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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, March 2012 Issue



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  • Ski/Stay in Gunnison-Crested Butte from $62 a Night
  • Take The Family To Ireland This Summer
  • Vacation Express Program w/Sunwing Airlines
  • Four Winter Hotel Deals in Philly
  • Best of Waldorf Winter Promotion
  • Win Villa Stay in Anguilla
  • Eurostar Winter Breaks for Less
  • 30% to 50% Off Horseshoe Bay Room Rates
  • Best Western “Stay 3, Stay Free" and Win a Vacation
  • Spring Super Special at West Bay Club
  • Vienna/Budapest Easter Package from $621
  • Avalon Waterways Special 2012 Savings
  • First Release of FAA Mobile
  • OAT Offers Free Single Supplements
  • Austin CVB Mobile Discount Program
  • Win 300-Plus Nights at Leading B&Bs
  • Jamaica Inn Cottage 7 Special Offers
  • Airlines Post Best December On-Time Record
  • Discover the Arts in LA Discounts
  • Trafalgar 65th Anniversary Sale


    Ski & Stay in Gunnison-Crested Butte from $62 per Night

    The Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley in Colorado offers ski and stay packages with their “Hot Deal: Ski & Stay in Paradise” deal, available Mar. 26 to Apr. 8, 2012.

    Choose from 19 property types ranging from condominiums, cabins and vacation homes to inns, bed and breakfasts, hotels and hostels. All packages include one night of lodging for two adults per room and two adult lift tickets. Additional nights of lodging and lift tickets can be added, and a few properties require two- or three-night minimums.

    In Crested Butte, prices start from $92 per person for double occupancy at the Old Town Inn, including continental breakfast and warm cookies in the afternoon. For ski-in/ski-out in Mt. Crested Butte a one-bedroom unit at Axtel Condominiums is $126 per person based on double occupancy.

    If you are driving, nearby communities offer extra value with a two-bedroom riverfront cabin at Three Rivers Resort in Almont from $73 per person, based on four adults. In Gunnison, stay at the Rodeway Inn for $62 per person based on double occupancy.

    This link lists prices for all participating properties, which must be contacted directly for this deal. Additional nights and lift tickets and children’s lift tickets can be booked. The deals are based on availability and do not include tax.

    Gunnison County or 800/814-8893.


    Take The Family To Ireland This Summer

    Sceptre Tours offers families a deal to Ireland where four people can go to Ireland for about $167 per person, per day, including a three-bedroom villa, roundtrip economy class airfare and rental car.

    The Adare Villa Estate Summer package offers six nights in a three-bedroom villa (each bedroom has its own bathroom) with kitchen, living room, dining area, sitting room, and laundry facilities on the grounds of the Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort. A manual car rental and roundtrip airfare to Dublin or Shannon is included so it may be cheaper than a getaway to Disney World.

    This package starts from $899 from New York, $919 from Boston, $989 from Chicago, and $969 from Orlando for travel May 1 to 31, 2012.

    Summer rates are $999 from New York, $1,019 from Boston, $1,089 from Chicago, and $1,069 from Orlando for travel June 1 to June 30 and Aug. 23 to Sep. 30, 2012. Prices are higher for travel in July and August.

    Rates are per person based on four people traveling and on departures on select days of the week. This package does not include government taxes, security fees and facility charges of up to $180 per person.

      Upgrade options are offered.
    • Upgrade to an automatic car for $75 per person: Includes automatic car rental with unlimited mileage.
    • Add breakfast and tours for $99 per person: Includes four breakfasts at the Adare Heritage Centre in Adare, admission to the Cliffs of Moher, House of Waterford Crystal, and an Ireland at a Glimpse booklet offering $600 in savings.
    • Dublin City 7 Night Option: Add one night at Croke Park Hotel (4-star) plus extended car rental for $99 per person per night.
    • Dublin City 8 Night Option: Add two nights at Croke Park (4-star), plus extended car rental for $198 per person for two nights.
    • Business Class Package from $2,239 (Save $3,330): Includes roundtrip business class airfare on Aer Lingus and six nights Adare Villa and standard car. Call concierge at 800/221-0924 to book business class.

