsake flutes, chocolate covered strawberries, rose petal turn down, and fresh baked cookies. Use code HFBN and reserve at least 72 hours prior to arrival.904-206-5600, ameliahotel.com

    The Amelia Island Williams House, 904/277-2328 – The Will you be my Valentine Getaway includes a bottle of champagne and chocolates on arrival, horse drawn carriage ride for two, and dinner at David’s Restaurant. The package can be added to any two-night stay for $195, Feb. 6 to 28, 2015.

    Fairbanks House, 888/891-9881 - Valentines packages for couples and friends. The Be My Valentine Package includes lodging, a bottle of wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, roses and a voucher for a fine-dining restaurant. Packages, from two to seven nights, start at $525 for two. The My Friends Are My Valentines package includes lodging for up to five ladies in a cottage or 1,600-square-foot private floor, hot fudge sundaes, cookies, souvenirs, concierge service for spa appointments, dinner reservations and tours. Rates from $79 per person, per night. Both packages include daily breakfast, free use of bikes, beach equipment, and pool.

    ERA Fernandina Beach Realty, 904/261-4011 - Offers a Hearts & Chocolates Valentines package Feb. 13 to 16, 2015. The offer includes a 10 percent discount and a box of chocolates. Valid on stays of two nights or more, rates from $145 per night. Rates are subject to taxes and fees.

    Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 904/261-6161 - Couples Connection package, available through April 2015, offers oceanfront accommodations, welcome amenity of massage oils and lotions, in-room champagne “Bubble Bar” and $100 recreation credit. The package starts at $289 per night, with a minimum of two nights required.

    Residence Inn, 904/277-2440 - The You and Me by the Sea package, available Feb. 12 to 16, 2015, offers accommodations, box of Godiva Ballotin chocolates, two splits of wine, and two stemless glasses. Each additional night booked receives chocolates and a choice of wine or champagne. use promo code D60.

    Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, 904/277-1100 - Romance package, from $409, is available Feb. 12 to 15, 2015. The package includes breakfast for two daily, chocolate covered strawberries and Champagne, valet parking, late checkout, and a rose petal turndown service.

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