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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, July 2012 Issue

Travel Savings Alerts
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ISSN: 1542-801X, Copyright  2012 
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Editor: Nicki Chodnoff

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In This Issue:

Perth, Australia, Skyline

  • Hurtigruten Early Booking Savings
  • Taxi Flat Rate to LAX
  • PA State Parks First-Time Campers Program
  • Tequila Don Julio Summer Sweepstakes
  • FAA May Ease Rules on Electronics
  • California Free Road Trips Guide
  • Jekyll Island Club Hotel Special
  • Hotels Offer 'Discover Claremont' Packages
  • CVS/pharmacy "Free Gas" Promotion
  • More Vacationers Using Public Transportation
  • Free Nights at Breezes and Hedonism Resorts
  • Turnberry Specials
  • Taj Offers Free Stays, Credits & Upgrades
  • Forever Summer at Jalousie Plantation
  • Southwest, SuperShuttle Summer Partners
  • Sunshine State Marriott Savings
  • China Spree $899 Beijing Package
  • IHG "Getaway with Vacation Pay" Sweepstakes
  • DC Summer FREEDom Savings
  • Puerto Vallarta Summer Rates
  • FYI Fact

    Hurtigruten Early Booking Savings

    Hurtigruten commemorates the 120th anniversary of its six to 12-day Norwegian Coastal voyages with offers focusing on food, music and culture in a new 2013 Norway Brochure. Since 1893, Hurtigruten ships offered glimpses into Norwegian culture as they transport guests and locals along Norway’s west coast, stopping at 34 ports of call between Bergen and Kirkenes, high above the Arctic Circle.

    Book a cruise from the 2013 brochure by Sep. 30, 2012 and receive an early booking discount of up to 25 percent; some limitations may apply. Members of the 1893 Ambassador Club, a free loyalty club for those who sailed at least three nights on any Hurtigruten ship, receive a five percent discount on the voyage and other benefits.

    Options for 2013 include a trip to the Geiranger Fjord – a UNESCO World Heritage Site; a journey across the 71st parallel to the North Cape, home to grazing reindeer and the Sami people; and the Lofotr Viking Feast, complete with home-brewed mead.

    If you want to combine other travel plans with a Hurtigruten sailing, the port-to-port pricing allows you to customize your trip, choosing the number of days you wish to sail and between what ports.

    Sailing aboard Hurtigruten’s fleet of 14 ships, carrying 100 to 646 guests, means lounges with panoramic windows and large outdoor decks; open seating for most meals; Norwegian cuisine and a comprehensive wine list; multilingual tour directors; cabin choices that includes suites; and a well-informed crew.

    Fares include accommodation in cabin grade of choice; full board; and free items onboard for suites. International flights, optional excursions, and fuel surcharges are additional.

    Hurtigruten or 877/301-3117.

    Taxi Flat Rate to LAX

    The Beverly Hills Cab Co.'s flat rate policy for cab rides to the Los Angeles Airport means there is no guesswork about the fare payment.

    Additional passengers (up to five people total) add no extra expense to the ride's total. As there is no extra cost for additional passengers, taxi service to LAX will often be less expensive then airport shuttles when multiple passengers need LAX transportation.

    All rates cost less than $50, and most are around $40. The Beverly Hills Cab Co. posts airport rates on their website or can provide them if you call. You can even make reservations for your ride to the airport online.

    Beverly Hills Cab Co. is wheelchair accessible.

    The Beverly Hills Cab Co. or 800/398-5221.

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    PA State Parks First-Time Campers Program

    The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources partners with Gander Mountain to provide first-time campers with needed gear and a reservation for two nights at a participating state park for $20.

    Nineteen state parks around Pennsylvania are participating in the program. Make reservations by calling the park office directly. The program will run through the summer.

    The gear provided for use by Gander Mountain and DCNR is a four-person tent; rain tarp; four sleeping pads; four camp chairs; flashlight; lantern; camp stove; and four hot dog/marshmallow sticks. The gear must be returned upon departure.

    You need to bring your own food, cooking utensils and bedding. Suggested packing lists will be provided.

