Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Global Aero Logistics Scores Big with College Football Bowl Charters

/PRNewswire/ -- Global Aero Logistics Inc. has football fever in a big way this bowl season. Global's subsidiaries, North American Airlines and World Airways, will operate a total of 18 bowl charter trips to nine bowl games by the time the last whistle has blown in January.

"We are providing transportation for football teams, bands and fan groups throughout the United States," said Jeff Sanborn, Global's Chief Marketing Officer. "We know there is an annual scramble for air travel by the 68 bowl teams, so we enhanced our website to make requesting a charter quote easy to manage."

"With 197 to 355 seats, North American Airlines and World Airways are providing the right planes and the right service to please these college football groups," said Sanborn. "Our aircraft will be involved with a total of nine bowl games: Poinsettia, Capital One, Humanitarian, Texas, Sugar, Rose, Insight, Orange and GMAC."

Global Aero Logistics, based in Peachtree City, Ga., is the parent company of North American Airlines and World Airways. North American Airlines, founded in 1989 and based in Jamaica, N.Y., operates passenger charter flights using B-757 and B-767 aircraft. World Airways, founded in 1948 and based in Peachtree City, Ga., operates cargo and passenger charter flights using DC-10, MD-11 and B-747-400 aircraft.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Crystal Returns to Alaska for the First Time in Three Years

/PRNewswire/ -- Crystal Cruises returns to Alaska for the first time since 2005 with a single early season itinerary departing Yokohama April 16. The 22-day voyage also marks the first time Crystal Serenity has ever visited the Great Land, with calls at Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, Seward and Ketchikan. Crystal Adventures will highlight the region's magnificent scenery and wildlife - taking guests zip lining through the Tongass National Forest, flightseeing above the Misty Fjords and yachting off Kodiak to view the region's wildlife.

"Crystal has designed more than a dozen new Crystal Adventures that showcase Alaska's greatest assets - its breathtaking landscape and indigenous wildlife," said John Stoll, director, land programs.

New Alaska Crystal Adventures include:

-- Ketchikan - Zip lining along a series of cables suspended between the
tall spruce, hemlock and cedar tress bordering Tongass National
-- Ketchikan - Flying above the spectacular Misty Fjords, spotting bears,
timber wolves, seals, sea lions and whales en route.
-- Kodiak - Exploring Abercrombie State Park with an expert naturalist
pointing out the sounds of songbirds, eagles, puffins and gulls.
-- Kodiak - Observing horned and tufted puffins, harbor seals, otter, sea
lion and a variety of birds from a private yacht.
-- Seward - Discovering preservation efforts of Alaska's one-of-kind
ecosystem at one of the region's top research centers.
-- Seward - Cruising across Resurrection Bay into the heart of Kenai
Fjords National Park.

Guests will also be treated to generously expanded programming, which is totally unique to the World Cruise and its segments, including celebrity guest lecturers Richard Dreyfuss and Ed McMahon, as well as Crystal's exclusive Interactive Literary Review and language and music classes offered by Berlitz and Yamaha, respectively.

The 22-day itinerary departs from Tokyo en route to Los Angeles, calling at Otaru, Japan; Petropavolovsk, Russia; Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia; and San Francisco. The full 106-day "Pacific Circle Celebration" World Cruise departs Los Angeles on January 21 and is available in seven individual voyages ranging from 12 to 22 days. Cruise fares start at $11,160 per person, double occupancy.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

28th Annual New Year's Renaissance Weekend Convenes in Charleston

/PRNewswire/ -- Renaissance Weekend, the non-partisan retreat founded in 1981 to build bridges among innovative leaders from diverse fields, began December 28, 2008, and will bring 1,200 participants to Charleston, South Carolina, for 450 lectures, seminars, discussions, and performances concluding with their singing of "Auld Lang Syne" and "God Bless America" at the stroke of the new year.

The tradition was founded and is hosted by the former US Ambassador to the Court of St. James's, Philip Lader, who is chairman of WPP plc, the world's largest advertising/media services company, and his wife, Linda Lader, a Fellow at the Yale Center for Faith & Culture and a director of various education and religious organizations.

"For 28 years," Ambassador Lader said, "Renaissance Weekend has continued to be a cross-generational conversation among accomplished individuals with widely divergent perspectives. Civility prevails; partisanship is frowned upon; and commercialism is banned."

