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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, July 2009 Issue



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In This Issue:
Wright Brothers Monument, Kitty Hawk, NC

Wright Brothers Monument, Kitty Hawk, NC

  • Summer Savings on Amtrak
  • Five Nights in Martinique from $896
  • Breakers Summer Value
  • Summer Vacation Frugal Tips
  • Westmark Hotels Celebrate Alaska Statehood
  • KSL Resorts Savings Bond Packages
  • Real Resorts Fre.e Family Fun
  • New Low-Cost Airline
  • 50% Off One-Way Rail Europe Ticket
  • Deals at Chicago Hotels
  • Hilton $99 Offer in Mexico - - BOOK BY JULY 15
  • Colorado Deals, Activities & Attractions
  • Tropical Deals
  • Mazatlan Suite Savings, F,ree Nights
  • Boomers, Seniors Discounts on MSC Poesia
  • Silverado "Sizzling Summer Special"
  • Advice For Surviving A Plane Crash
  • Win a Trip for Two to Bonaire
  • Summer Beachfront Break-Away Deals
  • Double Reward Points at Choice Hotels


    • Summer Savings on Amtrak

      Amtrak makes summer trips more affordable with lower fares including 25 percent off the lowest published coach fare on Northeast Regional service between Washington, D.C., New York, and Boston and extends the current lower fares on Acela Express. These fares are available for travel through Sep. 3, 2009. Reservations are required and must be made 14 days in advance of travel.

      In addition to travel between Washington, D.C. and Boston, the 25 percent off discount is also available on service south of Washington, D.C. to Newport News, on Amtrak's Vermonter service between Springfield, MA and Washington, D.C., and on the Keystone service between Philadelphia and New York.

      There are no additional taxes or fees to Amtrak prices. Sample one-way fares include: New York to Washington $72 current fare, $49 summer fare; New York to Philadelphia $45 current fare, $34 summer fare; Philadelphia to Washington $44 current fare, $33 summer fare; Boston to New York $62 current fare, $49 summer fare; and Baltimore to New York $64 current fare, $48 summer fare.

      The summer discount may be combined with Amtrak's Kid's Half Price fare for up to two children ages two to 15, when accompanied by an adult. Tickets purchased with the summer discount are non-refundable but exchangeable. These new low fares may not be combined with any discount other than the Kid's Half Price fare. Upgrades to business class are not available. Seats are limited and fares may not be available on all trains at all times. Other restrictions may apply.

      Amtrak extends the lower fares introduced on Acela Express last February. With the new fares, travel on Amtrak's premier service now starts at $99 between Washington, D.C. and New York and $79 between New York and Boston. These lower fares are available for travel through Sep. 3, 2009. Reservations are required and must be made 14 days prior to travel. Upgrades to first class are not available. Other restrictions may apply.

      Amtrak or 800/USA-RAIL.



      Five Nights in Martinique from $896

      A tropical forest covers the northern part of Martinique while the southern part of the island is a destination for holiday goers in search of white-sand beaches and warm waters.

      Vacation Travel Mart makes it easy to visit the Caribbean island of Martinique. Book special deals on flight and hotel packages to Martinique flying out of Miami, New York, or Boston. Packages include five nights’ hotel accommodations and roundtrip airfare. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

      Through Aug. 31, 2009 , the per person five night hotel and air package costs: Hotel Carayou with breakfast included, from Miami $896, from New York $949, from Boston $957.

      Full payment is due within 24 hours of making a reservation. Departure and arrival taxes are additional and may total more than $200 per person.

      Vacation Travel Mart.


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      Breakers Summer Value

      This summer vacationers are looking for travel experiences that offer emotional and fiscal value. The Breakers, on the island of Palm Beach, FL, is an oceanfront resort that’s affordable for the summer season.

      Through Sep. 30, 2009, room rates start at $225 per night and added value includes fr.ee use and savings on amenities.