    Last summer, in the program's first year, there were 180 reservations made for the program. More than half of those who took a survey said they never visited a Pennsylvania state park. Almost 500 people experienced camping in a state park for the first time last year.

    With 120 state parks covering about 300,000 acres, parks feature recreational opportunities, provide environmental education programs and conserve thousands of acres of unique natural areas. State parks also serve as economic generators to the communities that surround them, generating about a billion dollars annually in economic activity.

    Pennsylvania state parks first time camper program.

    Tequila Don Julio Summer Sweepstakes

    Tequila Don Julio, launches the La Primavera Summer sweepstakes where you can win a grand prize trip to the La Primavera Distillery in the "Los Altos" highlands region of Jalisco, Mexico. Ten prizewinners and their guests will receive first-class, roundtrip airfare and accommodations, an immersion in tequila making, followed by two nights in Punta Mita, Mexico.

    The winners will learn the intricacies of crafting tequila at the La Primavera Distillery. The trip begins in the agave fields where you will watch a team of jimadors hand-select and cut individual, fully mature agave, ripened for six to 10 years from the region’s terracotta soil.

    Tequila Don Julio Master Distiller Enrique de Colsa will guide you through the distillery where he oversees the small batch double-distillation process. De Colsa will provide an explanation of the details behind his six tequilas. The tour culminates in an authentic meal and traditional entertainment in Guadalajara. Winners then depart for Punta Mita for a two-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort.

    To enter the Don Julio La Primavera Summer sweepstakes, adults 21 and older can "like" Don Julio on Facebook and complete the sweepstakes entry form. You can also find QR codes on Don Julio signs at participating retailers. Scanning the code will take you to the Don Julio Facebook page where you can complete the sweepstakes entry form. There is a limit of one entry per person regardless of the method of entry.

    Tequila Don Julio.

    FAA May Ease Rules on Electronics

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may relax the rules for using electronics on planes. This could be the break some passengers have been waiting for – especially the ones often breaking the rules.

    The proliferation of personal electronic devices can be seen aboard a typical airline flight. Devices meant for communication and entertainment are often at the root of the debate over interference with a plane's equipment. The FAA decided to take another look at the issue by bringing together airlines, plane makers, crew members and device manufacturers to study how to test electronic devices for safety in flight.

    The FAA currently mandates that all personal electronic devices be turned off during take-off and landing and any time an aircraft is below 10,000 feet. The need to conduct further studies is due to increased demand for consumer electronics such as e-readers and tablets and the fact that these devices get more powerful with each generation.

    According to the Associated Press, airlines have had the authority to conduct their own tests on specific devices to determine their levels of interference for years. However, because of the time and cost involved with testing each type of device that could be used by a passenger on a flight, most airlines have opted to fall back on the FAA's standard rule banning the use of electronics below 10,000 feet. Those looking to change the rules point to recent permissions given to cockpit crews by the FAA to use tablet devices in place of heavy and bulky flight bags. But questions about electronic interference may not solely rest on the devices themselves, but the number of simultaneous users.

    If a testing and certification standard is reached, passengers may be able to keep their devices turned on for the entire length of a flight. Despite the possibility of seeing more passengers with their faces glued to their iPads, mobile phone use for calls will still be prohibited.


    California Free Road Trips Guide

    California Road Trips 2012 encourages you to hit the road and explore the Golden State, with this year's focus on family fun.

    The guide maps out two- to three-day driving getaways and more detailed routes for longer vacations throughout California's 12 diverse regions. Each itinerary presents a range of activities for all kinds of travelers.

    Inside California Road Trips 2012, you will find things to see and do throughout the state. For a trip back through time, one road trip takes you to California's Gold Country. In "Welcome to Adventureland," discover wild beaches, tidepools and a safari along California's North Coast. The "Great Wild North" offers outdoor adventures in the mountains, lakes and swimming holes of California's Shasta Cascade.

    Road Trips 2012 is available for free in digital format and on Visit California's iPad app, available in the Apple App Store. You can get a hard copy of the guide by calling 877/ 225-4367.

    Visit California or 877/ 225-4367.

