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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, April 2017 Issue



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In This Issue:
Flamingos Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan, Mexico

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  • Starting Fare for Tokyo Taxis Cut
  • Save this Spring in Morro Bay
  • Save $1,000 on French Country Waterways
  • 5 New Participants in D Discount Pass
  • Delta Debuts Free Meals in 12 Markets
  • BA Free Gastro-Tours & Guided Walks
  • Are Tourist Card Packages Worth It
  • Seoul Discount
  • Scenic Free Flights or Discounts
  • 15% Off Myanmar Tour
  • Tahiti Tourisme Launches Audition
  • Aliner Giveaway Contest
  • Cunard Three for All Promotion
  • Oceanwide Expeditions Birding Contest
  • 30% Off Amazon Voyage
  • Opening Offers James West Hollywood
  • Globus South Africa Discount
  • Don’t Let Tire Trouble Ruin Travel Plans
  • Go Today Paris Reykjavik Discount
  • Mountain Collective Pass

  • Starting Fare for Tokyo Taxis Cut

    The starting fare for taxis in Tokyo's 23 wards for the first 1.054 kilometers was reduced to 410 yen on Jan. 30, 2017. After the first 1.054 kilometers, the fare rises by 80 yen per 237 meters.

    The starting taxi fare in Japan was previously 730 yen, above the international average. It’s been lowered close to the international average. Taxis are recommended to tourists from abroad for "choinori," or a short-distance ride in Tokyo, since taxi fares in Japan's capital have now become reasonable. The new rate does not apply to all areas in Tokyo. The Tokyo taxi industry hopes that the cut in the starting fare will increase the number of inbound tourists taking taxis in Tokyo.

    With the launch of the new service, the Tokyo Hire-Taxi Association (THTA) released a video showing specific occasions in which Tokyoites typically take taxis. The video is to help inbound tourists and potential visitors understand when and on what occasions short-distance taxi rides are convenient.

      Occasions on which "choinori" is convenient:
    • When you have a small amount of baggage: transporting baggage
    • Short-distance trips: to hotels, railway stations and hospitals
    • Trips at night
    • When you get lost: trips to places you've never visited & sightseeing.

    Tokyo Hire-Taxi Association (THTA).


    Save this Spring in Morro Bay

    Save this spring on al fresco adventures when you stay in a Morro Bay hotel, motel or inn. In April the weather is warm and perfect for families and spring breakers to dive into adventure for less. Check into a Morro Bay hotel and receive a passport worth $130 in savings on activity rentals and tours including boogie boards, surf boards, kayaks and tours, paddleboards, sailing tours, golf and surreys.

    Morro Bay is a seaside fishing village located mid-way between Los Angeles and San Francisco known for sustainably caught fresh seafood, miles of beaches, and a bustling waterfront. The downtown districts offer shopping, restaurants, wine tasting, events and outdoor adventures.

    Here are several discounts:

    The Paddleboard Company - 2 for 1 Paddleboard Rentals

    AZHIAZIAM - 2 for 1 half-day surfboard or boogie board rental.

    Red Anchor Charters – Save $30 per hour on bay cruises and whale watching.

    Central Coast Outdoors - 10% off kayak tours of Morro Bay.

    Kayak Horizons - 10% off kayak rentals.

    Farmer's Kites and Surrey's - $5 off of a two-seater surrey rental or $10 off of a four-seater surrey rental.

    Morro Bay Golf Course - one free bucket of range balls.

    Morro Bay.

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    Save $1,000 on French Country Waterways

    The food and wine of Burgundy’s Côte d'Or wine-growing region is the focus of French Country Waterways’ six-night cruise aboard the 18-passenger barge Esprit. Book the Aug. 27 or Oct. 1, 2017 departures, and save $1,000 per person. The Esprit’s route follows the Canal du Centre overlooking vineyards of the Côte de Beaune, the River Saône and the Canal de Bourgogne between St. Léger-sur-Dheune and Dijon. The Aug. 27 and Oct. 1 fare is $3,995 per person, double.

