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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, May 2007 Issue

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In This Issue:
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  • Las Vegas Deals
  • Cathay Pacific, Dragonair "Buy 3, Get 1 Fr.ee"
  • International Directions for Public Transportation
  • Airline Solves Toilet Dispute
  • Mexico Boutique Hotels Packages & Promotions
  • Bonaire Deals & Packages
  • Hertz Deals Down Under
  • Kids Stay Fr.ee at Viva Wyndham Resorts
  • Scottsdale Discount Rates and Specials
  • National Airline Quality Ratings
  • Book 2 Nights, Get 2 Cable Car Tickets
  • Colorado Summer Family Packages
  • Waikoloa Beach Marriott Intro Rate
  • C Lazy U Guest Ranch "Stay Fr.ee" Weeks
  • Palm Beach County Value Season
  • Divi Caribbean Deals
  • Healthful Travel Snacks
  • 50% Savings at Harbor Beach Marriott
  • Fr,ee Flights with Silverjet "FR,EEquent" Flyer

  • Las Vegas Deals

    You may think that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Generally, your money is usually the only thing that’s left behind.

    Below are some Vegas hotel deals so even if you lose the shirt off your back, you have an inexpensive place to stay the night.

    Whiskey Pete's Hotel & Casino: This place has been a favorite with travelers as rooms start at $21 a night. We easily found a standard room for $33 in July 2007. Looking like an 1800s mining town, two castle towers include 777 rooms and suites. There’s headliner entertainment in the showroom and multiple restaurants, including the Silver Spur Steakhouse. Gaming include slots and table games. Whiskey Pete’s has a two person oval tub with spa jets in one of its 600 square foot mini suites, or a four person spa in an oversized bathroom in one of their 725 square foot Jacuzzi® suites.

    Buffalo Bill's Resort and Casino: Rooms start at $23 a night at this western-themed resort and casino that sits on 55 acres. The 1,242-room property opened in 1994 and includes one of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the world, the Turbo Drop, the Vault 3-D simulation and the Adventure Canyon Log Flume Ride. Their pool is shaped like a buffalo.

    Arizona Charlie's Boulder: The gaming, entertainment and dining venue offers rooms from $37 a night. In our search, we found “Hot Date” rates in May and June from $32 per night.

    Cathay Pacific, Dragonair "Buy 3, Get 1 Fr.ee"

    You now have more reasons to visit Hong Kong following the launch of the "Buy 3, Get 1Fr.ee" package to Hong Kong Disneyland by CathayPacific and Dragonair. The package is available from major Asian destinations served by the two Hong Kong airlines through June 30, 2007.

    The special promotion allows visitors, in parties of four, who fly Cathay Pacific or Dragonair from the Chinese mainland and Asian destinations to stay at one of the two Hong Kong Disneyland hotels, and to receive the fourth person's package fr.ee.

    The "Buy 3 Get 1 Fr.ee" package includes: four Cathay Pacific Airways/Dragonair economy class return tickets between specified Asian destinations and Hong Kong; four Hong Kong Disneyland Park tickets; one garden view room for one night at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel or Disney's Hollywood Hotel.

    Hong Kong Disneyland Park tickets are automatically upgraded to "Stay and Play for 2 Days" tickets, allowing you to visit the Park on two consecutive days during your stay at either Disney hotel. The package also offers 11 a.m. check-in on the day of arrival and a 4 p.m. checkout on the day of departure plus four Disney Magical "FASTPASS", valid for one of the Park's three most popular attractions: the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster, Space Mountain and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

    Click here or here for the "Buy 3, Get 1 Fr.ee" package terms and conditions.

    Hong Kong Disneyland or 852/183-0830.

    Give a Jaguar -- An Amber Jaguar -- The remarkable face of a jaguar is hand-carved onto a lovely piece of cherry amber that's 33x20 mm in size. The dramatic pendent hangs on an ultra-chic 18" natural-colored leather necklace cord with a sterling silver clasp. Boy will this turn heads.

    High-style boutiques and jewelers charge $500 or more for this glam piece. It's yours for only $125 plus shipping & insurance. Click here to order.
    At the home page, click on the amber category.

