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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, August 2016 Issue



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In This Issue:
Donjek Glacier, Kluane National Park, Yukon, Canada

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  • Tohoku Expressway Pass
  • Hawaii Hilton and Marriott Offers
  • Disney Back to School Offer
  • Deal For Universal Studios Visitors
  • Palm Beaches' New Discover Brew Pass
  • Club Med Summer Sale
  • 10 For Less Than $10 in San Francisco
  • Rocky Mountaineer Early Booking Bonus
  • WOW Newark to Iceland $99
  • Orion Travel Starts Airline
  • Single Supplement Waived at Velas Resorts
  • Six-Pack Lift Tickets Sale for 2016-17 Season
  • Marcus Hotels & Resorts 200 Room Giveaway
  • Summer Escapes with Virgin Limited Edition
  • In-Flight Exercises
  • PGA Golf Club Value Rates
  • Turks and Caicos Family Summer Offers
  • New Year’s Antarctica Savings
  • Savings at Select South Florida Marriotts
  • Up to 45% Off India Tour

  • Tohoku Expressway Pass

    Go for a drive and travel to the hot springs, folk entertainment and World Heritage sites of northeastern Japan. East Nippon Expressway Co., Ltd. offers a five-day drive with an Expressway Pass for visitors to Japan.

    With Tohoku Expressway Pass, you have a less expensive way to visit the natural beauties and the historic and culturally significant shrines and temples throughout Japan’s northeast.

    Sample five day itinerary for World Heritage Sites in Northeastern Japan.

    DAY ONE: Enjoy hot springs and local folk entertainments in Akita Prefecture. See the live folklore demons dance to the beat of “Namahage drums,” and spend the night at a hot springs resort.

    DAY TWO: Go hiking in a World Heritage Conservation Center at Shirakami-sanchi. Head to the Fujisato-kan within the Shirakami-sanchi World Heritage Conservation Center and hike amid the natural splendors center. Overnight at Hachimantai Hot Springs.

    DAY THREE: Visit Hiraizumi Chusonji Temple, another World Heritage site, and then spend the night at the Matsushima Coast, taking in one of Japan’s Three Famous Views.

    DAY FOUR: Shop at Sendai’s outlet malls and spend the night at Zao Hot Springs Resort.

    DAY FIVE: Drive through the mountains of Yamagata and return to Tokyo from Sendai Station.

    The trip covers 519.4 expressway kilometers. Expressway tolls would normally cost JPY 14,440. You pay JPY 7,500 with the five-day Tohoku Expressway Pass, saving JPY 6,940 on tolls.

    Tohoku Expressway Passes are available here.

    An e-booklet, introducing Japanese tourism destinations to which you can drive, is available here.

    East Nippon Expressway Co., Ltd. constructs, manages and operates expressways in East Japan, and operates service areas as well as conduct other expressway-related businesses since 2005.


    9 Tips for Saving Money on a Summer Vacation

    Marriott Resorts Hawaii offer the fourth night free, plus daily breakfast for two at Marriott Hawaii.

    You must purchase an air/hotel vacation package with “4th night free” in the room title by Aug. 31, 2016, to qualify, for travel by Mar. 31, 2017. A minimum four-night stay is required. Promo cannot be combined with any corporate discount codes. Offer is valid for new reservations made during promotional booking period. Blackout dates may apply.

    The breakfast offer is valid for a maximum of two people per room. Single occupancy receives one breakfast per day. Breakfast gratuity is not included at Kauai Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach and Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa. Savings apply to hotel only.

    Vacation packages include government-imposed hotel taxes; some hotels may impose other fees at checkout in addition to the taxes and fees included in this offer.

    Only one promotion code may be entered per booking. Rates, travel dates and advance reservation requirements vary per room. Rates may vary depending on travel dates.

    Promotion code is only valid for reservations booked online at American Airlines Vacation or call 800/321-2121.

    Hilton Hawaii properties, Hilton Hawaiian Village and Hilton Waikoloa Village, offer savings with reduced rates and the resort fee charge included. The offer is based on availability and blackout dates apply.

    A daily breakfast buffet offer is valid for up to two people per room, per day. Single occupancy receives only one buffet per day.

