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Travel Savings Alerts Newsletter, September 2013 Issue

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  • United Vacations Million Mile Sweepstakes
  • Seven Stars Resort Savings
  • China Spree’s New Name & Tours to Indochina
  • Early Booking Discount on 2014 Europe, Britain Tours
  • Holland America 'Explore 4' Early Bookings Savings
  • Insight Cuba Fall Savings Up to $1,000
  • Protect Your Bank Accounts While Traveling
  • Mystical Golf’s Fall Stay-and-Play Package
  • Coeur d’Alene Resort up to 35% Off
  • “Wine Down” At Napa County’s Lake Berryessa
  • Telluride Season Passes
  • Doors Open Milwaukee
  • Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort “Fall for it All”
  • Israelis Not Allowed on Saudi Airlines
  • Discount on Rivers of West Africa Cruise
  • Divi & Tamarijn Aruba ‘Stylish’ Sweepstakes
  • Barbados Extends Island Inclusive Package
  • Marriott Rewards MegaBonus with Free Nights
  • Bermuda Endless Summer Offer
  • WDW Extends Free Dining, Discounted Rooms

  • United Vacations Million Mile Sweepstakes

    There are a million reasons to visit Las Vegas and now you have a million more with United Vacations' Million Mile Sweepstakes.

    Through Sep. 21, 2013, book qualified Las Vegas vacation packages that include three or more nights and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win one of 10 prizes totaling one million MileagePlus bonus miles from United Airlines.

    To be eligible for the sweepstakes, you must use your MileagePlus membership number when booking. You can also save up to $125 and earn up to 750 MileagePlus bonus award miles for each qualified booking to Las Vegas during the contest period.

    Complete terms and conditions, along with sample pricing from Houston, San Francisco, Denver, Newark and Chicago is available www.unitedvacations.com/millionmile. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest.

    United Vacations offers no-surprise pricing on all vacation packages, which includes flight and hotel taxes, fees required by the U.S. government, and fuel surcharges, if applicable.

    United Vacations or 888/854-3899.

    Seven Stars Resort Savings

    Seven Stars Resort, in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, offers early booking savings of up to 20 percent. Located on Grace Bay Beach, Seven Stars Resort has a variety of amenities, making it a good choice for a family escape.

    Seven Stars Resort offers an early booking bonus. With rates from $384, if you book in advance for travel through Oct. 15, 2013, the early booking bonus can save you 20 percent off all ocean front rooms and 10 percent off garden view rooms. If you book a stay of four nights or more, you receive a $200 resort credit to use at one of the resort’s restaurants or the spa.

    The all-suite resort offers junior, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom accommodations for families of all sizes. Each suite is equipped with a kitchen, high-end appliances, wine cooler and Nespresso machine. Other suite amenities include oversized bathrooms, living and dining areas with flat screen TVs, iPod docking stations, free Internet access and a private laundry room.

    Free water sports at the resort include Hobie Cats, kayaks, surfboards and snorkeling equipment. Sailing lessons, reef snorkeling and resort scuba diving courses are available. Land activities include free adult and children’s bike rentals, yoga classes, a life-size chess board and bocce ball.

    The free Shooting Star Kids Club provides supervised activities for infants to pre-teens and includes sailing lessons, scavenger hunts, kayaking, snorkeling, marine life walks, sandcastle building, volleyball, and soccer.

    The resort’s private babysitting options make it easy for parents to enjoy alone time with romantic couple’s massages or a “Toes in the Sand” private dinner for two on Grace Bay Beach.

    Seven Stars Resort or 866/570-7777.

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    China Spree’s New Name & Tours to Indochina

    China Spree, the Chinese tour operator is spreading across Asia. The company has a new web site and a more-inclusive name, WorldSpree.com. The World Spree web site offers escorted tours to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, plus future itineraries to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

    Like China Spree’s specials (the $888 Timeless Beijing package and the $999 Beijing & Shanghai package), World Spree’s 10-day Amazing Vietnam special costs $1,699 and takes in Hanoi, an overnight Halong Bay cruise, Danang, Hoi An and Saigon. The package includes roundtrip air on Korean Air from San Francisco, taxes and fuel surcharge, intra-Vietnam transportation and transfers, five-star hotels, daily breakfast, three other meals in select restaurants and guided sightseeing tours with entrance fees.

