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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, June 2008 Issue



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In This Issue:
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

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  • Stay and Play for $99
  • Super 8 Lodging Sweepstakes
  • Safari Savings
  • Unplug at Arawak Beach Inn
  • Megabus Expands to East Coast
  • American's 'On The Move' Sweepstakes
  • DOT Raises Denied Boarding Compensation
  • Epoque Hotels Go Europe Offer
  • 2008 Rosewood Escapes Special
  • Disney World Resort Fall Dining Offer
  • Walters Golf Summer Rates for Vegas
  • Doral Buddy Golf Package
  • Club Med Ixtapa Pacific Offer
  • Loyal Princess Passengers Receive New Discounts
  • Trump Las Vegas From $199 per Night
  • Trafalgar Europe Value Season
  • Boyne Family Deals
  • Superclubs “Fare Is Fair” Deal
  • African Safaris ‘09 Packages at ‘08 Prices
  • Hilton Costa Rica All-Inclusive Deal

  • Stay and Play for $99

    Cougar Canyon Golf Links, in the old mining town of Trinidad, CO, was ranked by Colorado Avid Golfer Magazine as having the best new Colorado golf course of 2007. To get the word out, Cougar Canyon offers a “Stay and Play” package for $99 per person that includes one night’s stay, one round of 18 hole golf, free range balls and a commemorative yardage book.

    The package offers a stay at the new La Quinta Inn & Suites or the Quality Inn, both located minutes from the course and historic downtown Trinidad.

    Stay and Play rates are based on double occupancy, but a cart is not included. Reservations are accepted six months in advance.

    Cougar Canyon Golf Links 719/422-7015.


    Super 8 Lodging Sweepstakes

    ENTER BY JUNE 8 - - In the spirit of the Beijing summer games, the Super 8 lodging chain plans to give one lucky winner an eight-day trip to Beijing.

    The grand-prize winner in the Super 8 Celebrate the 8 Sweepstakes will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to China that includes tours and accommodations at a Super 8 hotel in Beijing.

    The first-prize winner will receive two free nights at any Super 8 hotel in the United States and Canada, excluding Quebec, and a $100 gas card. Eighty-eight second-prize winners will receive free one-night stays at any Super 8 hotel in the United States and Canada, excluding Quebec, along with a $25 gas card.

    No purchase is necessary to enter the sweepstakes online through June 8, 2008. Eligibility is limited to legal residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec province) who are 18 years or older. The Sweepstakes, which ends June 8 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, is void where prohibited. Official rules are available online and may be requested by mailing a hand-printed, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Celebrate the 8 c/o Evoke New York, 231 West 29th Street, Suite 905, New York, NY 10001.

    Super 8 Motels or 800/800-8000.


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    Safari Savings

    GOOD THROUGH JUNE 30 - - Chongwe River House, in Lower Zambezi, Zambia, offers safari savings with rates at the house reduced to $400 per person, per night. The rate includes accommodations, meals, all game viewing, laundry, bar, national park fees, and a private guide. The offer is valid through June 30, 2008.

    If you want to extend your stay in Africa, Chongwe River Camp and Robin Pope Safaris have a nine night Lower Zambezi/South Luangwa combo. This blend of two locations is $2,880 per person for nine nights. Included in the rates are: accommodations, meals, all game viewing, laundry, bar, national park fees, and a private guide.

    Chongwe River House. Click to send an email. Or Robin Pope Safaris. Click to send an email.



    Unplug at Arawak Beach Inn

    The Arawak Beach Inn, on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, offers an isolation vacation to unplug. Without Internet access, TV or phones, you are forced to enjoy the island. The seven-night getaway, created to help the overworked unplug and recharge, is available year-round and priced from $999 per person, based on double occupancy, through Oct. 31, 2008. That calculates to less than $143 per night.

    The seven-night isolation vacation includes: oceanfront accommodations, daily breakfast, four dinners, a three-day car rental, day-trip to an uninhabited island with a picnic lunch, deep sea fishing excursion, three days of snorkel equipment and roundtrip airport or ferry transfers.

    Tech junkies will not be able to purchase or access an Internet connection at the resort. Blackberries and laptops will be kept under lock and key on arrival if you can't leave your electronic gear at home. There are no phones or TVs in the guest rooms.

    Arawak Beach Inn or 877/4-ARAWAK.



    Megabus Expands to East Coast

    Serving more than 900,000 passengers since April 2006, Megabus expands its low-cost, intercity express bus service to the East Coast and is now available. East Coast residents can travel from $1 to: New York to Boston, Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Buffalo, N.Y. and Atlantic City, N.J. in the United States; and Toronto, Canada.

