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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, August 2010 Issue

Travel Savings Alerts
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ISSN: 1542-801X, Copyright  2010 
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Editor: Nicki Chodnoff

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  • Ceiba Del Mar: Stretch Your Stay Three Extra Nights
  • Win $45,000 Emperor Penguin Trip
  • Best Reward Cards for Travel and Other Tips
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game Package
  • 4th Night Free at Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa
  • Martinique Summer Spectacular Promo
  • Cap Juluca Resort Summer Packages
  • Pre-Pay Four Weekly Stays, Get Monthly Rate
  • Princess Cruises "Caribbean Super Sale"
  • "Fall to Barbados" Savings on Fall Travel
  • Up to 69 % Off at Renaissance Orlando
  • Breezes Summer/Fall Sale: Save up to 55%
  • Don't Let Dysentery Ruin Your Vacation
  • South African Airways 2-For-1 Offer
  • Get Five Nights Free w/Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage
  • Companion to Europe $199 or 7.5% off Select Vacations
  • Colorado Travel Deals From $50 Per Person
  • Kentucky Green B&Bs $2,500 Green Sweepstakes
  • Miami Spice Restaurant Month
  • Boomers Have Privileges Package

    • Ceiba Del Mar: Stretch Your Stay Three Extra Nights

      BOOK AUG. 10 to 23, 2010 - - Ceiba del Mar Beach & Spa Resort, in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, features a "Twice As Nice" offer to the resort's Facebook friends: Book a one- to three-night stay between Aug. 10 and 23, 2010, and double the length of the reservation at no additional cost. A $100 spa credit (per couple, per stay), valid through Dec. 19, 2010, completes this limited-time offer. Promo codes for the offer are only available online at Facebook.com/CeibadelMar.com.

      A "Twice As Nice" vacation includes accommodation in one of the resort's 88 residences, seven of which are penthouses. All suites feature ocean views, a full bathroom with shower and separate bathtub; organic bath products; handcrafted furnishings; free wireless Internet; twice daily housekeeping service; premium cotton linens and pillow menu; free in-room morning coffee; nightly turndown service with Mexican handcrafted gift; international cable TV and DVD/CD player; 24-hour room service.

      The resort offers spa therapies; a hydrotherapy circuit and fully-equipped gym; Aquafit and yoga classes, and free access to land and sea sports equipment; two restaurants and a swimming pool.

      Ceiba Del Mar Beach & Spa Resort or 877/545-6221.

      Win $45,000 Emperor Penguin Trip

      ENTER BY AUG. 31, 2010 - - One person can turn their passion for the environment into a $45,000 Antarctic expedition for two. The online competition is sponsored by Quark Expeditions, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund.

      The winner will sail with Julie Scardina, SeaWorld's Animal Ambassador, aboard the icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov from Ushuaia, Argentina to the Snow Hill Island Emperor Penguin rookery, in Antarctica, Oct. 13 to Nov. 7, 2010. While on board Scardina will relate behind-the-scenes stories of animal training and the conservation efforts she supports.

      To enter, you must describe online in 300 words or less your personal efforts to protect wildlife, and why you should be the one to adventure with Julie to Antarctica. The competition closes Aug. 31, 2010. The top five competitors will be chosen by popular vote. A panel, consisting of Julie Scardina and representatives from Quark Expeditions and SeaWorld, will select the overall winner from the top five. Voters will be allowed to change their vote throughout the competition.

      The expedition cruise is sold out, so winning the competition is the only way to get aboard. The prize package includes return economy airfare from the winner's nearest international gateway to Ushuaia, Argentina; one night of hotel accommodation in Ushuaia; and 13 nights with meals in a twin cabin aboard the icebreaker. The expedition plans to spend three days at the Emperor Penguin rookery watching adult birds tend their chicks.

      Click here to enter, vote or review the competition rules and regulations.

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      Best Reward Cards for Travel and Other Tips

      Consumer Reports Money Adviser's editors sifted through the fine print and named the best rewards cards for airlines and travel.