      All guests receive fre.e unlimited golf (cart fee is $35 per person), unlimited tennis and unlimited fitness classes. You also get savings on dining, spa services, bungalow rentals and shopping.

      When you stay Sunday through Wednesday nights, you receive f.ree Continental breakfast, fre.e access to the Spa and Oceanview Fitness Center, fr.ee valet parking, fre.e kid's meals ordered off the children's menus (ages 12 and under) with paying adult and f.ree kid's camp (lunch fee is $10 per child).

      In this era of cutbacks, The Breakers maintains its service standards and commitment to its staff - with a 3:1 staff-to-guest ratio.

      The Breakers or 888/273-2537.



      Summer Vacation Frugal Tips

      Bills.com, a fre.e online consumer portal, notes one of the best ways to save is to find ways to cut vacation costs.

      "For those who are concerned that financial pressures could put a crimp in vacation plans, we've come up with 13 ways to make vacation a little easier on your wallet," said Ethan Ewing, president of Bills.com. "Employing a few of these suggestions to use may help some of these individuals to take – and enjoy – more of the vacation that they have earned," he stated.

      1. Save money ahead of time. Brainstorm ways to set aside money to pay for your vacation: rebates, birthday money, bonuses, garage sale proceeds, money from cashing in change, or profits from eBay sales can help. For future trips, include vacation costs in your annual budget and save a portion each month.
      2. Pick your season. Some spots are cheaper in low season. A tropical beach offers lower rates in mid-summer than in the winter high season. Ski areas offer appealing rates in the summertime.
      3. Consider a city. When visiting a city, use public transportation instead of a car rental. Using shuttles or public transit can avoid the need to hire an airport taxi.
      4. Plan far ahead. Order plane tickets well in advance for the best prices. Travel and visit attractions mid-week to save a bundle and avoid crowds.
      5. Consider all-inclusives. Sometimes, all-inclusive vacations offer great values, from a cruise to resort or dude ranch. Look at the costs of meals, beverages and excursions to decide if an offer is a good deal.
      6. Save with a home away from home. Rent or trade for an apartment or condominium. You can prepare your own meals and spread out in more space than a hotel. Trade homes with a friend or relative, rent or trade through a reputable home exchange, or house-sit to save on a longer stay.
      7. Eat in. For a hotel stay, request a room with a microwave and refrigerator. Make breakfast (such as cereal or yogurt), dinner (salad or frozen meals) or snacks. Make sandwiches in the morning, and eat one meal a day out to save significantly.
      8. Drink water. Bring your own water bottle to save resources and money. Don’t order soda or alcoholic beverages at every meal to save money and calories.
      9. Go coupon crazy. Before leaving home, go online to select activities you may want to do at your destination. Search the web for your activity and the word "coupon." Many places offer two-for-one, f.ree lunch, kids-fr.ee or percentage-off coupons online. Print and bring them along.
      10. Strategize souvenirs. Instead of buying souvenirs at a tourist gift shop, visit a large discount retailer. In many areas, these stores have a good selection of T-shirts, mugs, magnets and postcards at much lower prices. Or purchase local foods, crafts or a household item (such as kitchen towels, a vase or a basket) that will remind you of your trip.
      11. Take a "staycation." Staying home eliminates lodging costs. Visit tourist sites in your hometown that you’ve never seen, eat at a restaurant you always wanted to try, or order in. For ideas, order state tourist information or search online for frugal activities in your town.
      12. Camp out. The cheapest lodgings come when you bring your own roof. Campgrounds are available near amusement parks, beaches and scenic areas. Expand your definition of "camping" to include RVs, rustic cabins and yurts. "Rough it" so you can splurge on an activity, from a simple hike to a wild ride at an amusement park. Visit a state park near your hometown or in a destination you have longed to visit.
      13. Walk. The best way to see a new place is to experience it. Wear comfortable shoes and take a walking tour or just explore. It is good exercise and will not break the bank.

      Bills.com.