    World Spree also offers longer, more inclusive tours to several Southeast Asia countries. The 15-day Best of Vietnam and Cambodia costs $3,299 and visits Vietnam (including the ancient capital Hue), and Siem Reap and Angkor Wat in Cambodia. The 22-day Indochina’s Ever-Changing Faces costs $4,899 and includes Vietnam (with Hue) plus Siem Reap and Angkor Wat (Cambodia), Luang Prabang (Laos), Chang Mai and Bangkok (Thailand). More tours of Indochina are in the planning stages.

    All prices are cash only and include a $400 discount that’s available if booked by Sep. 31, 2013. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

    World Spree or 866/652-5656.

    Early Booking Discount on 2014 Europe, Britain Tours

    Tapas in Spain, Champagne in France, Bratwurst in Germany. Regional cuisine is experiences you can experience in Europe next summer. If you book 2014 travel to Europe early, you can lock in savings with Insight Vacations' 2014 Preview Pricing. You will get guaranteed rates on 2014 vacations and an extra 10 percent off with Insight's Early Payment Discounts.

    A non-refundable deposit of $200 per person is required within seven days of booking and prior to the publication of the 2014 Europe & Britain brochure, by Oct. 1, 2013, to guarantee the price and secure space. You are guaranteed to pay no more, even if the price goes up when the 2014 Europe brochure is released. Insight will refund the difference if any of the trips go down in price.

    Insight group tours are limited to 40 passengers, include an experienced tour director and stay in centrally or scenically located hotels. Tours include sightseeing and many included meals. Insight's reconfigured coaches offer more legroom.

    Insight Vacations or 888/680-1241.

    Holland America 'Explore 4' Early Bookings Savings

    Holland America Line offers early booking for the 2014 season with four offers under the "Explore 4" early booking promotion. Explore 4 focuses on four value-added extras if you book select December 2013 holiday cruises and 2014 sailings. To receive all four offers together, bookings must be made by Oct. 15, 2013.

    The Explore 4 benefits include a free Signature Beverage package or beverage card, a free specialty restaurant dinner, free or reduced fares for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom and 50 percent reduced deposits. You may receive all four offers when booking a qualified itinerary.

    With the Explore 4 program, you can choose select itineraries to nearly all of Holland America Line's destinations, including Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada/New England, Caribbean, Europe, Mexico/Hawaii, Panama Canal, South America/Antarctica, the South Pacific and holiday cruises.

    Depending on the cruise, you receive either a free Signature Beverage package or a beverage card. The beverage package, excluded on Caribbean and Mexico sailings, is valued at $100 per stateroom ($50 per person), per day and includes wine, beer, spirits, cocktails, sodas and coffee. The beverage card is applied to Caribbean and Mexico sailings and is valued at $100 per stateroom ($50 per person) and applies to alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The beverage offer is only applicable on the cruise portions of Alaska Land+Sea Journeys.

    The free specialty dinner includes the Pinnacle Grill for guests in an ocean-view stateroom or above, or the Italian restaurant Canaletto for guests in an interior stateroom.

    With free or reduced third and fourth guests, a family of four can take a vacation. In the Caribbean, fares start at $599 for the first and second, and the third and fourth guests sail free. An 11-day European cruise starts at $1,799 for an interior stateroom and $1,999 for an ocean-view stateroom for the first and second guests, and the third and fourth guests sail free.

    By taking advantage of the 50 percent reduced deposit offer, you have more flexibility and time before paying the final deposit on a cruise.

    Holland America Line or 877/724-5425.


    Insight Cuba Fall Savings Up to $1,000

    Get a taste of Cuba without reaching too deeply into your wallet. Insight Cuba, a provider of U.S. licensed people-to-people travel to Cuba, offers savings up to $500 per person with its “Fall in Love with Cuba” promotion, available on five itineraries with 14 departures between October and December. The Weekend in Havana and Vintage Cuba promotions give discounts of $200 per person, double and single occupancy.

    The “Fall in Love with Cuba” promotion must be booked before Sep. 30, 2013, with the balance paid in full at time of booking. This offer may not be combined with any other offer or discount, and is only available for select tours and dates listed.

    You can choose from an array of tours with cultural experiences and access to people and places the average traveler rarely sees.