    Daily sightseeing includes an owner’s tour of the Château de Rully – family-owned and occupied since the 12th century; a wine tasting hosted by a local vintner in Chassagne-Montrachet; tours of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy; the medieval abbey of Clos de Vougeot; and Dijon, capital of the Dukes of Burgundy. With free time, you can relax on the sundeck or go for an exploratory walk or bicycle ride. Hot-air ballooning is an option.

    In the family's 15th-century home in Chagny, Jacques Lameloise, owner and chef of Michelin three-star rated Lameloise, prepares a special menu of seasonal Burgundian specialties served with vintages of the Côte de Beaune and Chalonnais regions. Aboard the barge, four-course dinners, blending classic and lighter, healthier dishes, are served with wines including many from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards. Breakfasts and lunches are served buffet style.

    The Esprit has a partially canopied sundeck, lounge and dining room with picture windows, well-stocked bar, library and nine staterooms. Prices cover accommodations, all meals, all wines, open bar, sightseeing, bicycles and escorted transfers between Paris and the barge.

    French Country Waterways or 800/222-1236.


    5 New Participants in D Discount Pass

    The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau announces five new participating attractions to the D Discount Pass, a downloadable pass designed to save money on admission to metro Detroit attractions. The D Discount Pass is free and discounts average 20 percent off but can be as much as half-off.
      New participants include:
    • The Adventure Park at West Bloomfield, 20 percent off admission
    • Automotive Hall of Fame, 20 percent off admission
    • Detroit Institute of Arts, 20 percent off admission
    • United Shore Professional Baseball League, 20 percent off admission
    • Wheelhouse Detroit, half off two-hour rental.

    The five new additions expand the list of participating attractions to 15 which include: The Henry Ford, Legoland Discovery Center Michigan, Michigan Science Center, Motown Museum, and Sea Life Michigan Aquarium.

    The pass is valid for one person per visit and can be used multiple times through the end of 2017. Go to Visit Detroit and complete a brief online form to download the D Discount Pass barcode via a mobile device, email or printed voucher. To apply the discount, show the D Discount Pass barcode to staff at the time of purchase. This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or coupons, is nontransferable, has no cash value and may not be reproduced.

    The offer is valid through Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.

    D Discount Pass or 800/338-7648.


    Delta Debuts Free Meals in 12 Markets

    Delta Airlines introduces free meals in the main cabin on some of its longest domestic flights, including transcontinental routes between New York's JFK and Los Angeles/San Francisco. The airline will be the only U.S. carrier to offer free meals throughout the plane on select coast-to-coast routes.

    On Mar. 1, 2017, Delta provided free meals in the main cabin on flights between JFK and Los Angeles and San Francisco. On Apr. 24, 2017, the airline expands free meals to 10 other domestic markets from Seattle, New York, Boston and Washington, D.C.

    The is part of Delta's ongoing investment in the on-board customer experience that includes upgraded main cabin snacks, enhanced blankets, refreshed food-for-purchase options and free in-flight entertainment. Main Cabin customers on long-haul international flights also receive free beer, wine and spirits and sleep kits.

    Delta's new meal program will feature options depending on the time of the flight. In the morning, the choice is a Honey Maple breakfast sandwich, Luvo Breakfast Medley or fruit and cheese plate. During the day, select from a Mesquite-smoked turkey combo, Luvo Mediterranean whole grain veggie wrap, or fruit and cheese plate. For overnight flights, there’s a breakfast bar during the pre-arrival beverage service.

    The menus on all 12 routes will be refreshed to support the airline's focus on seasonal and locally-sourced food and beverages.

    In addition to the main cabin meal service, customers seated in Delta Comfort+ on all 12 routes will receive a pre-arrival snack basket, free beer, wine and spirits. A mid-service Greek frozen yogurt bar will be offered in Delta Comfort+ flights from JFK to/from Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    Delta Air Lines or 800/221-1212.


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    BA Free Gastro-Tours & Guided Walks

    Buenos Aires is this year's Ibero-American Capital of Gastronomic Culture. As a result, the Tourism Authority (ENTUR) organizes free monthly visits to discover the secrets and highlights of Buenos Aires' culinary art scene.