"Though strikingly different views of religion, politics, and every other field are represented, there is more light than heat," Lader added.

The meetings are likened to the reunion of "an extended family" of prominent leaders in business and finance, education, religion, law and medicine, government, the media, science and technology, sports, non-profits and the arts. This year's gathering includes CEOs, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, artists and scientists, astronauts, athletes and university presidents, judges, journalists and diplomats, as well as government, non-profit, and religious leaders.

Among the New Year's participants are:

-- Director of US National Intelligence Michael McConnell,
-- Nobel laureates Robert Richardson, Bill Phillips, and Robert Curl,
-- Space Shuttle Discover Commander Mark Kelly,
-- former Under Secretary of State and Ogilvy & Mather chair Charlotte
-- Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Daniel Howe,
-- former CIA officer Valerie Plame,
-- American Conservative Union chairman David Keene,
-- Columbia University Medical Center dean Lee Goldman,
-- National Cathedral dean Sam Lloyd,
-- former Chief of Staff to Barbara Bush Susan Porter Rose,
-- former Federal Reserve Board vice chairman Alan Blinder,
-- evangelists Leighton Ford and Tony Campolo,
-- JFK adviser Ted Sorensen,
-- conservative direct mail guru Richard Viguerie,
-- Rabbi Harold Kushner,
-- financial writer Andrew Tobias,
-- former Nuclear Regulatory Commission chair Shirley Jackson,
-- CIA counter-terrorism authority Hank Crumpton,
-- software designer Peter Norton,
-- MacArthur Prize-winning education professor Howard Gardner,
-- CBS News correspondent Rita Braver,
-- media venture capitalist Kay Koplovitz,
-- Society of Neuroscientists president Mickey Goldberg,
-- Yale and Princeton theologians Lamin Sanneh and Elaine Pagels,
-- SAS Institute co-founder John Sall,
-- Newsweek contributing editor Eleanor Clift,
-- Ohio State University president Gordon Gee,
-- NPR anchor Scott Simon,
-- former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Gillian Sorensen,
-- former US ambassador Joe Wilson,
-- award-winning nature photographer Frans Lanting,
-- linguistics author Deborah Tannen,
-- former US Senator and ambassador to China Jim Sasser,
-- Kanye West Entertainment president Miki Woodard,
-- open-source software pioneer Michael Tiemann,
-- former CNN Business anchor Myron Kandel, and
-- Washington lawyers Bob Barnett and Thurgood Marshall.

Programs cover a broad spectrum of public policy and personal issues, such as:

-- Is It Still "A Wonderful Life"?,
-- The Making of 44 -- How the Presidential Race Was Won,
-- "Oh, Oh" - The Spacecraft's on Fire & the Urinal's Backed Up,
-- What Christians Don't Understand about Islam,
-- Prescriptions for Healthcare Reform,
-- Could I Have Been Taken In by Bernie Madoff?,
-- The History of Freedom,
-- Why the New Gold Rush Is Green,
-- Net Prophets & the Web They Weave,
-- How Young People's Brains Differ from Past Generations',
-- Is the American Way of Life Indestructible?,
-- What Governor Palin's Appeal Tells Us about America,
-- The Screening of America,
-- Books that Change Lives,
-- How Seriously Stretched Is America's Military?,
-- What deTocqueville & Dante Would Tell Barack about Governing,
-- Consequences of Mumbai
-- How President Obama Can Reverse America's Estrangement from the World,
-- Spirituality Amidst Turbulence,
-- Why More Education Spending Brings Only Mixed Results,
-- Miracles of Microfinance,
-- Can We Fix Government's Capacity to Avoid & Respond to Crises?,
-- What Will the Next Century Treasure from Contemporary Culture?
-- What Bush Got Right,
-- Will Shrinking Newspapers Still Be Strong Enough to Combat
-- Where Should Your Money Be Now?,
-- What's the GOP's Road Back?,
-- Even Saints Have Dark Nights, and
-- Redwhiteandbluenecks - Will the Capulets & Montagues Now Lay Down
Their Swords to Get Us Through the Nation's Perilous Times.

