Thursday, August 28, 2008

Delta Adds Brazil’s Amazon Region, Beaches of Northeast Coast to Growing Service between Atlanta and Latin America

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced it will offer two new direct flights between the United States and Brazil, offering convenient access for customers traveling to the Amazon region and to two of the most popular beach destinations in the Brazilian Northeast. Beginning Dec. 19, 2008, Delta will offer nonstop service between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Eduardo Gomez International Airport in Manaus. On Dec. 21, Delta will start service between Atlanta and the Fortaleza International Airport via the Guararapes International Airport in Recife.*

This new service increases to 32 the number of weekly flights Delta offers between the United States and five Brazilian destinations.

Delta currently offers daily nonstop service between Atlanta and New York-JFK and São Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport, and between Atlanta and Rio de Janeiro’s Galeão-Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport. Delta recently also announced the addition of a seasonal frequency between Atlanta and São Paulo, effective Dec. 20, 2008. Manaus is the capital of Amazonas, Brazil’s largest state and home to the region’s main port. It is the starting point for travelers who want to discover the wonders of the tropical rainforest and ecological tourism options along the Rio Negro and Amazon Rivers, the largest in the world.

Recife, the capital of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, is a gateway to famous tropical beaches and world-renowned resorts, and hosts one of the main Carnival festivals of the country.
Fortaleza, the capital of the state of Ceará, lies on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, in the northeast of Brazil, offering 16 miles of urban beaches and an array of tourism, cultural and gastronomic options.Delta’s schedule between Atlanta and Manaus, effective Dec. 19, 2008:

Atlanta at 5 p.m.
Manaus at 12:22 a.m.
Boeing 737-700
Manaus at 1:30 a.m.
Atlanta at 7:09 a.m.
Boeing 737-700** Service begins Dec. 20, 2008
Delta’s schedule between Atlanta and Recife-Fortaleza, effective Dec. 21, 2008:
Atlanta at 9:15 p.m.
Recife at 8:05 a.m.
Tue., Thurs, Fri. Sun.
Boeing 757-200
Recife at 9:23 a.m.
Fortaleza at 10:45 a.m.
Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat.
Boeing 757-200
Fortaleza at 11:45 a.m.
Atlanta at 6:40 p.m.
Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat.
Boeing 757-200

**** Service begins Dec. 22, 2008. One-way or round-trip service between Recife and Fortaleza is not permitted. All flights must originate or end in the United States.

To kick off the new service, Delta is offering a special one-way introductory fare of $659*** on the Atlanta-Manaus route, and $599*** on the Atlanta-Recife-Fortaleza route for travel between Jan. 6 and March 27, 2009. Round-trip ticket purchase required. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 8, 2008. Additional taxes/fees/restrictions/baggage charges may apply. Details are included below.

“These new flights are the result of the recent limited expansion of the bilateral agreement between the governments of the United States and Brazil, which opens the door to new opportunities for tourists as well as new business ventures between the two countries,” said Christophe Didier, Delta’s vice president of Sales and Government Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean. "We look forward to continued expansion of this agreement in the future."

Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 312 destinations in 61 countries. Delta has added more international capacity than any major U.S. airline during the last two years and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 44 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers 393 weekly flights to 47 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 16,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 500 worldwide destinations in 105 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and flight status at

*Subject to foreign government approval.

Restrictions: Fare shown is available at Tickets cost $25 more if purchased from Delta over the phone, or at a Delta ticket counter, and this amount is nonrefundable. Tickets are nontransferable. Seats are limited. Tickets: Fare shown is one-way. Round-trip purchase is required. Tickets must be purchased within 72 hours after reservations are made and no later than September, 8 2008. Travel Period: For all destinations: Travel may begin on or after January 6, 2009 and must be completed by March 27, 2009. Blackout Dates: None. Fare Validity: Fare is valid only in the Economy (Coach) cabin via nonstop flights operated by Delta Air Lines. Minimum Stay: Saturday night. Maximum Stay: All travel must be completed by March 27, 2009. Taxes/Fees: A $3.50 Federal Excise Tax, Passenger Facility Charge(s) of up to $4.50 for each flight segment, and the September 11th Security Fee of up to $2.50 for each flight segment are not included. Fares do not include U.S. International Air Transportation Tax of up to $30.80 and U.S. and foreign user, inspection, security or other similarly based charges, fees or taxes of up to $299, depending on itinerary. Taxes and fees must be paid when the ticket is purchased. Baggage Charges: For travel within the United States/PR/U.S. Virgin Islands, no fee for 1 checked bag and $50 fee for second checked bag. For all other travel, no fee for 2 checked bags and $200 fee for third checked bag. Allowances subject to size/weight limits. Contact a delta agent or visit for details. Cancellations/Refunds/Changes: Tickets are nonrefundable except in accordance with Delta’s cancellation policy. Fees may apply for downgrades/reissues and itinerary changes. Contact a Delta agent or visit for details. Miscellaneous: Fares, taxes, fees, rules, and offers are subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply. ©2008 Delta Air Lines, Inc.
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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Georgia Aquarium Makes U.S. History with Display of Manta Ray

T2F Note: The Georgia Aquarium is among our favorite destinations in the Atlanta area. We have been there several times and still marvel at the beauty of the animals shown.

The manta ray is the largest of all rays, weighing up to 6,000 lbs and measuring up to 26 feet in width. It has a unique body shape, with an extremely broad head and an enormous, wide mouth flanked by two broad, flexible lobes. These fins are kept rolled and pointed forward, except when the manta is feeding. Its tail is whip-like, but short, and does not have a barb or spine. The manta ray is primarily a plankton feeder, but also consumes small and moderate-sized fishes. It is listed as "near threatened" on the IUCN Red List.

PRNewswire/ -- The Georgia Aquarium announced today the addition of a manta ray to the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager gallery, built by The Home Depot. The addition of the female manta ray, Nandi, makes Georgia Aquarium the only aquarium in the United States to ever house a manta ray and one of only four aquariums in the world to display this species. Nandi will join four whale sharks and thousands of other animals in the world's largest aquarium exhibit.