      Westmark Hotels Celebrate Alaska Statehood

      Westmark Hotels celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alaska's statehood with special room rates and promotions. A subsidiary of Holland America Line, Westmark Hotels offer special celebrations at their collection of 10 hotels in Alaska and the Yukon.

      The Westmark Fairbanks Hotel & Conference Center and Westmark Baranof in Juneau offer a fourth night for $59 when you stay three nights. The Westmark Inn Skagway offers a 50th Anniversary rate of $95.59 and a bottomless cup of coffee for 59 cents.

      Westmark also offers an in-state promotion of $25 off room rates, through mid-September, at its hotels along the Alaskan Highway. You can get vouchers with the $25 discount in kiosks and visitor centers throughout the state.

      All the special room rates and promotions are featured on Westmark's website.

      Westmark Hotels or 800/544-0970.



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      KSL Resorts Savings Bond Packages

      KSL Resorts offer the U.S. Savings Bond package, designed to help you save for the future and enjoy vacation time.

      Available through Labor Day, the U.S. Savings Bond package is offered at seven KSL resorts.

      Request the U.S. Savings Bond package when you book a room at the best available rate. You pay an additional $10 per room, per night, and receive a $50 U.S. savings bond for each room, per night. Booking a suite lets you upgrade your reservation to the U.S. Savings Bond package for an additional $25 per suite, per night, for which you receive a $100 U.S. savings bond for each room, per night.

      The savings add up as bonds can be purchased on a per room, per night basis. For example, a family booking two standard rooms for three nights is eligible for a total of six $50 savings bonds ($300 total) for a cost of $60.

        The U.S. Savings Bonds package is available at the following resorts. Rates are per night, based on double occupancy. The packages do not includes taxes and the daily resort fee, which varies by resort.

      • Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, Rancho Mirage, CA. Package starts at $129 per night.
      • La Costa Resort and Spa, Carlsbad, CA. Package starts at $255 per night.
      • Hotel del Coronado, San Diego, CA. Package starts at $299 per night.
      • Beach Village at The Del, San Diego, CA. Package starts at $800 per night.
      • The Homestead, Hot Springs, VA. Package starts at $235 per night.
      • Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin, TX. Package starts at $170 per night.
      • Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, Vail, CO. Package starts at $169 per night.

      KSL Resorts or 866/KSL-7727.



      Real Resorts Fre.e Family Fun

      Real Resorts offer a family vacation at stress-buster prices. A family of four can book a junior suite at the Gran Caribe Real in Cancun or the Gran Porto Real Playa del Carmen from $268 per family, per night.

      The package includes a junior suite, all-inclusive accommodations for two adults and up to two children 12 and under; all meals; house cocktails for the adults; taxes and gratuities; and a variety of f,ree family activities and recreation.

      For larger families, up to three children can stay fr.ee when booking a family suite or Gran Master suite. Teens 13 to17 years old sharing a family suite receive a 40 percent discount. When families stay for a minimum of six nights in an oceanfront suite, they receive a fr.ee “swim with the dolphins” experience for one person, valued at $139. Additional family members can enjoy the experience at a 50 percent discount.

      The Gran Caribe Real in Cancun and the Gran Porto Real Playa del Cancun also offer the "flu-fr/ee guarantee" which in the unlikely event you contract the H1N1 flu virus within 14 days of visiting either resort you will receive a three year package of f.ree vacations. The return fr/ee trips are valid one per year and must be identical to the original vacation package - same dates, same length of stay and same accommodations. As there are many strains of H1N1, a guest who makes the claim must have it confirmed as Influenza (H1N1) and must provide a positive blood result for (H1N1) by a state certified laboratory dated within 14 days of checking out of the resort in addition to certification by the doctor who performed the test to redeem the fr.ee three year return vacations with your companion. The "Flu Fr,ee Guarantee" applies to travel through October 2009, for the original traveler and one additional guest.

      Real Resorts or 800/760-0944.