      Many people bank their miles over several years with the hopes of getting tickets for their dream vacation. But the best strategy depends on whether you earn your miles through frequent flying or frequent spending. If you are a frequent traveler, you'll want to choose a specific airline credit card that augments the miles you earn on the routes and carriers you regularly fly.

      If you accumulate miles through spending, you might be better off with a card that gives you cash back so you can buy your own tickets without restrictions.

      The AmEx Starwood Preferred Guest card is a good hotel/air card if you often stay at Sheraton, Westin, W, and others in the Starwood chain of 940 hotels. You'll earn one point per $1 spent on eligible everyday purchases and double points at Starwood hotels. If you stay at Hilton hotels, take a look at the AmEx Hilton HHonors or Citi Hilton HHonors Visa.

      Six Ways to Save on a Road Trip - Many Americans will travel by car to cut costs on their vacation. Here are some tips for stretching your travel dollars:

      Avoid ATM add-ons. To dodge paying out-of-network fees for cash withdrawals, ask your bank for a map of its ATM locations along your route.

      Map it. Use one of these free online road-trip planners to build a custom map and itinerary: AAA TripTik (chose "Online Trip Tiks" in the left column); Yahoo trip planner; or Rand McNally TripMaker Planning Tool.

      Prep your car. Before you leave, have your mechanic check the level of all fluids, inspect belts and hoses, check the battery and tires, and inspect the air-conditioning system.

      Conserve gas. Avoid hard acceleration and braking. Keep tires properly inflated.

      Look for lodging deals. Take advantage of membership discounts and perks from hotel loyalty programs or groups like AARP or AAA.

      Get smart. Smart phone applications can be useful on the road and some are free. Navigation apps, like those from Navigon, let your phone function like a stand-alone GPS. Aloqua, Urbanspoon, and Yelp find nearby attractions and restaurants in your price range.

      Consumer Reports.

      Take Me Out to the Ball Game Package

      Less than 10 minutes from Tropicana Field, the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg FL regularly is home base for opponents of the Tampa Bay Rays and traveling fans. The historic property offers the Home Run Baseball Getaway including accommodations, breakfast for two, transportation to and from Tropicana Field, and a spectator survival kit with a tote bag, Cracker Jacks, bubble gum, roasted peanuts and two padded stadium seat cushions.

      From $169 per night, you can schedule an escape around the following Tampa Bay Rays home games: Aug. 2 to 5 vs. Twins, Aug. 13 to 15 vs. Orioles, Aug. 16 to 18 vs. Rangers, Aug. 27 to 29 vs. Red Sox, Aug. 30 to Sep. 1 vs. Blue Jays, Sep. 13 to 15 vs. Yankees, Sep. 17 to 19 vs. Angels, Sep. 24 to 26 vs. Mariners and Sep. 27 to 28 vs. Orioles. The package is based on availability and does not include taxes or fees. Use rate code SPE when making reservations online

      The Renaissance Vinoy Resort is the only historic luxury resort on Florida’s west coast that has a private 72-slip marina, 18-hole private golf course, 12-court tennis complex, 5,000 square-foot fitness center. Overlooking the Tampa Bay, the 347-room property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The resort includes five restaurants, a salon and day spa and outdoor pool.

      Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club or 888/303-4430.

      4th Night Free at Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa

      BOOK BY AUG. 31 - - Lengthen your island getaway with the "4th Night Free" promotion at Bermuda's Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa.

      The free night promotion is available for travel Aug. 22 through Oct. 31, 2010. A minimum four-night stay is required and bookings must be made by Aug. 31, 2010. To receive the special offer, use promotional code CBES4P when booking. Cambridge Beaches' rates start at $615 per night and include full breakfast and afternoon tea daily.

      Cambridge Beaches provides an authentic Bermuda escape, enjoyed without the demands or distractions of children, as Bermuda's only resort that caters exclusively to adults.