    Jekyll Island Club Hotel Special

    The Jekyll Island Club Hotel on Jekyll Island, GA, celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the Jekyll Island Club, and the 25th Anniversary of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

    The Jekyll Island Club was built in 1886 as a winter retreat for America's wealthy elite. Restored in 1986, it is a National Historic Landmark and a member of Historic Hotels of America.

    In observing these two anniversaries, the hotel created discounts and guest promotions that will carry through 2012.

    During July 2012, stay three nights at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel's regular published rack rates and you get the fourth night for $1.25. The offer is available Sunday through Thursday nights based on availability and is not valid with groups or existing reservations. Rates are plus tax and resort fee.

    Jekyll Island Club Hotel or 855/500-7557.

    Hotels Offer 'Discover Claremont' Packages

    "Discover Claremont" through Aug. 31, 2012, and stay at a participating hotel and you can receive $100 in gift cards to dine, shop or relax in Claremont, CA when you book the "Discover Claremont" package.

    he "Discover Claremont" package includes a one-night stay and $100 in Claremont gift cards that can be redeemed at more than 130 locally owned restaurants and pubs, boutiques, day spas and salons. A limited number of packages are available on a first-come, first-serve basis when you call the hotel and book directly. Request the "Discover Claremont" package. This package is not available online.

    Hotels offering the "Discover Claremont" package include:

    Hotel Casa 425, 909/624-2272 - One night in a Courtyard King or Deluxe King room; VIP Guest Card to Lounge 425; breakfast for two; free, Internet and bicycles to borrow; and $100 in Claremont gift cards. Package cost is $205, $230 Fridays and Saturdays. Valid to July 31, 2012.

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Claremont, 909/626-2411 - One night in a King or Double-bedded room; breakfast for two; free parking and Wi-Fi; cookies upon arrival; entry to dueling piano lounge; and $100 in Claremont gift cards. Package cost is $209. Valid to Aug. 31, 2012.

    A complete listing of restaurants, hotels, boutiques, day spas, events and more can be found online.

    Discover Claremont.


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    CVS/pharmacy "Free Gas" Promotion

    To help families save on gas when they travel, CVS/pharmacy offers a "Earn Free Gas" promotion, which allows members of the company's ExtraCare program to earn free gas cards through the summer by shopping at stores nationwide.

    You can earn up to five $10 gift cards to Exxon/Mobil or Shell during select weeks through August by spending $30 on specially-marked items found in the weekly CVS/pharmacy circular.

    You can find the qualifying products on the front and back pages of the weekly CVS/pharmacy circular available in-store, online and on Facebook. All qualifying products will be specially-marked with a "gas!" symbol to make them easily identifiable.

    Once you reach the $30 required purchase threshold, a special coupon will print on your receipt that can be redeemed immediately in store for a $10 gas card. If you prefer to wait to redeem your coupon, you have up to 30 days to do so. Limit five redemptions per week for each ExtraCare cardholder.

    CVS ExtraCare program.

    More Vacationers Using Public Transportation

    For a vacation, many people are planning a trip to the city. Of those who plan a city visit, 57 percent or 62 million people nationwide plan to use local public transportation on their vacation, according to the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) 2012 “Travel like a Local” Summer Travel Survey.

    The survey shows that cost and convenience are two factors that motivate city visitors to use public transportation. Travelers said using public transportation relieves them from the worry of finding parking for their vehicle and believe that it is less expensive than taxis and rental cars.

    “Savvy travelers know the best way to get around any city is how the locals do, hopping on a train or bus to save money, while avoiding the hassle of driving and parking a car in a downtown area,” said Michael Melaniphy, APTA President and CEO. “Most public transportation systems have high frequency routes that are designed to stop at the most popular spots and attractions a city has to offer.”

    To assist city travelers, APTA provides tips on how to “travel like a local.” In addition, APTA is reaching out to city travelers through a nationwide contest via social media to share their experiences and the benefits of using public transit. Visit their website for complete details.

    Tips for City Visitors to “Travel like a Local” on Public Transportation

    1. Visit the public transportation website to find out information on the local public transit system in the city you will be visiting.