      New Low-Cost Airline

      A new low-cost airline will serve mid-sized U.S. cities. On July 13, 2009, Clearwater, FL.-based JetAmerica will start 34 nonstop passenger flights at Toledo, OH; South Bend, IN; Melbourne, FL.; Newark, NJ.; Minneapolis, MN and Lansing, MI. Twenty-eight flights start or end at Newark Liberty International Airport. Six additional flights from Toledo to Minneapolis will be added Aug. 14.

      JetAmerica targets small and mid-size cities which have seen the number of flights decline and airfares increase.

      The Lansing, South Bend, Melbourne and Toledo airports are subsidizing JetAmerica with $1.4 million in grants in its first year, along with about $867,000 in waived airport fees and $1.1 million in marketing and advertising assistance.

      John Weikle, the chief executive of JetAmerica, founded low-cost carrier Skybus, which went bankrupt in 2008.

      JetAmerica shares some Skybus characteristics. Prices start at $9 a seat, for the first nine to 19 seats per plane, and top out at $199. Checked bags are $15 per bag. Passengers will pay for food, drinks and in-flight TV.

      JetAmerica.


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      50% Off One-Way Rail Europe Ticket

      Rail Europe offers up to 50 percent off the regular price for one-way, full-fare tickets on all routes of the high-speed Thalys train connecting Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne. Tickets must be booked through Rail Europe by Aug. 15, 2009 for travel through Aug. 29, 2009.

      This special offer is for first or second class full-fare tickets between all French, Belgian, Dutch and German cities Thalys serves. For example, the regular one-way full-fare ticket between Paris and Brussels costs about $199 in first class or $127 in second class. With this promotion, prices drop to about $100 for first class or $57 for second class travel. While full-fare tickets are fully exchangeable and refundable, the special promotional fares are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

      Rail Europe or 888-382-7245 and 800/361-7245 in Canada.



      Deals at Chicago Hotels

      Throughout Chicago, hotels are offering special packages at low rates that make exploring the Windy City easy and affordable. These packages include amenities such as fr,ee meals and cocktails; fre,e parking and public transportation passes; bicycle tours and admission to neighborhood attractions.

      Highlights of summer hotel packages include:

      Kids Nature package at the Days Inn Chicago with f,ree family admission to the Peggy Notebaert Museum in Lincoln Park and f,ree continental breakfast. Rates begin at $90.75 per night.

      Summer Eco-Escape at the Hotel Felix. Includes welcome cocktails in the hotel lobby. If you arrive in a hybrid car, you receive fr,ee valet parking. Rates begin at $139 per night.

      Experience China at the Essex Inn. You are encouraged to visit Chinatown and the Chicago Cultural Center to view “The Big World: Recent Art from China” exhibition. Rates begin at $159 per night.

      Stay at the Drake and Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo. Package includes fre,e breakfast and a one-day CTA pass to take you to any destination in the city, including the Lincoln Park Zoo. Rates begin at $192 per night.

      Lakefront Biking package at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel with a three hour guided tour by bike. Rates begin at $219 per night.

      Fun in the Sun at Navy Pier package. Includes a stay at the Affinia Chicago and a Navy Pier savings pass. Rates begin at $229 per night.

      Are We There Yet? package includes a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago and 50 percent off an additional guest room. Rates begin at $370 per night.

      Chicago summer hotel packages or 877/244-2246.


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      Hilton $99 Offer in Mexico

      BOOK BY JULY 15 - - You can save with Hilton's $99 summer rates at Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort, Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, and Hilton Villahermosa & Conference Center.

      The three hotels offer 99 rooms a day, for 99 days, at $99 per night double occupancy. The rooms are allocated per day across the three properties so the number of rooms per property may vary. The rate includes breakfast and a 30 percent discount off spa services. For family travel, children under 18 stay f,ree and children under 12 eat fr,ee.

      With regular starting rates up to $249 a night, this represents up to a 60% discount on the room rate.

      The offer is subject to availability and can not be combined with any other offer. The rate is based on double occupancy and a maximum of five rooms can be booked per reservation. Taxes, service charges or gratuities are not included. Book by July 15, 2009, for stays through Sep. 7, 2009. Request booking code P9 or mention the "$99 Limited Time Offer."