      The resort is on a 30-acre peninsula on the western coast of Bermuda with 94 accommodations in traditional pink Bermuda cottages; four private beaches; gardens and nature preserve; and water views from every vantage point of the property. Cambridge Beaches features a 10,000 sq. ft. spa, seasonal onsite marina, sailing excursions, kayaking, croquet lawn, putting green, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and on-site bicycle and moped rentals.

      Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa or 800/468-7300.


      Martinique Summer Spectacular Promo

      The Martinique Promotion Bureau/CMT USA offers an island-wide Summer Spectacular promotion to coincide with new daily flights to the island via American Eagle.

      Martinique Summer Spectacular packages offer "Sixth Night Free" savings and free daily breakfast across an array of properties. Accommodations range from private-island villas and hillside hideaways to resorts and chic boutiques, ensuring hotel options to fit virtually any style and budget.

      Martinique Summer Spectacular travel must take place by Sep. 30, 2010. Blackout dates and restrictions vary by hotel. Participating hotels and their corresponding booking contacts are as follows:

    • Ilet Thierry - On a private, 15-acre island 10 minutes by boat from Le Francois, this 19th century Creole villa offers five bedrooms, water sports and seclusion.

    • La Suite Villa - Martinique's newest hotel consists of six suites and nine villas.

    • Plein Soleil Hotel - The hillside hideaway has 16 guestrooms and suites and is known for its gourmet restaurant.

    • Hotel Bakoua - Originally a colonial estate, the 138-room seaside property has an infinity pool and is in the heart of the bustling Trois Ilets resort area.

    • La Bateliere - In the historic town of Schoelcher, the 198-room property is on a 12-acre park overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

    • Mercure Diamant - This hillside property offers views of Diamond Rock and the Caribbean Sea. It includes 149 rooms, a swimming pool, a children's pool with slide, tennis court and onsite scuba diving center.

      At La Suite Villa, the savings extend to a Pay 10-Stay 12 option, with two free nights when booking 12 nights. This offer is valid on travel Sep. 1 to 30, 2010.

      Added savings are available at La Bateliere through the property's Pay 4-Stay 5, Pay 7-Stay 9, and Pay 9-Stay 12 options, all available through Oct. 31, 2010.

      Martinique Promotion Bureau or 212/838-6887.

    • Cap Juluca Resort Summer Packages

      Cap Juluca Resort on Anguilla has a package for you.

      For the golfer, Cap Juluca manages Anguilla's only 18 hole golf course and designed the Unlimited Anguilla Golf package available through Dec. 18, 2010. For an additional $100 per night, one guest per room will receive unlimited all day play, with cart included and free transfers from the resort to Temenos Golf Course. One round of golf equals one person playing 18 consecutive holes. Additional golfers in room will be charged $225 plus $5 environmental fee for each round of golf.

      If unlimited golf doesn't leave you enough time to enjoy the beach, choose free golf with the Shark Golf package, available through Dec. 18, 2010, which offers golfers one round free for a three-night stay and two rounds free for a five-night stay. Longer stays are awarded rounds on a cumulative basis. The Shark Golf package also includes a golf cart and free roundtrip transfers to and from the golf course.

      Cap Juluca will pay you $100, per night stayed, with the Discover Cap Juluca package, available through Dec. 18, 2010. Valid for single or double occupancy in oceanfront superior rooms, oceanfront luxury rooms and oceanfront junior suites, your $100 resort credit can be redeemed anywhere within the resort.

      Available through Dec. 18, 2010, the Stay In Luxury package lets you book a superior room and upgrade to a luxury room.

      Stay four nights and receive an airfare credit of up to $600 per room, per stay with the Pairadise Awaits package.

      All packages include other free amenities: daily continental breakfast, water sports, yoga, pilates and water aerobics classes and afternoon tea.

      Rates for all packages do not include 10 percent tax, 10 percent service charge and $1 per person (12 years and older), per night government marketing levy. Reservations must be made seven nights prior to arrival and a three-night minimum reservation is required . The package is subject to availability and blackout dates may apply.

      Cap Juluca is minutes by air or boat from St. Maarten. A private self-contained enclave on Anguilla in the British West Indies, the resort sits along two miles white sand beach. Moorish villas with 97 suites and bedrooms, five-star restaurants and tropical gardens.