      Fall savings departures include:
    • Classic Cuba - 7 Nights - Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad. Stops include Cienfuegos and Playa Larga for the Korimacao Community Project for underprivileged youth. Save $500 per person on departures: Nov. 19 to 26; Nov. 26 to Dec 3; Dec. 3 to 10, 2013.
    • Scenic Cuba - 7 Nights - Experience city and country life in the eastern province of Pinar del Río, known for national parks, tobacco fields and peasant farmers. Save $500 per person on departures: Oct. 12 to 19; Nov. 2 to 9; Nov. 23 to 30, 2013.
    • Undiscovered Cuba - 11 Nights - The longest Cuba program provides coast-to-coast views of the island. Save $500 for person on departures: Oct. 21 to Nov. 1; Nov. 4 to 15, 2013.
    • Vintage Cuba - 5 Nights – Start in Santa Clara, the site of the last battle of the Cuban Revolution in 1958, and end in Havana. Save $200 per person on departure: Nov. 8 to 13, 2013.
    • Weekend in Havana - 3 Nights – Explore Havana via meetings with patients at the Grandparents Home, a local plastic artist and a Cuban economist. Save $200 per person on departures: Oct. 17 to 20; Oct. 31 to Nov. 3; Nov. 7 to 10; Nov. 21 to 24; Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, 2013.

    Insight Cuba keeps its groups to 24 people maximum. Lowest rates start at $1,895 per person, double occupancy with the discount, and include: accommodations, Cuban guide, tour leader, all meals, U.S. Department of the Treasury license and letter of authorization, all entrance fees to scheduled activities and events, all in-country ground transportation and transfers, travel health insurance, emergency medical evacuation, trip cancellation insurance (up to $1,000; additional coverage for a fee), an Insight Cuba guidebook, and a 24-hour emergency service hotline.

    Insight Cuba or 800/450-2822.

    Protect Your Bank Accounts While Traveling

    Many travelers hunt for deals to save their wallets from undue strain. Unfortunately, most fail to protect their wallets when traveling, which is more important than finding the top flight deals and hotel discount codes.

    One of the best ways to save money on travel is to proactively avoid the expensive consequences of carelessness. Knowing what to carry in your wallet while traveling — and what to leave at home — will eliminate the headache of losing money to excessive fees or identity theft while you’re away from home.

      Important Things to Keep in Your Wallet
    1. Cash - When traveling, domestically or overseas, carry some cash for taxi or bus fare, tips and miscellaneous expenses that can arise unexpectedly. For instance, many restrooms in Europe require a fee to use — you wouldn’t want to be caught in need of a pit stop without a euro handy.
    2. Limit the amount of cash you carry to about $50 — enough to get by in most situations but not so much that you’d be devastated if it were lost or stolen. Be sure it’s the local currency and in varying denominations.
    3. Debit Cards – Don’t have more than one debit card on hand. Remember to call your bank prior to leaving and notify them that you’ll be traveling, and for how long, to prevent a freeze on your card for suspected fraud. To prevent identity theft when pulling out cash, plan time to visit an ATM from a well-known bank and avoid swiping your card in isolated or otherwise questionable area.
    4. Credit Cards – You need a credit card when an ATM can’t be found, or to perform a large transaction such as placing a hotel deposit. However, limit the number of cards you carry to two.

    Additionally, overseas travelers should bring a credit card with an embedded smart chip. Purchases based on the chip are common in Europe and Asia and merchants sometimes can’t accept magnetic-strip cards.

    Watch out for foreign transaction fees. Carrying a card that doesn’t charge these fees can save you three percent or more on every dollar spent overseas.

    Extras - In addition to cash and cards, there are a few items you should consider keeping in your wallet when out of town to prevent the problems travelers sometimes face from blowing up into huge, costly ordeals.

    For instance, anyone who has ever lost a phone knows your money and information is likely gone forever. However, when your phone disappears while you’re in a different state — or worse, a foreign country — losing access to important phone numbers can be panic-inducing. Carry important phone numbers in your wallet in case your phone is lost or stolen.

    Also, keep your Red Cross blood type card in your wallet in case of a medical emergency that requires receiving blood. Have your medical and dental insurance cards on hand to prevent any delay in receiving care should a health problem arise while you’re away from home.