    You will be able to join free tours alongside locals and get an insider's view of the city's restaurants and eateries, including perennial favorites and hot new discoveries.

    The tours will take place on the third Saturday of each month at 5 p.m. Each tour focuses on a particular neighborhood and theme, and will be accompanied by a different specialist.

    Throughout the year tourists will be taken to traditional Spanish style taverns, Italian stone oven pizzerías, Argentine asado houses - the national style of cooking meat over red hot coal. All tours emphasis the history, evolution and preparation of each cuisine.

    Gastro tours.

    An independent group offers free walking tours of Buenos Aires. There is no need to book in advance. Just show up. The free morning tour through Recoleta meets daily at 10:30 a.m., at Plaza Estado del Vaticano (corner of Libertad and Viamonte), next to Teatro Colón. The tour takes around three-and-a-half hours where you learn the background behind the palaces, parks and monuments of the Retiro and Recoleta neighborhoods.

    Free Walks Buenos Aires.


    Are Tourist Card Packages Worth It

    Online moving platform Movinga.com produced a study, in cooperation with TravelBird, comparing the savings of tourist city passes as opposed to purchasing tickets individually.

    Movinga carried out the research after releasing their 2017 Relocation Price Index which detailed, in part, local costs of public transportation. They teamed up with TravelBird to expand on this study. Since most tourist passes contain all-inclusive public transport cards and discounts on museums and activities, the companies wanted to investigate the value of these convenience deals.

    The Index compares the cost of a weekend with and without a tourist pass in 20 cities. To do so, the price of two one-day passes for public transport plus entry to three popular tourist destinations in the city was calculated and compared to the price of a 48-hour city pass plus discounted entry costs to the same tourist destinations. The costs for the two one-day passes were taken from research for the 2017 Movinga Relocation Price Index and the city pass price was taken from tourism boards for each city. To create a sample itinerary, three popular paid tourist destinations (e.g. national galleries, museums, and popular tours) were selected based on Tripadvisor popularity rankings. The Index is ranked based on the savings made with a welcome card.

    The results show Vienna, Frankfurt, and Rome’s tourist passes offer the most savings. This compares to the Paris, France, who has the most expensive city pass at €109.00 or about $115.26. Buying the Paris city pass costs more than individual admissions.

      A weekend in Rome breaks down as follows:
    • Without a city pass, you pay €12.50 for two days of public transit, €12.00 for a ticket to the Colosseum, €10.00 for a ticket to the Castel Sant’Angelo, and €20.00 for a ticket to the Galleria Borghese. That’s €54.50 (about $57.63) in total.
    • With a city pass, you pay €28.00 for the pass, €7.50 for the Colosseum, €5.00 for the Castel Sant’Angelo, and receive free entry to the Galleria Borghese. That’s €40.50 in total, making the welcome card worth it with €14.00 ($14.80) in savings.
      Further findings from the study include:
    • Cities whose city passes save more than they cost – with savings more than $5 are: Vienna, Frankfurt, Rome, Cologne, Rejkjavík, Budapest, and Hamburg.
    • Cities whose city passes cost more than they save: Paris, Prague, Oslo, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Munich, Lisbon, and London.
    • Cities whose city passes cost about as much as they save: Berlin, Copenhagen, Dublin and Warsaw .

    City pass benefits and savings vary from city to city. Keep in mind calculations were based on three visitor activities. So the Parisian pass which offers free entry to multiple in-demand attractions, might work out better for the person planning a packed weekend. Or you may benefit buying separate public transit passes and paying in full for activities, especially when you can discovery that city in a unique way.

    The study offers insight into the cost of a city pass and how savings increase and decrease depending on how many attractions you visit with each city pass program.

    When looking to visit a new city, check the costs of your itinerary with and without a welcome card to see which option offers the best balance of value and convenience.

    Movinga and TravelBird.


    Seoul Discount

    G Adventures discounts its 10-day trip to South Korea with highlights in and around Seoul plus visits to folk villages, Korean temples and Jeju Island.