"As the Georgia Aquarium grows as a tourist destination, our opportunity to promote conservation and education grows," said Mike Leven, chief executive officer of the Georgia Aquarium. "The addition of Nandi, who inspired hundreds of thousands of people in South Africa, gives us the opportunity to elevate her as an ambassador for her species. Millions of people who may have never had the chance to see a manta ray will now have that chance at the Georgia Aquarium."

Nandi, who measures more than nine feet across and weighs approximately 456 lbs, flew 9,000 miles on a chartered 747-200 aircraft from Durban, South Africa through Cape Verde, Africa, to Atlanta. The manta ray was under the care and supervision of Georgia Aquarium and uShaka Marine World professional staff and maintained by a highly advanced marine life support system.

"The Georgia Aquarium's success in moving whale sharks across the world gave us confidence that this was the right thing to do," said Dr. Mark Penning, executive director of uShaka Marine World. "We see this as a perfect opportunity to create an international partnership and continue Nandi's incredible story, raising worldwide awareness about manta rays."

Nandi was rescued from shark nets off the coast of Durban, South Africa, in April 2007 and rehabilitated by uShaka Marine World, the largest marine park in Africa. She has lived in uShaka for the past year, educating and inspiring conservation in more than 500,000 people.

Manta rays are the largest rays in the sea, but Nandi was young when she was rescued, measuring just more than eight feet across and weighing around 245 lbs. She had since outgrown her 580,000 gallon exhibit. In order to raise worldwide awareness about manta rays, Georgia Aquarium and uShaka created an international partnership to bring Nandi from South Africa to Georgia Aquarium.

"No one has ever done this before," said Leven. "Flying the world's largest ray, a manta ray, from one side of the world to the other and housing it in a U.S. aquarium for the first time is incredible. Having the opportunity to work with this animal and grow our understanding of this strange yet gentle giant will be an opportunity of a lifetime."


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

“Booooo” Y’all… Fall in America's Most Haunted City

T2F Note: We love Savannah! We're happy to wander around just soaking in her history and her charm. Although we have to admit we haven't seen any ghosts, we have no doubt the spirits of the past are still there today. Got a weekend urge to run? Run on down to Savannah and into her past.

Savannah, Est. 1733 is one of America’s oldest cities. Known for her charm, graciousness and good’ole southern hospitality, Savannah has been a popular vacation destination for the more than 6.9 million visitors who stroll her verdant squares and cobble stone streets each year.

Part of Savannah’s quirky and mysterious charm lies in her rich history, most of which is sprinkled with some unique flavor. Celebrated along with Savannah’s crowning accomplishments, come the tales and legends about the supernatural side of America’s Most Haunted City.

Available year round, Savannah’s Ghost Tours take visitors on a trip back through time with stories of pirates, lost loves and tales of woe. Local guides combine history and folklore with a tad of the supernatural into historical and entertaining tours.

In the fall, when the weather gets brisk and dusk comes a bit earlier, Savannah’s squares glow with lantern light as visiting ghost hunters walk the streets in search of ghost, goblins and other things that go “bump” in the night.

• The American Institute of Parapsychology named Savannah, America’s Most Haunted City.

• In October, preservation groups and tour companies offer a variety of graveyard tours where costumed performers re-live the tales of those buried in some of Georgia’s oldest cemeteries.

• The Haunted Pub Crawl is a great way to hear spooky stories told by some of Savannah’s bartenders and guides as pints of Guinness or the liquid libation of your choice are downed to subdue the goose bumps!

• The “Scandals” tour takes visitors though the tales and lives of some of Savannah’s more newsworthy indiscretions of the Victorian era.

• Several of Savannah’s historic restaurants and inns offer guests the opportunity to dine and reside with ghost. The 17 Hundred 90 Inn was named in 2004 as America’s Most Haunted Inn. Come spend the night with a specter or two … if you dare!

• Hearse Tours give you the opportunity to take the ride of your life in a converted hearse down Savannah’s cobblestone streets.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hampton Supports USA Cycling, U.S. Olympic Team’s “Dreams of Gold” in Beijing

BUSINESS WIRE --Hampton Hotels®, a leader in the hospitality industry, celebrates USA Cycling and the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team by offering consumers a chance to win the opportunity to Create Your Own Dream vacation, the latest prize in the Let the Dreams Begin instant win game 2008 summer promotion.

With a victory in the individual time trial on Wednesday, August 13, Kristin Armstrong (Boise, Idaho) became just the second woman in American cycling history to win Olympic gold while compatriot Levi Leipheimer (Santa Rosa, Calif.) continued a streak of bronze medals for U.S. men in the race against the clock.

Armstrong joined 1984 Olympic gold medalist Connie Carpenter-Phinney in the exclusive club on Wednesday when she finished the 24-kilometer race in 34 minutes, 51.72 seconds, besting silver medalist Emma Pooley of Great Britain by 24 seconds. As Olympic champion, Armstrong became the third American woman to medal in the event, joining silver medalists Mari Holden (2000) and Dede Barry (2004).

Were hopeful that USA Cycling and the U.S. Olympic Team will continue to make their dreams of the Gold come true, and our Create Your Own Dream vacation Grand Prize gives travelers the chance to make the vacation of their dreams a reality, said Judy Christa Cathey, vice president of brand marketing for Hampton Hotels. USA Cycling and the U.S. Olympic Team demonstrate that with hard work and dedication we can all achieve our dreams. The Hilton Family shares the worlds excitement for the Olympic Games, and we want to share and spread that enthusiasm to our loyal guests.

Now through September 3, 2008, travelers can log on to an Olympic Games-themed instant-win game to play for the opportunity to win the Create Your Own Dream Grand Prize vacation, valued at $5,450.(a) This Grand Prize consists of:

  • Four airfare vouchers
  • Ten Be My Guest certificates which may be used for two rooms up to a 5-night stay at any Hampton Inn® and Hampton Inn & Suites® hotels; and,
  • $2,500 in spending money in the form of a pre-paid gift card.

The Create Your Own Dream Grand Prize is the latest in Hamptons Let the Dreams Begin instant win game 2008 summer promotion, which has included a series of prizes throughout the summer of 2008:

  • July prizes included a $600 gift card which could be used towards the purchase of a bike; a gift pack containing a water bottle, t-shirt and bike tool kit; two Be My Guest Gift Certificates for a weekend stay at any of the 1,500-plus Hampton Hotel properties; and $300 in spending money in the form of a pre-paid gift card.
  • June prizes included a $600 gift card which could be used towards the purchase of a bike and a gift pack containing a water bottle, t-shirt and bike tool kit.