    Megabus offers up to 55 daily departures from New York in new, greener, state-of-the-art motor coaches. Book early to secure fares as low as $1. Competitive fares apply the closer you book to the day of departure.

    Booking is done via the internet. The web site provides information on routes and arrival and departure times. You can book travel and purchase tickets from your home, office or wireless handheld device. The web site is in English and Spanish.

    Megabus, a sister company of Gray Line New York Sightseeing and subsidiary of Coach USA, offers guaranteed seating, comfortable and safe coaches and luggage storage.

    Megabus.


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    American's "On The Move" Sweepstakes

    ENTER BY JUNE 16 - - American Airlines and Nokia team to make your visit to American Airlines’ mobile version of its web site more rewarding. The American Airlines “On the Move” sweepstakes and “Instant Win” game offer multiple chances to win one of several prizes. The Grand Prize - one will be awarded - is a trip for two to Los Angeles, including airfare and spending money, along with tickets to a red-carpet event at Nokia Theatre LA Live. First Prizes, 61 in all, of Nokia N95 mobile devices will be awarded. All winners will be selected in random drawings.

    Go to American’s promotion web site to register for the sweepstakes and learn about the mobile version. You can play the “Instant Win” portion of the sweepstakes by accessing the mobile version of American’s web site from any web-enabled mobile device.

    Both the “On the Move” sweepstakes and the “Instant Win” game run through June 16, 2008. No purchase is required for either promotion. Here are the highlights of both promotions:

    On the Move Sweepstakes - There are two ways to enter the On the Move Sweepstakes, and a total of two entries are allowed in any combination:

    • Receive one entry each time you register at American's promo site during the promotional period.
    • Receive one entry for visiting American's mobile web site on your mobile phone or web-enabled device.
    • Receive one entry for referring a friend by forwarding the sweepstakes information to up to three people.

    The "Instant Win" game offers the opportunity to win by visiting American’s mobile web site by mobile phone. Each time you use a mobile device to access the mobile web site during the promotion period (up to once a day), you have a chance to be an instant winner. One winner will receive the Grand Prize of 100,000 American frequent flyer miles, while eight First Prize winners each will be awarded 10,000 frequent flyer miles. All winners will be selected at random.

    American Airline's mobile web site or American Airline's promotion site.



    DOT Raises Denied Boarding Compensation

    The Department of Transportation increases compensation for passengers involuntary bumped from overbooked flights. The ruling came amid fierce opposition from air carriers.

    Under the new DOT rule, airlines will compensate passengers who are involuntary bumped due to overbooking as follows:

    • Passengers who are involuntarily bumped and arrive up to 59 minutes late are not entitled to compensation.
    • one to two hours late: are entitled to the lesser of $400 or 100 percent of the price of your one-way ticket
    • two or more hours late : the lesser of $800 or 200 percent of the price of your one-way ticket.

    Compensation payments are in addition to the value of your ticket, which you can apply toward alternate transportation or have it refunded.

    DOT said it also would make the rules applicable to aircraft that seat between 30 and 60 people, which previously had been exempt from the denied boarding standards.

    According to DOT figures, denied boardings steadily have increased since 2001, reaching a record high in 2007 of 1.12 for every 10,000 passengers. President George W. Bush last year proposed to raise denied boarding compensation caused by airline oversales following mounting public outcry over airline service

    DOT also announced the opening of additional airspace for pilots to fly around bad weather on west-bound flights out of New York, an area that accounts for much of the nation’s air travel delays.



    Epoque Hotels Go Europe Offer

    Epoque Hotels introduces "Go Europe," a summer promotion that you must book by June 30, 2008, for a vacation from July 1 through Aug. 31, 2008. Everyone who participants in the promotion will receive 25 percent off the best available room rates at select Epoque Hotel Pan European properties. When booking online, the 25 percent discount will automatically be deducted from the final cost.

    To illustrate, a one-night stay at the Duquesa de Cardona hotel in Barcelona may cost 265 Euros (US $416). With the 25 percent discount, the nightly rate is reduced to $312. A two-night minimum stay is required; restrictions and cancellation policies vary per property.

    There are 16 hotels in Spain, Italy, Turkey, the Czech Republic and Denmark participating in the Go Europe promotion.

    The Epoque collection consists of more than 300 style-driven, boutique hotels located in 100 destinations worldwide.

    Epoque Hotel’s Go Europe promotion or 866/376-7831.