      Cap Juluca or 888/858-5822.

      Pre-Pay Four Weekly Stays, Get Monthly Rate

      AKA has a new way to stay and pay at the extended-stay brand's eight residences. You can pay for four one-week stays in advance at the monthly rate, a savings of up to 30 percent. You can split your time in different cities, or properties within the same city, one week at a time, over a one-year period. All AKA properties in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. are participating in the Monthly Stay Program.

      The AKA experience can be given as a gift, as the weeks are transferable.

      With the comforts of a condo and the services of a hotel, AKA lets you feel at home away from home. Accommodations offer living rooms and full kitchens with grocery service,.

      Pre-pay reservations must be made in increments of one week and paid for in advance of the first stay. Monthly rates for each location (based on time of stay) will apply and start at $235 per night. Reservations based on availability are non-refundable and must be used within one year of initial reservation. The offer is for new bookings only and cannot be combined with any other offers. Click here for reservations.

      AKA is a collection of flexible-stay residences in prime urban locations. Accommodations range from studios to two-bedroom penthouse suites. Each property has distinct offerings, but all feature a fitness centers; business center with meetings space and free high-speed Internet access; en-suite dining; same-day, valet dry-cleaning and laundry service; 24-hour front desk assistance; dedicated doormen, concierge services and full-time, on-site management and maintenance. All suites include kitchens, contemporary furnishings, luxurious bathrooms, meticulous housekeeping; extended digital cable with HBO, DVD players, and free Wi-Fi access

      AKA or 866/AKA-9999.


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      A great keepsake to capture a child's growth through the years and show your team spirit. Available for all 32 NFL teams plus the Ohio State University, the large growth chart (54" long by 15" wide) easily hangs on any surface with removable adhesive tabs. A pink version for all 32 NFL teams is available for girls. The growth chart comes with 14 removable footballs that adhere directly onto the chart. Footballs, placed at the child's measurement each year, include a place to write the date and child's age, when measured, and a place for a photo!

      NFL team and Ohio State University growth charts are available at ke specialties llc

      Princess Cruises "Caribbean Super Sale"

      Princess Cruises launched a "Caribbean Super Sale" offering savings on select 2010 and 2011 Caribbean voyages. You can sail from seven to 14 days with fares from $399.

      Itinerary options and pricing (per person, based on double occupancy) available in the Caribbean Super Sale include:

    • Seven-day Classic Southern Caribbean on Caribbean Princess from $399
    • Seven-day Western Caribbean on Crown Princess from $449
    • Seven-day Eastern Caribbean on Ruby Princess from $449
    • Seven-day Southern Caribbean Explorer on Caribbean Princess from $449
    • Eight-day Bermuda & Eastern Caribbean on Caribbean Princess from $549
    • 10-day Eastern Caribbean or Southern Caribbean on Emerald Princess or Star Princess from $749
    • 14-day Caribbean Collection on Grand Princess from $999.
    • Caribbean Super Sale or 800/PRINCESS.

      "Fall to Barbados" Savings on Fall Travel

      BOOK BY AUG. 15, 2010 - - Escape to the Caribbean Island of Barbados with fall savings. Through Aug.15, 2010, book a Barbados vacation for travel Sep. 1 to Dec. 18, 2010.

      You can customize this package by selecting options from a range of hotels, attractions and activities available on island.

      The Fall to Barbados program includes:

    • Booking credit of up to $300 per booking ($150, $200 or $300 depending on hotel)
    • Free breakfast daily at participating EP Hotels
    • Buy one, get 2nd at 25 percent or more off at participating ground activities
    • One free day car rental on minimal three day rental
    • One Barbados Gourmet Card with 20 percent off at participating restaurants
    • 2010 Fall to Barbados package and a list of participating hotels, restaurants and attractions or 800/221-9831.

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      Up to 69 % Off at Renaissance Orlando

      The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld wants to keeps parents on budget with up to 69 percent savings with its Family Escape Orlando Hotel package.