    Sceptre Tours or 800/221-0924.

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    Vacation Express Program w/Sunwing Airlines

    Vacation Express will offer seasonal non-stop service via Sunwing Airlines to Caribbean and Mexico destinations from Atlanta, Cincinnati and Nashville May 25 through Oct. 29, 2012.

    Atlanta schedules include three, four and seven night rotations to Cancun and a Saturday departure to Punta Cana. Cincinnati service will include seven night packages to Cancun, Jamaica and Punta Cana and Nashville will see seven night service to Cancun and Jamaica.

    With the opportunities afforded by Sunwing, the company will include seasonal charter programs in three of its top leisure markets with all inclusive vacation packages from $399 per person taxes included.

    In-flight Sunwing Elite Service includes a "Bon Voyage" glass of champagne, hot towel service, a hot meal or hot snack, in-flight movies, wine with meals, kids backpacks with games and toys, leather seating throughout the aircraft and checked baggage (up to 44 lbs. per person) at no extra charge.

    You can upgrade to Elite Plus Service for $40 each way and receive an extra leg room seat, advance seat selection, additional 22 lb. checked baggage allowance and priority check-in and boarding.

    Vacation Express or 800/309-4717.


    Four Winter Hotel Deals in Philly

    Whether spending the night for a family-friendly weekend, a romantic getaway or a trip that tempts the tastebuds, there are hotel packages deals that include a free night's stay, $50 hotel credits or seats at some of Philly's most renowned restaurants. Here are several deals.

    Winter Family Escape package, through Apr. 1, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing – includes waterfront activities, free tickets to the RiverRink and discounted admission to the Independence Seaport Museum, coupons to Dave & Buster's, a free in-room movie (one per night) and access to the Hyatt's heated pool and board games.

    Discover with You package at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, through Dec. 31, 2012, includes accommodations, breakfast for two at the 10 Arts Bistro and a $50 hotel credit per night plus a Taste of Philadelphia amenity such as soft pretzels.

    Through May 6, 2012, four Center City hotels team up with the Philadelphia Museum of Art to include two undated, untimed tickets to the museum's Van Gogh Up Close exhibit. Other perks include 15 percent off Amtrak tickets, 10 percent off in the PMA's gift shop, free dessert with the purchase of a Chef Table meal at the PMA's restaurant. Best Western Center City Hotel, Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, Rittenhouse Hotel , and the Four Seasons.

    Philly Overnight Hotel package: This two-night package is available at more than 30 hotels in the city and region and includes free hotel parking and a With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® teddy bear.

    The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.


    Best of Waldorf Winter Promotion

    The Waldorf Astoria Naples offers value with the “Best of Waldorf Astoria” package available for booking through Mar. 27, 2012, for travel through Mar. 31, 2012. The Waldorf Astoria Naples joins eight sister properties throughout Florida and Puerto Rico in offering a warm-weather escape. As part of the “Best of” winter promotion, you will receive a free breakfast for two and a $50 daily resort credit. Rates start at $159 per night.

    The Waldorf Astoria Naples sits on 23 waterfront acres with three miles of beach amidst 200 acres of a nature preserve and mangrove estuary.

    The resort features 474 guestrooms, bungalows and suites; three pools; restaurants and lounges; golf and tennis and the Golden Door Spa.

    In January 2012, the property’s name changed from Naples Grande Beach Resort to the Waldorf Astoria Naples.

    Along with the new name, Waldorf Astoria Naples introduces amenities such as monogrammed linens, the brand’s signature mattresses, and Ferragamo bath products.

    Waldorf Astoria Naples.