    International Directions for Public Transportation

    PublicRoutes.com, an international directions-based web resource launched a navigational resource for public transportation throughout the greater London area. This makes PublicRoutes.com the first global website to provide directions for public transport in more than one country.

    PublicRoutes.com provides a way for people in the greater London area to benefit from using the tube, buses, ferry and London rail (DLR) more efficiently. The website is a source for people who need to get to meetings, arrange directions for friends, find attractions around town, or get to and from their favorite pub safely. The company works with the major transportation providers in an area and then incorporates advanced algorithms and GIS technology that develops maps and directions using public transportation.

    With recently added features, PublicRoutes.com provides users with point-to-point directions for all modes of transportation and is a more complete resource than other online trip planners currently in use.

    Merging all of a city's resources into a fr.ee, easy-to-use website, PublicRoutes.com allows you to obtain information and door-to-door directions to points of interest including restaurants, tourist attractions, sporting arenas and nightlife venues. The website offers a one-stop resource to search for, compare and book hotels, flights and vacation packages and other travel add-ons including car services and tickets to events.

    The website offers Local Guides for car services, restaurants, area attractions, local businesses and vendors that creates itineraries, maps, and detailed directions to and from selected locations. The language feature offers 14 language translations from Spanish to Chinese.

    PublicRoutes.com will soon expand to serve more cities within the U.S. and internationally.


    Airline Solves Toilet Dispute

    American Airlines opens its first class toilets for passengers in all areas of the plane to use.

    The airline said it is flushing rules started in 2003 that made the first class lavatories off limits to coach passengers on all flights. "It was difficult to explain to customers sitting in the forward section of coach why they couldn't walk a few feet and use the lavatory," airline spokesman Tim Wagner said.

    American's policy applies to all domestic flights and to international flights leaving the U.S. under Transportation Security Administration regulations. The change does not apply to incoming international flights. Mathematically, the change makes sense since a Boeing 757 plane has two lavatories for 22 first class passengers, and two toilets for 160 passengers in coach.

    Mexico Boutique Hotels Packages & Promotions

    Mexico Boutique Hotels offer new packages and promotions for 2007.

    Plan a long weekend getaway. Book three nights and get the fourth night fr.ee at participating hotels. Valid for travel through Sep. 30, 2007.

    Book a minimum three-night stay at any boutique property through June 2007 and be automatically entered to win a fr.ee, three-night return stay to another Mexico Boutique Hotel. Register online. The offer is valid for bookings made now, for travel through June 30, 2007.

    Plan a romantic retreat at one of the participating hotels and receive Champagne or sparkling wine on arrival, breakfast in bed each morning and one romantic dinner for two, plus late check-out. Valid for travel through Dec. 15, 2007 with a minimum three-night stay.

    Stay a minimum of three nights in one of the newly added hotels in the collection and earn 10 percent off a stay (room only). The offer is valid for travel through Aug. 31, 2007.

    Stay at a participating property during May and celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with a fifth night fr.ee on stays of four nights or more.

    Mexican Boutique Hotels or 800/728-9098.

    Fr-ee Fun San Diego
    This savings-packed FR.EE brochure features almost 40 Fun, Fr-ee Things to do in San Diego. When heading to Southern California, attend concerts or visit a State Historic Park and keep that cash in your pocket.

    To get your Fr-ee Fun San Diego brochure, for a $1 handling fee, click here to send us an email.

    Bonaire Deals & Packages

    This summer and beyond, Bonaire hotels offer deals and packages for divers, families, adventurers and those looking to relax and unwind. Below are some of the specials that are available.

    Black Durgon Inn - - the “High/Low Season” package includes seven nights’ accommodation in a standard room, breakfast daily, unlimited use of a kayak and room tax. The package costs $338 per person, based on double occupancy. Divers add $100 per person for unlimited shore diving including tanks, weights and belts.

    Captain Don’s Habitat, 800/327-6709 - - offers a “7th Night Fr.ee” package for $760 per person, based on double occupancy, through June 30, 2007. The package includes seven nights’ in an oceanview room, welcome rum punch, ‘Meet the Captain’ party, daily buffet breakfast, six days of single tank boat dives, unlimited shore diving, tax, services charges and energy surcharge.