    2. Use the system’s trip planner or Google transit to plan your routes.

    3. Choose a hotel near a public transit line; you can eliminate or significantly reduce your need for a car during your trip.

    4. If arriving by plane or train, look for ways to use local public transit to get from the airport or train station into the heart of the city. This is usually significantly cheaper than a taxi and you can check out what’s going on in the city rather than worrying about which turn to make.

    5. Consider buying a day or week pass rather than paying by the trip. These passes are often more affordable, and allow you to get to your destinations quicker since you won’t have to stop and pay a fare each time you ride.

    6. Utilize that smart phone. Many systems have apps that make using their systems even easier; helping you locate stops on a map, telling you when the next train or bus is coming. It’s like having a personal assistant.

    7. Travel off-peak to avoid the crowds.

    8. Wear comfortable commuter shoes. Remember you will be doing some walking and getting exercise as you visit the sites.

    9. Don’t be afraid to ask. The drivers and staff are there to help you, and most fellow passengers are happy to help as well.

    10. Have Fun! You’re on vacation. Use the time you are riding to your destination to plan where to dine, what exhibit to see, or what to do next.

    Deals of the Hour

    Free Nights at Breezes and Hedonism Resorts

    BOOK BY JULY 4 - - Book your vacation to Jamaica and the Bahamas by July 4, 2012, and earn one free night on a three- or four-night stay through Dec. 21, 2012. For a limited time, the Super-Inclusive getaways, which include food, drink and activities, start at $107 per person, per night based on double occupancy.

    In Jamaica, the all-suite Breezes Grand Negril is on a stretch of beach where you can windsurf, scuba dive, waterski, kayak, snorkel and go sunfish sailing. The 22-acre property has a fitness center, tennis (with lessons and tournaments arranged by resident pro), beach volleyball, a spa, and lounge chairs. Special weekly activities include afternoon tea, karaoke, a Caribbean Beach Carnival and Grand Gala. Six restaurants offer French, Italian, Japanese and continental cuisine.

    In Nassau, Breezes Bahamas sits on Cable Beach. The resort welcomes singles, couples and families age 14 and older. Activities range from rock wall climbing and kayaking to tennis and beach volleyball. There’s a circus school with flying trapeze. At night, there is a piano bar or you can visit one of the many nearby casinos.

    Sitting on 22 acres with a white sand beach in Negril, Jamaica, Hedonism II offers king-size showers and massaging showerheads, prude- and nude-side rooms and 12 suites with private terraces and Jacuzzis. The resort offers clothing-optional pools and beaches, late night entertainment, spa, themed events, live bands and a gaming lounge.

    SuperClubs’ “Super-Inclusive” concept includes accommodations, all meals and multiple dining options, unlimited premium brand drinks, land and water sports including equipment and instruction, entertainment, weddings, recreational activities, and hotel taxes. Tipping is not allowed.

    Breezes Resorts or 877/273-3937. Hedonism II or 800/467-8737.

    Turnberry Specials

    Turnberry Isle Miami offers three summer promotions.

    Fun & Sun Package – Through Sep. 30, 2012, the package includes accommodations with an upgrade based on availability, valet parking, family tote with goodies for the kids, snacks and water, and a 20 percent savings on pool and beach amenities. From $199 per night based on availability.

    Third night free + golf - Through Sep. 30, 2012. Get a third night free, room upgrade based on availability and a $50 credit to use at the spa and fitness center, golf courses or at one of the hotel’s restaurants. Golfers play the resort’s 36 holes, highlighted by the 18-hole island green, for free. There is a $40 per person cart fee. Rates from $249 per night.

    Miami Spa Month (July/August) – The spa and fitness center offers a 90-minute cleansing facial; 90-minute relaxation massage; 60-minute relaxation massage with a 30-minute aromatherapy scrub; or a 60-minute aromatherapy wrap with a 30-minute relaxation massage for $99, a 50 percent savings. The offer is good Monday through Friday through Aug. 31, 2012.

    Miami Spice Month (August/September)- Bourbon Steak, a Michael Mina restaurant, participates in this annual promotion with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Three-course dinner menu for $35 per person.