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    Win Villa Stay in Anguilla

    WhereToStay.com, an internet Caribbean accommodation guide, launched a fan-based promotion on three social networks. "Like" Caribbean Villas and Hotels on Facebook, "Add" WhereToStay.com to your Google+ circle or "Subscribe" to their channel on YouTube and you will be entered in the "Villa Stay Giveaway."

    Joining each of these three social networks gives you three chances to win a five-night stay at Meads Bay Beach Villas in Anguilla. The winner will be announced on Apr. 25, 2012. Visit WhereToStay.com's Facebook page for official rules.

    Meads Bay Beach Villas operates like a boutique hotel with personalized service within a private setting. The two-bedroom home includes two ensuite baths plus a half bath, its own pool and daily maid service. Amenities include beach chairs, beach towels, beach umbrellas, high-speed wireless internet access and flat-screen TVs.

    WhereToStay.com


    Eurostar Winter Breaks for Less

    Eurostar, the high-speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, offers special prices for Standard and Standard Premier travel to Paris, Brussels or Lille until Mar. 29, 2012.

    Eurostar high-speed train service offers a Birmingham to Paris train, a Manchester to Paris train, a London to Paris or a London to Brussels train. It links St. Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.

    A Eurostar ticket gives you a range of 'Eurostar Plus' offers and discounts.

    'Eurostar Plus Culture' offers two-for-one entry into paying exhibitions at select museums and galleries in Paris, Brussels and Lille, simply by showing your Eurostar ticket.

    'Eurostar Plus Gourmet' offers up to 50 percent discounts on meals at restaurants in Paris, Brussels and Lille, by reserving a table at Eurostar Plus Gourmet and presenting your Eurostar ticket at the restaurant on arrival.

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    30% to 50% Off Horseshoe Bay Room Rates

    Horseshoe Bay Resort, in the Texas Hill Country, offers up to 50 percent off room rates for a limited time. Book by March 2012 and choose one of three special offers.

    Stay Now, Save 50 Percent Now - Savings of 50 percent off standard room rates through Mar. 8, 2012. Rates from $90 and advance reservations and pre-payment are required.

    Texas Residents Save 30 Percent - Flash your valid Texas driver's license and save 30 percent off standard room rates through Mar. 8, 2012. Rates from $125. Additionally, you receive one free round of putting at Whitewater per day of stay.

    Book Now, Stay Later, Save 30 Percent – Get a $25 resort credit and summer savings of 30 percent off standard room rates when you book a summer stay (May 25 through Sep. 3, 2012) by Mar. 20, 2012. Rates are from $153 and advance reservations and pre-payment are required.

    A 45-minute trip from Austin, a 90-minute trip from San Antonio and a few hours drive from Dallas and Houston, the 7,000-acre resort sits along the shores of Lake LBJ. The 349-room resort is home to three Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf courses, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, par 72 dwarf Bermuda grass putting course, a 50-room condominium tower and a full-service marina. A private airport, 16 tennis courts, hiking trails, spa and fitness centers all add to the experience.

    Horseshoe Bay Resort or 877/611-0112.

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    Best Western “Stay 3, Stay Free" and Win a Vacation

    Marking Best Western's 66th birthday, the Stay Three, Stay Free promotion rewards members who stay three separate times through Apr. 8, 2012 with a free night voucher, good at any Best Western, Best Western Plus or Best Western Premier worldwide until June 30, 2012. You can register and view terms and conditions here.

    Best Western rewards travelers with its "Be a Travel Hero" promotion on its Facebook page. The contest runs in tandem with the "Stay Three, Stay Free" promotion through Apr. 8, 2012. To participate in the "Be a Travel Hero" promotion, sign in or enroll via Facebook as a Best Western Rewards member. You choose a dream destination and invite up to 15 of your Facebook friends to virtually join the trip. If one of your Facebook friends accepts an invite, you will be awarded with an extra entry to win.