    The tour operator offers 15 percent savings on its May 12, 2017, departure bringing the cost from $3,299 to $2,804. When booking use promo code 17DI015JAP02AKBK.

      The Seoul to Seoul trip includes:
    • A city tour of Seoul, Busan and Gyeongju;
    • A visit to the DMZ
    • Yangdong Folk Village visit
    • Haedong Yonggungsa Temple visit
    • Highlight tour of Jeju Island
    • Internal flights
    • Transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Eight nights in standard hotels and one night in a temple
    • Nine breakfasts and one dinner - allow about $350 for meals not included.

    This is a small group tour with a maximum of 16 people per trip and an average of 12 people per trip. Physically, the tour requires light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels.

    G Adventures or 855/667-9504.


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    Scenic Free Flights or Discounts

    Scenic brings Southeast Asia closer with Mekong and Irrawaddy river sailings. Book any departure between August and December 2017 and receive free air from 25 U.S. gateways or additional savings.

    You can save $2,000 per couple on the 13-day “Treasures of the Mekong” and 14-day “Mystical Irrawaddy” cruises; and $1,000 per couple savings on the eight-day “Luxury Mekong” and 11-day “Luxury Irrawaddy.” These itineraries explore the Mekong and Irrawaddy river destinations of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. The deadline for the offer is based on availability and is for new bookings only.

    Along the delta between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap, you see floating canal villages, rice paddy fields and islands, and Angkor Wat. In Myanmar, the colonial legacy is revealed in temples, Buddhist art and the gold- and diamond-encrusted Shwedagon Pagoda.

    To explore the Mekong, the year-old purpose-built Scenic Spirit offers 34 private balcony suites. The Scenic Aura is a purpose-built vessel for the Irrawaddy with 22 suites. Scenic Enrich immersion events and Freechoice activities explore the regions’ customs and cuisine.

    The eight- and 13-day Mekong itineraries sail between Siem Reap, Cambodia – home of Angkor Wat, the world’s largest religious monument, and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The 13-day version offers extra days in Siem Reap and Ho Chi Minh City. Fares start at $4,090 and $6,180 per person, double, respectively – before savings.

    In Irrawaddy, you take in the culture of more than 130 ethnic tribes and geography from tropical rainforests to highlands. Itineraries include Yangon, Inle Lake and Sri Ksetra, Myanmar’s first World Heritage-listed city. Fares for the 11-day cruise start at $6,190 and $8,940 for the 14 days (before savings), which adds days in Mandalay and Yangon.

    The all-inclusive experience includes private butler service, unlimited free beverages, gratuities, cultural entertainment and regional cuisine, nearly 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio; elevator access to all service decks; on-board English-speaking guides for lectures and local insight; fitness center, steam sauna, beauty salon, guest laundry, library and open-air cinema.

    Scenic Cruises or 844/788-7985.


    15% Off Myanmar Tour

    On The Go Tours offers select departures of their 14-day Best of Myanmar & Beach tour at 15 percent off.

    The trip starts and ends in Yangon with guided sightseeing in Yangon, Mandalay, Amarapura, Inwa, Bagan, Kalaw, Pindaya and Inle Lake.

      The trip includes:
    • 12 nights in three or four star hotels and one night in a simple country cottage.
    • One way economy class flights from Yangon to Mandalay, Mandalay to Bagan (when the cruise boat is not running), Heho (Inle Lake) to Thandwe (Ngapali) and Thandwe (Ngapali) to Yangon.
    • Escorted by an English speaking tour guide (for groups of six or more) and specialist guides at some sights.
    • Private sunset boat trip on the Irrawaddy River in Bagan
    • 13 breakfasts
    • Airport arrival and departure transfers on days 1 and 14
    • Cruise on the Irrawaddy River from Mandalay to Bagan OR economy flight when the boat is not running
    • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
    • Private boat on Inle Lake to explore the floating gardens and villages Lli>Private boat trip to Mingun.

    The Sep. 23, 2017 departure costs 4,195 Australian dollars or about $3220 and four departures, Oct. 14, Nov. 4, Nov. 18 and Dec. 2, 2017 that costs $4,495 Australian dollars or about $3,450.