      Things Not to Carry in Your Wallet - While it might make sense to have certain things with you while you’re away from home, carrying unnecessary items in your wallet could put you at serious risk for trouble. Here’s what to leave at home:
    1. Checkbook - There’s no reason to carry around a checkbook, especially while traveling. An identity theft time bomb waiting to happen, your checks offer personal information, such as name, address, bank account and routing numbers, that would be an identity thief’s dream.
    2. Social Security Card - Never carry your Social Security card on your person, not even a copy. Keep this in a secure place like a safe deposit box or home safe (the same rules apply to your birth certificate).
    3. Passport - While you can’t travel out of the country without a passport, it’s dangerous to carry it around when not absolutely necessary. Keep it in your hotel safe (don’t leave it out in the open and susceptible to theft) and carry a photocopy of the page with your photo instead.
    4. PIN Numbers and Passwords - Especially for those with multiple accounts, it can be tough to remember several account passwords and PIN numbers. Including this information in your wallet along with your cards is asking for identity theft. If you really can’t memorize your most important PINs and passwords, keep them encrypted on your smartphone instead of plainly written in your wallet. Do so at your own risk.

    When organizing your wallet before traveling, ask yourself if there’s anything inside you would regret having included if the wallet was stolen or misplaced. Saving money starts with practicing safety, which includes protecting your finances from unnecessary fees and excessive risk for fraud.

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    Mystical Golf’s Fall Stay-and-Play Package

    Mystical Golf, owner and operator of the Witch, Man-O-War and the Wizard golf courses, in Myrtle Beach, SC, offers a fall three-round, three-night stay-and-play package that includes a free extra fourth round on any of its layouts.
      Priced from $115 per person, per night with taxes included, for travel Sep. 19 through Nov. 3, 2013, this package features:
    • Three rounds with cart on the Witch, the Wizard and Man-O-War
    • Three nights’ lodging in a three-bedroom golf villa with four beds
    • Free extra fourth round on any of Mystical Golf’s courses
    • Free iHOP breakfast daily
    • Free steak dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse with non-alcoholic beverages, taxes
    • Lunch, range balls and two beers free at the course each day
    • $15 gift card toward a golf shirt
    • Instant replay round for cart fee
    • Extra night stays available

    The Witch sits on 500 acres of cypress groves and wetlands where you may spy cranes, bald eagles, alligators and black bears. The par-71, 6,702-yard layout with 4,000 feet of bridges winds through swamps (front nine) and rolling hills (back nine).

    Man-O-War has back-to-back island greens and water features touching every hole. The par-72, 6,967-yard layout is offset by straight-forward shots and bent-grass greens.

    Like wind-swept courses in Scotland and Ireland, the Wizard presents deep bunkers, mound-framed fairways and elevation changes. Stone bridges and an Old-World, castle-style club house add character to the par-72, 6,721-yard shot-maker’s course.

    Mystical Golf or 843/282-2977.


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    Coeur d’Alene Resort up to 35% Off

    Treat your family to an outdoor getaway with this hotel package that can save you more than 35 percent off regular rates.

    The Real Deal Vacation package at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, located 45-minutes from Spokane International Airport along Lake Coeur d'Alene in Northern Idaho, includes accommodations.

    The resort offers a third night free promotion, so you can extend a weekend getaway. Rates for the package start from $129 per night with a three-night minimum stay required, for stays through Dec. 31, 2013. Taxes and resort fees of 13.4 percent are additional.

    In addition to the discounted room rate that reflects a savings of 35 percent compared to regular rates, you also get an extra night.

    Mention the Third Night Free Extended Night offer when booking by phone or enter promo code 3NTFREE when booking online.

    The Coeur d'Alene Resort or 800/688-5253.

    “Wine Down” At Napa County’s Lake Berryessa

    In a pairing of wine and scenery, Forever Resorts’ Pleasure Cove Resort and Marina at Lake Berryessa, in the hills of Napa County, CA, offers a Wine Down at the Lake package Sep. 15 to Oct. 31, 2013.
      The package, in conjunction with California Wine Month, includes two options:

    1. Two nights aboard a 60-foot Eagle houseboat for up to 10 passengers with private staterooms with queen beds, 1 ½ baths, living room, dining room and breakfast bar, kitchen, canopied sun deck, wet bar, and barbecue grill. The price for the houseboat package is $1,741 plus tax based on occupancy of up to 10 people for two nights on one houseboat.