Those interested in learning more about the Let the Dreams Begin promotion can visit or

(a) No Purchase Necessary. Open to US legal residents 18 years and older. Void where prohibited. Instant Win Game starts 7/1/08 at 12:00 a.m. CT and ends 9/3/08 at 11:59 p.m. CT. For Official Rules, prize descriptions and odds disclosure, visit


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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Savvy Traveler’s Guide to Planning an Affordable Autumn Getaway

T2F Note: Here are some great deals for the fall.

Myrtle Beach Autumn Packages:

Hotel Blue Fabulous Fall Super Saver

Fabulous Fall Super Saver includes oceanfront accommodations and discounted prices for bowling at Hotel Blue’s sister resort. (Bowling and entertainment center located one block away.) $38-53 per night. Sunday to Thursday. Excludes Nov. 26-29, 2008. For more information, visit or call (800) 843-3466.

Springmaid Resort

Buy three nights of the Bed & Breakfast package at Springmaid Beach Resort and get the fourth night and breakfast free. Enjoy this great deal, plus Springmaid’s all ocean view rooms, six pools (two heated) , two lazy rivers, fitness center, onsite restaurants, full sized in-room refrigerators and microwaves, plus the famous Springmaid Pier.

Bed & Breakfast package includes:
- Nightly lodging (Sunday through Thursday)
- Daily hot buffet breakfast
- Free admission to Springmaid Pier
- Resort miniature golf course discounts

Rates from:
$44/person 8/31-10/2/08
$39/person 10/5-10/24/08
$34/person 10/26-11/26/08

Rates based on standard resort room, double occupancy. Limited availability. Restrictions apply. Friday/Saturday and holiday rates available -- additional charges apply. For more information call (866) 764-8501 or visit

Marina Inn Fall Family Fun

Five Nights of Fall Family Fun for $999. Includes accommodations in a Grande Guest room for five nights, 1/2-day boat rental on a 22-foot FunDeck Boat, four general admission tickets to Hard Rock Park or four “Ticket to Play” passes that include top rated attractions at Broadway at the Beach and full breakfast each morning in Waterscapes, the Marina Inn’s signature restaurant. No blackout dates! Valid through December 31, 2008. For more information call (877) 913-1333 or visit

(ARA) - America’s wavering economy along with swelling gas prices have tampered with vacationers’ travel plans throughout the summer, leaving many travelers in the lurch. As wallets continue to tighten and stress levels rise, Americans are realizing just how much they need and deserve a vacation getaway that for now seems to be tossed on the backburner.

But despite fuel costs and financial worries, there is good news on the horizon for determined vacationers! As the seasons transition, Americans don’t have to throw in the towel on travel for the rest of the year. Simply learn to travel smarter by taking extended weekend getaways during the autumn shoulder season.

There are many ways to cut costs and allow for a fabulous fall trip. Here are some insider tips that will help you de-stress and recharge, while getting the most for your travel dollar:

Structure a Budget

First and foremost, figure out what you can realistically afford for your next trip, and stick to your guns. Create budget estimates for each vacation day, from meals to attractions, and even highway tolls. By understanding how much you have available before leaving home, you’ll save yourself the headache of ATM overdraws and never-ending credit card bills once you return from your trip.

Make a Smart Destination Choice and Create a Realistic Timeframe

Choose a destination that is close enough to reach quickly and cost-efficiently, but is a world away in ambiance. Do your homework and peruse through guidebooks, travel blogs, Web sites and newspaper and magazine reviews for destinations that provide climate-friendly options in which to spend a relaxing long weekend.

Choose the Right Accommodations

Select a hotel with an in-room kitchen efficiency so you don’t have to eat every meal in restaurants (that gets expensive!), and find a nearby grocery store so you can stock up with a few provisions. You’ll be amazed at how much money eating cereal for breakfast and packing cold cuts for lunch can save you each day. If you’re traveling with a larger group or family, check out beach homes, condos, timeshares and villa rentals, which can turn out to be a much less expensive option, per person.

Now is the time to also look for deals and offerings such as free nights, complimentary parking, or special incentives (like gas cards). With fewer people traveling these days, many hotels are offering attractive deals to get visitors in the door.

Research Affordable Activities

Seek out a destination with lots of activities that are free or highly affordable. When researching things to do or see in a destination, find attractions that will stretch your dollar the farthest. Savvy travelers will also plan in advance to save money through online coupons and deals. As a bonus, you’ll reduce stress while on vacation because your itinerary is already set.

By following the above tips, you’ll surely find and enjoy a long weekend break that fits within your budget. One terrific place you might wish to consider when putting these tips to the test is the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina. Known best as an affordable, budget-friendly vacation destination with a vast variety of accommodations, meals and attractions to suit every visitor, this is a great option for the smart traveler. Here’s why:

Location and Weather
Boasting a mild climate and perpetually temperate weather, Myrtle Beach is a great destination choice year round, especially in the autumn. Its pristine coastline, affectionately called the Grand Strand, is the star attraction here. Stretching for 60 miles, travelers have access to all kinds of public beaches and oceanfront access, from state parks to picturesque waterways -- the perfect oasis away from the stress of everyday life.

Quality Accommodations with Perks
With a variety of accommodations from which to choose, including many updated and spacious beachfront condos with kitchens and additional seasonal promotions, Myrtle Beach offers great deals for saving money on food and lodging costs.

A Variety of Affordable Activities
Whether it’s hitting Myrtle Beach State Park to enjoy the pristine beach for pennies or even popping a quick game of miniature golf -- Myrtle Beach is the Miniature Golf Capital of the World -- there are plenty of options to have fun on a budget in Myrtle Beach.

For further incentives, vacationers can get a great bang for their buck at Myrtle Beach’s acclaimed attractions. At Brookgreen Gardens, a beautiful nature oasis on the site of four former rice plantations, your entry ticket is good for an entire week. And if you visit Hard Rock Park -- the world’s first 140-acre, music-themed amusement park -- on the day of a big-name concert, you’ll be admitted free to that evening’s concert.