    KonTiki Beach Resort’s - - “Summer Special” includes seven nights’ accommodation in a studio with kitchenette, seven day car rental, daily breakfast and all taxes and service charges. The package costs $440 per person, based on double occupancy.

    Lizard Inn - - offers their “Stay, Drive & Dive” package for $499 per diver or $399 per non-diver, based on double occupancy, valid through Dec. 31, 2007. The package includes seven nights’ accommodation in a studio, vehicle rental, taxes and insurance, unlimited shore diving, weights, belts, tanks, unlimited air, room tax and sales tax. The non-diver package does not include diving or use of weights, belts, tanks and unlimited air.

    Located 86 miles east of Aruba, the U.S. State Department and the Department Homeland Security now requires all U.S. citizens and foreign nationals to carry a passport or other accepted secure documents to enter or re-enter the U.S. from vacations or business travel (by air or sea) from Bonaire.

    Tourism Corporation Bonaire 800/BONAIRE.

    Hertz Deals Down Under

    Hertz has two special offers for U.S. and Canadian residents traveling to the “down under” destinations of Australia and New Zealand.

    Rent an economy through full-size vehicle at participating Hertz locations in Australia and receive one fr-ee rental day. The offer is valid on all qualifying Hertz rentals of seven days or more, for vehicles reserved by May 31, 2007 and picked up by June 30, 2007. You must reference Promotional Coupon (PC) # 998395 at the time of reservation and print and surrender the applicable coupon available in the Special Offers section of www.hertz.com, when you pick up the vehicle. The cost of the fr-ee day will be deducted from the total approximate rental charge at the time of rental, and excludes miscellaneous fees, taxes, optional products and services.

    Rent a compact through full-size vehicle at participating Hertz locations in New Zealand and receive a fr=ee one car class upgrade. The offer is valid on qualifying Hertz rentals of four days or more for vehicles reserved and picked up by May 31, 2007. The upgrade is not guaranteed and is based on availability of a larger car at the time of rental. Reference Promotional Coupon (PC) # 999331 at the time of reservation and print and surrender the applicable coupon available online when you pick up the vehicle.

    For both offers, standard rental qualifications, rental periods and return restrictions in effect at time and place of rental apply. Reservations must be made at least eight hours prior to vehicle pick up. Neither offer can be combined with each other, nor with any other offers, discounts, coupons or promotions, nor applied to completed rentals. Other restrictions apply. Complete terms and conditions are on Hertz’ web site.

    Hertz or 800/654-3131.

    Kids Stay F.ree at Viva Wyndham Resorts

    Viva Wyndham Resorts roll out the red carpet for family travel. From June 1 through Aug. 31, 2007, children ages 12 and under eat, stay and play fr.ee while staying with one paying adult at any of Viva Wyndham’s eight all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Mexico.

    While on property, families can take part in activities such as kayaking, dance classes, pool-side games and nightly shows that blend dancing, singing and acting with guest participation. Additionally, kids can take advantage of the Viva Wyndham Kid’s and Junior’s Club with daily scheduled activities such as archery, beach volleyball, sand castle building, face painting, pool games, windsurfing and tennis. All activities are divided into age-appropriate groups. Babysitting services are also available for a nominal fee.

    The “Kids Stay Fr.ee” summer offer includes: room accommodations (kids must stay in a room with at least one paying adult); unlimited meals, snacks, and beverages; all non-motorized sports, activities and collective lessons; f-ree enrollment in the Kid’s and Junior’s Club; live nightly entertainment plus all taxes, surcharges and gratuities.

    Viva Wyndham or 800/WYNDHAM.

    Face-It Luggage Tags -- Your Face on Your Luggage
    There's no mistaking your luggage with the Face-It Luggage Tag. The durable, laminated tag displays your face and the phrase "This Face Belongs With This Luggage."

    A Face-It Luggage tag makes it less likely for a stranger or thief to walk off with your luggage and helps you recognize your luggage at a glance in hotels or airports. Face-It Tags are also available for briefcases, portfolio books, backpacks, sporting equipment, musical instruments, bicycles and more. Face-It Luggage Tags.