      Hilton Hotels and Resorts or 800/HILTONS.


      Colorado Deals, Activities & Attractions

      Travelers on austere budgets will find fr,ee and inexpensive activities and attractions across the state of Colorado. Lodging deals start at $50-plus per night. Below is a sampling of fre,e or low cost activities across Colorado.

      The newly launched Hot Deals Colorado website, offers packages, deals and promotions available throughout the state. You can search for Hot Deals, print them out, add them to an online Colorado trip planner, and share them with family and friends.

      Tea Time in Boulder. Celestial Seasonings, the largest specialty tea company in America, offers f,ree tours seven days a week, showing the process of assembling tea. You can see, taste and smell the flavors and spices that make Celestial Seasonings special.

      Brews and Ahhs in Fort Collins. Fort Collins' New Belgium Brewery offers one-hour guided tours Tuesday through Friday, leaving every half hour 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, tours run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the half hour.

      Walks in Aspen. The Aspen Center for Environmental Services (ACES) offers fr,ee 45-minute walks along Richmond Ridge atop Aspen Mountain, where you can learn about the native trees, birds and animals in the high-alpine environment.

      Hike eight miles of trails at the Garden of the Gods, a 480 acre park known for its 20 stunning sandstone rock formations, sculpted by erosion over 320 million years.

      At the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, you can see the largest sand dunes in North America or watch local wildlife such as mule deer, pronghorn and coyotes.

      Denver on the Cheap. McCormick's Fish House & Bar offers a happy hour daily from 4 to 6 p.m with a half-pound cheeseburger and fries for $1.95. At Coors Field get a pair of "Rockpile" tickets in center field for $4 apiece; if you're 55 and older, you can get a ticket for a dollar. After the game, grab a couple of slices at Two Fisted Mario's Pizza, which usually has a wacky, fre,e offer. One recent offer: eat a whole slice in one bite, you get one slice for fr,ee. The 5280 promotion, returns to Denver. At 5,280 feet above sea level, deals on lodging, dining and attractions start at $52.80.

      Fre,e Box in Telluride. If you have an item you no longer need, drop it off in the "Fre,e Box" for others to use.

      Gondola Rides in Vail. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 4 to 9 p.m., Vail's Eagle Bahn Gondola offers f,ree rides up Vail Mountain. The F.A.C. (Friday Afternoon Club) features live entertainment at 10,000 feet.

      Comanche National Grasslands near La Junta is a favorite spot for bird watchers. Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site near La Junta, charges a nominal entry fee ($3). The site recorded more than 135 species of birds. Bent's Bird Sanctuary, behind the Bent's Fort Inn near Las Animas, is an ideal setting for bird watching.

      Take a self-guided tour of Dinosaur Ridge to view Jurassic dinosaur bones such as allosaurus, apatosaurus and stegosaurus fossils and more than 300 cretaceous dinosaur footprints.

      Colorado Tourism or 800/COLORADO.



      Tropical Deals

      It’s still possible to take that dream vacation at a discount. Here are four deals in the tropics that are great for families, couples or multi-generational travel.

      Tranquility Bay Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize, 888/843-2293. Save nearly 25 percent off room rates when staying four nights or more at this fishing and diving resort. The discounted rate is $139 per night, based on double occupancy and includes accommodations in a one bedroom beachfront cabana, transfers to/from San Pedro Airstrip, unlimited use of snorkel and Hobie water equipment. The offer is valid through Dec. 14, 2009.

      The all-inclusive Stay and Play package at Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia, 877/352-8898, starts at $97 per person in the Splash Wing, a 55 percent savings. Ocean view rooms are $106 per person, two-bedroom suites are $162 per person. Rates are based on double occupancy in rooms and quad occupancy in suites. Good through Aug. 31, 2009. Amenities include a fr,ee round of paint ball and a CocoPack (with backpack, water bottle, hat and t-shirt) for each child under 12. All-inclusive amenities include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily, unlimited beverages, supervised children’s center with daily activities, daily entertainment program, water park attraction, airport transfers from the airport, all hotel taxes and gratuities.