    Turnberry Isle Miami.

    Taj Offers Free Stays, Credits & Upgrades

    Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces around the world offer free nights, discounts, upgrades and hotel credits with three promotions.

    Stay a bit longer through July 31, 2012. Stay one night and get 50 percent off a second night. Stay two or three consecutive nights, get an additional night free.

    Suite Celebrations through Sep. 30, 2012. Book a suite and get free airport transfers, 24-hour butler service, daily breakfast and evening cocktails in the Taj Club Lounge.

    Earn credits through Sep. 30, 2012. Stay two nights and receive hotel credits redeemable for spa treatments, dining and cocktails.

    Join the free Taj upgrade program across all room categories at various Taj Luxury, Vivanta by Taj and The Gateway Hotels. The program allows you to upgrade to superior accommodation at no extra cost subject to availability.

    Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces.


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    Free Night with Forever Summer at Jalousie Plantation

    In St Lucia's Pitons, the Jalousie Plantation, Sugar Beach, offers Forever Summer with a free night and other package additions.

    Stay six nights and get the seventh night free and free daily breakfast for two adults and a three hour sailing. You also receive a couple's beach massage or two beach dives (introductory or regular) per stay.

    Roundtrip airport transfers for two from Hewanorra International Airport are included in the package which is available for bookings in Jalousie's Luxury Cottage category or higher.

    The package is valid for travel until Sep. 10, 2012, but you must book by Aug. 31, 2012. Rates start at $403 per night plus eight percent government tax and 10 percent service charge.

    Jalousie Plantation, Sugar Beach or 758/456-8000.

    Southwest, SuperShuttle Summer Partners

    SuperShuttle shared ride service to and from 39 airports partners with Southwest Airlines frequent flyer program, Rapid Rewards, to make travel easier and more affordable. Keep your car at home and ride in the SuperShuttle van to earn Rapid Rewards bonus points. Plus, the rest of the family can ride for five dollars each when booking online through Aug. 31, 2012.

      How it works:
    • First family member books shared ride service at full fare and additional passengers ride for $5 each.
    • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Members will receive 50 bonus points in addition to the Rapid Rewards Points that Members already receive, this equals 200 points one-way or 400 points roundtrip.
    • Book online or on SuperShuttle's mobile apps for iPhone or Android. Use discount code: RIDES
    • Summer Lifts Family Fare Sale is available only for transfers to and from home and the airport.

    SuperShuttle serves 39 airports including Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Miami.

    Sunshine State Marriott Savings

    Marriott turns up the bargain barometer with savings across the sunshine state.

    As temperatures rise, 29 JW Marriott, Renaissance and Marriott Hotels & Resorts throughout Florida offer family deals with Suntastic Summer Savings: Best of Florida for Less event. Valid on travel through Sep. 30, 2012, on bookings made by Sep. 7, 2012, the "Suntastic" promotion offers perks at each destination including:

    • 25 percent off stays of three nights or more in Tampa which applies to room rate only;

    • Free meals for kids under 12 and free parking in Orlando and Jacksonville. The Central Florida promotional rate includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for up to four children 12 years of age and younger when an adult orders an entree off the regular menu and free self-parking for one vehicle per room, per night;

    • Up to $50 hotel credit, per night, in South Florida toward hotel amenities. The hotel credit cannot be applied to room rate or be redeemed for cash.

    • The offer is available seven days a week at most hotels and is not applicable to groups of 10 or more. You must use the promotional code to receive the promotional rate: Tampa: ZZ1, Orlando/Jacksonville: F8L and South Florida: SUM. A limited number of rooms are available and blackout dates or other restrictions may apply.

    Marriott Suntastic Summer Savings or 800/228-9290.

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    China Spree $899 Beijing Package

    Winter is the time for the lowest-priced packages to China. China Spree offers a value eight-day trip to Beijing. Book now as the Timeless Beijing package sells out quickly.

    The Timeless Beijing package costs $899 and includes roundtrip airfare from San Francisco to Beijing, airport transfers, six nights’ accommodation in the four-star Traders Hotel by Shangri-La, daily breakfasts, three lunches, three days of escorted sightseeing with entrance fees and two-and-a-half free days for independent exploration.