    Scottsdale Discount Rates and Specials

    As the mercury rises, prices at Scottsdale AZ resorts and attractions drop, making the summer months a prime time for budget and family travel. Here are some of the offers.

    Stay at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, 480/515-5700, with the Suite Indulgence package. The getaway includes accommodations in a one-bedroom suite with chilled champagne and chocolate covered strawberries on arrival. Valid June 1to Aug. 31, 2007. Rates begin at $475 per night.

    Chaparral Suites Resort Scottsdale, 480/949-1414, offers rates from $99 per night with their Caribbean Summer package in a two-room suite. The package is available May 24 to Sep. 3, 2007 and children under 17 stay fr-ee and receive f-ree breakfast daily. Friday and Saturday evenings, there’s live Caribbean music poolside and giveaways for poolside guests Saturday afternoons.

    Scottsdale Summer Values.

    National Airline Quality Ratings

    Hawaiian Airlines takes the top spot in the 17th annual national Airline Quality Ratings study, conducted by researchers from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Wichita State University.

    The AQR is a month-by-month summary of quality ratings for the largest domestic U.S. airlines operating during 2006. Researchers used 15 elements important to consumers when judging the quality of airline service.

    Hawaiian Airlines led the 2006 ratings in best on-time performance. The company’s planes were on-time 93.8 percent of the time. The airline also had the best baggage handling rate (3.14 mishandled bags per 1,000 passengers) in the rankings. Eighteen airlines were studied in 2006.

    The AQR researchers note that overall industry performance in three of the four AQR criteria was worse in 2006, compared to 2005. In particular, the mishandled baggage rate was the most consistent area of performance decline for most airlines rated in 2006. The mishandled baggage rate for the industry increased from 6.06 per 1,000 passengers in 2005 to 6.50 in 2006.

      The AQR scores for the 18 largest airlines for 2006 resulted in the following ranking:
    1. Hawaiian
    2. Jet Blue
    3. Air Tran
    4. Frontier
    5. Northwest
    6. Southwest
    7. Continental
    8. United
    9. Alaska
    10. American
    11. ATA
    12. Delta
    13. US Air
    14. SkyWest
    15. Mesa
    16. COMAIR
    17. American Eagle
    18. Atlantic Southeast
      Other major industry findings in this year’s research study include:
    • Atlantic Southeast Airlines had the worst on-time performance (66 percent) for 2006, the highest involuntary denied boardings rate at 4.47 per 10,000 passengers and the worst baggage handling rate (17.37 mishandled bags per 1,000 passengers) of all airlines
    • Jet Blue had the lowest involuntary denied boardings rate at 0.07 per 10,000 passengers.
    • Five airlines improved their denied boardings rate in 2006. ATA recorded the largest improvement. Jet Blue and Air Tran are clearly the industry leaders in avoiding denied boarding incidents. Industry performance was worse in 2006 (1.01 per 10,000 passengers) than it was in 2005 (0.89).
    • Southwest Airlines, again, had the lowest consumer complaint rate (0.18 per 100,000 passengers) of all airlines.
    • United and US Airways both had the highest consumer complaint rates (1.36 per 100,000 passengers for both) of all airlines.

    Protect Luggage with Baggage Guard Seals

    The pre-numbered, one-time use plastic padlocks are the perfect way to protect your luggage since they cannot be reinstalled once removed. That feature lets you instantly know if someone tampered with your luggage. Yet when TSAs at airports need to inspect your luggage, Baggage Guard Seals can be easily removed. A package of 10 Baggage Guard Seals is still only $9.95.

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    Book 2 Nights, Get 2 Cable Car Tickets

    The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau has an online hotel promotion. Book a stay of two consecutive nights or longer on the SFCVB’s web site, and receive two fr.ee cable car tickets, a $10 value. You can also make reservations by telephone.

    The offer is for overnight stays through July 31, 2007 only.

    When you book your hotel stay through the SFCVB’s web site, you will receive a confirming e-mail. Upon confirmation of the offer, the tickets will be mailed to you unless the booking is less than seven days prior to your stay. Then, you may pick up the tickets at the San Francisco Visitor Information Center, 900 Market St. The center is open weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends and holidays during the summer months.