      From $109 per night, the Family Escape features SeaWorld Orlando accommodations, free kids meals for children 12 or younger throughout their entire stay and an in-room movie night with movie rental, large pizza and two beverages. The free kids meals are offered with purchase of an adult entree. Up to four children can eat free breakfast, lunch and dinner from the kids' menu only.

      To ensure the children aren't the only ones having fun, the offer includes a free glass of champagne or sparkling cider for parents on arrival and a 10 percent discount at the spa.

      Rates are based on availability and do not include taxes or fees. The Family Escape is available through Dec. 15, 2010. Use rate code P50 when making reservations.

      Every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer the SeaWorld Orlando hotel offers pool side games and contests with prizes such as balloon toss, limbo, hula hoop, musical chairs and trivia questions. A DJ and nighttime entertainment keep the fun going with extended pool hours to 10 p.m. daily, weather permitting.

      The property introduced several free activities at its Orlando hotel restaurant - Tradewinds, including:

    • Breakfast with Shamu: A visit from SeaWorld's star (a version who can walk the floor) on Saturday mornings. Bring a camera to snap photos.

    • Make Your Own Pancakes: Children don chef hats and create their own pancakes every Saturday and Sunday morning.

    • Cooking Decorating: Through Aug. 28, kids turn cookies into works of art every Friday and Saturday evening.
    • Renaissance Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld Family Escape package or 800/228-9290.

      Breezes Summer/Fall Sale: Save up to 55%

      BOOK BY AUG. 31, 2010 - - You can enjoy an all-inclusive vacation through Dec. 24, 2010 at eight SuperClubs Resorts in the Caribbean when you book by Aug. 31, 2010. With prices from $72 per person, per night, the sale saves up to 55 percent at six Breezes Resorts in Jamaica, Curacao, and the Bahamas, plus Jamaica's Hedonism II and the soon-to-launch SuperFun Resort & Spa. Blackout dates apply, and a minimum three-night stay is required.

      Families will find family-friendly activities at Breezes Trelawny and Breezes Curacao. The resorts' multiple pools and long stretches of private beach offer snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing and beach volleyball. Both resorts have free Kids Clubs that offer mini-golf competitions, rock climbing, arts & crafts and karaoke sessions (programs vary by resort).

      If you like to keep active, Breezes Runaway Bay and Breezes Bahamas, combine fitness and pampering. Runaway Bay has a PGA-quality course and green fees, transportation and instruction included with stays. Breezes Bahamas has three lighted tennis courts and a 30-foot rock-climbing wall.

      Couples and singles (18 and over) seeking a slightly more rowdy escape can consider Negril's Hedonism II and Runaway Bay's new all-inclusive SuperFun Resort & Spa, which opens Oct. 14, 2010. The adult playgrounds offer carefree freedom with weekly themed parties, a host of bars and live entertainment throughout the day.

      A single payment covers accommodations; all meals and multiple dining options including Japanese, Italian and authentic regional cuisine; unlimited premium brand drinks; land and water sports including equipment rental and instruction; entertainment; recreational activities; and hotel taxes. Tipping is not allowed.

      SuperClubs SuperSale vacation or 800/467-8737.

      Don't Let Dysentery Ruin Your Vacation

      Many people experience some form of stomach infection at some point in their lives, usually when overseas in a new environment. The symptoms usually include diarrhoea, which in its most extreme form becomes dysentery. The after effects can last for several years.

      Dysentery is a highly contagious bacterial infection, which is spread by poor hygiene. It is usually spread by hand to mouth transfer from person to person, or from surfaces contaminated by an infected person. Outbreaks are more likely to occur in overcrowded areas where poor hygiene practices exist. It's far more likely to happen when traveling to new areas, particularly in Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia. People are more likely to develop dysentery in a new geographical area, not only because of poor hygiene but because of the lack of immunity.

      Symptoms usually appear between six hours and three days after infection. They include watery diarrhoea, sometimes with blood and mucus. This is usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever and general malaise.