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    2008 Rosewood Escapes Special

    Designed for couples and families, Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda in the British West Indies, offers a specially priced getaway through Dec. 19, 2008, with savings up to 30 percent off regular prices. With full breakfast for two, the “Rosewood Escapes” is priced at $475 per room, per night, for accommodations in a premium ocean view room, or $525 per night in an ocean cottage. Taxes and gratuities are additional. The promotion is subject to availability at the time of confirmation.

    To celebrate the expansion of the resort’s Children’s Grove, Little Dix Bay offers 50 percent off the rate of a second room with the booking of an Ocean Cottage or Rosewood Junior Suite at full rate through Dec. 19, 2008. Additionally, children ages five to 11 receive 50 percent off their meal plans when joining their parents’ plan. Kids under four eat free.

    Located in the British Virgin Islands, Rosewood Little Dix Bay is set on a half-mile beach near a barrier reef and with walking trails. You can choose from villas and guest rooms with new bathrooms and outdoor rain showers, including hexagonal cottages and two- and three-bedroom villas near gardens and shaded footpaths. The resort offers three oceanfront dining venues, a spa in a cliffside setting and a Children's Grove. Free features include water sports, an on-site fitness center and tennis courts.

    You can now arrive at the resort by air taxi from St. Thomas or by boat from Tortola.

    Rosewood Little Dix Bay or 888/767-3966.



    Disney World Resort Fall Dining Offer

    BUY BY JUNE 22 - - Walt Disney World Resort brings back its “free dining” when you purchase select “Magic Your Way” packages in August and September. Through June 22, you can buy one of these five-night packages for stays most nights Aug. 24 to Sep. 20, 2008, and receive the Disney Dining Plan at no additional charge.

    Packages for families of four start at $57 a day per person in a standard room at select Disney Value Resorts, $73 a day per person in a standard room at select Disney Moderate Resorts and $104 a day per person in a studio at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. Prices are based on two adults, one junior and one child. The number of rooms allocated for these offers is limited. No group rates or other discounts apply. Other packages are available for larger and smaller families, and other lengths of stay.

    In addition to the free dining offer, you will receive Disney’s Magical Express, which offers free airport shuttle and luggage delivery and, on participating airlines, check-in at your hotel for domestic return flights. Extra Magic Hours are offered, where each day, one of the Walt Disney World theme parks opens one hour early or stays open up to three hours later, providing extra time in the parks to experience select attractions.

    Disney World Fall “free dining”. Ask for booking code AYG.


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    Walters Golf Summer Rates for Vegas

    If you want to play the top Vegas courses at the lowest rates of the year, plan your golf vacation in the summer months. Triple digits temperatures occur in the late afternoon. But golfers teeing off at first light can enjoy more pleasant temperatures in the mid-70s.

    Rates are much less in the summer. For example the Desert Pines Golf Club charges $179 per weekend round in season, but only $99 for a peak tee-time weekend round in the summer. There are also some special offers that make Vegas golf this summer worth a second look.

    Royal Links Golf Club will offer a discount rate this summer. Summer rates are discounted by an additional 20 percent so you can play this course during the week for $99, versus the regular summer price of $125. And if you tee off before 6 a.m., the rate drops to $80.

    In addition to the savings at Royal Links, Walters Golf offers their Desert Pines course at summer rates from $29 in the late afternoon or $60 before 6 a.m.

    You can arrange for the latest in Callaway rental clubs and FootJoy shoes if you do not wish to bring your own clubs.

    Walters Golf is the course owner and operator with their Royal Links, Desert Pines and Bali Hai Golf Club courses.

    Walters Golf or 888/397-2499. Vegas Stay & Play packages or 888/777-7917.



    Doral Buddy Golf Package

    The Doral Golf Resort & Spa, in Miami, FL, offers a Buddy Golf package.

    The golf package includes: resort garden room accommodations, buffet breakfast daily, one round of golf for each night’s stay on the Red, Gold or Silver courses; introductory golf clinic at the Jim McLean Golf School and unlimited use of the driving range and golf club storage

    Available through Sep. 5, 2008, the Buddy Golf package starts at $209 per room, per night, based on double occupancy. Taxes and surcharges not included.

    Doral Golf Resort & Spa or 877/39-DORAL.



    Club Med Ixtapa Pacific Offer

    Club Med offers a seven-night, all-inclusive vacation, where you fly from California to Club Med’s Ixtapa Pacific resort.

    Prices start at $1,299 per person and include flights from Los Angeles or San Francisco and seven nights all-inclusive stay at the newly renovated Club Med Ixtapa Pacific. Transfers to and from the airport are included when transportation is purchased with Club Med.