The moral of the story? If you’re itching to use some of those precious vacation days for an extended weekend this fall, choose a destination that has it all within reach. With the right combination of budget-friendly activities, great weather, and a mix of fun and relaxation, you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable and much-deserved getaway.

For more information visit or call (888) Myrtle1 (888-697-8531).

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Delta Customers Affected by Tropical Storm Fay May Change Travel Plans Without Penalties or Fees through Aug. 21

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) customers booked on flights to, from or through select Florida and Georgia cities may make adjustments to their travel schedule without penalty or fees due to flooding and high winds expected from Tropical Storm Fay.

Customers who purchased tickets by Aug. 16, 2008, and are scheduled to travel Aug. 16-21, to, from or through the following cities on Delta, Delta Connection® or Delta-coded flights may make a one-time change without penalty or additional fees if tickets are changed by Aug. 21, 2008.

Brunswick, Ga.
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Ft. Myers, Fla.
Gainesville, Fla.
Jacksonville, Fla.
Key West, Fla.
Melbourne, Fla.
Miami, Fla.
Orlando, Fla.
Sarasota, Fla.
Tampa, Fla.
Valdosta, Ga.
West Palm Beach, Fla.

Travel must begin on or before Aug. 21, 2008. Changes to origin and destination may result in a fare increase. Any fare difference between the original ticket and the new ticket will be collected at the time of rebooking.

Customers whose flights are canceled may request refunds. All customers are encouraged to visit for the latest news on Tropical Storm Fay.

For updates on flights visit or call 1-800-325-1999 for flight status.
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Inaugural Savannah Craft Brew Fest on August 29-30

The Savannah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) announces that Savannah will present the inaugural Savannah Craft Brew Fest on August 29-30, 2008 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.

The first ever Savannah Craft Brew Fest will feature the best of Georgia craft beers and food pairings on Friday, August 29 at 6 p.m. in the Ballroom at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.

On Saturday, August 30, the Craft Brew Grand Tasting event will be held on the Esplanade of the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., followed by price fixed dinners from area restaurants featuring delicious beer and food pairings. There will be live, regional entertainment, local food vendors and souvenir items for sale.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Delta Air Lines Waives All Excess Bag Fees for Military Personnel

(PRIME NEWSWIRE) (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Delta Air Lines announced on Friday that effective immediately it will waive all excess baggage fees for active military personnel traveling on orders. The fee waivers apply to baggage quantity, weight and size, allowing active servicemen and women to travel with optimum flexibility.

"Delta has a long tradition of supporting our troops and it is important that they find travel with us welcoming and flexible," said Steve Gorman, Delta's executive vice president - Operations. "We respect the courage our military men and women display every day and the people of Delta find it an honor to serve them."

Delta's support of the troops extends beyond flexible travel policies to include offering complimentary military lounges across the system during peak travel times; supporting the active military leaves of more than 450 Delta employees; and operating dozens Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) missions over the years to support troop movements during times of war. Additionally, the airline has repeatedly received the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve's (ESGR) Freedom Award for its support of Delta employees serving in the National Guard and military reserve units. In 2006, Delta was named a "5-Star Employer" by the ESGR, recognizing the airline's above-and-beyond assistance to guardsmen and reservists.

In 2007, Delta updated its military leave of absence policy to respond to the needs of military members in the 21st century. The policy offers Delta employees serving on active Guard or Reserve duty continued eligibility for medical and dental programs; continuing coverage under Delta's basic and optional life insurance programs; ongoing Delta flight privileges; and continuous vacation accrual. ESGR has cited Delta's military leave policies as a model for other major employers.

Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 312 destinations in 61 countries. Delta has added more international capacity than any major U.S. airline during the last two years and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 44 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers 393 weekly flights to 47 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 16,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 500 worldwide destinations in 105 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes, check bags and flight status at
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Gators and Snakes, and Oh My!

It's been a few years since we had stopped to tour the Edisto Island Serpentarium on Edisto Island, South Carolina. So, on this trip, we came back for an encore visit. What a treat this place is. That is, if you are interested in learning about snakes and reptiles!

While I am not a personal fan of these slithery creatures or the prehistoric looking reptiles, I can appreciate their beauty and niche in the world.

The Edisto Island Serpentarium is a family owned operation and worth a stop. The owners truly care about the animals and teaching others about conservation in the ACE basin. If I remember correctly, their collection of alligators all have local roots. These guys are not afraid to go and catch them, or to teach others. Feeding time is interesting as the alligators see the owner with the bucket of treats and literally all line up for feeding. It's truly amazing to see how fast these guys can move when there is food involved. I do have to admit the close proximity of these guys to my family did make my tummy get a little queasy.

In addition to the alligators, there are plenty of snakes to view. Some are in some really big pits just kind of lying around. That is, I hope they are! It was surprising to realize that their snakes can also get dirty and have to have their open pits cleaned. One of the pits was closed on this particular visit until they could finish cleaning it out. No matter as there are plenty of others to see.

There is also the snake show which teaches the visitors about these creatures. Once again, I have to sit on the back row, but I always see it. As much as I am not a fan of the snakes, I do understand the need to be able to distinguish between the good and the bad boys.

The guys at the Serpentarium not only care for the animals, they also collect the venom so anti-venom can be made. Good job, mates!

There are also plenty of iguanas on display. These overgrown lizards don't hurt anyone (that I know of) and are rather prehistoric looking in their own right.

When you are in the area, take a break from the beach and spend a few hours at the Serpentarium. You'll come out knowing a little more about these animals. Perhaps, you'll even appreciate their watchful beady, oh I mean beautiful, eyes.

I'm proud to say that we came out with all of our fingers and toes intact!

Until next time,
Sandy Toes
While on Edisto

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Bob Barr Calls for Federal Airline Tax Refunds

“Airline fares are rocketing upward, along with higher fuel prices,” notes Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee. “And so are government taxes. Yet even if you cancel the ticket, you still get stuck with the tax. And if you change your flight, you get hit again,” notes Barr.