      To reduce the risk of developing dysentery, observe the following basic rules:

    • Wash your hands after using the toilet, after contact with an infected person and regularly throughout the day.
    • Wash your hands before handling, cooking and eating food; handling babies and feeding young or elderly people.
    • Keep contact with someone known to have dysentery to a minimum.
    • Wash laundry on the hottest setting possible
    • Avoid sharing items such as towels and face cloths
    • Usually, dysentery clears after a few days and no treatment is needed. It is important to replace any fluids lost through diarrhoea.

      If you develop this condition, make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Water, fruit juice and isotonic (sports) drinks that replace salts and minerals are best. If the condition persists, see a doctor as the condition may deteriorate without enough salts and fluid in the body. Avoid contact with other people until you are symptom free for at least 48 hours. In severe cases, antibiotic treatment or hospital admission for intravenous therapy is necessary.

      If you have amoebic dysentery, a doctor may prescribe an antibiotic called metronidazole. As with any antibiotic, make sure you complete the prescribed course. After this treatment is finished, take diloxanide, a drug that kills the amoeba.

      Since most cases of dysentery are short, antibiotics are only used if the dysentery does not clear up on its own. Antibiotics can also be used to stop the spread of dysentery to other people if there is a high risk.

      Dallas Cowboys kleen kit thumb NFL Team Branded kleen kits

      Fight against bacteria and flu germs with National Football League team branded hand sanitizer kleen kits. Produced by ke specialties llc, a kleen kit consists of a 2 ounce bottle of hand sanitizer, an 8 ounce bottle of hand sanitizer and a 40 count canister of wipes, available for all 32 NFL teams plus The Ohio State University.

      The 2 ounce bottle (TSA approved for 3-1-1 carry-ons) or 8 ounce bottle of hand sanitizer easily fit into a pocket, purse or back pack and the 40 count canister of wipes can be used at home, while tailgating or at work.

      NFL team and Ohio State branded kleen kits are available at ke specialties llc.

      South African Airways 2-For-1 Offer

      South African Airways wants you to discover its homeland and has teamed with American Express to introduce a 2-for-1 airfare special for travel this fall and winter.

      For $1,779, two people can fly from New York JFK or Washington D.C. (Dulles) to Johannesburg, South Africa. You must use your American Express card to purchase the fare, which includes fuel surcharges. Flights must be booked by Sep. 8, 2010 for travel Sep. 13, 2010 through Mar. 31, 2011.

      Taxes for the 2-for-1 fare are approximately $140 per passenger and are additional. A blackout period Dec. 10. 2010 to Jan. 15, 2011 applies.

      South African Airways Call Center or 800/722-9675.

      Buy Six Nights, Get Five Free w/Hurtigruten Coastal Voyage

      The Norwegian fjords are a highlight of Hurtigruten's Coastal Voyage. Hurtigruten makes it easier to take in these Norway treats this fall, with a 12-day roundtrip Norwegian Coastal Voyage for the price of the seven-day northbound portion - five nights free with the purchase of six.

      This special, amounting to a 30 percent discount, must be booked by Sep. 30, 2010, and is available for cabins on 22 sailings departing between Oct. 5 and Dec. 31, 2010. Prices range from $1,533 to $2,140 per person . Solo travelers do not pay a single supplement charge for singles cabins during this time period. An on board cabin credit of up to $100 is offered to AARP members and a 10 percent fare savings for passengers who sailed on any Hurtigruten ship in the past three years. Regular 12-day fares range from $2,190 to $3,057 per person, double occupancy.

      The voyage takes in Norway's 1,250-mile west coast between Bergen and Kirkenes. Besides seeing many fjords, the trip includes 34 ports including Trondheim; Tromso, Europe's largest town above the Arctic circle; the Lofoten archipelago; and Alesund, destroyed by fire in 1904 and completely rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style. Ports visited late at night on the northbound leg are visited during the day on the southbound journey so you have the opportunity to explore every one of them.

      Shore excursions range from touring to active explorations. Pre-booking excursions before departure saves you five percent off the excursion price.