    The renovated resort, north of Acapulco against the Sierra Madre Mountains, includes 298 enlarged rooms including 15 family suites, four restaurants offering a variety of cuisine, children’s clubs for kids ages four months to 17 years old.

    Sports and activities include basketball, beach volleyball, kayaks, mini golf, soccer, volleyball, weights room, group lessons in archery, roller-blading, sailing, aquafitness, cardio splash and tennis, climbing and power walking.

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are included in the all-inclusive rate.

    This offer is available for travel June 28 through July 26, 2008, and is subject to availability. Taxes are not included.

    Club Med 800/CLUBMED.



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    Loyal Princess Passengers Receive New Discounts

    Loyal Princess passengers who book early to reserve their favorite destination and accommodations can receive extra savings with the line's new Princess Captain's Circle Launch Savings benefit. This new discount offers Circle Members up to $300 off when they make their cruise reservations shortly after new cruise schedules are announced. The program can be combined with other promotional fares.

    Debuting with summer 2009 itineraries, the savings vary by destination and apply to all cabin categories. The program is offered to Circle Members at all membership levels - Gold, Platinum and Elite. For 2009-2010 departures, Europe and Alaska cruises must be booked by Sep. 30, 2008 and all other destinations must be booked by Dec. 31, 2008.

    Once booked, Launch Savings remain in effect, and can be applied to most other subsequent promotions, allowing past passengers to always have the best fares for which they qualify. The savings can be combined with Escape Fares, group rates, regional promotions, and other past passenger discounts.

    Among the many perks available to the most loyal past Princess cruisers are a free mini-bar set up, free Internet packages, free laundry services, priority tender embarkation, free wine tasting, a boutiques discount, and preferred embarkation and disembarkation.

    The Circle Center has more information about the Princess Captain's Circle, click on "Member Benefits..


    Trump Las Vegas From $199 per Night

    The new kid on the block, Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas, offers Trump Experience rates for a limited time.

    From $199 per night mid-week, and from $239 per night Friday and Saturday, you can stay in a studio or one-bedroom suite with floor-to-ceiling windows, custom-designed furniture, European kitchens, marble bathrooms with spa tubs and beds with 500-thread-count linens.

    Trump Experience rates are valid for bookings and travel through Sep. 1, 2008. The offer is based on availability and cannot be combined with any other offer and is not applicable to groups. Certain blackout dates apply.

    The tallest hotel on the Strip and clad in 24k gold glass, Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas includes a 10,000 square foot Spa and 1,500 square-foot fitness center. The hotel’s signature restaurant, DJT, showcases the talents of Executive Chef Joe Isidori, or poolside at H2(eau), by the sundeck and air-conditioned cabanas.

    Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas or 866/939-8786.


    Trafalgar Europe Value Season

    Book a Trafalgar Value Season vacation and travel November 2008 through April 2009 when you can beat the heat and crowds at discounted prices.

    A Trafalgar tour will save you up to 40 percent versus doing the same vacation on your own. And Trafalgar's Value Season means saving up to 20 percent off summer travel to Europe. A multi-destination vacation can cost less than $135 per person per day, including transportation, accommodations, most meals and sightseeing.

    During Trafalgar's Value Season you can choose from 29 vacations, a variety of travel styles and hundreds of departures. An eight-day City Breaks vacation to London starts at $820 per person or the Christmas Spectacular holidays, including the nine-day Christmas in Paris starts at $999 per person. Vacations are available in Italy, Ireland, Spain, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, and Greece.

    To launch the Value Season, Trafalgar offers a free pre- or post-night when you book and deposit by July 31, 2008. Past Trafalgar customers who book and deposit by July 31, 2008, will have the choice between the free pre- or post-night or a Double Past Passenger discount of 10 percent (restrictions and conditions apply).

    • Other special savings programs on the land portion include:
    • Early Payment: Book and pay in full seven months prior to departure and save an additional five percent or book and pay in full four months prior to departure and save an additional 2.5 percent.
    • Trafalgar Travel Club: If you traveled with Trafalgar in the past two years, receive an additional five percent savings when you book by July 31, 2008.
    • Young Travelers: Passengers between the ages of five and 17 save 10 percent. ?
    • Second Tour: Book two Trafalgar vacations of eight days or more and save an additional five percent off the land portion of the shorter tour
    • Travel With Friends: Travel with five to eight friends or family members and each passenger will save an additional five percent.