    San Francisco’s legendary cable cars have been in service since 1873. The “attraction that takes you to the attractions” operates on three routes through some of the city’s most scenic territory: Union Square, Nob Hill, Russian Hill and Fisherman’s Wharf.

    San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau or 888/330-6739.

    Colorado Summer Family Packages

    Colorado offers a variety of summer travel deals for families from authentic dude ranches to luxury hotels. Packages combine accommodations with activities such as horseback riding and fishing. Here’s a sample selection of summer packages.

    Four Legs or Four Wheels or 888/601-5678 The Inn at Lost Creek in Telluride offers a family fun package June 15 through Sep. 15, 2007 that includes two nights' accommodations with a choice of horseback riding or an ATV tour. Rates start at $92 per person, per night, with a two night minimum stay.

    Families can "learn the ropes" with cowboys on an authentic dude ranch at the Summit School Riding Ranch, or 866/671-4733, in Gateway Canyons. The family package includes four nights’ accommodations, horseback riding lessons, three cowboy lunches and dinners. Rates start at $1,286, based on double occupancy, plus $200 per child. Package is available through Oct. 15, 2007.

    The Gunnison-Crested Butte, or 800/814-8893, area offers a family rafting package from $58 per person, per night, for a family of four (two adults and two children ages 12 and under). Available June 15 through Aug. 31, 2007, the package includes two nights in a two-bedroom condominium in Mt. Crested Butte and a half-day raft trip on the Gunnison River. Price is based on quad occupancy, does not include tax and is subject to availability.

    Take an overnight scenic tour from Denver to Glenwood Springs, aboard Amtrak. Available through Oct. 31, 2007, families can enjoy Amtrak train transportation, two nights' accommodations at Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, a one-day Hot Springs pool pass, hotel transfers, and daily breakfast. Rates start at $162 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. RMA Tours or 800/841-9800.

    The Grande Lodge, or 888/264-5566, in Crested Butte offers horseback riding packages, June 15 through Aug. 31, 2007. The package includes two nights' accommodations and horseback riding tours for two adults and two children under 12, starting at $484.

    Colorado vacation information or 800/COLORADO.

    Waikoloa Beach Marriott Intro Rate

    The Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, on the Big Island of Hawaii, completed a $50 million-plus renovation.

    An introductory $199 “Discover Waikoloa” room rate is offered and reservations must be booked by July 15, 2007 for travel through Dec. 19, 2007. The per night room rate is for the garden view category and doesn’t include taxes and fees. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.

    Located along the Kohala Coast, the beachfront resort hotel is 18 miles north of Kona International Airport, on ‘Anaeho’omalu Bay, amid a 17-acre lava field featuring historical Hawaiian petroglyphs and the ancient Hawaiian Fishponds. The location is a leisurely stroll from the Waikoloa Kings’ Shops and five restaurants. Nearby are the Waikoloa Golf Club offering 36 holes of championship golf and the Queens’ Marketplace, opening in fall 2007.

    Waikoloa Beach Marriott or 800/922-5533.

    Cheap Tix Chart
    Buy Tickets at a Discount -- Special ticket outlets sell discounted day-of-performance tickets to theater productions, films, and sporting events. Discounts can be 50 percent or more. On The Go Publishing’s Cheap Tix Chart, still only $14, lists outlets in the U.S. and eight foreign cities that sell discounted, day-of-performance tickets. Click here to order the Cheap Tix Chart from On The Go Publishing.

    C Lazy U Guest Ranch 'Stay Fr.ee' Weeks

    The historic C Lazy U Guest Ranch, in Granby, CO, offers two special "stay fr.ee" weeks for the young and the young at heart. Kids Stay Fr.ee week runs June 3rd through the10th, 2007, and Grandparents Stay Fr.ee week is June 24th through June 30th, 2007.

    During Kids Stay Fre.e week, children ages 3to 17 can stay for an entire week at no additional cost with a minimum booking of at least two paid guests. For Grandparents Stay Fr.ee week, there is no additional cost for grandparents with a minimum booking of four paid guests.

    The Kids Program helps add to the memories during Kids Stay Fr.ee week. Established in 1949, the program is fully supervised and divided into three age groups providing riding instruction, entertainment and education for young children, tweens and teens.