      Hurtigruten or 800/323-7436.

      Companion to Europe $199 or 7.5% off Select Vacations

      BOOK AND PAY BY AUG. 13, 2010 - - Through the company’s buying power, Brendan Vacations launches its special companion fare to Europe for $199.

      For the special companion fare, you must book select 2010 Super Value Season Escorted vacations including air. Destinations include; UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Greece.

      Air travel must begin Oct. 21, 2010 through April 3, 2011. Companion rate to Cairo, Egypt is $499 plus taxes. Offer is not valid on Israel, Jordan or Morocco tours or locally guided/hosted vacations. Offer valid on British Airways US gateways only. The promotion cannot be booked online and the companion air promotion is not combinable with Early Payment brochure discount or with Brendan Vacations 7.5% Off Land Deal. Companion air promotion is combinable with all other brochure discounts and show coupons. Once payment is received, air tickets are non-refundable. When booking, use promo code BVBA199.

      Brendan Vacations has a 7.5 percent discount on select 2010/2011 Fall, Winter and Spring Europe escorted vacations featured in the Super Value Season Brochure. These are land only prices. Airfare is additional.

      Brendan Vacations or 800/421-8446.

      $20 Off Promotion

      Colorado Travel Deals From $50 Per Person

      Summer is in full swing and there are vacation values for late season travel in Colorado.

      Stay and Play Packages - The Three Rivers Resort 888-761-3474 - in Almont offers a rafting experience on the Upper Taylor River and two nights in a lodge room or one-room cabin from $50 per person, per night. Package is valid Aug.15 through Sep. 30, 2010, is based on double occupancy and a two-night stay.

      Through Nov. 23, 2010, Mountain Lodge at Telluride offers rates from $80 per night, representing a savings of 20 percent when booking 21 days in advance. A junior suite can cost $95 per night. For reservations made 14 to 20 days in advance, Mountain Lodge offers 15 percent off its best available rate.

      Unique Accommodations - The innkeepers at the historic seven-bedroom Fresh and Wyld Farmhouse Inn in Paonia grow and maintain vegetable gardens, chickens, a berry patch and heirloom apple trees to feed their guests. The inn offers weekly cooking and homesteading classes through September. The four hour classes include farm-fresh lunch and cost $40. Rates start at just $95 per night and include a gourmet farm-style organic breakfast.

      Archeology Off the Beaten Path. The area surrounding Mesa Verde National Park has thousands of ruins 800 to 1,000 years old. The area is home to the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, one of America's newest monuments. Mancos State Park offers "yurt" accommodations for $60 per night; get a group and the per person cost drops.

      Free Colorado Experiences - Colorado Springs and the surrounding Pikes Peak region offers 29 free things to do, from tours to free samples. Take a sweet tour of Patsy's Candy Factory or relive the USA's Olympic victories at the Olympic Training Center Tour. Explore the United States Air Force Academy or the textile gallery at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

      Bicycle sharing has come to Denver with the B-Cycle program, the country's first citywide bike-sharing system. There are 500 B-cycles at 50 B-stations around Denver, offering a green alternative to cars. B-cycle cruiser-style bikes are equipped with computers to track mileage, calories burned and carbon offsets.

      Click here for additional deals.

      Kentucky Green B&Bs $2,500 Green Sweepstakes

      The Bed & Breakfast Association of Kentucky (BBAK) is the first lodging organizations in the nation to introduce a Green Lodging Certification Program.

      The BBAK celebrates its green certification with a $2,500 Green Getaway Sweepstakes. Each month a $150 BBAK gift certificate, redeemable at any BBAK member inn, will be given away. The grand prize, a $500 Green Lodging Getaway, will be drawn on Dec. 23, 2010. There are five ways to win: Make a reservation at a BBAK member inn; sign up for BBAK's e-newsletter; purchase a BBAK Gift Certificate or the BBAK's cookbook; visit the BBAK website; or refer a friend to the sweepstakes.