    Not included is international flights, visa, entrance fees of about $90 and tips.

    On The Go Tours or 877/979-3956.


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    Tahiti Tourisme Launches Audition - - HURRY submit audition by Apr. 5.

    Tahiti Tourisme launches an audition for real couples and families to become the stars of "Two Stories/One Mana," a new digital video series promoting The Islands of Tahiti.

    "Two Stories/One Mana" takes real travelers on a journey in the Islands of Tahiti and captures their experiences.

    The series started with Chapter 1, 2 and 3 videos featuring three real couples cast last summer from California and France. The couples cast last year experienced the islands’ duality of experiences, from "getting away from it all" in an overwater bungalow and lounging by a secluded lagoon, to "being a part of it all" with cultural immersion and adventure activities from the mountains to the sea.

    To film more chapters, Tahiti Tourisme is searching for new stars – real couples and families.

    To audition, couples and families should create a short, 15-second video saying what inspires them about the Islands of Tahiti and their top three favorite Tahiti activities, and then share their audition video on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #TakeMeToTahiti. The deadline to audition is Apr. 5, 2017.

    Three couples or families will be chosen as the new stars and announced in late April. They will spend 10 days in the Islands of Tahiti in June 2017 for a filmed adventure highlighting the islands' private luxury, natural beauty, Tahitian culture and Mana experiences.

    >Click here to watch the latest chapters in "Two Stories/One Mana" and keep up with the casting call.

    Tahiti Tourisme or 310/414-8484.


    Aliner Giveaway Contest

    Aliner will give away one 2018 Aliner Classic thanks to the Aliner Classic Giveaway Contest.

    Aliner is a producer of folding camping and travel trailers with a focus on lightweight towable camping trailers. Aliner is the original manufacturer of the A-frame camper.

    The contest is simple. For your entry, create a video about why you love Aliner. Videos must be at least 30 seconds in length. Then upload your video to the 2018 Aliner Classic Giveaway Contest Facebook page and share it with your friends. The entrant with the most Facebook "likes" wins. Individuals may create only one video.

    The 2018 Aliner Classic Giveaway runs through Sep. 6, 2017.

    For complete rules,visit the 2018 Aliner Classic Giveaway Contest Facebook page.


    Cunard Three for All Promotion

    This spring, Cunard cruise line offers the Three for All promotion, available on select cruise itineraries on its three Queens - Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.

    Cunard's Three for All promotion highlights Transatlantic crossings, Caribbean, New England and Canada voyages on the remastered Queen Mary 2, Mediterranean voyages on the newly-refit Queen Victoria and European voyages on Queen Elizabeth. Three for All is available for booking until Apr. 26, 2017 for select sailings between May 2017 and January 2018.

      The offer features:
    • Up to 30 percent savings off Launch Fares
    • Up to $1,000 onboard credit per stateroom
    • Free alternative dining credit
    • Mediterranean sailings receive free gratuities.

    Three for All offer or 800/728-6273.


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    Oceanwide Expeditions Birding Contest

    Oceanwide Expeditions holds a birding contest where you may win a 19-day cruise that sails on Nov. 29, 2017, worth about $10,000, that focuses on Antarctic birding in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.

    This competition runs until Apr. 30, 2017 and is open to all people age 18 or older.

    To enter the contest, submit one entry on Oceanwide Expeditions Birdwatching Contest site by completing the entry form which asks “why should someone vote for you,” uploading your three favorite bird photos, listing your favorite travel quote and why you would like to win the trip. With that information posted you create a profile and enter the contest and visitors will have a chance to vote for your entry.

    Three final contestants will be chosen from all entries. Those final contestants have an equal 33 percent chance of winning the first prize.

    One of the three final contestants will be chosen by Emin Yogurtcuoglu based on creativity of the entry and at least 100 votes. One entry will be chosen by Oceanwide Expeditions based on creativity of the entry and at least 100 votes. One entry will be drawn from all entries with at least 100 votes.