    Prizes include the grand prize vacation with 150,000 Best Western Rewards points that are good for hotels, air travel and car rentals; five nights at any Best Western hotel; and one $5,000 MasterCard Gift Card. Other weekly prizes include Best Western Travel Cards up to $500 in value, MasterCard Gift Cards up to $500 in value, Avis rental car vouchers and gift cards, AAA/CAA memberships and gas cards.

    BWR members who create a trip with the "Be a Travel Hero" promotion will be automatically registered for the "Stay Three, Stay Free" promotion.

    Members of Best Western's Business Advantage program who register for the Spring Promotion and stay one night during the promotion will automatically receive a free year subscription to TripIt Pro.

    Best Western.


    Spring Super Special at West Bay Club

    The West Bay Club, in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, offers every fifth night free plus another 10 percent off when you visit Apr. 15 through June 2, 2012. The offer is valid on accommodations of one bedroom or larger.

    This offer must be reserved directly with the resort, is not valid for studios, is based on availability, cannot be combined with any other promotion, and is offered for a limited time.

    On the western end of the Turks and Caicos' Grace Bay Beach, the West Bay Club features ocean-front one, two and three-bedroom suites with living areas, kitchens and outdoor balconies. Studios are equipped with kitchenettes and courtyard views. Amenities include a poolside restaurant and bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, beach service, free use of the Hobie Cat and other non-motorized water sports, a fitness center, spa, free wireless Internet, a manager's reception on Wednesday evenings and a kitchen stock-up service prior to your arrival.

    West Bay Club or 866/607-4156.


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    Vienna/Budapest Easter Package from $621

    TourCrafters offers a one-week Vienna and Budapest Easter package from Mar. 23 to Apr. 12, 2011. The price is $621 Mar. 23 to 31, 2012, $793 from Apr. 1 to 12, 2012, including airport transfers; six nights hotel accommodation; daily breakfast; a train ticket; and a sightseeing tour, snack and dinner in each city. Air fare, city tax and gratuities are not included.

    In Vienna accommodations are at the three-star Hotel Post, a five-minute walk from St. Stephen’s Cathedral. A 72-hour Vienna Card provides free transportation and museum discounts. Also included in the Vienna stay is a sausage sandwich and drink at the Bitzinger Würstelstand in the Old City, coffee and cake at the Cafe Central and dinner at the Restaurant Führich, known for its wiener schnitzel and gypsy music.

    In Budapest you stay in the four-star Hotel Carlton at Fisherman’s Bastion near the Chain Bridge. A Hop-on Hop-off tour of the city, a sightseeing cruise on the Danube, coffee and cake at the Cafe Gerbeaud and a meal at the Restaurant Kaltenberg are included.

    If you prefer three nights in Salzburg instead of Budapest can pay $845 Mar. 27 to 31, 2012, or $986 from Apr. 1 to 12, 2012, to stay at the three-star Hotel Hofwirt with a 48-hour Salzburg card for free transportation and museum, shop and restaurant discounts; a Mozart City Tour; coffee and cake at the Cafe Furst; and dinner at the K&K Restaurant am Waagplatz, which dates back to 1181.

    Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and are subject to availability.

    TourCrafters or 800/621-2259.


    Avalon Waterways Special 2012 Savings

    Avalon Waterways offers savings on their European river cruises.

    Rhine river cruises offer savings of up to 1,000 British Pounds per couple on the Upper Rhine to the City of Music route and up to 600 British Pounds per couple on the Romantic Rhine itinerary. The special 2012 savings apply to departure dates throughout the year.

    On the Paris to Normandy Landing Beaches itinerary couples can save 600 British Pounds per couple on the Mar. 27 and Apr. 17 and 24, 2012 departures. The cruise begins in Paris on the Seine River, traversing through Normandy and the WWII landing beaches.

    Avalon Waterways’ ships, on average, are two years old and staterooms are some of the largest on European rivers. Some staterooms offer a French balcony. Amenities include L'Occitane toiletries, bathrobes, Egyptian cotton linens, flat-screen televisions and free Wifi.