“Anyone who looks at the cost breakdown when they buy a ticket will see a federal excise tax, a security fee, and airport charges. They make even a cheap ticket expensive for many families,” notes Barr. “And it’s not obvious that we get good value for our money—ask yourself how safe you feel the next time you are standing in an airport security line and the TSA employees confiscate someone’s bottle of water.”

“Even more outrageous, though, the government keeps your money even if you change your ticket,” he notes. “At least the airlines give you credit—minus a hefty ‘change fee,’ of course. But the federal government just pockets the money. When asked about this unfair practice, government employees say that’s just the way the regulations are written—regulations that they, of course, wrote!”

“The airport taxes might be small change compared to the federal income tax, but they exemplify how the government cares more about collecting money than treating taxpayers fairly. That will change in a Barr administration,” he says.

“One of the priorities of my administration will be to sharply cut and significantly simplify federal taxes. We pay too much and spend too much time figuring out how much we have to pay. That needs to change,” insists Barr. “Lowering and simplifying taxes will make all of us better off, and make our country both freer and more prosperous.”

Barr adds, “I will also ensure that the American people stop paying taxes on services that they don’t receive. Like airline travel. We don’t let businesses get away with charging us for services that they don’t perform. We should hold government to the same standard. As President Barr will do.”

Bob Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, where he served as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. Prior to his congressional career, Barr was appointed by President Reagan to serve as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, and also served as an official with the CIA. Since leaving Congress, Barr has been practicing law and has teamed up with groups ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the American Conservative Union to actively advocate every American citizens’ right to privacy and other civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Along with this, Bob is committed to helping elect leaders who will strive for smaller government, lower taxes and abundant individual freedom.
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Paying With Cash? JetBlue Airways and Western Union Make Flight Purchases Easy and Convenient

(PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- JetBlue Airways Corporation (Nasdaq:JBLU) and The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) today announced an agreement that provides customers with an easy cash payment option for purchasing flights when they book their travel reservations via or 800-JETBLUE and select the fast, reliable and convenient money transfer service.

Customers can now visit any participating Western Union(r) Agent location following their booking to send a full payment of their JetBlue reservation and Western Union service fee in cash. Through a direct link to the low-fare, high-frills airline's system, Western Union can confirm a JetBlue reservation until midnight the following day.

"We are constantly looking for ways to simplify our booking and payment process and enhance the customer experience," said Don Uselmann, Manager of Business Development for JetBlue Airways. "Our relationship with Western Union is a great example of how we can provide greater flexibility and more options for new customers to choose JetBlue for their travel needs. Paying with cash has never been easier."

"Millions of consumers already know how easy it is to pay their bills using Western Union services," said David Shapiro, senior vice president, Western Union Payment Services. "Now JetBlue customers will have the convenience of purchasing their airline travel in cash at the places they already do business every day. What could be simpler than paying for your travel while you purchase groceries or fill up your gas tank?"

Western Union is a leading provider of global money transfer services, providing consumers with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world via a network of Agent locations in more than 200 countries and territories.
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Delta and Northwest Pilots Approve Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today confirms that pilots from Delta and Northwest Airlines have voted to approve a joint contract, the terms of which will be applicable to both pilot groups upon closing of the Delta-Northwest merger, expected later this year.

Delta CEO Richard Anderson issued the following statement in response:

“Approval of a joint contract that will cover both pilot groups immediately upon closing of the merger is an historic milestone in creating the world’s premier global airline and we are pleased that pilots from both airlines chose to take this important step to unify the pilot group. Today’s ratification is a testament to the diligent efforts of ALPA’s leadership working together with its members, Delta and Northwest.”

Delta in April announced that it is combining with Northwest in an all-stock transaction to create America’s premier global airline. The new company will be called Delta and will be headquartered in Atlanta. Combined, the company and its regional partners will provide customers access to more than 390 destinations in 67 countries. Together, Delta and Northwest will have more than $35 billion in aggregate annual revenues, operate a mainline fleet of nearly 800 aircraft, employ approximately 75,000 people worldwide, and have one of the strongest balance sheets in the industry. The merger is subject to the approval of Delta and Northwest shareholders and regulatory approvals, which are expected to be completed later this year.

Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 312 destinations in 61 countries.
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Day Tripping in GA This Week

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New Deal for the Arts
Saturday, Aug 16, 2008 10 AM - 4 PM

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the New Deal, the Bi-City Woodturners of Columbus will make bowls and other items on lathes, similar to that which was made during the Great Depression as part of the Federal Arts Project. $4-$7.

Roosevelt's Little White House
401 Little White House Rd
Warm Springs, GA 31830

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

JetBlue to Begin Nonstop Service Between Santo Domingo and San Juan, Add Holiday Capacity On Other Caribbean Routes

(PRIME NEWSWIRE) Customer-friendly JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq:JBLU) today announces plans to launch its first intra-Caribbean service with daily nonstop service between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic beginning December 18, 2008, subject to government approval. Fares on the route will range from US $89 - $275(a) each way.

JetBlue will also offer increased service from the United States mainland to the Caribbean over the winter holiday season with nonstop service between Boston and Santo Domingo, also subject to government approval, and add more flights on existing routes from New York to Puerto Plata, Santiago and Santo Domingo and from Boston to San Juan.

"Demand for JetBlue's high value Caribbean service continues to exceed our expectations," said Jim Fuoco, the airline's manager of route planning. "This winter we're pleased to redeploy capacity into some of our strongest markets for the holiday season and also add new service between Santo Domingo and San Juan, one of our customers' most-requested routes. JetBlue is proud to be the leading value airline in the Caribbean, with as many as 50 daily flights to the region this winter."

San Juan - Santo Domingo

JetBlue's first international service from San Juan -- and its first-ever intra-Caribbean route -- takes to the skies on December 18 when one daily roundtrip to Santo Domingo begins (b). Award-winning JetBlue will serve the route with its 100-seat EMBRAER 190 jet, which offers Customers spacious all-leather seating in a 2 x 2 configuration (no middle seats!), lots of legroom, and unlimited free snacks and beverages.

San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (SDQ) to
(SDQ) San Juan, Puerto Rico
Depart - Arrive Depart - Arrive
5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. 3:55 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 1-809-200-9898, or by stopping by JetBlue's ticket office in Santo Domingo at Plaza Las Americas, Ave. Winston Churchill, Esquina, Paseo de los Locutores, 2nd Nivel Suite Y-B. The ticket office is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. The office is closed Sundays and holidays.

