Sonesta Hotels & Resorts' newest addition in Brazil is the Sonesta Sao Paulo Ibirapuera, located in Moema, one of Sao Paulo's most fashionable neighborhoods. The hotel offers 310 rooms, a business center, indoor valet parking, lobby/news shop, fitness center, indoor heated pool and massage room. Introductory rates, valid until Aug. 1, 2005, start from $69 per night and include breakfast.
Another good Sonesta deal is at the Sonesta Posada del Inca Miraflores in Lima, Peru. Special rates, valid through Dec. 31, 2005 start at $50 per night for a standard single and $55 per night for a standard double, which includes a breakfast buffet.
Sonesta Hotels & Resorts or 713/961-3000.
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Priority Club Bonus Points
InterContinental Hotels gives its loyalty program members added incentive to travel this summer. Through Aug. 31, 2005, Priority Club Rewards members can earn 2,000 bonus points or 500 bonus miles for every second qualifying stay at any InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn and Resorts Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites or Candlewood Suites worldwide. Guests at Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites earn an additional 1,000 points or 250 miles for every qualifying stay. Members can earn a maximum of 20,000 bonus points or 5,000 bonus miles.
To participate in the promotion, first register online or call prior to staying at any of the more than 3,500 locations worldwide. Enrollment in Priority Club Rewards is fr.ee.
InterContinental Hotels or 888/560-5660. Indicate promo code 3238.
Stay a Spell Coupons, Chances for Prizes
Through Sep. 15, 2005, when you check into TripRewards affiliated hotels in the U.S. and Canada, you can receive a Bewitched movie- themed coupon booklet valued at more than $250 as part of the 'Stay a Spell' promotion. Affiliated Cendant hotels include Super 8, Days Inn, Ramada, Howard Johnson, Knights Inn, Wingate Inn or AmeriHost Inn hotel in the U.S. or Canada or any Travelodge hotel in the U.S.
Coupon offers include a fr.ee car rental upgrade and discounts on shopping and entertainment. During the promotional period, TripRewards members can enter a sweepstakes for daily and monthly prizes. Every day during the period, TripRewards will give away gas cards valued at $100 each in the 'Stay a Spell' online instant win game. Four times during the period, TripRewards members can win one million TripRewards points.
TripRewards members can redeem points for hotel stays, with no blackout dates, or partner rewards including airline tickets, resort vacations, electronics, home appliances, sporting goods, movie and theme park tickets and gift certificates from 46 retailers and restaurants. TripRewards membership is fr,ee.
Cendant Hotel Group 800/367-8747.
Stricter ID Checks
What you need to enter and move around the U.S. may be subject to more restrictive rules in the name of homeland security.
Drivers’ licenses may become more difficult to get. Passports may be needed more often. These may be the most significant changes in travel routines since Sep. 11, 2001.
Some say the changes are geared toward controlling illegal immigration not fighting terrorism. Others argue that those two efforts are inextricably linked and that the U.S. has to start somewhere, given the number of undocumented people that cross the nation's borders every year.
What may affect the most people is to make it more difficult to obtain driver's licenses. Historically, the rules and regulations regarding driver registration were left to each state, which totally issue some 70 million licenses a year. Today, getting a driver’s license usually requires simply proof of age, plus a few other basic forms of ID.
Under the Real ID Act, attached to the $81 million emergency spending plan for Iraq and Afghanistan, applicants for driver licenses must prove they are in the country legally. They also must provide a valid Social Security number, home address, and photo identification.
This step is controversial, decried as everything from a back-door attempt to establish a national ID card, to a way of making U.S. roads less safe by forcing undocumented workers further underground.
Critics call it an anti-immigrant move more than an antiterrorism one. Homeland security changes should focus on priorities such as getting the FBI a computer system that works. Under the new rule, some of the Sept. 11 hijackers would have licenses.