    2. Two nights in a cabin for up to eight people. All cabins offer views of Lake Berryessa. Each cabin has a kitchen with a coffee maker, refrigerator and microwave. Choose either a four-person cabin for $404 or an eight-person cabin for $650.

    Both accommodations options include: A visit to RustRidge Ranch and Winery for a wine tasting and lunch. During the visit, each guest will receive a commemorative wine glass and light lunch featuring produce and herbs grown at the ranch and winery.

    Houseboat package prices exclude houseboat deposit, tax, optional boat damage waiver and fuel. Transportation to and from the winery and lake entrance fees are not included. Mention “Wine Down at the lake” when booking your reservation.

    Pleasure Cove Resort and Marina at Lake Berryessa or 800/255-5561.

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    Telluride Season Passes

    Telluride, CO 2013-2014 season passes give you unlimited skiing and riding for 130 days, with no blackouts dates.

    Discounted early season passes are available online during the pass sale, which ends Nov. 1, 2013. Purchase your pass now to receive the best available price. Regular season pass prices are effective Nov. 2, 2013 through Apr. 6, 2014.

      Early season pass prices are:
    • Adult pass for ages 24 to 64 $1,098, regular season price $1,950
    • Child pass for ages 9 to 12 $175, regular season price $475
    • Junior pass for ages 13 to 18 $225, regular season price $625
    • Young adult pass for ages 19 to 23 $699, regular season price $1,350
    • Senior pass for ages 65 to 69 $699, regular season price $1,350
    • Plunge pass for ages 70 to 79 $599, regular season price $925
    • Palmyra Pass for ages 80 plus Free, regular season price $925

    2013-2014 Multi-day Passes give you savings on skiing and riding. Skip the ticket window, go directly to the lift when you ski, and receive discounted tickets each time you use the pass. After using up the number of ski days pre-loaded on the pass, each additional day is discounted off of the adult window rate and automatically charged to the credit card on file when you use the pass. The early season multi-day pass sale runs until Nov. 1, 2013. Regular season prices are effective Nov. 2, 2013 through Apr. 6, 2014.

      Early season multi-day passes include:
    • Telluride Card - The first day of skiing is included. Each additional day you ski is charged to your account at a 20 percent discount off the adult window rate. No blackouts apply. Price $85
    • 6-Day Pass - Ski six days. Each additional day you ski is charged to your account at a 20 percent discount off the adult window rate. Days do not have to be consecutive. No blackouts apply. Price $450
    • 10-Day Pass - Ski 10 days. Each additional day you ski is charged to your account at a 20 percent discount off the adult window rate. Days do not have to be consecutive. No blackouts apply. Price $650
    • Camo Card - Active Military Discount - The first day of skiing is included, then each additional day you ski is charged to your account at a 30 percent discount off the adult window rate. Military ID required. No blackouts apply. The price was not yet determined.

    Telluride Early Season Pass Sale or 970/728-7517.

    Doors Open Milwaukee

    Doors Open Milwaukee is Historic Milwaukee’s way for average citizens to learn about Milwaukee’s history, architecture, and the preservation of the built environment.

    On Sep. 21 and 22, 2013, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the doors literally open to more than 100 buildings free-of-charge. The public buildings hold hidden treasures and special stories – from churches to office buildings, theaters to work sites, museums to hotels, clubs to universities. All sites have historic, architectural, cultural, or commercial interest.

    Make your own itinerary. Start when and where you like. Visits to any of the participating buildings and sites are free of charge. Free guided tours are often available. Many buildings and sites are open for the entire Doors Open Milwaukee event. Others have restricted hours. Look for the Doors Open Milwaukee banner near the building entrances.

    Public Tours are offered during Doors Open Milwaukee. Tickets (when required) are given out free to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be distributed at the specific building opening times each day. Public tours include tours of City Hall Bell, the Federal Courthouse and Jones Island.

    This list of participating building will be updated until the event for new additions.

    Doors Open Milwaukee.

    Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort “Fall for it All”

    Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the 2,400-acre resort in West Miramar Beach, FL, offers a “Fall for it All” promotion featuring discounted rates.

    You can receive up to 30 percent off three-nights or more on select accommodations ranging from hotel-style studios to three bedroom villas from the beach to the bay.