Other Dominican Republic capacity increases

This winter JetBlue will offer its first-ever nonstop service between Boston and Santo Domingo, with a once-daily "holiday shuttle" in December and January. In addition, the airline intends to bolster its frequent service between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and the Dominican Republic by adding a fourth daily departure to Santiago, a third daily departure to Santo Domingo, and a second daily departure to Puerto Plata over the holiday season.
"The Dominican Republic is dedicated to supporting all of JetBlue's efforts to provide the Caribbean with additional air service," said Dominican Republic Vice Minister of Tourism Magaly Toribio. "JetBlue's new flights from Boston and San Juan to our capital city, Santo Domingo, will help meet the growing demand of visitors and enhance our collective economies," she said.

San Juan capacity increases

In addition to its new route to Santo Domingo, JetBlue will also offer Puerto Rico travelers increased service to Boston's Logan International Airport this winter. The airline will add a second daily flight between Boston and San Juan during the peak holiday season. And as previously announced, JetBlue will increase service to San Juan from both New York and Orlando beginning in September.

"We applaud JetBlue for deepening its engagement in the Caribbean at a time when preserving and expanding air access in the region is of utmost concern to all our islands," said Terestella Gonzalez Denton, Executive Director, Puerto Rico Tourism Company. "It is very rewarding to see that our work with the airline has resulted in the addition of a second daily flight from Boston, which is a very important market for us, to San Juan. We are committed to ensuring the profitability of this flight to make it a permanent fixture for JetBlue. Further, the addition of the San Juan-Santo Domingo route is a testament to the Caribbean's potential as a source of revenue for the airline industry and sets an example for the industry that should continue to invest in the region."

JetBlue will this winter be the second-largest U.S. airline to the Atlantic/Caribbean region with as many as 50 daily flights. The airline offers service from a variety of U.S. gateways to Aruba; Bermuda; Cancun; Nassau; St. Maarten; Aguadilla, Ponce, and San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Puerto Plata, Santiago and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Delta Adds Fifth Daily Flight between Atlanta and San Juan

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced the addition of a nonstop frequency between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and San Juan, Puerto Rico, starting Nov. 22, 2008.

This new flight complements Delta’s daily nonstop service between San Juan and Atlanta and New York-JFK, and will be the fifth daily frequency Delta offers between Atlanta and San Juan.
“For more than 50 years, San Juan has been a very successful market for Delta, and today is the destination with the highest number of flights and passengers for our airline in the Caribbean basin,” said Christophe Didier, Delta’s vice president for Sales and Government Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Delta’s added flight between Atlanta and San Juan from Nov. 22, 2008:
DL 417
Atlanta at 8:30 a.m.
San Juan at 12:59 p.m.
DL 422
San Juan at 1:55 p.m.
Atlanta at 4:59 p.m.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Heading Out to the Inns: Summer Travelers Discover Mount Dora B&Bs

(PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- After checking out Orlando's attractions, a growing number of domestic and international travelers are checking into the bed and breakfasts of nearby Mount Dora. Here, amidst the smell of orange blossoms and views of majestic Lake Dora, they are discovering nearly a dozen boutique inns, cottages, and guest houses where they can enjoy another Old Florida attraction: Southern hospitality.

Offering a peaceful retreat far from the hectic summer crowds at the theme parks, just thirty minutes northwest of Orlando's attractions are historic inns sprinkled throughout one of the state's most popular resort destinations. The setting is ideal. With a population of just over 10,000, Mount Dora remains one of Florida's most charming small towns, with rolling hills, citrus groves, an active shopping village, and New England feel.

Summertime, Mount Dora's 'Secret Season', has become a favorite time for Orlando visitors to make the drive to explore Lake County's famous eco-friendly offerings such as crystal clear freshwater springs, meandering rivers, and a chain of lakes. The town itself offers bookstores, sidewalk cafes, boutiques, and art galleries with a vista overlooking beautiful Lake Dora.

"Because of our size, we have the luxury -- and the privilege -- to provide honest and sincere hospitality," explains John Cataldo, president of the Mount Dora Lodging Association. "Each and every Mount Dora innkeeper provides a level of service, attention, and individuality that travelers won't find at a tourist-corridor hotel."

For more information on reserving your night at the inn, visit, or call (352) 735-3110. Each inn affiliated with the Mount Dora Lodging Association has fulfilled local, county, state, and federal requirements and is reviewed regularly by state inspectors.

Delta Customers Affected by Tropical Storm Edouard May Change Travel Plans Without Penalties or Fees Through Aug. 10

Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) customers booked on flights to, from or through select Texas cities may make adjustments to their travel schedule without penalty or fees due to flooding expected from Tropical Storm Edouard.

Customers who purchased tickets by Aug. 4, 2008, and are scheduled to travel Aug. 4-6, to, from or through the following cities on Delta, Delta Connection(r) or Delta-coded flights may make a one-time change without penalty or additional fees if tickets are changed by Aug. 10, 2008.

* Austin, Texas
* Houston, Texas (Bush Intercontinental and Houston Hobby airports)
* San Antonio, Texas

Travel must begin on or before Aug. 10, 2008. Changes to origin and destination may result in a fare increase. Any fare difference between the original ticket and the new ticket will be collected at the time of rebooking.

Customers whose flights are canceled may request refunds. All customers are encouraged to visit for the latest news on Tropical Storm Edouard.
For updates on flights visit or call 1-800-325-1999 for flight status.

Delta Air Lines Reports July Traffic

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today reported traffic results for July 2008. International traffic increased 15.0 percent year over year on a 16.2 percent increase in capacity, and load factor declined 0.9 points. As a result of the airline’s global expansion, a record number of passengers flew internationally on Delta during the month of July. The number of international, Atlantic and Pacific passengers increased 8.9 percent, 14.7 percent and 67.9 percent, respectively, versus the same period last year.

Delta’s domestic traffic in July 2008 decreased 6.8 percent year over year on 7.6 percent lower capacity. Domestic load factor increased 0.7 points compared to July 2007. In addition, system traffic in July 2008 increased 0.7 percent over July 2007 on a capacity increase of 0.9 percent. Delta’s system load factor was flat compared to the same period last year.