Driver's license changes may not be the only thing that will take more documents to obtain. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will require airlines to ask for passengers' full names and birth dates when selling tickets. Ticket-buyers won't be required to provide this information. But if they don't, there will be a much better chance of being pulled aside for extra security screenings before boarding.
The full name and birthday changes are cited as a way to keep people from being confused with others who have the same or a similar name and are on terrorist watch lists, said TSA officials. It will also help them implement Secure Flight, a computerized passenger screening program set to enter tests this August.
Also, new rules proposed by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security will require Americans returning from nearby destinations, such as Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, to show passports on reentry. Previously, returning from these destinations did not require such documentation.
Under the rules, which haven’t been adopted, U.S. travelers coming from the Caribbean and Panama would need passports beginning Jan. 1, 2006. A similar requirement for return from Canada and Mexico would be phased in over subsequent years. Cruise lines and other modes of travel to the popular islands south of the U.S. are unhappy about this change.
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.
Eurotunnel Slashes Fares
Eurotunnel is overhauling its passenger shuttle service, the biggest change since the opening of the Channel Tunnel 11 years ago, with budget airline-style fares.
Passengers will be able to book low-cost return fares from £49 per car if they buy their tickets early or travel at off-peak times. Frequent travelers can get a rate of £39 per car for an off peak single journey. There will also be more flexibility to change travel times once bookings have been made.
The move will hopefully stop revenue shortfalls and declining passengers as the Anglo-French company tries to negotiations with creditors over its debt burden. Eurotunnel says that without a deal, it will be forced into bankruptcy by Christmas.
Presently, the shuttle runs day and night with up to four trains an hour running in each direction at peak times. During heavy periods such as the summer high season the service is full. At off-peak times, trains may be five percent full, with three or four cars using a shuttle train that can transport up to 180 vehicles.
Round Hill at Extraordinary Rates
As Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica, continues its "beautification" program, the hotel offers a full-service villa experience at extraordinary rates Sep. 1 through Oct. 7, 2005.
Rates, all quoted European Plan, provide a great savings over regular rates. They include a two bedroom villa at $400 per night for up to four people (regularly $1,200 during winter); three bedroom villa at $600 per night for up to six people (regularly $2,120 during winter); four bedroom villa at $800 per night for up to eight people (regularly $2,540 during winter); and a five bedroom villa at $1,000 per night for up to 10 people (regularly $3,440 during winter). All rates include tax and service charge.
For an additional $100 a day per person, all meals, cooked and served by the villa staff, will be included and each villa will be stocked with soft drinks, water, Red Stripe beer and red/white house wine. Other alcoholic beverages may be pre-ordered by guests.
Each villa is set on a hillside in the midst of secluded tropical gardens with panoramic views of the sea. Each comes with its own staff and swimming pool.
The restaurant and main bar will be closed during this period while Round Hill renovates its Pineapple House rooms. Balconies will be added to the rooms and bathrooms will be appointed by Waterworks. A new main swimming pool will be constructed at the same time. Room service or afternoon tea will not be served but other facilities, including the tennis courts, Spa, and beach bar, will be open. The new rooms will be available Nov. 1 and the pool will be available Nov. 20.
Round Hill Hotel & Villas or 800/972-2159.
Fly Fr,ee with Country Hearth Inns' Offer
Stay three nights at any of the nation's Country Hearth hotels and you can purchase an airline ticket from $239 and receive the second companion ticket for fr,ee. It's all part of the chain's "Fly Fr,ee With Me" summer promotion, which runs through Sep. 1, 2005.
Participation in "Fly Fr,ee With Me" automatically enters you into the Country Club frequent guest program, where in addition to the fr,ee companion airfare, members who stay 10 nights are awarded the 11th night for fr,ee.
To receive a fr,ee companion air ticket, complete a "Fly Fr,ee With Me" registration form, available at all Country Hearth properties, and send it with your hotel receipts for three nights (from any Country Hearth hotel through Sep. 1, 2005). You will receive a certificate registration acknowledgment and easy next-step instructions for booking.