    On a Trafalgar vacation all the organizational hassles are taken care of, so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. Vacations include accommodations in first class, well-located hotels; the services of a tour director and driver throughout; and sightseeing with expert local guides.

    Trafalgar Tours or 866/544-4434.



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    Boyne Family Deals

    A collection of Midwest golf courses in the northwest corner of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula are offering free golf deals for moms and juniors and spring bargains.

    This summer, you can take part in Boyne Family Fundays. Offered every Sunday from 2 p.m., Family Fundays allow moms and up to two kids, ages 17 and under, to play golf free with a paying adult. Four Boyne courses are available for Funday play including the Alpine, the Monument at Boyne Mountain, the Moor at Boyne Highlands and Crooked Tree Golf Club.

    Perks for kids continue with more golf privileges including free play on any course during twilight and any other time for the twilight golf fee when accompanied by a paying adult. Boyne’s retail stores offer the “Junior Has a Fit” program, which professionally measure and fit juniors for golf sets. If, at summer’s end, the clubs no longer fit, parents receive a 100 percent credit toward the next set. Junior‘s qualifying for this program must be under 5 foot, 5 inches in height.

    Boyne spring prices are in effect through June with Unlimited Golf Packages starting at $119 per person midweek and $129 on weekends for one night’s lodging at Boyne Mountain or Boyne Highlands, plus unlimited golf on five courses, a hot breakfast, range balls and gaming voucher to Petoskey’s Odawa Casino.

    Boyne or 800/GO-BOYNE.



    Superclubs “Fare Is Fair” Deal

    BOOK BY JUNE 21 - - Though airfares may be soaring, SuperClubs’ trio of Jamaican resorts offer a “Fare is Fair” special with a $600 air credit per room (deducted from the total booking cost) for every paid six-night booking made by June 21, for travel through July 31, 2008.

    Land packages starting at $261 per person, per night, for a beachfront room at Grand Lido Braco, and $299 per person, per night, for a junior suite beachfront room at Grand Lido Negril. Both properties offer a $150 spa credit per room, which can be used at the on-site full-service spa.

    You can reserve a plunge pool verandah suite at Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club from $239 per person, per night; with no $600 air credit.

    Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club offers 27 acres for couples and families (children 14 years and older). Their facilities include free golf at the 18-hole PGA championship course, scuba diving at a PADI facility, a state of the art gym, and other land and water sports activities plus Breezes' trademark trapeze workshop.

    Grand Lido Braco Resort & Spa offers more than 2,000 feet of private beach on Jamaica’s north coast.

    Grand Lido Negril Resort & Spa is set on a two-mile crescent beach and 22 acres of tropical gardens.

    Every SuperClubs vacation is super-inclusive with accommodations; all meals, snacks and premium brand cocktails; unlimited use of all sports facilities, including equipment rental and instruction; entertainment; weddings; recreational activities; and hotel taxes - with absolutely no tipping allowed.

    SuperClubs or 800/467-8737.



    African Safaris ‘09 Packages at ‘08 Prices

    The original 2Afrika, an African safari agency, started an early-summer safari promotion. They are offering all of their 2009 Kenya and Tanzania safaris at 2008 prices. With these special prices, it's possible to experience Africa’s wild beauty at a budget price.

    2Afrika's special safari prices run through July 31, 2008, and are available for any of the 2009 Kenya and Tanzania safaris showcased on 2Afrika's website. These packages are for travel during 2009, and must be booked, confirmed and paid for by July 31, 2009.

    2afrika, Inc. or 866/462-2374.



    Hilton Costa Rica All-Inclusive Deal

    After completing a multi-million dollar renovation, the Hilton Papagayo Resort Costa Rica will revert to a full-service resort on Nov. 1, 2008.

    Through Oct. 31, 2008, you can experience the newly-renovated resort facilities while taking advantage of the current all-inclusive package. Rates start from $149 per person, per night, and include taxes, gratuity, all meals and drinks. Rates are subject to availability.

    All-inclusive dining options include three restaurants and two bars. The La Cosecha Restaurant presents live showcase cooking buffet-style. One restaurant provides Italian cuisine while another specializes in Costa Rican cuisine in a formal setting.

    On-property amenities include two outdoor swimming pools, non-motorized water sports, tennis courts, on-site tour desk to arrange eco-adventures, local arts and crafts store, and nightly entertainment. The new Kidz Paradise club offers activities for children of all ages, including games, nature walks, and the club’s own “volcano” - a grass mountain with steps and a top that opens up.

    Hilton Resorts or 800/HILTONS.



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