    The winner will be drawn from the three final contestants. Winners will be chosen early to mid-May 2017 and will be notified by e-mail and Facebook.

    First prize is the 19-day cruise to South Georgia, Falkland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Second prize is a $500 gift voucher for Oceanwide Expeditions while third prize is a $250 gift voucher for Oceanwide Expeditions.

    Birding contest or 800/453-7245.


    30% Off Amazon Voyage

    International Expeditions offers 30 percent off select Amazon voyages.

    The nine night cruise provides access to the Peruvian rainforest’s most pristine areas with daily excursions including pre-dawn birding, school visits in local villages, piranha fishing, local culture with cooking demonstrations, school visits, stops at riverside markets and a Shaman blessing ceremony.

    The Amazon River tour covers more than 600 miles on the Amazon and its tributaries. You travel into the protected Pacaya-Samiria Reserve and explore three different habitats so you have the best chance of spotting rare wildlife. On Amazon River cruises, you look for monkeys, birds, sloths and other mammals, and pink and gray dolphins during guided tours, lectures and field interpretation by native naturalists

    Trip highlights include hikes to view wildlife, excursion boat rides and kayaking. You sail on the Amazon Star that offers private balconies for every cabin and WiFi.

    The 30 percent off discount is offered on the Apr. 14, 21, May 5, June 16 and July 7, 2017 departures. Discounted prices start from 4,948 per person.

    Kids age seven to 18 save $500 on January to November voyages. The children’s discount is based on double occupancy price and on a child sharing the cabin. Additionally there is no single supplement on select cabin on January to November departures.

    The offer is valid on new bookings only. Airfare not included. All offers are based on availability and cannot be combined with any other discount, travel special or certificate.

    International Expeditions or 844/547-4516.


    Opening Offers James West Hollywood

    Opening in early 2017, the James West Hollywood is the first new ground-up hotel in Hollywood, CA in 30 years.

    The hotel’s opening door offer, valid from opening (around May 1) until the end of 2017: stay one to three nights and receive a daily cocktail and cuisine credit of $50, stay four nights to a week and get a $75 credit and free valet parking. Receive 20 percent off on suites.

    During your stay, free hotel perks include Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, triple-filtered water, 24-hour concierge, nightly turndown on request, eco-friendly pillow options, and free mezzanine office/workspace.

    • Extend your stay on select dates at the James West Hollywood with the Bonus offer and receive an extra night or two.
    • Stay three nights for the price of two
    • Stay four nights for the price of three
    • Stay seven nights for the price of five.

    The offer is subject to availability, black-out dates and is for new bookings only. Mention promotion code BONUS when making a reservation through the customer call center. Offer is based on the Flexible Rate offered at the time of booking. The offer is not applicable to groups and cannot be combined with other offers or promotions.

    Free breakfast for two is available with 24-hour advance reservations. Use promotional code BFAST when making a reservation through the Customer Call Center. The offer not applicable to groups and cannot be combined with other offers or promotions.

    James West Hollywood or 888/526-3778.


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    Globus South Africa Discount

    Globus Journeys discounts its 12-day Splendors Of South Africa and Victoria Falls tour that starts in Cape Town and concludes in Johannesburg. On select departures, the price is reduced from $3,859 to $3,666 per person, based on double occupancy.

    This South Africa tour starts in Cape Town, visits Cape Point Nature Reserve and Bo-Kaap. You continue to Kapama Private Game Reserve near Kruger National Park where you take part in six game drives in an open-air, four-wheel-drive Land Rover. Highlights include Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum, Soweto, Victoria Falls, and cruise on the Zambezi River at sunset.

    You’ll be part of a small-group, with no more than 20 total guests.

    The limited number of discounted departures at the $3,666 per person, based on double occupancy, take place on May 30, June 4, 18 and 27, July 5, 17 and 23, Aug. 17 and 27, 2017.

    This vacation requires purchase of roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments from Cape Town to Kapama Private Game Reserve; Kapama Private Game Reserve to Johannesburg; Johannesburg to Victoria Falls; and Victoria Falls to Johannesburg. The intra-vacation airfare starts at $985. International and intra-vacation airfare is not included in the tour pricing.