    Avalon Waterways offers cruises along the Rhine, Rhone, Danube and Seine rivers. Avalon Waterways also offer Asia cruises including Vietnam, Cambodia and China.

    Avalon Waterways or 800/668-1975.


    First Release of FAA Mobile

    FAA Mobile is an easy-to-use mobile website that provides quick access to FAA.gov tasks for aviation enthusiasts. You can look up N-numbers, find Advisory Circulars and browse airport delays.

    FAA Mobile is optimized for mobile devices and not designed for browsers on laptops or desktop machines. The Blackberry (RIM), Windows Mobile, and WebOS platforms are untested. If you view FAA Mobile on one of those platforms, your user experience may not be optimal.

    The FAA Mobile website allows you to stay connected with popular features of FAA.gov from any location. You can access the full web version of FAA.gov through a link at the bottom of any FAA Mobile page.

    FAA Mobile fully supports iOS 4 and higher and Android 2.2 and higher.

      FAA Mobile provides mobile access to the following features:
    • N-Number Lookup - to see ownership, registration, aircraft manufacturer and model, and more information.
    • U.S. Airport Status and Delays - across the entire National Airspace System (NAS), or look up the status of a particular airport to plan your travel schedule.
    • Advisory Circular (AC) Lookup - to help you comply with FAA regulations.
    • Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) Locator
    • Locate the closest offices based on your current location, if you have Location Services enabled on your device. You can also locate FSDOs by region or by office name. See Example
    • Wildlife Strike Reporting
    • Report an aircraft wildlife strike or edit an existing wildlife strike report.

    FAA Mobile


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    OAT Offers Free Single Supplements

    Overseas Adventure Travel (OAT) offers free single supplements on all 2012 land adventures and pre- and post-trip extensions for savings of up to $1795 on land adventures and up to $495 on trip extensions for solo travelers.

    OAT offers 28 land adventures and more than 60 pre-and-post trip options to destinations throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central and South America, the South Pacific, and Iceland. Included in this offer are new adventures for 2012, among them Burma: Land of Golden Temples & Floating Gardens, Colombia's Colonial Jewels & Caribbean Coast and Mongolia & the Gobi Desert.

    The single supplement fee has been an issue for solo travelers, who resent paying more for their trip than people who travel with a companion. Because hotel rooms are priced based on double occupancy, OAT has taken a lead in serving solo travelers with free or low-cost single supplements and other opportunities to save, including a free, online travel companion service, a free roommate matching service, and a "solo traveler challenge" that guarantees if a solo traveler finds a comparable international trip at a lower price, OAT will match the price and deduct an additional $500 from the cost of the OAT trip.

    Overseas Adventure Travel or 800/955-1925.


    Austin CVB Mobile Discount Program

    A new service in Austin TX puts the best local deals in your hands. All you need is your iPhone, iPod, Android or other mobile device. The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, Miles-Weaver and MeNetwork launched this mobile program called Mobile Austin.

    The free MeNetwork app offers exclusive discounts on live music, dining, shopping, spas and more. By launching the app, MeNetwork finds your location, ives you a menu of options and tells you what's nearby and where you can find the deals.

    No Smartphone – no problem. You can find Austin deals via on-demand text message. For example, you'd like to find a happy hour deal. Pull out your mobile and text atx happy hour to 63638. You’ll receive offers when requested, so there is no opting in or spam – ever.

    From 15 percent off any round of golf at Grey Rock Golf Club to a free chef's surprise appetizer with the purchase of an entree at County Line BBQ on the Lake, there are plenty of deals to be had. If you choose, subscribe to a specific category and be notified as soon as a new offer is posted.

    Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau


    Win 300-Plus Nights at Leading B&Bs

    You can win a vacation with a contest from Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America. The grand prize winner will get a free night stay at each of the nearly 350 inns and B&B's in the Select Registry portfolio for a full year.

    To enter the Vacation of a Lifetime Contest, register with the Select Registry Golden Quill Loyalty program. After that, each of your qualified Golden Quill nights throughout 2012 will count as an additional entry.