The New Year's gathering, designed to be the largest, is traditionally held in the Laders' hometown. Additional Renaissance Weekends in 2009 are scheduled in Tucson on President's Day, Jackson Hole on July 4th, and Monterey Bay on Labor Day.

"Each Renaissance Weekend, with equally distinguished participants, seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of religion and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies," Mrs. Lader explained.

Renaissance Weekend celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2005 with past participants Gerald R. Ford and Bill Clinton as co-chairmen. More than a dozen past candidates for US president have attended Renaissance Weekends, and six nominees for President-elect Obama's Cabinet are Renaissance veterans.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Finding The Best Spa Getaways

(NAPSI)-When it comes to relaxing getaways, many travelers feel few things can top a spa vacation.

In fact, a study by The Travel Institute found that top reasons for a spa vacation include relieving stress or to feel relaxed; pampering and self-indulgence; and feeling better about oneself.

And if you're wondering whether spa getaways are female-only affairs, consider this: While a majority of spa goers are female, 29 percent of spa goers are now male, with that number expected to continue to rise.

So what are some top spa getaways? You might want to check out a unique, award-winning spa nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. Part of the world-class Greenbrier resort, the spa-already known for using natural ingredients and indigenous minerals-recently launched a new series of refreshing treatments and packages. The indulgent offerings include a Pumpkin Soufflé Body Delight, Gingerbread Crème Manicures and Pedicures, a Winter Warming Package and a Chocolate Covered Strawberries Body Wrap.

To help make things even more relaxing, the resort also offers a "Just One More Day" package, allowing travelers the opportunity to stay for four nights at the price of three. Guests will be able to fully enjoy the over 50 recreational activities, delectable restaurants and other amenities at a more leisurely pace, with the addition of an extra day.

Of course, the resort's world-class dining could help ease your mind as well. Its Main Dining Room received Wine Spectator's prestigious "Best of Award of Excellence" and its Sam Snead's at The Golf Club restaurant received the magazine's "Award of Excellence." The accolades recognize the restaurant's well-chosen wine offerings and complementary pairing of wine selections with their respective menus.

Additionally, readers of Association Conventions & Facilities voted the destination a winner of the 2008 Distinctive Achievement Award and the getaway received Meetings & Conventions magazine's 2008 Gold Key and Gold Platter Awards.

For more information, visit

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Washington's 1776 Christmas

T2F Note: What a great way to remember American Revolution patriots at the annual reenactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware on Christmas Day. The event is set to start around 1 pm.

The annual memorial recreation of Washington Crossing the Delaware River is a great event for the entire family. Come and reflect on the historic activities of 1776 and witness this great commemorative event. Speeches and activities for this event are sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.....More

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

''Yes, We Can 2009 Inauguration Cruise'' Seven Day Voyage to the Inauguration of Barack Obama

(BUSINESS WIRE)--HotelBlox announced today that it has partnered with Imperial Majesty Cruise Line and Yes We Can Cruise, Inc., to offer an exclusive sailing to the inauguration of Barack Obama, who will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America on January 20, 2009.

The seven day itinerary aboard Imperial Majesty’s MV Regal Empress cruise ship will depart from Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Friday, January 16th to sail round trip to Baltimore, Maryland, located only 40 minutes from Washington D.C. Dubbed “Yes, We Can 2009 Inauguration Cruise,” it is the first ever, passenger cruise to the inauguration celebration of a U.S. President.

Highlights include:

* All the inclusive, features that you’d expect on a cruise vacation including meals, entertainment, and recreation
* A stop in Freeport Bahamas
* Onboard spa
* Casino gaming at sea
* Two days port in Baltimore for the Inauguration
* Ground transfers to Inauguration events
* “Yes We Can 2009 Cruise Ball” at the historic, Frances-Merrick Performing Arts Center, Baltimore

“Originally labeled ‘Charter 44 – The Cruise to History,’ our cruise product was conceived as a unique, yet pragmatic solution for individuals wanting to attend inaugural events against a backdrop of limited hotel and air availability,” said Lephate Cunningham, Jr., Managing Partner of HotelBlox. “Nearing the end of the ship procurement process, we discovered Yes We Can 2009 Cruise, Inc., a volunteer group based in Broward County, Florida that was organized solely to put together a cruise as a less expensive way to attend to the Inauguration. The group was faced with a major fundraising goal without a lot of time to get there. We invited them to join our project.”