    Book by Aug. 31, 2016 and choose a room with “Triple value promotion” in the room title to qualify. Travel is valid to Mar. 31, 2017, with a minimum five-night stay required. Book a Resort View room for a free upgrade to a Partial Ocean View room. Or, book a Partial Ocean View room for a free upgrade to an Ocean View room.

    Rates, travel dates and advance reservation requirements vary per room. Rates may vary depending on travel dates. Vacation packages include government-imposed hotel taxes; some hotels may impose other fees at checkout in addition to the taxes and fees included in this offer.

    American Airlines Vacations.

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    Disney Back to School Offer

    Get up to 30 percent off at select Walt Disney World Resorts through Nov. 5, 2016. To receive the discount you must book by Aug. 31, 2016.

    This is a room-only discount and no minimum stay is required. This offer can be booked as a package by adding tickets, which makes it subject to package rules. If booked as a package with minimum two-day tickets, each guest receives an exclusive “Awaken Summer” MagicBand.

    You can extend your stay past Nov. 5, but the days after the fifth will not be discounted.

      Sample discounts off published rates
    • Up to 30 percent off most Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resort rooms
    • Up to 25 percent off most Moderate resort rooms
    • Up to 20 percent off most Value resort rooms and Campsites.

    The offer does not include Villas at Grand Floridian, Bay Lake Tower, Bungalows at Polynesian Bungalows & Villas, Little Mermaid (i.e. Standard) rooms at Art of Animation Resort and three-bedroom villas. As with all Disney promotional discounts, some resorts, room types and date combinations will not be available. Be flexible if you want to book a discounted room.

    To reserve a room with the Back to School discount, check online travel agencies for extra discounts. Online agencies can provide a discount code that can be stacked on top of the Disney discount. Call the Disney Reservations Center or contact a travel agent who specializes in Disney travel and request the Back to School offer.

    Disney Reservation Center 407/939-1885.


    Deal For Universal Studios Visitors

    Through Nov. 30, 2016, the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel in Burbank, CA, provides the Stay for Breakfast package with rates from $229. To sweeten the deal, Marriott will include a free breakfast.

    Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel is less than five miles from Universal Studios.

    Following an adventurous day at Universal, you can return to the amenities the eight floor hotel has to offer with 395 rooms and 93 suites. Newly renovated rooms have plush bedding, pillow-top mattresses, flat-panel HDTVs, and wireless high-speed internet connectivity. The concierge level rooms offer access to a private lounge with free food and beverages. On Friday and Saturday nights, the hotel offers dive-in movie nights by the pool.

    When booking the Stay For Breakfast package, use promotional code S4B.

    Click here for information or 800/228-9290.


    Palm Beaches' New Discover Brew Pass

    Sip, savor and save at craft breweries throughout the Palm Beaches with Discover the Palm Beaches' new Discover Brew Pass. Sample a glass or pint of beer from $15 per person at five of the destination's breweries – Accomplice Brewery & Ciderworks, Barrel of Monks, Due South Brewing Co., Tequesta Brewing Company and Twisted Trunk Brewing. The pass is only available for purchase online and must be used within 14 days of its first use.

    The Palm Beaches have become South Florida's micro-brew mecca for beer aficionados, featuring 12 breweries. Taste a spectrum of local flavors and styles from light pilsners to malty stouts at participating breweries on this sudsy Discover Pass tour.

    The Discover Brew Pass will be the second track in Discover the Palm Beaches' year-round Discover Pass savings promotion. It will join the program's family–focused pass, bundling admission for up to three of the destination's leading attractions.

    Launched in May 2015, the Discover Pass promotion was developed to appeal to visitors to expand their travel itineraries with access to four local attractions for the price of one.

    The Discover Brew Pass is available for those 21 years of age or older for $15, and the Discover Family Pass starts at $25. Both can be purchased online.


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    Club Med Summer Sale

    Club Med introduces its summer sale with up to 50 percent savings plus incentives at more than 45 of its resorts around the globe. The new WOW Sale surprises with extras included.

    Book vacations three nights or longer (seven-night minimum for Columbus Isle) through Aug. 23, 2016, for stays through Feb. 18, 2017 and save up to 50 percent per booking. Sample discount is per person, based on double occupancy in a Club category room on select weeks at Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Discounts on other dates, room categories and/or at other resorts may vary. Blackout dates apply. Available at select resorts for new individual bookings only.