      The Affordable Luxury package at Machaca Hill Rainforest Canopy Lodge, Punta Gorda, Belize, 501/722-0050, is good through Nov. 30, 2009. Priced at $425 per person, per night, based on double occupancy, that’s a $360 discount off the low-season rates of $650 through Oct. 31, 2009, and a $300 discount off the high-season rates of $725 through Nov. 30, 2009. The package includes tree house accommodations, all meals, activities (motorized and non-motorized), park and entrance fees, laundry services, taxes, service charges and all beverages (except premium brands). The package includes a fre,e massage in the new Jabulani Spa.

      The Swept Away Romance package at Bucuti Beach Resort, Eagle Beach, Aruba, 888/4-BUCUTI, valid through Dec. 22, 2009, is $1615 per couple for five nights. Additional nights are $271. The package includes a garden view room for five nights, bottle of champagne, candlelight dinner for two, snorkel or sunset cruise, gift basket and all tax and service charges.



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      Mazatlan Suite Savings, F,ree Nights

      Mazatlan, Mexico offers savings on accommodations throughout the summer and beyond. Book now for discounts and perks such as fr,ee nights, fre,e upgrades and resort credits for dining, spa treatments, sightseeing cruises and entertainment.

      Mazatlan is framed by beaches that stretch for 16 miles along Mexico's Pacific Coast. Here are some of the deals and packages.

      Save 35 percent on seaside accommodations as part of the Stimulus Package at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay and Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan, 800/990-8250, available through Dec. 31, 2009. Families get added value with Pueblo Bonito's Kids Stay and Eat F,ree program and the Kid's Club at Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay. The all-suite Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay and Pueblo Bonito Mazatlan offer accommodations with private balconies or terraces with beach views, full-service restaurants, oceanfront pools, spa services and children's activities. Mention Stimulus Package at time of reservation.

      At Hotel Playa Mazatlan, 800/762 5816, the F,ree Nights package gets you a fourth night fr.ee if you stay three nights. The package starts at $309 plus tax. You can opt for seven nights for the price of five, with the sixth and seventh nights f.ree, starting at $519 plus tax. Hotel Playa Mazatlan has 408 rooms and suites along a quarter-mile private beach. Accommodations feature garden or ocean views from private terraces. The Fr.ee Nights offer is valid for travel Aug. 17 through Oct. 31, 2009.

      Stay three nights for the price of two in an ocean view studio with kitchenette at Las Flores Beach Resort, 800/452-0627, in Mazatlan's Golden Zone, now through Dec. 23, 2009. Rates start at $70 per night plus tax, based on double occupancy. Studio accommodations include two double beds, oversized bath, kitchenette with refrigerator and coffeemaker, and private balcony overlooking the Pacific. The family owned resort offers 119 rooms and suites with two beachfront pools with waterfalls, spa and fitness center, restaurant, beach bar and wireless Internet. Book through Sep. 30, 2009.

      Mazatlan is on Mexico's Pacific Coast at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains. As Mexico's second largest coastal city, Mazatlan has nearly 600,000 inhabitants. The city is divided into Old Mazatlan and Zona Dorada or Golden Zone, with a seven-mile coastal road between the two.

      Mazatlan.



      Boomers, Seniors Discounts on MSC Poesia

      Now is a good time for Baby Boomers or Seniors, ages 50 or older, and their families to plan ahead and save up to 50 percent on MSC Cruises' Caribbean fall and winter getaways.

      Boomer/Senior Saver prices are available on new bookings of select three-, five-, seven- and 10-night 2009 to 2010 Caribbean sailings of the MSC Poesia when at least one guest in the stateroom is 50 years of age on the departure date.