    Sandestin is within a half-day’s drive of Atlanta, Birmingham and New Orleans, and located between Northwest Florida Regional Airport and the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport.

    All lodging options provide access to dining, shopping, beaches and other area attractions.

    Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, on 2,400 acres with 30 neighborhoods, offers 1,300 vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and hotel accommodations. The resort features seven-plus miles of beaches and bay front, four golf courses, 15 tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, fitness center and spa.

    The Village of Baytowne Wharf, within the resort, is a pedestrian village with a mix of shops, restaurants, bars and nightlife. Family-friendly entertainment options include the Adventure Landing Playground, Adventure Zone, a carousel and the Blast Arcade and Laser Maze.

    Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort or 877/625-9444.


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    Israelis Not Allowed on Saudi Airlines

    New York may revoke landing rights to Saudi Arabian Airlines.

    The New York City Public Advocate, who acts as an ombudsman, threatened to expel Saudi Arabian Airlines from New York’s John F Kennedy Airport because it refuses to sell tickets to Israeli-passport holders. Bill de Blasio said the discrimination breached U.S. federal law.

    If you are booking on online, when we checked, the Saudi Arabian Airline’s website has no drop-down menu options for anyone holding an Israeli passport. By this time, the Saudi Arabian Airline’s website may have changed because so many were appalled. There is a drop-down menu option for Antarctica citizens. Interestingly, there are no citizens of Antarctica. The temporary scientist residents or tourists of Antarctica are citizens of other nations. In addition to refusing to sell tickets to Israeli-passport holders, Saudi Arabian Airlines appears to prevent passengers simply looking to transfer in Saudi Arabia to another country.

    The director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines defended his company’s decision to discriminate against Israeli citizens by refusing to fly them from U.S. airports, according to Arabic media. The airline’s director general, Khalid al-Melhem, said the discrimination policy was acceptable because Saudi Arabia does not recognize Israel as a country.

    “If there is an absence of political relations between [Saudi Arabia] and any other country, we will not allow that country’s citizens into the kingdom,” Melhem told the Saudi Al-Watan newspaper.

    “[Diplomatic relations] also apply to transit passengers. In case the plane is delayed, the passenger will have to enter the country, and at that point it would be very difficult to let him into [Saudi Arabia] if there are no diplomatic relations.”

    De Blasio said he had formally written to the airline warning that unless it changed its policy he would move to have it banned from U.S. airports.

    “Saudi Arabian Airlines uses U.S. airports and yet bans Israeli citizens from being able to fly on their airline,” Bill de Blasio was quoted as saying in the New York Post.

    “If the airline does not change its policy we will act to make sure they’re excluded from United States airports, starting with JFK.”

    U.S. federal law states that an “air carrier or foreign air carrier may not subject a person in air transportation to discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex or ancestry”.

    It is the second time Saudi Arabia’s policy towards Israelis has caused anger in the U.S., which is the Jewish state’s closest ally.

    In 2011, the American Jewish community protested against the alliance between Saudi Arabian Airlines and American carrier Delta based on its policy not to allow Israeli passport holders on board.

    De Blasio said while the discriminatory policy was a rumor in 2011, it was now clearly official.

    “It’s quite formal now. You can see with your own eyes on their website,” he told The Algemeiner newspaper.

    “And by now making it official they violate our laws. It was discovered that the airline will not book Israeli passengers after a sting operation by de Blasio’s staff.

    When a member of de Blasio’s staff called the airline, trying to book a ticket from JFK to Mumbai, India, identifying themselves as an Israeli passport holder, the caller was told by an agent that they would not be able to fly. “Since you have Israeli nationality, you will not be allowed to go on Saudi Airlines,” the agent said, after consulting a supervisor.

    “No city in the world has closer ties to Israel than we do, and yet Israeli citizens are being discriminated against right here at JFK airport. It’s not only illegal; it’s an affront to who we are,” De Blasio said. He added that he “will act to make sure they’re excluded from United States airports, starting with JFK” if the airline does not change its policy.

    Discount on Rivers of West Africa Cruise

    Get a blend of conventional cruising and private yachting, with a voyage to West Africa plus an early booking discount if you book by Sep. 30, 2013.