"Fly Fr,ee With Me" is valid on most major airlines. In addition to coach and first class tickets, upgrades may be available. Travel must be completed within one year of the date of issue and blackout dates may apply. The promotion is subject to certain terms and conditions.
Country Hearth Inns or 800/848-5767.
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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El Al Business Class Summer Fares
EL AL, Israel' s national airline, offers summer savings for Platinum business class tickets between New York (JFK or Newark) that are trimmed more than 30 percent. From July 3 through Sep. 9, 2005, business class passengers pay $2,176 roundtrip (including fuel surcharge), per person, when flying nonstop on select flights from JFK or Newark to Israel.
EL AL business class passengers enjoy amenities such as spacious seating, upgraded cuisine and access to full service lounges. After an expedited check-in, business class passengers can relax in the King David departure lounges in Terminal 4 at JFK and in Terminal 3 at Ben Gurion Airport, which feature a Business Center with private workstation equipped with telephones and computer modems.
To receive the above fare on select flights, you must reserve at least 30 days prior to departure and must be ticketed within seven days of a confirmed reservation. Tickets are valid seven to 60 days and are non-refundable once issued. $79.65 applicable taxes are not included. Other restrictions may apply.
EL AL or 800/223-6700.
The Right Sunglasses for Summer
The American Academy of Ophthalmology (the Eye M.D.s Association) urges Americans to protect their eyes by wearing sunglasses -- the right kind of sunglasses.
Dark sunglasses may actually cause more harm than good if they don't have proper UV protection. When you wear dark sunglasses, your pupils enlarge to allow light in. If your sunglasses don't have proper UVA protection, you may be letting in the sun's harmful rays instead of keeping them out.
Studies show that exposure to bright sunlight can increase the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration, both leading causes of vision loss among older adults. The more exposure to bright light, the greater the chance of developing these eye conditions, said Martin Mainster, M.D., Academy spokesperson.
Here's how to protect your eyes:
Select sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays. Don't be deceived by color or cost. The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the darkness of the lens or the price tag.
Ideally, your sunglasses should wrap all the way around to your temples, so the sun's rays can't enter from the side.
In addition to your sunglasses, wear a broad-rimmed hat to protect your eyes. Don't be fooled by a cloudy day. The sun's rays can pass through the haze and thin clouds.
Even if you wear contacts with UV protection, remember your sunglasses.
In addition to the damage caused by a lifetime of exposure to bright sun, you need to protect your eyes from acute damage caused by single outings on very bright days. Excessive exposure to ultraviolet light reflected off sand, snow or pavement can damage the cornea, the eye's surface. Similar to a sunburn on your skin, corneal ultraviolet injuries are painful, but usually heal quickly.
|Power Pass Expands Offerings, Adds City|
Travel Fun Card Ltd. offers Power Pass as an economical way for tourists to see the most popular attractions in Las Vegas, New Orleans and
Honolulu, HI. Expanded venues in Las Vegas and New Orleans provide more ways and places to save.
Adding Siegfried and Roy Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage, the Titanic Exhibit at the Tropicana, the IMAX Movie at the Luxor and the Atomic Testing Museum of Las Vegas, allows visitors to tour all of the city's top attractions. The attractions join participants such as Manhattan Express roller coaster at New York, New York; Madame Tussauds Wax Attraction; the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art; Star Trek: the Experience; the Luxor's King
Tut Museum, In Search of the Obelisk and more.
In New Orleans, Power Pass attractions now include Six Flags Great Adventure. It joins the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Zoo, Louisiana Children's Museum, Mardi Gras World and Natchez Steamboat Cruises.
Power Pass Honolulu marks the first time an attraction card has been offered in an exotic locale.
Using Smart Card technology, the credit card size Power Pass provides admission to visitor attractions. It minimizes the time spent buying tickets and waiting in line and maximizes savings through special discounts and offers.