    Extras include:
    Up to $300 air credit per adult based on a seven-night stay in a suite category room on select weeks at Club Med Cancun Yucatan, Mexico with flights from JKF. Children between 13 and 15 years of age receive 60 percent of the air credit of an adult. Children between four and 12 years of age receive half of the air credit of an adult. Children under four do not receive an air credit. Air must be booked through Club Med. Offer available only at Cancun Yucatan and Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico from select gateways.

    Free stays for two children under four years old. Children aged four to 11 years stay at up to 50 percent off adult price at select family resorts. Children aged 12 to 15 years stay at up to 40 percent off adult price at select family resorts. For flights that are booked through Club Med, tickets for children must be paid for by the client. Children who are eligible to stay for free must be lodged in the same room as the adults who are paying for their stay, or in a connecting room. Blackout dates may apply. Costs associated with Baby & Petit Club Med are at full day rate during entire stay booked.

    The single supplement is waived at Club Med Cancun Yucatan, Mexico, Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico and Turkoise, Turks & Caicos.

    Free golf green fees in Florida at Sandpiper Bay's 18-hole golf course for guests 18 and over staying in any room category at Sandpiper Bay, FL. Golf cart and equipment rental are at extra cost. Available until Oct. 31, 2016.

    Free waterski available at most resorts, minimum age to participate varies by resort.

    Club Med includes all day dining and unlimited premium beverages, sports and activities.

    Participating Club Med resorts in North American and the Caribbean include Club Med Cancun Yucatan, Mexico; Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida; Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Club Med Columbus Isle, Bahamas; Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico.

    Club Med or 800/258-2633.


    10 For Less Than $10 in San Francisco

    Because prices keep rising doesn’t mean you can’t have fun without breaking the bank. Here are 10 ways to experience San Francisco on a budget.
    1. Cable Cars - It costs $7 to ride San Francisco’s iconic cable cars, the National Historic Landmark that moves. Stop by the San Francisco Cable Car Museum to learn more about their inner workings. In the historic Cable Car Barn & Powerhouse, the site where the cable system has operated since 1907, you can see the actual cable winding machinery as it reels 11 miles of steel at a steady pace of 9 1/2 mph. Antique cable cars are also on display. Museum admission is free.
    2. Awesome Blossoms - It’s easy to appreciate the art of nature at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. In Golden Gate Park, the 55-acre spread is home to more than 50,000 plants from around the world. You can stop and smell the roses (or the orchids, lilies and irises), at the Conservatory of Flowers in the northeast corner of the park. Tickets for the Botanical Garden are $8 and admission is free on the second Tuesday of the month. Admission to the Conservatory of Flowers is $8 for adults, or get in for free on the first Tuesday of every month.
    3. Free Festivals - During the summer and fall, San Francisco’s calendar is packed with events — many of which are free. For music fans, People in Plazas presents more than 100 free lunchtime concerts July to October. Locations are in downtown plazas or near San Francisco’s main stem, Market Street. There’s also the Stern Grove Festival, with free concerts every Sunday through mid-August. Or, check out the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, a free weekend of bluegrass, Americana and other traditional styles every October. If you prefer theater, there is Free Shakespeare in the Park, which performs in September at the Presidio of San Francisco.
    4. Murals Galore - San Francisco is home to plenty of public art, but its inventory of murals is exceptional and free. The Coit Tower is home to murals completed during the 1930s as part of the first New Deal program for artists. The murals at the Rincon Annex Post Office were painted by artist Anton Refregier around the end of World War II and depict a stylized history of San Francisco. In the Mission District Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley have been canvases for public art and social change since the 1970s. Diego Rivera murals are located in the City Club, City College (Phelan campus) and San Francisco Art Institute; City Guides offers free tours of many mural locations throughout the year.
    5. The Presidio - The 1,491 acres of the former military outpost adjacent to the Golden Gate Bridge have some of the best views in the city. Free fun includes hiking trails, special explorer guides for kids, bike paths, picnic sites and military artifacts. Check out the museum in the Presidio Officer's Club which delves into more than 10,000 years of history.
    6. Bridge Party - There’s a toll (electronic) if you’re driving into the city, but for cyclists and pedestrians, the Golden Gate Bridge is free. Bring a camera to capture shots of the bridge and views of the city. Bring a jacket because it can get chilly, even in the summertime. Wander to Fort Point, which offers more great views of the bridge. With the completion of the new East Span of the Bay Bridge, cyclists and pedestrians also have access to the mid-point of the span from Oakland and Emeryville.
    7. Locally Made - Get behind-the-scenes to see how some notable local products are made with free samples along the way. One of the city’s oldest brewers, Anchor, offers a walking facility tour on weekdays (including tastes for those over 21). Advance reservations are required. For another tasty use of yeast, explore the history of sourdough bread in San Francisco with a museum and bakery tour at Boudin.
    8. Maritime National Historical Park - Explore the seafaring history that was a crucial part of San Francisco’s development at Fisherman’s Wharf and the Maritime National Historical Park. The park’s historic ships include 19th-century vessels such as the Balclutha, a square-rigger with three masts, and an early steamboat, Eureka. Self-guided tours of the ships cost $10 for adults and are free for accompanying youth ages 15 and younger.
    9. Adventure in Curating - The Musée Mécanique near Fisherman’s Wharf offers free admission to the antique arcade and games range from a penny to a dollar. Head to the Dogpatch neighborhood for a visit to the Museum of Craft and Design ($8 for adults, free on the first Tuesday of the month). Explore the intersection between fine art and functionality with exhibits that range from sacred carvings to modern furniture design.
    10. SFMOMA - The new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is more connected to the city than ever. More than 45,000 square feet of ground floor galleries and the Roman steps off the new Howard Street entrance are free. Admission for visitors 18 and younger is free.