“Solid demand and a favorable pricing environment yielded another month of strong international unit revenue growth on top of double-digit capacity increases, demonstrating the continued benefits from Delta’s multiyear network restructuring, aggressive yield management efforts and improved product,” said Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president -- Network Planning and Revenue Management. “Passenger revenue growth, combined with an unwavering focus on our 2008 initiatives - including growth in cargo and ancillary revenues, and increased fees - resulted in strong top-line revenue growth in the month of July.”

Monday, August 04, 2008

Like Action and Adventure? Travel to Scotland

(ARA) – If the typical tourist experience bores you to tears and you can’t take yet another bus tour, adventure travel just might be for you. Among thrill-seeking travelers, Scotland is quickly becoming known as a popular, action-packed destination.

Adventure travel is typically defined as experiencing the culture and tradition of a destination in an adrenaline-pumping approach. No souvenir shops or museums here! According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association, the adventure and experiential travel market is a $165 billion per year industry, and it’s growing.

Scotland is frequently an exciting travel destination because of its deep history, rugged and varied terrain and a myriad of options ranging from hiking to canyoneering. Activities are available for everyone from daring singles to families and groups of friends and include:

Despite its relatively small size, Scotland has a wide variety of hiking options. Whether you’re in for a day hike or a week-long trek, there are trails and lodging options for all levels of interest. Scotland’s coast offers dramatic sea cliff walks in areas such as Shetland and, inland, Loch Ness. The open woodlands of Perthshire and the Isle of Skye also offer a great range of hikes.

Scotland is known in adventure circles as one of the best kayaking destinations on the planet. From your sea kayak, it’s not uncommon to see wildlife such as eagles, puffins, fox, otter, seals, dolphins and Minke whales intermingled with cliffs and ancient castles. Scottish outfitters can provide you with gear and a guide that will take you paddling in places like the rocky eastern coast, among the island archipelagos in the northeast and exploring the white sand beaches of the west.

White Water Rafting
Of the so-called “adrenaline sports,” white water rafting is one of the most prevalent. Using large rafts, six to eight people, with the help of an experienced guide, will travel down rivers with rushing rapids that range from tame to downright dangerous. The River Garry, the River Tay and the River Tummel are popular, challenging and exhilarating rafting destinations.

Mountain Biking
Scotland’s terrain offers exciting and bone-crushing mountain biking opportunities. In eastern Scotland, aptly called “Whisky Country,” the Cairngorms are some of the highest mountains in the country. But nothing beats the famous Scottish Highlands for spectacular sights and forested routes best experienced on a bike.

If just one experience isn’t enough and you’re really looking to find your inner warrior, the search is on for teams of modern-day rebels to take place in the ultimate challenge: the Drambuie Pursuit. Taking place in April 2009, the Drambuie Pursuit is a once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventure race across the Scottish Highlands that retraces the legendary journey of Scotland’s Bonnie Prince Charlie, for whom the bracing spirit was created in 1745.

Teams of four adults will have a chance to win an all-inclusive free trip to battle against one another in speedboats and dirt buggies, scale mountains, kayak and raft through rushing rapids and bike over the punishing terrain from the Isle of Skye to Inverness. For more information on the Drambuie Pursuit, visit to register for free.

For more information on travel to Scotland, visit

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Friday, August 01, 2008

AirTran Airways Offers Georgia Fans a Chance to Get Out of Town

PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI) , announced today that the airline has launched a promotion offering contest entrants the chance to win free flights, hotel accommodations and tickets to their choice of Georgia away games during the upcoming college football season. Three lucky winners and their guests will have the opportunity to see the top ranked Georgia team play football rivals in Tempe, (via Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport), Baton Rouge,(via Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans) or Jacksonville.

Beginning August 1, travelers over the age of 18 can visit and enter to win one of three trips to attend these games. Entrants must be AirTran Airways A+ Rewards frequent flier members, and registration for the program is free. Each participant can enter to win any of the following match-ups until the contest ends on October 10. The first winner, who will attend the game in Arizona, will be chosen on September 3.

      Away Game                  Date                  Location
Georgia v. Arizona Saturday, September 20 @ Tempe, AZ
Georgia v. Louisiana Saturday, October 25 @ Baton Rouge, LA
Georgia v. Florida Saturday, November 1 @ Jacksonville, FL

"AirTran Airways is a true community partner with the Georgia Bulldogs Radio Network, and we are very excited about the team's prospects for the coming season," said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of sales and marketing for AirTran Airways. "We are looking forward to awarding these grand prizes to three lucky fans and their guests, treating them both to the excitement of football away games and our airline's amenities, including EasyFit overhead bins and free XM Satellite Radio at every seat."

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc., a Fortune 1000 company, ranked number one in the 2008 Airline Quality Rating study. The airline offers more than 700 affordable, daily flights to 57 U.S. destinations, employs 8,900 friendly Crew Members and operates America's youngest all-Boeing fleet. AirTran Airways also provides XM Satellite Radio and Business Class seating on every flight. For more information and free online booking, visit

AirTran Airways University of Georgia Fly-Away Sweepstakes
Official Rules

VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Sweepstakes is open only to legal U.S. residents, who are 18 years of age or older as of 08/01/08. Sweepstakes begins at 12:01 a.m. EDT on August 1, 2008 and ends at Midnight EDT on October 10, 2008 ("Sweepstakes Entry Period"). This Sweepstakes is sponsored by AirTran Airways(R) ("The Sponsor").

1. ELIGIBILITY: INTERNET ACCESS IS REQUIRED TO ENTER THIS SWEEPSTAKES. Employees of AirTran Airways(R), Fulfillment Systems, Inc., Cramer-Krasselt, their respective advertising and promotion agencies, their parent, subsidiary and joint venture companies, or any other entity involved in the development or administration of this Sweepstakes, as well as members of their immediate families and households (including children, spouses and siblings and/or personal living in the same households as such persons, whether related or not), are not eligible to participate. This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Judges and/or Sponsors, which are binding and final on matters relating to this Sweepstakes.