A complete listing of attractions and offers are on the Power Pass website.
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|Sea Pines Lowcountry Loafin' Rate|
The Sea Pines Resort, along the southern tip of Hilton Head Island, welcomes summer with a Lowcountry Loafin' rate. Through Aug. 31, 2005, a two-bedroom villa starts from $189 per night, based on a minimum four-night stay. Advanced reservations are required, based on availability and the rate is non-transferable.
The Sea Pines Resort offers five miles of Atlantic beaches, 23 clay courts, 54 holes of golf on three courses, 18 restaurants and more than 50 lagoons and lakes. Accommodations range from ocean-side villas, beachfront cottages, homes and the Four-Diamond luxury Inn at Harbour Town.
The Sea Pines Resort or 800/732-7463. Ask for the "Lowcountry Loafin'" rate.
Win Prizes at La Quinta and Baymont Hotels
This summer, La Quinta and Baymont hotels say "thank you" by giving you a chance to win hundreds of prizes. Through Aug. 15, 2005, when checking-in, you will receive a web decoder with your room key that will allow you to play the "Instant Win" game online. Register at a designated website and use your decoder to determine if you are an instant winner. Each week, 100 prizes will be given away from La Quinta and Baymont.
La Quinta Inn & Suites will give away Kodak EasyShare digital cameras, fr-ee seven nights of resort accommodations in popular destinations and fr-ee night certificates for any La Quinta.
Baymont Inn & Suites will give away Dell DJs portable MP3 players, fr-ee seven nights of resort accommodations in popular destinations and fr-ee night certificates for any Baymont Inn & Suites.
Everyone wins because once you register online, you will receive a coupon for$10 off your next stay when booked online that is valid until Dec. 30, 2005 and a f-ree 8"x10" print from Kodak Gallery.
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Riding the Rockies by Rail by Nicki Chodnoff
When Canada was four provinces strong, the country was brought together with two ribbons of steel: the transcontinental rail. Today, highways cris-cross Canada and rail travel has almost disappeared. But don't write rail travel over just yet. When traveling from the Pacific Ocean through Canada's Rocky Mountains, the 600 mile journey becomes more important than the destination when it includes the clickity-clack of a train rolling down the tracks and
the lonesome wail of a train whistle.
You can experience such a journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, on what's been described as the most spectacular train trip in the world. During two days, you pass ocean and desert, bridge countless rivers and breathtaking canyons and tunnel through awe-inspiring mountains. The final stop arrives much too quickly. To maximize sightseeing, the entire journey is made during daylight hours.
At daybreak, we boarded the train in Vancouver. As rush-hour traffic blocked city streets, the Rocky Mountaineer slowly slipped away headed toward the verdant Fraser Valley.
For tourists, the vast majority from the United States, England and Australia, the vignettes of history coupled to the scenery are delivered by on-board attendants who present interesting and amusing trivia. Amazingly, only about 10 percent of passengers are Canadian.
Activity on board the train: enjoying the scenery and wildlife, dining on fine cuisine and chatting with people from around the world. The GoldLeaf Dome Coach, a full-length, bullet shaped glass-domed car, offers unobstructed views of the panorama surrounding you and reclining seats with acres of leg-room. The RedLeaf coaches have only large picture windows, yet still offer wonderful views.
RedLeaf guests are served meals at their seats, while GoldLeaf guests descended spiral staircases at the rear of the car to the dining level, where breakfast and lunch are served. Goldleaf dining is like a five-star restaurant with linen on tables, polished silverware, sparkling stemware and fresh flowers on each table. The menu offers three or four entrees, usually
highlighting Alberta beef or West Coast salmon, Okanagan wines, beverages and desserts. The meals are prepared on the train by chefs in state-of-the-art galleys.
Vestibules are located at the rear of each car, offering riders a chance to smell the fresh mountain air and take in the views. Like a few others, I spent much time riding there, sticking my head out looking for that perfect photograph, like a dog in the back of a pickup truck. Nature seems much closer on the train than when traveling by car.