    San Francisco Travel or 415/391-2000.


    Rocky Mountaineer Early Booking Bonus

    Rocky Mountaineer rewards early birds with an Early Booking Bonus offer. On qualifying 2017 package bookings of eight days or more, you can receive up to $800 in added value to enhance your Western Canadian and Pacific Northwest experience. The credit can be applied to additional hotel nights, sightseeing tours, Alaskan cruises, and can be used whether booking as a couple or an individual.

    One eligible vacation is Rocky Mountaineer's Coastal Passage Canadian Rockies Highlight, where you combine coastal cities and mountain towns for seven nights. The trip includes visits to Seattle and Vancouver, and captures the beauty of the Canadian Rockies with stays in Kamloops, Banff and Lake Louise. Activities for this package include a tour of Yoho Park in Banff, access to the Calgary Tower and a summit helicopter flightseeing tour.

    The Early Booking Bonus is in effect until Aug. 26, 2016 on eligible new 2017 bookings. The offer is applicable for select travel dates and must be requested at the time of booking. This offer has no cash value and other restrictions apply.

    Since 1990, Rocky Mountaineer, the world's largest privately owned luxury tourist train, offers a first-hand look at the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada onboard their all dome-fleet.

    Rocky Mountaineer or 877/460-3200.


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    WOW Newark to Iceland $99

    WOW air, the low-cost transatlantic airline from Iceland, expands by offering direct flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Iceland from $99 per flight, including taxes.

    The price is based on lowest one-way fare from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Iceland, including taxes and charges, booked online. Available for travel from the U.S. on Wednesdays Nov. 30, 2016 through Dec. 7, 2016 and on Wednesdays Jan. 10, 2017 through Mar. 22, 2017. Restrictions and baggage fees may apply.

    Additionally for $149, you can continue your trip with a one hour stopover in Iceland, to WOW air's 23 European destinations which include London, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dublin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

    The price is based on the lowest one-way fare from Newark Liberty International Airport to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Paris, Frankfurt and Berlin including taxes and charges, booked online. Available for travel from the U.S. on Wednesdays Nov. 30, 2016 through Dec. 7, 2016 and on Wednesdays Jan. 10, 2017 through Mar. 22, 2017. Restrictions and baggage fees may apply.

    Flights to Bristol, Dublin and London are available for travel Nov. 27, 2016 through Dec. 11, 2016 and Jan. 8, 2017 through Mar. 19, 2017. Restrictions and baggage fees may apply.

    Launched in November 2011, WOW air connects 29 destinations across the U.S. and Europe with the Icelandic capital. Service from EWR to and from Iceland will be available seven days a week.