      Continuing the green theme, many BBAK members post green lodging specials and packages online. Plan a late summer or fall getaway and take advantage of limited time offers, including:

      See Green and Save Green with 1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor during a one-night stay. Tour a local vineyard and enjoy a tasting plus a free limo ride with two-night stays. Receive a $50 dining certificate for a gourmet dinner plus a three-course breakfast the next morning in front of the dining room's wood-burning fireplace. $449.

      Snug Hollow Farm B&B: Rest on a 300-acre farm with two cabins, a farmhouse with featherbeds, handmade quilts and peaceful porches. Fresh water, organic gardens, vegetarian cuisine. Weekday stays get a free cookbook.

      Drive a hybrid to Meek House B&B and receive a $10 discount per night, Sunday through Thursday. Reduce your carbon impact, save money and get a FREE cookbook.

      See all BBAK members and their eco-friendly lodging specials at the BBAK website. All reservations are automatically entered into the $2,500 Green Getaway Sweepstakes, but no purchase is necessary.

      The Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky or 888/281-8188.

      Miami Spice Restaurant Month

      Miami Spice Restaurant Program returns for its ninth year, Aug. 1 through Sep. 30, 2010, with a record 119 participating restaurants. During this summer celebration Greater Miami's top restaurants offer discounted three-course lunch and dinner menus.

      Thirty one restaurants are participating for the first time. All participating restaurants will offer $22 lunches and $35 dinners (excluding taxes and gratuities) with an appetizer, entree and dessert as part of the fixed price, which represents an average discount of 30 to 50 percent off the regular value.

      There is an array of other Miami summer promotions that overlap during Miami Spice Restaurant Month. The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau's Miami 4-4-3 promotion, offering deals at dozens of hotels, restaurants and other area attractions, allow you to buy three and get one free through Labor Day.

      Building on the success of Miami Spa Month, through August more than three dozen of the city's spas offer $99 treatments normally valued at $199.

      Helpful Resources: Participating Miami Spice restaurants and menus.

      Boomers Have Privileges Package

      Travelers 50 years and older look for active, "edutaining" getaways. That's what they'll get during September 2010 at the Historic Inns of Rockland, ME. With the Boomers Have Privileges package, you get museum admissions, an opportunity to a ride on a working lobster boat and guided lighthouse tours. The Boomers Have Privileges package offers a 25 percent discount for September travelers.

      Respecting the need for value, Historic Inns of Rockland packed this package with plenty of choices for the area's attractions, natural beauty, history and accommodations. Rates range from $515 to $1,075, single or double occupancy, for the three night midweek package. Rates vary by date and inn. You can add a fourth night (Sunday through Thursday) at the 25 percent discounted rate. The package is not available Sep. 5 and 6, 2010.

      Many of the components of this package, such as private tours and discussion groups, are only available through this package.

      The package includes:

    • Three nights' accommodations and three breakfasts at any of the Historic Inns of Rockland offered at 25 percent off published rates.

    • Two admission tickets to cultural treasures: the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth Center; the Gen. Henry Knox Museum; the Owls Head Transportation Museum; the Penobscot Marine Museum; the Maine Center for Contemporary Art and the Maine Lighthouse Museum.

    • Tickets to the Maine Lighthouse Museum with self-guided anytime tour or docent tour on Thursday at 10 a.m.

    • Guided tour of Rockland's Historic Breakwater Lighthouse Wednesday at 10 am (weather permitting) and a copy of Ted Panayot's book "The Lighthouse at Rockland Breakwater Then and Now."

    • Two tokens for a trolley tour of downtown Rockland's business and residential Historic District.

    • Choose between two tickets to Captain Jack's Lobster Adventure cruises, where you learn about lobstering or two tickets on the Maine State Ferry to Vinalhaven Island, the largest inhabited island in Penobscot Bay.

    • Tour of the Sail, Power and Steam Museum.

    • Driving lighthouse locator for a self-guided tour of local lighthouses.

    • Inn to inn tour of the four premier inns of Rockland.
    • Boomers Have Privileges Package or 877/762-4667.

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