Since the train has no sleeper cars, we spent one night in Kamloops, a city in a semi-arid desert in central British Columbia. Nightlife for some passengers is an old-fashioned musical review about Billy Miner, a notorious American train robber apprehended near Kamloops in 1907. Others opt for dinner and an early light's out, preparing for the morning's early start.
Day two starts with a parting of the ways. Some of the train cars follow the North Thompson River toward Alberta's Jasper National Park. The Jasper train passes Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at about 13,000 feet.
The remaining cars continue toward Calgary during a day filled with anticipation of the mountains to come. The train serpentines through ranch lands and tiny railroad towns. We follow the South Thompson River through the picturesque lakes of British Columbia's Shuswap region. West of the Revelstoke, the train crosses the spectacular Stoney Creek Bridge 325 feet above the creek.
High desert leads to alpine splendor. The Columbia Mountains with their granite castles start the precession, sculpted by relentless cascades of ice. We sweep past the Cariboo Mountains, the Monashees, Selkirks and Purcells as they straddle the Continental Divide before the winding trail into the majestic Rockies.
The Rocky Mountaineer rises from sea level in Vancouver to the Continental Divide at Stephen, the trip's topographic high point at 5,331 feet. The last leg of the trip, as we pass through the village of Lake Louise toward the town of Banff, where our train ride ends, was the most spectacular. The magical mountain scenery surrounds you and the train seems to float by about the speed of a ripple caused by tossing a small rock in a placid lake.
Yes Banff, our final stop, arrived much too quickly. Our new anticipation was staying at the stately Banff Springs Hotel and spending a day at Lake Louise.
Rocky Mountaineer Vacations offer more than 40 different packages with a variety of destinations such as Jasper, Banff and Calgary.
Rocky Mountaineer Vacations or 800/665-7245.
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Air France Detroit Launch Offers Bonus Miles/Reward Tickets
To celebrate its new daily service from Detroit to Paris, Air France rewards passengers with two special offers: Bonus miles for members of Flying Blue, Air France's frequent flier program; and an economy class reward ticket as a perk for company members of its VoyageurRewards program.
As a member of Flying Blue, you receive up to 10,000 bonus miles each time you travel roundtrip on Air France between Detroit and Paris, through Sep. 30, 2005.
Additional bonus miles are offered to elite-status members: Silver members earn 50 percent more; Gold members earn 75 percent more and Platinum members 100 percent more, enough to instantly redeem a roundtrip economy class ticket within the U.S. on any Flying Blue airline partner. Members also earn another 2,000 bonus miles when they travel with Air France partner, Northwest Airlines, roundtrip to or from Detroit, within the U.S.
Air France also rewards companies in its VoyageurRewards program, with one economy class ticket when a member employee flies roundtrip in business class between Detroit and Paris, or on to another European destination through Sep. 15, 2005. VoyageurRewards is Air France's loyalty program designed for U.S.-based small- and medium-sized firms.
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|Kutztown Festival -- July 2 - 10, 2005|
America's Premier Folklife Festival features 200 juried craftspeople, 2,000 locally made quilts for sale or auction,
antiques and collectibles, folklife demonstrations, entertainment on 6 stages, children's entertainment and scrumptious food
including Pennsylvania Dutch dinners, an ox roast and farmers' market. Be sure to visit.
Kutztown Festival or 888/674-6136.
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Coach House London Vacation Rentals offers short term central London rentals
with more than 60 properties that sleep from 2 to 12 people.
Each rental comes with a neighborhood guide, breakfast provisions for the first day or two of your stay, a telephone help line, and what to do and see.
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Herd ostrich, ride horses or gather eggs -- at a family farm in Pennsylvania, the relaxing alternative to a camping vacation. The 25 family farms roll out the red carpet for families and are found in all corners of the state.
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