“We were thrilled when HotelBlox contacted us,” said Karen Phillips, Yes We Can Cruise, Inc. “After one meeting, we knew that our grass roots efforts combined with the industry knowledge, marketing and distribution capabilities of HotelBlox could help make our dream a reality.”

To fully appreciate the efforts of Yes We Can Cruise, Inc., HotelBlox decided to adopt the group’s branding for the Inauguration cruise.

This once-in-a-lifetime voyage would not be possible without a committed and creative cruise line partner. HotelBlox could not have found a better partner than in Imperial Majesty. “This is such a historic event in our country’s history,” said Glenn Ryerson, Vice President of Marketing Imperial Majesty Cruise Line. “We’re very pleased to provide fun alternative transportation and accommodations to people who wouldn’t be able to get a hotel room in the area.”

The MV Regal Empress is a vintage cruise liner offering 500, oversized state rooms (double, triple or quad occupancy) and passenger capacity of 1100. According to Peter Knego of Maritime Matters, “the MV Regal Empress is an absolute must do for anyone with an interest in classic passenger ships. The Caribbean Restaurant, to this vintage ship lover, is the most beautiful room of any ship sailing.”

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air to Resume Portland and Seattle Operations Monday With Significantly Reduced Early Schedules

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air announced they will resume operations in Portland, Ore., and Seattle Monday with significantly reduced early schedules due to ongoing weather conditions.

The snow, freezing rain and high winds that hit the region starting last week have severely impacted the airlines' operations, causing the carriers to suspend flights Sunday afternoon. The resumption of operations in Portland and Seattle is weather-dependent, and further cancellations and delays are likely.

"We are doing our best to operate as many flights as possible in the morning to get people where they need to go for the holidays," said Ben Minicucci, Alaska Airlines' chief operating officer. "We appreciate customers' patience and understanding as we contend with this unprecedented weather cycle that has disrupted travel throughout the region. Our operational decisions will continue to be guided by our commitment to safety."


Horizon's first flight is scheduled to depart Portland for Oakland at 6:45 a.m. Monday. Alaska's first flight out of Portland is a 7:30 a.m. departure to Boston.

"If weather conditions abate Monday in Portland, we plan to operate more flights as the day progresses, building to a normal schedule by afternoon," said Tom Gerharter, senior vice president of Horizon Air operations.


In Seattle, the following morning and midday Alaska Airlines flights are scheduled to operate:

Flight Destination Departure Time
244 Los Angeles 6 a.m.
61 Juneau 7:50 a.m.
81 Anchorage 8 a.m. (originally scheduled for 6 a.m.
- two hour delay)
83 Anchorage 8 a.m.
20 Chicago 8:35 a.m.
202 Puerto Vallarta 9 a.m.
200 Cancun 9:10 a.m.
87 Anchorage 10 a.m.
324 San Jose 10 a.m.
460 Los Angeles 10 a.m.
630 Phoenix 10:25 a.m.
206 Los Cabos 10:30 a.m.
484 San Diego 11 a.m.
75 Juneau 11:25 a.m.
662 Dallas-Ft. Worth 11:55 a.m.
95 Anchorage Noon
648 Tucson 12:20 p.m.
636 Phoenix 12:35 p.m.
38 Minneapolis-St. Paul 12:35 p.m.
16 Miami 1:20 p.m.
10 Orlando 1:30 p.m.

Horizon Air plans to begin Seattle flying at 9 a.m. and requests that customers check online at for the status of their flights.

The airlines will provide a mid-morning update on the status of flights for the remainder of the day.

Before leaving for the airport, all customers are advised to check for the most current flight status information online at or or by calling 1-800-252-7522 or 1-800-547-9308.

The airlines are working to re-accommodate passengers whose flight schedules have been disrupted. Passengers booked on a canceled flight may re- book on the next available flight without penalty or apply for a full refund of the unused portion of their ticket. Passengers wishing to exercise either of these options should call Alaska Airlines Reservations at 1-800-252-7522 or Horizon Air Reservations at 1-800-547-9308. Reservations lines will remain open 24 hours to serve customers who have been impacted.