    WOW air.


    Orion Travel Starts Airline

    Orion Travel Technologies, an all-in-one travel company, will start inflight services through its own airline using leased Boeing 727 400s. Called Orion Airways, the planes will carry 147 passengers and will fly to the Caribbean, Central America and South America in October 2016.

    Orion Airways is the first company in 25 years to offer no TSA lines, no baggage fees, no change ticket fees, free food, free drinks, no seat choice fees, no hidden fees, and free 20 inch carry-on luggage to each passenger.

    Orion begins services dedicated to large groups with common interests such as LGBT, gaming, religious, history, medical, music, sports and baby boomer tourism. Orion will also book rental cars, hotels, vacation rental homes, tour guides, travel insurance and sim cards through their online booking site called Aloha.

    Through their Big Data Research, Orion Airways found most travelers maybe be afraid to fly and are unhappy with domestic airlines. According to Orion, domestic airlines are charging unnecessary fees and passengers feel the airlines don’t care about them. Orion Airways has incorporated travel programs to reflect the vintage days of flying when flying was fun.

    Orion Travel Technologies or 407/574-6649.


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    Single Supplement Waived at Velas Resorts

    For a vacation getaway, Velas Resorts’ family-friendly properties in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit, Mexico waive the single supplement fee for single parents traveling with their children. Special rates and programs are offered for kids and teens. The promotion is available through December 2016.

    Entertainment for kids ranges from sand castle building, water balloon wars, origami classes and kickball tournaments. In addition to Kids’ Clubs for children ages four to 12 at all the resorts, infants and teens enjoy special services. The dedicated Baby Concierge can help parents with cribs, Mexican toys, baby floats, and baby clothes to gentle bath and shampoo gels. High-tech Teen Lounges offer games such as billiards, air hockey, foosball, arcade games, and video game systems Xbox and PS3, special seats with built in speakers and individual cubicles with a 40″ LED TV.

    At Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, the Single Parents Getaway includes one dolphin experience for one adult and two children. At Velas Vallarta, you receive an upgrade to a one bedroom suite, early check in or late checkout, free Wi-Fi, city tour, cultural tour, and two days of car rental. If you stay at least three nights at Velas Vallarta, an upgrade to one of the resort’s three bedroom suites is based on availability.

    Through Dec. 19, 2016, the Single Parents package starts at $510 for one adult and one or two kids (four to 16 years old) at Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. Over the same dates, single parent rates start at $400 for adults and $100 for children up to 16 years of age at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya. At Velas Vallarta, the package starts at $450 for one parent and up to four children (five to 17 years old) through Dec. 22, 2016. Rates are per night with children occupying the same suite as parent. No minimum night requirement applies.

    Velas Resorts all-inclusive rates include suite accommodations, a la carte meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, WiFi, fitness center, taxes and gratuities. Package components vary based on resort. Blackout dates apply.

    Velas Resorts or 888/407-4869.


    Six-Pack Lift Tickets Sale for 2016-17 Season

    Coming off one of the longest winters in recent memory, Lake Tahoe ski resorts offer the Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack Lift Ticket for the 2016-17 season. The Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack Lift Ticket includes six days of skiing or riding at seven of Lake Tahoe's top-rated resorts for $439, less than $74 per day.

    A limited number of Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack Lift Tickets will be available and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The Six-Pack lift tickets are valid throughout the 2016-17 season (see blackout dates below) and do not have to be used on consecutive days. Given Lake Tahoe's typically long winter season, this means ticket holders can use one lift ticket in November and another as late as April. The lift tickets are fully transferrable to family and friends.

      The Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack Lift Ticket includes:
    • 1 ticket valid at Heavenly, Kirkwood or Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
    • 1 ticket valid at Heavenly or Sierra-at-Tahoe
    • 1 ticket valid at Kirkwood or Sierra-at-Tahoe
    • 1 ticket valid at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows or Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
    • 1 ticket valid at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows or Northstar California - 1 ticket valid at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows or Northstar California.

    You can only use one voucher per Six-Pack redeemable per resort, per day. The following holiday blackout dates apply: Nov. 25 to 26, 2016; Dec. 26 to 31, 2016; Jan. 14 and 15, 2017; Feb. 18 and 19, 2017. Lift tickets cannot be resold and are not valid for resale on Ebay or other online auctions.