      Families can save even more off the retail price with MSC Cruises' "Kids Sail Fr,ee" offer. Kids ages 17 and younger sail fre,e when sharing a stateroom with two full-fare-paying adults. It's a opportunity for grandparents to spend quality time with their grandchildren.

      Boomer/Senior Saver rates on five-night sailings begin at $399, rates on seven-night sailings begin at $549 and 10-night rates begin at $749. Rates on the three-night Bahamas itinerary begin at $239.

      Cruise-only rates are per person, double occupancy (government fees and taxes are additional) and are available for select sailings and stateroom types. Additional restrictions may apply.

      MSC Cruises.



      Silverado "Sizzling Summer Special"

      The Silverado Resort in Napa Valley, CA offers a “Sizzling Summer Special” through Aug. 31, 2009. The package includes a guest room, $10 dining certificate, 20 percent off any 50-minute spa treatment, VIP wine tastings at two Napa Valley wineries and a coupon booklet with deals and discounts at Napa Valley establishments. When booking, refer to the promotional code “Sizzle.”

      The rate for the package is $145 per night for Sunday-through-Thursday stays. You can upgrade to a junior suite for an additional $50.

      Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Spa at Silverado offers several treatments found nowhere else in Napa, such as Tui-na (pronounced tway nah), an ancient Chinese technique that combines acupressure and stretching to prompt increased flow of vital energy.

      The 280-suite resort features two restaurants, two 18-hole golf courses, three bocce ball courts, 17 tennis courts, 10 swimming pools, bicycle rentals, lounge, poolside cafe, and walking and jogging trails.

      Silverado Resort or 800/532-0550.



      Advice For Surviving A Plane Crash

      When a US Airways flight landed in the Hudson River on a frigid day in January 2009, the nation was mesmerized. Remarkably, there wasn't a single fatality. According to the experts, your chances of surviving an emergency landing are good. Those chances can get better if you follow a few survival tips since everyone can't continuously fly with Chesley Sullenberger, the skillful pilot who put his US Airways plane down in the Hudson River.

      Captain Stephen R. Speed, director of the airway science program at Delaware State University in Dover, DE says to "Keep your cool, trust your crew, and follow directions." Here are some tips to maximize your chances of survival in an emergency landing.

      Don't panic. According to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, 95.7 percent of people survive aircraft emergency landings. Though studies about the safest section of an aircraft during an emergency landing conflict with each other, here is some certain advice:

      Count the number of rows to the nearest exit so you can find it in a dark or smoke-filled cabin.

      Obey instructions from the flight crew and cabin crew. The cabin crew and those on the ground have been drilled and prepared for emergencies as rigorously as the pilot and co-pilot.

      The safest "brace" position is with your head pressed against the seat in front of you, protected by your arms, and your feet pulled back so that your lower legs are pressed against your seat.



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      Win a Trip for Two to Bonaire

      Picture yourself diving or snorkeling with Dr. Sylvia Earle or sitting at Captain Don’s Habitat waiting for the infamous green flash at sunset. If this sounds like a great vacation, participate in the online contest to win a trip for two to Bonaire and be a part of “Celebrate Our Planet Week.”

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      Summer Beachfront Break-Away Deals

      The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, offers room rates starting at $149 on select dates. The "Summer Beachfront Break-Away" lodging special runs until the end of August with prices discounted up to 60 percent.

      The summer rate special includes reductions on all room categories without minimum night requirements. The resort's standard room is traditionally priced at $250 per night during the summer season. Now you can stay in this same room for $149.

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      A Florida landmark since opening in 1928, the 300-acre oceanfront resort in Northeast Florida is easily accessible by car for Georgia and Florida visitors. The property features 250 guest rooms and suites, two 18-hole golf courses, a tennis program, full-service spa, gym facility, boutiques and dining. The resort offers family activities including a family pool, a 270-degree water slide, a children's wading pool, swimming lessons, pedal boating, golf, tennis, lagoon fishing, sailing and horseback riding.

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      Double Reward Points at Choice Hotels

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