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Continental Airlines Responds to Flight 1404 Accident

T2F Note: This announcement is made as a public service. The prayers of our staff are with the families and passengers who were on the flight.

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) tonight confirmed that flight 1404, a Boeing 737-500 aircraft carrying 110 customers and five crew members, went off the runway at Denver International Airport following a scheduled 6 p.m. MST departure to Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport. Continental and Denver International Airport are providing assistance to the passengers at this time. A number of injuries have been reported and authorities are transporting passengers and crew to area medical facilities as necessary.

The company is in the process of collecting additional information and will communicate additional information once it is known.

Continental Airlines is cooperating with all authorities responding to the incident.

"The care of our passengers, crew and family members is our highest priority and they will receive any assistance necessary," said Larry Kellner, Continental Airlines' chairman and chief executive officer. "We are deeply concerned by this accident and will do everything we can for the passengers, their families and our co-workers."

Relatives and friends of those traveling on flight 1404 who want to give or receive information about those on board may telephone Continental at (800) 621-3263 or go to our Web site at

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Alaska Airlines Cancels 47 Flights Due to Severe Winter Weather in Pacific Northwest

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alaska Airlines has canceled 47 flights Saturday and Sunday to and from Portland, Ore., Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, due to severe winter weather hitting the region this afternoon. More cancellations or delays are possible.

"We regret the impact these cancellations are having on our customers' holiday travel plans," said Ben Minicucci, Alaska Airlines' chief operating officer. "These decisions are guided by our commitment to safety, and we are making every effort to re-accommodate passengers whose flight schedules have been disrupted."

Before leaving for the airport, customers are advised to check for the most current flight status information online at or by calling 1-800-ALASKA-AIR (1-800-252-7522).

Passengers booked on a canceled flight may re-book on the next available flight without penalty or apply for a full refund of the unused portion of their ticket. Passengers wishing to exercise either of these options should call Alaska Airlines Reservations at 1-800-ALASKA-AIR (1-800-252-7522).

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

US Airways Customers Affected by December Winter Storm May Change Itineraries without Penalty

(BUSINESS WIRE)--US Airways (NYSE:LCC) is relaxing certain fees for customers who may have to change travel plans as a result of the December snow storms. The airline will waive the standard change fee, advance reservation and ticketing requirements for customers traveling to the following markets between Dec. 18 and Dec. 20 on any US Airways, US Airways Express or US Airways codeshare flight:

Philadelphia; New York-LaGuardia; New York-JFK; Hartford, Conn.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Boston; Detroit; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis; Newark, N.J.; Albany, N.Y.; Newburgh, N.Y.; Rochester, N.Y.; Syracuse, N.Y.; White Plains, N.Y.; Providence, R.I.; Milwaukee; Toronto and Montreal;

Customers are strongly encouraged to check flight status at, by calling 800-428-4322, or by texting their flight number to TEXTUS before arriving at the airport.

If US Airways service continues to operate to the affected destinations, customers can make certain changes without incurring the standard change fee, advance reservation or ticketing requirements:

* Customers can move their entire itinerary up to seven days before or after the scheduled origination date.
* Customers can apply the full value of their wholly unused tickets toward the purchase of a ticket to an alternate destination, although travel must originate within seven days of the scheduled origination date.

Customers traveling on certain tickets, such as some available from third-party ticket discounters, including but not limited to discount travel websites, may not have all elements of the policy available to them. Tickets issued by US Airways for travel on airlines other than US Airways, US Airways Shuttle or US Airways Express will follow the rules of the airline operating the flight(s).

Itinerary changes are subject to availability, and in certain cases, an additional collection fee. Customers will be able to stand by for alternate flights without incurring the standby fee if a satisfactory alternate itinerary cannot be confirmed. Additional information regarding these amended ticketing policies can be found online at or by calling 800-428-4322. (LCCG)

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Southeast's Largest Indoor Waterpark Opens at Wilderness at the Smokies

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Winter weather won't stop the family fun in East Tennessee with today's opening of the southeast's largest indoor water park at Wilderness at the Smokies.