    The sightseeing program starts with a visit to Tiananmen Square, world’s largest public square, and the Forbidden City. After lunch in a local restaurant, there’s a photo stop at the “Bird Nest,” the main stadium of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    The trip includes a visit to the Sacred Way of Ming Tombs, lunch in a local restaurant, a walk on the Great Wall of China, the Temple of Heaven, the 700-acre Summer Palace and its famous Marble Boat, with lunch in a pearl factory.

    An optional tour takes you on a rickshaw ride through Old Beijing’s hutongs, the old neighborhoods of maze-like narrow alleys; lunch in a family home with a Chinese dumpling-making demonstration; a visit to a Tibetan lamasery; the pandas at Beijing Zoo; and a Peking Duck dinner. Or, you can explore the city on your own.

    All prices are per person based on double occupancy and the cash discount rate is subject to availability. The non-stop flight from Los Angeles is $50 more; from New York, $100 more. The air fare add-ons from Washington, D.C. and Chicago are $300; from St. Louis, $350; all via San Francisco.

    Due to its popularity, reservations for the Timeless Beijing package are based on the order in which China Spree receives deposit payments.

    China Spree, click China Tours, then Winter Specials or 855/556-6868.

    IHG "Getaway with Vacation Pay" Sweepstakes

    InterContinental Hotels Group celebrates summer with its "Getaway with Vacation Pay" sweepstakes which offers you the chance to win a getaway based on your personal travel style.

    Personal travel styles are determined via an online poll you take through Sep. 3, 2012. The grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to the "Getaway with Vacation Pay" destination of their choice from 12 select locations in the U.S., which includes roundtrip airfare, a five-night hotel stay, roundtrip airport ground transfers and $1,000 to spend however they'd like.

    "Getaway with Vacation Pay" follows on IHG's "Vacation Pay" promotion where U.S. residents receive a $75 prepaid card when they register and stay two consecutive weekend nights (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) at any of IHG's 4,400 hotels worldwide, including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Alliance Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Resort, Holiday Inn Club Vacations, Holiday Inn Express, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood until Sep. 3, 2012.

      Each travel style is based on specific vacation preferences and can be described as the:
    • Avid Adventurer: Isn't afraid to climb the highest peak or surf the most dangerous of waters.
    • Entertainment Enthusiast: Constantly on the move, whether exploring a big city or riding a roller coaster.
    • Escape Artist: Relaxing on the beach, spending the day at the spa or enjoying a round of golf.
    • Culture Connoisseur: Soaking up culture by learning everything there is to know about the location, from wineries to art & history museums.

    "Getaway with Vacation Pay" sweepstakes or 877/424-2449.

    DC Summer FREEDom Savings

    Destination DC, the convention and tourism corporation for Washington, DC, offers a promotion that eases the cost of a summer holiday in the nation’s capital. Summer FREEdom is a virtual coupon book of 35 discounts and free offers that helps you save money.

    Summer FREEdom deals are available through Sep. 3, 2012. Eighteen hotels and 17 attractions partner to offer family-friendly discounts. Hotels including the Savoy Suites and Carlyle Suites offer a third-night free. Other properties enhance room rates with values such as free parking, breakfast and/or Wi-Fi. Attractions such as the Monuments by Moonlight tour by Capital Yacht Charters and D.C. United, the city’s MLS team, offer discounts of 50 percent off admission. Summer FREEdom reservations can be made online and by phone 800/422-8644.

    DC was voted the number one walking city in America, and exploring the city’s 12 neighborhoods is easier by public transportation such as the Circulator bus and Metro. To encourage you to see all the sights, Destination DC will gift each online reservation with two free $10 Metro SmarTrip cards. Powerful experiences are created in the nation’s capital especially as so many of the major attractions are free.