    Lake Tahoe receives more than 400 inches of average annual snowfall while logging close to 300 days of sunshine. Additional pass perks include access to more than 125 chairlifts, 17,500 acres of terrain and 24/7 Vegas-style nightlife and entertainment.

    Ski Lake Tahoe Six-Pack lift ticket.


    Marcus Hotels & Resorts 200 Room Giveaway

    Marcus Hotels & Resorts says thank you to the Milwaukee community with its free-night giveaway. Through Sep. 1, 2016, Marcus Hotels & Resorts will give away more than 200 #freenights to winners at its three downtown Milwaukee properties, the Pfister Hotel, Hilton Milwaukee and InterContinental Milwaukee.

    Marcus Hotels & Resorts has been part of the Milwaukee community for more than 50 years. Now the iconic Milwaukee brand is giving back to its hometown.

    Free room nights will be awarded several different ways, including surprising guests as they check in, and rewarding individuals who use #freenight #sweepstakes on Facebook and Twitter, and those who take photos of #freenight stickers or book future reservations.

      The #freenight campaign ways to win:
    • The Future is Now – #freenight chances will be given for each future reservation (room night) made at one of the three properties in downtown Milwaukee.
    • For every reservation booked by Sep. 1, 2016, where the stay is completed before Sep. 1, 2016, guests receive 10 entries into a drawing for a #freenight.
    • For every reservation booked by Sep. 1, 2016, where the stay is completed after Sep. 1, 2016, guests receive one entry into a drawing for a #freenight.

    #SocialMedia – Engage with #freenight #sweepstakes on social media and be entered to win. The more retweets, shares and likes, the more entries.

    Second Chances – At the end of the #freenight contest, Marcus Hotels & Resorts will randomly award an additional 30 free room nights to individuals who engaged with #freenight #sweepstakes via social media through Sep. 1, 2016.

    For more information on how to enter the #freenight contest, or for general questions about #freenight visit Marcus Hotels & Resorts.


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    Summer Escapes with Virgin Limited Edition

    Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson's collection of hotels and retreats, brings you handpicked offers.

    At the South African Adventure at Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, receive twice daily game drives and unlimited food and drink. Stay four nights before the end of September and your final night is free.

    The annual Great Migration, at Mahali Mzuri, a 12 tent safari camp in Kenya's Olare Motorogi Conservancy, allows you to witness more than a million animals’ journey through Kenya and Tanzania. Stay three nights or more in August and receive the last night free.

    Kasbah Tamadot, in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, gives one night free for stays of three nights or more until Aug. 31, 2016.

    Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyard in Franschhoek South Africa gives you one night free when you stay three nights or more before Sep. 30, 2016.

    The Lodge, a mountain retreat in Verbier, in the Swiss Alps, gives you a free night when you stay four nights or more until the end of September.

    The villas Sa Punta De S'Aguila and Sa Terra Rotja, on the Son Bunyola Estate on the northwest coast of Mallorca, offers the last night free when you book a seven night stay at Sa Terra Rotja between Aug. 6 and Sep. 30, 2016.

    Virgin Limited Edition.


    In-Flight Exercises

    People spend hours traveling by plane. And while the destinations may be comfortable and relaxing, sitting sedentary in a small seat leads to leg cramps, aches and pains.

    Fitness expert Carmel Baronoff has a few simple exercises you can do to prevent your flight from cramping your vacation travel. These exercises focus on your core strength tool, your abs.

    1: Stand on Fists - While sitting in your seat, make fists with your hands and place them next to you, close to your knees. Push your weight forward, and then pull yourself up. Your feet are off the ground and your butt is off the seat. Hold this position for 20 seconds.

    2: Leg Lifts - Still in the sitting position, pull your knees up and then down without touching your feet to the floor of the plane. Repeat six times. You should feel this exercise in your middle abdomen region.

    3: Circles - Similar to the exercise above, while in the sitting position, lift your knees and rotate them in circles without your feet touching the floor. Repeat at least six times in clock and counter clock-wise directions.

    For more Living Well tips, visit Carmel’s Facebook page.


    PGA Golf Club Value Rates

    PGA Golf Club, the 54-hole property owned and operated by the PGA of America, teams with the St. Lucie County Tourism Department to offer golfers value rates on golf and lodging through October.