Named the Wild WaterDome, the new indoor waterpark spans more than 60,000 square feet with a see-thru, energy-efficient Foil Tec roof that lets guests tan indoors year-round. The facility features the Smokies SurfRider, Tennessee's only surfing simulator. The Surf Rider uses 50,000 gallons of water a minute to create a continuously moving sheet of water on which people can surf or boogie board. “It's like riding an ocean wave, but indoors,” says David McGregor, general manager of Wilderness at the Smokies. “Parents and kids alike will love the thrill of riding a wave in a safe and controlled environment.”

The Wild WaterDome also includes the Storm Chaser, a four-person tube slide that begins with a 58-foot drop into a giant orange-and-white funnel where riders swoosh back and forth up the sides of the funnel. Other activities at the waterpark, which is reserved exclusively for resort guests, include a 10,000-square-foot wave pool, two tube slides, an indoor/outdoor hot spa, a multi-level play structure with a gigantic dumping bucket and 50-plus play-and-spray features. Plus, there is a special toddler area with mini-slides and a swing tree.

Wilderness at the Smokies, the region's first full-service waterpark resort, also unveiled the property's 472 multi-room suites conveniently connected to the Wild WaterDome. The units include three different floor plans ranging from one to three-bedrooms designed to accommodate up to 16 guests. “The enthusiasm for our resort has been tremendous,” says McGregor. “We are already sold out for several days over Christmas break and we are receiving more and more reservations daily.”

Wilderness at the Smokies is located in one of the nation's most popular vacation destinations in the scenic foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Phase I of the resort opened in June 2008 with a 234-room hotel and outdoor waterpark adjacent to the 240,000-square-foot Sevierville Events Center. The resort will be unveiling a second outdoor waterpark next to the Wild WaterDome in the summer of 2009. The developers are the owners of Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, America's Largest Waterpark Resort in Wisconsin Dells. For more information on the resort or for reservations, visit or call 1-800-867-WILD (9453).

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

AirTran Airways Customers Affected by Winter Storms May Change Travel Plans Without Penalty

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc., (NYSE:AAI) , advises passengers that due to severe winter weather in the northeast and midwestern parts of the country, some flight operations may be affected through Saturday, December 20, 2008.

Passengers holding reservations for travel scheduled December 18 through 11:30 pm EST December 19, 2008, on AirTran Airways to, from or through Bloomington/Normal, Moline/Quad Cities and Chicago, Ill., Detroit and Flint, Mich., Indianapolis, Ind., and Milwaukee, Wis., may make a change without penalty as long as changes are made one day prior to or up to five days following the date of the original scheduled departure date, based on space availability without change fees or fare adjustments.

In addition, passengers holding reservations for travel scheduled December 19 through 10:00 am EST December 20, 2008, on AirTran Airways to, from or through Philadelphia, Pa., Newark, N.J., and New York (LaGuardia) and White Plains (Westchester), N.Y. may also make a change without penalty as long as changes are made one day prior to or up to five days following the original scheduled departure date, based on space availability without change fees or fare adjustments.

Passengers holding reservations for travel to/from these destinations should check under "Flight Status" for updates or call 1-800-AIRTRAN (247-8726).

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Atlanta Holiday Travelers Save $72 of Airport Parking Fees with Park Here, Fly There Package at Atlanta Airport Marriott

/PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for holiday travel, the Atlanta Airport Marriott has crafted a new Atlanta park and fly package, perfectly suited for those flying out of Atlanta for the holidays. The Park Here, Fly There package not only saves travelers up to $72 in airport parking fees, it also offers complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport while offering guests a refreshing and luxurious night's sleep before an early morning flight.

The convenient package allows guests to avoid the hassle of hectic early morning travel to the airport and provides a refreshing night's rest in deluxe Atlanta airport accommodations before heading out for the holidays. Rates start at $110 on the weekends and weekdays are priced from $175 to $215. Simply park, stay, then fly out without a worry and with the confidence of knowing that your car is parked safely in the hotel's secured lot.

Valid through August 21, 2009, be sure that the promotional code "PKF" appears in the Corporate/Promotional code box when making your online reservation, or call 1-800-834-7282 in the U.S. and ask for promotional code PKF.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Hotwire Reveals Top Winter Wonderland Getaway Deals

/PRNewswire/ --, a leading discount travel site, today announced a blizzard of fantastic last minute holiday deals to popular cold weather destinations that are bound to make price-savvy travelers hearts sing with glee for the holidays. From rarely before seen hotel deals in cities like New York and Chicago to popular ski destinations in Colorado that won't freeze your wallet, Hotwire(R) has seen an uptick in room availability at cold weather destinations due to the economic slowdown.