    The eight-day Dakar to Dakar itinerary on the M/Y Harmony V stops at Djiffere, Banjul, Tendaba, Gambia River – Kuntaur, Kaur and Banjul. Each day you discover a new port of call, blue waters, a glimpse of ancient history and rich cultural diversity.

    The discount is a 25 percent reduction on all cruise fares for double occupancy. For single travelers, the single supplement drops from 50 percent to 25 or 30 percent, depending on the cruise. Bookings must be confirmed by Sep. 30, 2013 with a $1,000 deposit per passenger

    The discount is valid for the following sailings: Dec. 21, 28, 2013; Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 2014.

    There are a limited number of cabins at the discounted rate and reservations are on a first come, first served basis. The early booking discount does not apply to existing bookings, for the owner’s suite on Variety Voyager programs and for group bookings.

    Rates range from $1,790 to $3,200 per person based on double occupancy plus $290 in port charges, which are not discounted. There is a third person in a cabin reduction of 30 percent, which applies to category A accommodations only.

    Mention “Special Offer EBD 2013” when booking. This discount offer cannot be combined with any existing or future offers.

    Variety Cruises or 800/319-7776.

    Divi & Tamarijn Aruba ‘Stylish’ Sweepstakes

    ENTER BY SEP. 3, 2013 - - To grow brand awareness, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives launch a sweepstakes to win an Ultimate Aruba Fashion Experience. All entries must be received by Sep. 3, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.
      The Ultimate Aruba Fashion Experience, with Project Runway Season 11 designer Layana Aguilar, sweepstakes prize includes:
    • All-inclusive seven-night stay for two at the Divi Aruba;
    • Roundtrip air for two from the winner’s nearest departure gateway; roundtrip airport/hotel transfers;
    • Select upgrade in-room amenities including personalized bathrobes and slippers, toiletries, champagne and delectables;
    • Seven days WiFi package for one device and free use of in-room safe;
    • One spa treatment each for the winner and guest;
    • Admission to select Aruba In Style Fashionweek presentations, parties and events on Nov. 8, 9 and 10, 2013, to attend as a VIP accompanied by Layana Aguilar including transportation;
    • Ensembles by Layana Aguilar to wear to at three Aruba In Style events; one design created by Layana Aguilar to take home;
    • $2,500 shopping spree to boutiques and shops on Aruba accompanied by and with recommendations from Layana Aguilar.

    As the prize includes participation in Aruba In Style annual fashion week Nov. 8 to 10, 2013, the winner must be available to travel those dates. The winner must post about his/her experience at Divi Aruba and the Aruba In Style Fashionweek to Facebook and other social media pages.

    To enter, you must be at least 21 years old at the time of entry and a legal U.S. resident. Entries are limited to one per e-mail address. Complete sweepstakes terms and conditions can be found here.

    To enter, visit the Divi Aruba website or the Facebook page and fill out the sweepstakes entry form.

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    Barbados Extends Island Inclusive Package

    The Barbados Island Inclusive is relaunching its money-saving offer giving you a chance to visit the island of Barbados. This package is available for travel through Dec. 21, 2013. Trips must be booked by Sep. 21, 2013, for the best price.

    With the Barbados Island Inclusive, you receive "free spending money" based on your length of stay for use at participating attractions and restaurants while on-island. With a minimum stay of five nights you receive $150 per person and on stays of seven nights or longer, you receive $200 per person based on a maximum of two people per room.

    Vouchers are distributed upon hotel check-in. To book at any participating hotel, use booking code: BII2013. Upon check-in, you receive the vouchers in denominations of $50 in Barbadian increments and are provided a list of all participating service providers.

    With many of the island properties participating and more than 30 attractions and restaurants, you have the opportunity to experience Barbados through dining and adventure.

    Barbados Island Inclusive. For a list of preferred partners and participating attractions and restaurants.

    Marriott Rewards MegaBonus with Free Nights

    Marriott Rewards’ MegaBonus promotion offers a free night for eligible members who make two paid stays between Sep. 15, 2013 and Jan. 15, 2014, at participating Marriott International hotels. A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity.

    Certificates will be valid at all category 1-5 hotels around the world. You can earn up to two free nights during the promotion. MegaBonus free stays are one benefit of membership in Marriott Rewards. Registration is required.