    One grand prize winner will be entitled to a free night’s lodging at each of the nearly 350 Select Registry inns, B&Bs and boutique hotels throughout North America, redeemable for a full year. Additionally, three first-place winners each will get a $500 Select Registry Gift Certificate good at all the portfolio’s properties. Five second-place winners will each receive a $250 Select Registry Gift Certificate.

    Select Registry’s Vacation of a Lifetime Contest is open to travelers ages 18 years and older in the U.S. and Canada. The promotion ends midnight EST, Dec. 31, 2012, and winners will be announced in early 2013.

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    Jamaica Inn Cottage 7 Special Offers

    Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, adds Cottage 7 to its portfolio of offerings. The most deluxe accommodation on property, Cottage 7 is a one-bedroom, two-story cottage with sea views, a 16-foot infinity pool and a staircase that leads to a private cove in the Caribbean Sea.

    You enter the cottage through the living room, with cathedral ceilings and shell stone tiles. Glass doors open to a veranda and infinity pool. The second floor bedroom features a four poster bed, teak floors and carpets. Two sets of French doors open to a balcony.

    To celebrate, Jamaica Inn offers free daily breakfast to guests of Cottage 3, 4, 7 or the White Suite until Dec. 14, 2012. Guests of Cottage 7 and the White Suite also receive free daily dinner. All two-bedroom cottage bookings will receive free breakfast until Apr. 15, 2012. This applies to new bookings only. If a meal plan is purchased, the cost of included meals is deducted.

    These special rates are not combinable with other packages and are applicable to new bookings and bookings that arrive and depart during special dates. A 25 percent tax and service charge applies.

    Located in Ocho Rios, the inn is situated on a private cove with 700-foot private beach two miles east of the town center.

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    Airlines Post Best December On-Time Record

    The nation’s largest airlines posted an on-time arrival record in December 2011 of 84.4 percent, the highest on-time percentage for any December during the 17 years the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has collected comparable flight delay data. According to DOT’s Air Travel Consumer Report, the carriers also had a 0.8 percent rate of canceled flights, the lowest December cancellation rate for the last 17 years.

    The December on-time rate posted by the 16 reporting carriers was up from the 72.0 percent rate of December 2010, but down slightly from November 2011’s 85.3 percent, according to data filed with the Department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The carriers’ on-time percentage for all of 2011 was 79.6 percent, compared to 79.8 percent in 2010.

    December’s 0.8 percent cancellation rate was down from December 2010’s 3.7 percent rate but up from November 2011’s 0.7 percent.

    Airlines also reported no tarmac delays of more than three hours on domestic flights or more than four hours on international flights in December. The larger U.S. airlines have been required to report long tarmac delays on their domestic flights since October 2008. Under a new rule that took effect Aug. 23, 2011, all U.S. and foreign airlines operating at least one aircraft with 30 or more passenger seats must report lengthy tarmac delays at U.S. airports. Also beginning Aug. 23, carriers operating international flights may not allow tarmac delays at U.S. airports to last longer than four hours. There is a separate three-hour limit on tarmac delays involving domestic flights, which went into effect in April 2010. Exceptions to the time limits for domestic and international flights are allowed only for safety, security or air traffic control-related reasons.

    The U.S. carriers reporting flight delays and mishandled baggage data posted a mishandled baggage rate of 3.37 reports per 1,000 passengers in December, down from December 2010’s rate of 4.72, but up from November 2011’s rate of 2.72. For all of last year, the carriers posted a mishandled baggage rate of 3.39 per 1,000 passengers, an improvement over 2010’s rate of 3.51.

    The report also includes airline reports of involuntary denied boarding, or bumping, for calendar year 2011 and the fourth quarter of last year. The 16 U.S. carriers who report on-time performance and mishandled baggage data posted a bumping rate of 0.81 per 10,000 passengers last year, down from the 1.09 rate posted in 2010. For the fourth quarter of last year, the carriers posted a bumping rate of 0.71 per 10,000 passengers, down from the 0.80 rate for the fourth quarter of 2010.