    C Lazy U offers a horseback riding program for all abilities; fishing in on-property lakes and streams; hiking trails; and Rocky Mountain relaxation.

    Rates include upscale accommodations, housekeeping, three meals per day, and all ranch facilities and activities, evening entertainment, swimming in a heated pool, tennis, whirlpool, sauna, game room and exercise area.

    Kids Stay F.ree week offers an average savings of $2,500 per child, based on a minimum booking of two paid guests and subject to availability. Grandparents Stay Fr.ee week also offers an average savings of $2,500 per grandparent, based on a minimum booking of four paid guests and subject to availability. Taxes and gratuity are not included.

    C Lazy U Guest Ranch or 970/887-3344.

    Palm Beach County Value Season

    For decades, tycoons and moguls visited Palm Beach County, FL. Today, this playground is a spot where savvy travelers seek “luxe for less.”

    Through mid-December, you can save nearly 45 percent off high-season published rates at Palm Beach resorts such as the Boca Raton Resort & Club, the Four Seasons and the Breakers.

    Adding to the value is the Palm Beach County 2007 Visitors Guide with reviews showcasing accommodations, attractions and cultural venues, dining, festivals, sports and special events. The guide is accompanied by a coupon booklet worth $1,000.

    Here are some of the 2007 Value Season resort offerings.

    The Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Summer Spa & Golf package begins at $336 per room, per night June 15 to Sep. 30, 2007. The two night getaway includes a 50-minute spa treatment or Ritual Bath per guest, green fees, golf cart rental with ice chest, tees, towels and GPS screens; fitness center access and daily breakfast.

    The Four Seasons Palm Beach getaway package features a value rate of more than $100 off the regular published rate, depending on length of stay. For three or four night stays in May and October, room rates start at $300 per room. Stays of five nights or more start at $280 per room, per night. The regular published rate during high-season starts at $509 per room, per night.

    The Breakers Stay Longer & Save program, from July 1to Sep. 30, 2007, offers reduced rates based on length of stay plus incentives and discounts. Rates are reduced to $229 per night for stays of five nights or more, $259 for three to four night stays; and $289 per night for stays of one or two nights. Added benefits include reduced green fees of $65 per person for 18 holes (including cart), or $45 for nine holes, on either of the resort’s two championship courses. There are also savings on Beach Bungalows and Grand Cabanas, with weekday rates from $100 per day and weekend rates from $125.

    Ritz Carlton, Palm Beach, with a recent $60 million make-over, extends with its Summer Escape program, beginning June 4, 2007. Rates start from $279 per night for a renovated suite which includes soaking tubs carved from a single piece of stone.

    The Resort at Singer Island offers $215 per night introductory rates with fr.ee breakfast, available until Sep. 30, 2007. Accommodations are in a one or two-bedroom suit with a high-tech kitchen.

    Palm Beach County Convention Visitors Bureau or 561/233-3000.

    Divi Caribbean Deals

    Visit the Caribbean and save with Divi Resorts’ “Kids Stay and Eat Fr.ee” program and extended summer sale. Through Dec. 21, 2007, kids 12 and under stay and eat fre.e at Divi Resorts properties, excluding Divi Heritage Beach Resort, with a stay of seven or more days. Children can choose items from the children’s menu when dining with a paying adult (limit one child per paying adult and a maximum of two children per room).

    There is also an extended summer savings of up to 35 percent off the published rate at Divi Resorts in Aruba, Barbados, Bonaire, St. Maarten and St. Croix. Rates start from $96 per night at Divi Dutch Village Resort in Aruba. Originally set to end in March, the booking window is extended to July 10, 2007 for travel through Sep. 4, 2007. This sale applies to all room types with a required three-night minimum stay. These special rates do not include taxes or service charges and cannot be combined with any other offer, except the “Kids Stay and Eat Fr.ee” program.

    Divi Resorts or 800/367-3484.

    Silky Travel Jewelry Roll
    A must have for travelers. Our silky travel jewelry roll comes in a random assortment of single-color jacquards, solid colors and two-color brocades. This handy travel jewelry roll measures 8 1/2 x 11 inches when open and closes to a compact 8 1/2 x 4 inches. Our exclusive design offers a place for everything with one deep pocket, a ring bar and three zippered compartments. Price $40. Click here to order from On The Go Publishing.