    Marriott Rewards members must register by Nov. 15, 2013, and will earn one free night award at a category 1 to 5 hotel after each second paid stay between Sep. 15, 2013 and January 15, 2014, at a participating Marriott property. Maximum of two free night awards earned with this promotion per member.

    Free nights can be redeemed up to 12 months from the date the certificate is issued. Registration is required by Nov. 15, 2013. Register here and for complete details.

    Participating brands include: JW Marriott, EDITION, Autograph Collection Hotels, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Gaylord Hotels, Courtyard by Marriott, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, TownePlace Suites by Marriott, and Marriott Vacation Club. Stays at Marriott Rewards exclusive luxury hotel partner, The Ritz-Carlton will also count towards achievement.

    Hotels may limit the number of standard rooms available for redemption on a limited number of days. All Marriott Rewards program terms and conditions apply.

    Marriott Rewards is free to join and has no blackout dates. Members can earn and redeem points at more than 3,700 Marriott International hotels around the world and at the Ritz-Carlton. Members can also redeem points for frequent flyer miles, cruises, car rentals and merchandise.

    Marriott Rewards or 800/450-4442.

    Bermuda Endless Summer Offer

    The Bermuda Department of Tourism offers an “Endless Summer” promotion. Book stays at participating hotels and resorts through Nov. 27, 2013, and a third, fourth or fifth night is free. Based on the best available average daily rate, the offer applies to travel through Nov. 30, 2013. There is additional information on the programs on the hotels’ websites.

    Prices start from $150 per night at the Coral Beach Club and you receive the fifth night free. Additional participating properties include Elbow Beach Bermuda, Fairmont Hamilton Princess, Fairmont Southampton, Grotto Bay Beach Resort and Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort and Spa (third night free); Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa, Elbow Beach Bermuda, The Reefs Resort & Club and Rosewood Tucker’s Point (fourth night free) and Pompano Beach Club, The Reefs Resort & Club, Rosedon Hotel Bermuda and the Royal Palms.

    Bermuda Department of Tourism or 800/BERMUDA.

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    Disney World Extends Free Dining, Discounted Rooms

    BOOK BY SEP. 15, 2013 - - Walt Disney World adds dates for two of its most popular discounts, extending its Free “Disney” Dining Plan (DDP) and room-only discounts for travel through late fall 2013. A Walt Disney World vacation package must be booked by Sep. 15, 2013, to take advantage of this offer.
      The "Free" DDP special offer, known as “Free Dining,” is available when you book non-discounted rooms and ticket packages for Walt Disney World (WDW) and available for the following dates:
    • Sept. 29 to Oct. 2;
    • Oct. 18 to Nov. 2;
    • Nov. 11 to Nov. 23; and
    • Dec. 12 to Dec. 22

    Stays at one of Disney’s Value Resort hotels will get you the Quick-Service DDP for free. Book stays at Disney’s Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort hotels and receive the standard DDP for free.

    “Free Dining” excludes the following Disney accommodations: Fort Wilderness Campsites, three-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, and The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

    This offer is only valid for official WDW resorts, so Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, Shades of Green and Downtown Disney properties are excluded. Other restrictions apply and availability is limited.

    Disney “Free Dining” or 407/939-7729.

      Walt Disney World room-only discounts for fall 2013 travel are:
    • 15 percent off Disney’s Value Resorts;
    • 20 percent off Disney’s Moderate Resorts; and
    • 30 percent off Disney’s Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort hotels

    For these Disney room-only discounts, book by one of two dates: stays through Nov. 9, 2013, book by Sep. 15, 2013; stays Nov. 10 to 22, 2013 and Nov. 30 to Dec. 23, 2013, book by Nov. 10, 2013.

    WDW’s room-only discount offers date variations for specific Disney Resort hotels. The room-only discount is valid for stays Nov. 23 to Nov. 25, 2013, at Disney’s Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts.

    WDW’s fall 2013 room-only discount is valid for stays at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort family suites, if available, on the following nights: Sept. 29 to Oct. 5; Oct. 20 to Nov. 2; Nov. 10 to Nov. 22 and Dec. 15 to Dec. 23, 2013.

    As with Disney “Free Dining,” room-only discounts are subject to availability. Room-only discounts are not available for Fort Wilderness Campsites, three-bedroom villas, the Little Mermaid standard rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, and the Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

    To book a Disney room-only discount or 407/939-7543.

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