    Golf rates start at $34 and room rates at $79 at lodging partners including the Residence Inn by Marriott, Hilton Garden Inn PGA, Homewood Suites by Hilton and the Perfect Drive Villas. Golfers can book tee times and hotels online at www.GolfStLucie.com; upon check, you receive a $25 gift card (per room) to the Taplow Pub at PGA Golf Club.

    You can also play rounds on the Tom Fazio designed Ryder Course and nearby St. Lucie Trail Golf Club (also owned by the PGA of America). The Dye Course is currently closed for renovation of its fairways and greens, and is expected to reopen for play in mid-November.

    Adding to the atmosphere is PGA Golf Club’s renovated 20,000 square-foot clubhouse which includes a golf shop, the American-British fusion Taplow Pub and the NINETEEN-SIXTEEN Bar & Grille.

    PGA Golf Club or 800/800-4653.


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    Turks and Caicos Family Summer Offers

    A collection of Turks and Caicos resorts introduced family summer vacation offers on this Caribbean island.

    Alexandra Resort, Beach House Turks and Caicos, and Blue Haven Resort are beachfront resorts in Providenciales, the capital. Each property features air conditioned suites with kitchen facilities (kitchenettes at Beach House), on-site dining, a spa, swimming pool, gym and beach.

    Rates at each resort include perks such as a daily breakfast credit for adults, free Wi-Fi property wide, and a free dining shuttle service between the properties.

    Regular rates for suites at each property are cut by 25 percent for summer travel. There is no minimum stay required for this vacation offer and there are no daily guest services fees or parking fees at these resorts.

    For added value, two kids 12 and under stay free when sharing the same room with their parents. Through Aug. 31, 2016, children 12 and under also eat free from the kid’s menu at lunch and dinner, provided an adult entrée is ordered with each child entrée.

    You may purchase an optional full board package which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and select alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages by the glass at lunch and dinner. The meal package costs $120 per adult, per day. You may purchase meal plans for part of your stay, to experience other dining venues on Providenciales. Then you can use the free dining shuttle travelling between the Turks and Caicos Collection resorts.

    Alexandra Resort offers one and two bedroom suites, and a four bedroom penthouse. Located on Grace Bay beach, free services include use of non-motorized watersports, tennis courts, and pedal bikes.

    Beach House is a 21 room boutique property on Grace Bay. Each suite has an assigned pampering pod on the beach. Free services include daily afternoon tea, use of non-motorized water sports, and pedal bikes.

    Blue Haven Resort is one of the newest resorts and features a private beach, an IGY Marina, and an on-site grocery store. The resort has a kid’s club offering supervised childcare.

    Contact each resort for family summer vacation offers.


    New Year’s Antarctica Savings

    Aurora Expeditions is throwing a New Year party in Antarctica for you.

    The small ship Antarctic specialists can help you ring in the New Year in one of the most exciting locations on Earth. Replace fireworks and fire crackers with nature's lightshow as you party under the midnight sun, surrounded by icebergs.

    Flying directly into Antarctica from Punta Arenas, Chile, you'll be immersed in the beauty of Antarctica's landscapes. The week will be spent exploring the Antarctic coastline and its offshore islands, landing ashore to roam amongst penguins, cruising past ice flows covered in seals, and photographing the magnificently shaped ice that dominates the scenery.

    Aurora Expeditions' team will organize the New Year celebration with drinks, a dancefloor on the bow, crazy costumes and the obligatory 'Auld Lang Syne.'

    Aurora Expeditions offers a New Year 'Group Discount' for the 2016 'New Year in Antarctica' expedition. When you book as a party of four or more, each person will save 15 percent on the voyage fare; parties of seven or more will save 20 percent per person.

    Single travelers can get a 10 percent single traveler discount on shared cabins or a reduced single supplement for sole-use cabins.

    The 'New Year in Antarctica' expedition starts in Punta Arenas, Chile on Dec. 25, 2016 with a South American Christmas before flying to Antarctica Dec. 26 to board the 54-passenger Polar Pioneer. The trip ends in Ushuaia, Argentina on Jan. 4, 2017. The 11-day expedition starts from $10,200 per person, twin share (excluding discounts).

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