During the winter months, the travel industry experiences a seasonal downturn in travel bookings. Hotwire helps major hotel suppliers fill empty rooms that would otherwise go unsold, which combined with the economic slowdown means deeply discounted room rates in some of the country's most popular destinations. For consumers looking for a quick, exciting and affordable winter get away, Hotwire offers an abundance of hotel options.

There's no better place to take in holiday lights and festivities than New York City. For those that think visiting New York over the holidays means breaking the bank, Hotwire is pleased to show them otherwise. Hotwire has seen a boom in room availability in New York City this holiday season. With unheard of discounts, like a 4-star hotel in Midtown for only $132 a night, consumers can now travel to New York on a dime and use their hard earned cash to experience all of the holiday treats the city has to offer.

Hotwire also has incredible hotel deals in Chicago. Enjoy world-class shopping on the Magnificent Mile and indulge in exquisite dining in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood while staying at a 4.5-star hotel for only $109 a night or a 4-star for $89 per night when booking through Hotwire.

For travelers who want more 'adventure' during their holidays, Hotwire has rarely seen discounts of up to 54 percent off retail prices in snowy locales. Now dare devil travelers can board or ski their hearts out with Hotwire's help.

Here's a selection of ski resort deals recently booked on Hotwire, researched on December 2, 2008*:

-- Colorado: A 4-star in Vail from $109; in Aspen, Hotwire has a 4-star
from $66 and a 4.5-star hotel from $199 (40 percent savings!)
-- Vermont: 3-star hotel in Burlington from $59
-- Utah: 4-star hotel in Park City from $105 and a 4-star hotel in Salt
Lake City from $73
-- Lake Tahoe: 3.5-star hotel in South Lake Tahoe from $53 and a 3.5-star
hotel in Reno from $49
-- Canada: 5-star hotel in Vancouver from $79 (54 percent savings!) and a
4-star hotel in Banff from $99

* Hotel rates shown are based on deals available for stays between December 2 - 31, 2008. Hotel rates shown do not include applicable tax recovery charges and fees. However, total cost, including all applicable tax recovery charges and fees, is shown before bookings are made on All bookings are non- changeable and nonrefundable. Rates subject to availability. Because rates change all the time, Hotwire customers are encouraged to check rates for themselves.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Winter Storm Will Affect Flights in the Northeast Through Wednesday

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE:CAL) announced travel options for customers whose flight plans may be affected by severe winter weather conditions forecast for the Northeast U.S. through Wednesday.

Weather conditions are expected to make air travel difficult, forcing some delays and cancellations of flights at airports in the region. To avoid inconvenience, travelers scheduled on flights through Wednesday may wish to delay commencement of their trip.

Change flights at for no fee

Customers scheduled to travel to, from or through affected airports, including Continental's New York hub at Newark Liberty International Airport, are encouraged to postpone or reroute their trip without penalty to avoid possible inconvenience. Customers booked on flights in the affected region are permitted a one-time date or time change to their itinerary without penalty for rescheduled travel through Dec. 26, 2008. If a flight has been canceled, a refund in the original form of payment may be requested. Complete details are available at

The fastest and most convenient way to change travel plans is via Customers should enter their confirmation number and last name in "Manage Reservations." Customers may also call Continental Airlines reservations at 800-525-0280 or their travel agent. provides an overview of Continental operations as well as up-to-date information regarding the status of specific flights. Automated flight status information is also available at 800-784-4444.

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United Airlines Offers Advice to Customers Affected by Forecasted Chicago Snowstorm and Issues Travel Waiver

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As a result of forecasted snowstorms in Chicago, United is encouraging customers to take advantage of its travel waiver and to consider their travel plans, as certain change fees have been waived for them. United advises customers to log on to to make changes to their itineraries or to call United reservations at 1-800-UNITED-1 or their travel agency. All changes must be made by midnight of the customer's original travel date. Rescheduled travel may be subject to higher fares if it does not meet original rule and booking-code restrictions or is a new itinerary.