      Many attractions created family-focused value packages including:
    • Old Town Trolley Tours - Buy a one-day tour ticket and receive discounted admission to the International Spy Museum and lunch at Potbelly Sandwich Shop.
    • The Newseum will waive admission prices for all youth visitors, age 18 and under (regularly $12.95), through Sep. 3, 2012. Up to six kids can visit free with each paid adult admission.
    • Buy one full-price ticket to a DC United game on Aug. 4, 22, or 29 and receive a second ticket free.
    • Destination DC has a web page for visitors interested in visiting this summer. Book a hotel room, review DC summer happenings, get dinner reservations and explore itineraries dedicated to the popular campaigns including the ongoing “Civil War to Civil Rights” promotion.

    Destination DC or 800/422-8644.

    Puerto Vallarta Summer Rates

    Puerto Vallarta, one of Mexico’s most popular destinations, is easily accessible from the US and Canada.

    To entice you to visit, a number of hotels offer summer specials. Most of the rates are subject to availability. Hotel restrictions may change without notice.

    Bluechair Resort, 888/302-3662, on the beachfront a few blocks from the town center and entertainment. The $42 per night, per person rate for a partial ocean view room, based on double occupancy, is valid to Aug. 23, 2012.

    Casa Iguana, 888/277-5816, rates are $90 per room, per night, for two adults and two children up to the age of 12. Valid to Aug. 23, 2012, the rate includes breakfast for two adults.

    Casa Velas Hotel Boutique, 877/418-3011, valid through Dec. 22, 2012, rates are $350 per person, per night for an all-inclusive suite. The rate includes one Rhythms of the Night tour per person, per stay; 50-minute massage per person, per stay; sparkling wine and chocolate covered strawberries on arrival; hotel to airport transportation; taxes and gratuities.

    Hotel Eloisa, 322/222-6465, steps from Los Muertos Beach, nightly rates for two people and two kids under 11 years old are $101 for room with air conditioner and TV; $86 for a room with ceiling fan, no TV; and $149 for a suite. Valid to Aug. 17, 2012, taxes and Continental breakfast are included.

    Las Palmas Resort, 322/226-1265, all-inclusive resort with oceanfront Jacuzzi and two pools. All-inclusive rates from $60 per person, per night, through Aug. 23, 2012.

    Los Arcos Hotels, 800/648-2403, Playa Los Arcos Hotel Beach Resort & Spa, Los Arcos Suites, and Casa Doña Susana are boutique hotels near restaurants, shops and nightlife. All-inclusive rates for Playa Los Arcos are $69 per person, per night and Los Arcos Suites are $64 per person, per night. Rates for Casa Doña Susana are $58 per person, per night. Rates valid through Dec. 20, 2012.

    Hotel Posada de Roger, 322/222-0639, 47 standard rooms with a swimming pool, rooftop terrace, community kitchen and a restaurant bar. Rates $23 per person in a double room, valid Aug. 14, to Dec. 20, 2012.

    Vamar Vallarta Beach Resort, 800/327-6600, all-inclusive resort with views of Marina Vallarta and the Banderas Bay with an area designed for kids. Price per person, per night, through Dec. 15, 2012, $115 for one person in a room, $75 for two in a room, $70 for three in a room. Rates for children ages seven to 12 are $20 per child, per night; children ages 13 to 16 are $40 per child, per night.

    Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta, 322/226-1100, features include beachfront pergolas, pools, an on-site spa, gym, and tennis court. Through Dec. 23, 2012, all inclusive plan starts from $130 per person based on double occupancy.

    Puerto Vallarta Visitors Bureau or 888/384-6822.

    FYI Fact

    Sometimes your luggage can fly free. On a recent Delta flight in mid-May 2012, I was able to check one piece of luggage for free. Ordinarily, it costs $25 to check the first piece of luggage with Delta.

    My opportunity came while I was sitting at the gate. The flight was full so the gate agent offered to check one bag free to your final destination. Surprisingly few people took the offer.

    The offer did free up overhead bin space and eliminated the tie-ups while everyone tries to jam their luggage in the overhead compartment. Congrats to the gate agent.

    Had a good experience on a plane recently? Stumbled across the perfect place to stay, eat or drink? Tell us about it, email us here.

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    The Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, P.O. Box 91033, Columbus OH 43209, edited by Nicki Chodnoff, is published monthly.

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