    Healthful Travel Snacks

    If you are flying and ate before you left home, chances are you are going to get hungry because we often underestimate the amount of time a trip can take. A two-hour flight can mean four or five hours of travel.

    So, to keep you eating healthy while on the road, here are some ideas for healthful snacks you can bring along. Most of the snacks can be packed in plastic or zip-lock bags that don’t take up much space.

    Suggestions come from Charles Stuart Platkin, J.D., M.P.H., a public health advocate who writes the syndicated nutrition and fitness column, "The Diet Detective."

    Water: Now you must buy it after the security checkpoint to take onboard. Dehydration can cause or exacerbate hunger, jet lag and fatigue.

    Cereal: Kashi (a variety of healthful versions) or Cheerios are both portable, low-calorie choices.

    Beef jerky: Especially good if you're a low-carb fan -- but not if you're watching your sodium.

    Fruit: Apples, pears and grapes are durable, and almost any fruit can be stored in a container.

    Rice cakes: Be selective, since calorie and fat content vary widely.

    Energy bars: Although they tend to be high in calories and fat, they often are better than a slice of pizza or a candy bar at the airport.

    Nonfat yogurt: Yogurt is a great portable snack, although it is perishable. A three ounce container can easily fit into an insulated bag or small cooler. The small cooler may be counted toward your carry-on bag limit. Don’t forget to pack a plastic spoon.

    Sandwiches: Pre-cut them into portion-controlled sections so you can pull them out at different times during the trip without making a mess. Chicken, turkey, cold cuts and cheese (on 100 percent whole-wheat bread) are all great options for sandwiches on the go, although they are perishable. Peanut butter can last much longer, doesn’t need refrigeration and is usually a kid favorite.

    Soy chips: These are another portable, low-cal, high-fiber snack.

    Before you pack your snacks, click here to check with the Transportation Security Administration for the latest in-flight rules on bringing food and water.

    50% Savings at Harbor Beach Marriott

    Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, offers more than 50% savings and VIP status with a Summer Spa getaway.

    Rates start at $149 per night, based on a two-night minimum, double occupancy and availability, but do not include tax or service charge. Advanced reservations are required. This offer must be booked by May 11, 2007, and is valid for travel June 2 to Aug. 31, 2007. Use promotional code D57 when booking. Regular room rates start at $259 per night.

    The getaway includes accommodations in a deluxe guestroom, two VIP spa passes which provide access to the private spa facilities and 20 percent off all spa treatments.

    The four-diamond resort, on 16 oceanfront acres, is 10 minutes from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.

    Harbor Beach Marriott Resort &Spa or 800/222-6543.

    Fr,ee Flights with Silverjet “FR,EEquent” Flyer

    Silverjet, the British low-fare, all business class trans-Atlantic airline creates its new "FR,EEquent" flyer program. The airline offers anyone with a frequent flyer membership for any airline to fly Silverjet and receive a fr,ee ticket to London.

    To qualify, passengers flying from Newark to London can log in online and inform Silverjet of the rewards program they are a part of with any other airline. Silverjet will then email a promotion code and booking instructions that entitles the customer to a fr,ee flight back to New York for every one-way flight booked to London. This means a flat bed to London and back now starts at $899 plus tax and fees. There is no limit to the number of flights that customers can book; all bookings must be made by midnight on Monday, May 25 2007, and are valid for all flights offered in the Silverjet booking system.

      Silverjet's standard service includes:
    • 100 seats per flight that convert into 6'3" flat beds, with individual AC power outlets, privacy screens and a seat back massager
    • Pre-ordered and customized meals that are freshly cooked, hand plated and served when you want to eat, on china with glassware and metal cutlery
    • A personal, digital in-flight entertainment system with noise reduction headsets, offering the latest movies, music and television shows
    • A separate ladies restroom on the plane, customized with amenities such as Aromatherapy Associates beauty products, to meet the needs of the female traveler
    • 30 minute check in (45 with baggage), done chair-side at the private Silverjet Lounge. There are no lines or counters
    • Fast Track security to seamlessly go from the lounge to the plane
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