2. HOW TO ENTER: Go to during the "Sweepstakes Entry Period" and register for the AirTran Airways A+ Rewards program prior to the end date/time indicated below for each of the individual drawings. One entry per person per Fly-Away will be allowed. Entrant must have an AirTran Airways A+ Rewards account in order to be awarded a prize. Registration for an AirTran Airways A+ Rewards account is free.

There will be (3) Three prizes awarded, you may enter for as many of the (3) Three separate Fly-Aways below as you wish, but only one prize per person will be allowed. Scheduled Fly-Away is subject to change. At the time of entry, you must choose the Fly-Away that you are entering for. All prize winners must depart from an AirTran Airways destination. Entrant must be available to travel on the dates listed below, in order to be eligible for that specific Fly-Away Prize.

  Entry Period    Drawing  Departure     Game                    Return Date
Date Date

Fri. 8/1/08 @ 9/3/08 Friday 9/19 Sat. 9/20/08 - in Sun. 9/21
12:01AM - Tempe
9/2/08 @

Fri. 8/1/08 @ 10/1/08 Friday 10/24 Sat. 10/25/08 - in Sun. 10/26
12:01AM Baton Rouge
- 9/30/08
@ 11:59PM

Fri. 8/1/08 @ 10/8/08 Friday 10/31 Sat. 11/1/08 - in Sun. 11/2
12:01AM Jacksonville

3. PRIZE/APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE "ARV": Three (3) Grand Prizes -- Each Grand Prize consists of a trip to chosen game as listed. Grand Prize winner will receive (2) two roundtrip coach AirTran Airways tickets, from an airport AirTran Airways currently serves ONLY to game destination. Winner will also receive 2- night hotel accommodations (one double occupancy room) at Hotel of Sponsor's choice in game city and (2) tickets to chosen game. Additionally winner will receive a tax assistance check stated as a general amount based on the average approximate retail value of all available Fly Away prizes, determined to be $450. Tax Assistance portion of prize will be awarded in the form of a check. (Total Approximate Retail Value of each Grand Prize is $1,954). Total Approximate Retail Value of all available prizes: $5,862. All federal, state and local taxes and other expenses including ground transportation, meals, incidental hotel expenses and gratuities, are the winner's sole responsibility. Prize is not transferable. Winner will be notified by email, mail or phone and must return all required documents within the indicated time period. Potential Grand Prize Winner will be required to execute an Affidavit Publicity/Liability Release, to be returned within seven (7) days of date notice was sent. In the event of noncompliance with the foregoing requirements or if prize notification is returned as undeliverable, prize will be forfeited and, at Sponsor's discretion, an alternate winner will be selected. Travel companion of Grand Prize winner will also be required to complete a Liability and Publicity release prior to trip. Potential prize winner and guest must be available to travel based on the set itinerary stated above.

4. TERMS OF SUBMISSION: By entering, you agree that you are 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2008. Additionally, by entering, you acknowledge that you have read and understood these Official Rules, which incorporates the Privacy Policies and Terms of Service (as appropriate), and you accept these Official Rules together with all of the policies referenced herein and agree to abide by its terms and conditions, as they may be amended from time to time, and all applicable rules and regulations. Official rules can be found at

5. GENERAL RULES: AirTran Airways(R), Fulfillment Systems, Inc., Cramer-Krasselt (collectively, "Released Parties") are not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website or other connections, availability or accessibility or miscommunications or failed computer, satellite, telephone or cable transmissions, lines or technical failures or difficulties, or other errors of any kind whether human, mechanical, electronic, network, typographical, printing or otherwise relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors which may occur in connection with the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any Sweepstakes-related materials; or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of entry or other such information or the failure to capture any such information. Released Parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes. Released parties are not responsible for injury or damage to participants' or to any other person's computer related to or resulting from participating in the Sweepstakes or downloading materials from or use of the web site. Persons who tamper with or abuse any aspect of the Sweepstakes or website, as solely determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES, IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW (AND TO DISQUALIFY SUCH PERSON FROM THE SWEEPSTAKES, IF APPLICABLE).

Should any portion of the Sweepstakes be, in Sponsor's sole discretion, compromised by virus, worms, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes which, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor, corrupt or impair the administration security, fairness or proper play, or submission of entries, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes and conduct the Sweepstakes in a manner which in its sole discretion is fair, appropriate and consistent with these Official Rules. Notice of such action by Sponsor will be posted on Entrants, by participating, agree that Released Parties and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, dealerships, advertising and promotion agencies, and website providers/web masters, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents will have no liability whatsoever for, and shall be held harmless by entrants against, any liability, for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind, including death, to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of a prize or participation in this Sweepstakes. Winner, by acceptance of prize, except where legally prohibited, grants permission from Sponsor and their designees to use his/her name, address (city and state), photograph, voice, and/or other likeness and prize information for advertising, trade and promotional purposes without further compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, and on the Internet and world wide web, in perpetuity, without notice or review or approval.

6. CONDITIONS: By entering a Submission, entrants release and agree to hold harmless AirTran Airways(R), Fulfillment Systems, Inc., Cramer-Krasselt and their promotional and advertising agencies, as well as the officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents of any of the foregoing entities, for any damage, loss or liability to person or property, due in whole or part, directly or indirectly, by reason of an entrant's entry submittal and/or its contents or by reason of the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of prize or participation in the Sweepstakes. These Official Rules are governed by the State of New York without regard to choice of law rules of New York or any other jurisdiction. Any controversy or claim relating to your Submission and/or these Official Rules shall be submitted to arbitration before the American Arbitration Association in New York County, New York under its Commercial Arbitration Rules. Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. If any portion of these Official Rules is found to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, for any reason, that portion shall be severed from the rest and shall not affect the agreement to resolve all controversies and claims through arbitration. Claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by arbitration. Claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes, but in no event attorney's fees or any other damages of any kind. These Official Rules supercede any and all agreements or communications of any kind between you and the Sponsor or anyone associated with the Sweepstakes, and cannot be modified or waived except in writing and unless properly signed.

7. WINNERS LIST/RULES REQUESTS: These Official Rules will be made available at during the Sweepstakes Entry Period and the winners will be posted online at after winner(s) have been confirmed.