    In December, carriers reported five incidents involving the loss, death or injury of pets while traveling by air, down from the seven reports filed in December 2010, but up from November 2011’s total of two. December’s incidents involved three pet deaths, one pet injury, and one lost pet. For all of last year, carriers reported 35 pet deaths, nine pet injuries, and two lost pets. In 2010, carriers reported 39 pet deaths, 13 pet injuries, and five lost pets.

    In December 2011, the Department received 710 complaints about airline service from consumers, down 6.1 percent from the 756 complaints received in December 2010, and down 18.7 percent from the total of 873 filed in November 2011. For all of last year, the Department received 11,545 complaints, 5.1 percent higher than the 10,988 complaints received in 2010.

    Consumers may file complaints in writing with the Aviation Consumer Protection Division, U.S. Department of Transportation, C-75, W96-432, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20590; by voice mail at 202/366-2220 or by TTY at 202/366-0511; or on the web.

      Highest On-Time Arrival Rates
    • 1. AirTran Airways – 91.9 percent
    • 2. Hawaiian Airlines – 91.0 percent
    • 3. Delta Air Lines – 88.5 percent
      Lowest On-Time Arrival Rates
    • 1. Frontier Airlines – 73.2 percent
    • 2. ExpressJet Airlines – 76.3 percent
    • 3. Continental Airlines – 79.8 percent
      Highest Rates of Canceled Flights
    • 1. SkyWest Airlines – 2.2 percent
    • 2. ExpressJet Airlines – 1.5 percent
    • 3. American Eagle Airlines – 1.2 percent
      Lowest Rates of Canceled Flights
    • 1. Hawaiian Airlines – 0.0 percent – only canceled two flights
    • 2. Frontier Airlines – 0.2 percent
    • 3. JetBlue Airways – 0.2 percent


    Discover the Arts in LA Discounts

    Discover the Arts in Los Angeles is the longest running and largest arts marketing campaign in the region. Created with Wells Fargo, 50 cultural institutions and community partners, the campaign runs until Apr. 30, 2012. Cultural attractions offer up to 50 percent discounts on admissions and gift shop items to local residents and tourists.

    When you book an overnight stay on hotels.com at participating Los Angeles hotels, you will receive a Discover the Arts discount voucher that will give you up to 50 percent off admission and for gift store items at 50 cultural attractions across Los Angeles. Discover the Arts discount cards are available at Wells Fargo branches across Los Angeles, Ralphs supermarkets across Southern California, Amtrak stations, Metro and Metrolink and online.

    Among the institutions offering two for one admission are Autry National Center, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Japanese American National Museum, Petersen Automotive Museum and the Skirball Cultural Center.

    Some of the museum gift stores offering 20 percent off or more are: Chinese American Museum, Museum of Tolerance and the Getty Center.

    Discount offers are also available at theaters, art collections, musical performances additional and a presidential museum.

    Discover the Arts Los Angeles.


    Trafalgar 65th Anniversary Sale

    In celebrating 65 years of providing travel experiences, Trafalgar offers up to $1000 savings per couple or $500 per person on a majority of their air-inclusive 2012 European vacations. The savings are valid on new 2012 air-inclusive bookings when booked and paid in full by Mar. 30, 2012. Savings will vary by itinerary length, departure date, destination and airline. The offer is not valid on itineraries heading to London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Russia, Scandinavia and the Eastern Mediterranean, and is subject to availability. This limited-time Anniversary Sale counteracts the increasing flight costs set by the airlines.

    The savings are valid on most of Trafalgar's popular European trips, including the nine-day Madrid, Seville and Barcelona itinerary in Spain. This getaway combines dining and sightseeing highlights with free time to explore the cities on your own.

    Trafalgar or 866/544-4434.


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