    Book flights at Fly Branson, or 866/755-8581.


    Don’t Let Tire Trouble Ruin Travel Plans

    With spring and summer in sight, the thought of proper tire maintenance is likely not at the forefront of many drivers’ minds. To help raise awareness of the importance of safe tires, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) encourages all drivers to ensure that their vehicle’s tires meet safe driving standards before hitting the road.

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an estimated 11,000 tire-related crashes occur yearly, resulting in nearly 200 fatalities.

    Performing regular tire inspections and taking extra precautions before long drives is one of the simplest ways to protect yourself and the ones you love.

    Unfortunately, fewer than 20 percent of consumers properly check and inflate their tires, often resulting in at least one tire that is significantly underinflated according to NHTSA data. This can leave drivers at increased risk for flat tires, blowouts or loss of tread – all which contribute to crashes. Additionally, poor tire maintenance can result in greater fuel consumption and shortened tire life.

    The California Office of Traffic Safety reminds all drivers to keep the following tips in mind to ensure proper tire care:

    Check tire pressure regularly – at least once per month – according to your car manufacturer’s recommendations for pressure levels. Remember to check the spare, and take extra care before long drives.

    Inspect tire tread. Ensure that tread grooves are free of foreign objects, and lookout for built-in tread wear indicators, or “wear bars,” to appear. This means the tread is worn down to one-sixteenth of an inch and needs to be replaced.

    Perform regular tire rotations if recommended by the manufacturer, usually every 5,000-8,000 miles. Some vehicles do not require tire rotations, so refer to your owner’s manual for guidance.

    Avoid overloading your vehicle to prevent excessive heat inside your tires. Passengers, cargo and roof racks all contribute to the vehicle weight. Refer to your owner’s manual for the maximum recommended load for the vehicle.

    Lookout for potholes or other objects on the road, and slow down if you are unable to avoid them.

    Take extra care near curbs, especially when parking.

    For a free brochure, go to NHTSA or 888/327-4236. For additional tire safety information, visit Safe Car.


    Go Today Paris Reykjavik Discount

    Go Today Travel offers the unlikely combination of an eight-day getaway to Paris and Reykjavik from $1,249 per person, based on double occupancy.
      The package includes:
    • Flights: New York to Paris, Reykjavik to New York
    • Three nights’ hotel accommodations in Paris
    • Flight from Paris to Reykjavik
    • Three nights’ hotel accommodations in Reykjavik
    • Continental breakfast daily
    • Taxes and surcharges.

    The eight day independent tour starts in Paris. After breakfast in your hotel on day five, you catch your flight to Reykjavik, where you also spend three nights.

    Breakfast is included daily in Paris and Reykjavik. Transfers to/from the airport and hotel and sightseeing are not included in the package price.

    The $1,249 price is valid for departures on the last few days of October, much of November and the first week of December 2017.

    For more information contact Go Today Travel or 800/227-3235.

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    Mountain Collective Pass

    Ski season is winding down and early sales of the new Mountain Collective pass for the 2017/18 ski season are available for $399, while supplies last. Add a kid's pass for $1 when purchased with an adult Mountain Collective Pass. Additional child Mountain Collective Passes can be purchased for $99 each.

    By joining the Mountain Collective, you get two days at each of the 16 Collective destinations for a total of 32 days.

    For the 2017/18 ski season Sugarbush, VT and Snowbasin, UT have joined the club.

      Each 2017/18 pass holder will receive:
    • 50 percent off all additional days (single day lift tickets) at Collective destinations
    • Up to 25 percent off at hotels and condos at Mountain Collective destinations,
    • No black-out dates.

    Additional benefits for pass holders for the 2017/18 season allow you to ski around the globe as benefits include two days each at Valle Nevado in Chile, Hakuba Valley in Japan and Chamonix in France. Mountain Collective global affiliate benefits are valid only at current Mountain Collective Global Affiliates which may change each ski season.

    Mountain Collective Pass or 800/705-6286.


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