The revised ticketing policies apply to all tickets purchased Dec. 15, 2008 or earlier, for travel between Dec. 15-17, to, from and through Chicago on any United(R), United Express(R) or United code-share flight. Origin and destination cities must remain the same.

Customers with canceled flights are eligible to apply for a full refund.

Flights may be delayed or canceled in Chicago as a result of the forecasted snow. Customers can minimize possible inconvenience by checking the status of their flights before going to the airport, at or calling 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331) for automated, up-to-the-minute flight arrival and departure information before leaving for the airport. To receive United's automatic updates via mobile phone or e-mail, customers may register for United EasyUpdate complimentary service at

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Book Time Away Before Time's Up With AirTran Airways' New Super Sale

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI) , today launched a sale for travel with fares starting as low as $39*. Travelers may purchase these sale fares at or via AirTran Airways' reservations system at 1-800-AIR-TRAN. For Spanish, call 1-877-581-9842.

These special fares are available for purchase through December 18, 2008, and are good for travel through March 11, 2009. The lowest sale fares are valid for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Additional sale fares are valid for travel on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Like all AirTran Airways fares, prices included in this sale are available for one-way travel and do not require a roundtrip purchase or an overnight stay.

Following is a sample of the one-way sale fares. All fares require a 14-day advance purchase and are valid in either direction:

Sample Fares: Off-Peak Peak

Atlanta - Bloomington/Normal $59 $79
Atlanta - Charleston $39 $59
Atlanta - Ft. Myers $64 $84
Atlanta - Los Angeles $129 $149
Atlanta - Memphis $49 $69
Atlanta - New Orleans $54 $74
Atlanta - Washington, D.C.
(Dulles or Reagan National) $64 $84
Atlanta - White Plains (Westchester) $74 $94
Baltimore/Washington (BWI) - Milwaukee $64 $84
Baltimore/Washington (BWI) -
Portland, Maine $59 $79
Baltimore/Washington (BWI) -
West Palm Beach $72 $92
Bloomington/Normal - Orlando $89 $109
Boston - Baltimore/Washington (BWI) $59 $79
Buffalo/Niagara - Orlando $72 $92
Burlington - Baltimore/Washington (BWI) $49 $69
Chicago (Midway) - Sarasota/Bradenton $80 $100
Dallas/Ft. Worth - Orlando $94 $114
Dayton - Tampa $76 $96
Ft. Lauderdale -Milwaukee $91 $111
Flint - Orlando $89 $109
Houston - Sarasota/Bradenton $99 $119
Indianapolis - Las Vegas $109 $129
Las Vegas - Milwaukee $109 $129
Milwaukee - New York (LaGuardia) $74 $94
Orlando - Chicago (Midway) $83 $103
Orlando - Philadelphia $79 $99
Orlando - St. Louis $89 $109
Orlando - San Juan $69 $89
Pittsburgh - Ft. Myers $71 $91
Rochester - Tampa $75 $95
Washington, D.C.
(Dulles or Reagan National) - Ft. Myers $79 $99
White Plains (Westchester) -
West Palm Beach $79 $99

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI) , a Fortune 1000 company, is ranked number one in the 2008 Airline Quality Rating study. The airline offers coast-to-coast flights, North America's newest all-Boeing fleet, friendly service and Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit

*All fares are one-way. All fares are non-refundable and a $75 fee per person applies to any change made after purchase, plus any applicable increase in airfare. The first checked bag may be charged a fee of up to $15 per person and a second bag may be checked for a fee of up to $25 per person. Reservations may be obtained or changed through an AirTran Airways Telephone Reservations Center for an additional $15 per person. Fourteen-day advance purchase required. Lowest sale fares are valid for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Additional sale fares are valid for travel on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Tickets must be purchased by December 18, 2008. Sale fares are valid for travel through March 11, 2009. Blackout dates are as follows: January 3-4, 2009; and February 21, 2009. Travel is not valid to Baltimore/Washington, Dulles, and Regan National on January 17-20, 2009. Travel is not valid from Baltimore/Washington, Dulles, and Regan National on January 20-22, 2009. Service to San Diego and Gulfport/Biloxi ends January 5, 2009. Fares, routes, and schedules are subject to change without notice. Fares shown do not include Airport Passenger Facility Charges of up to $18. The September 11th security fee of up to $10 is not included. Fares do not include segment taxes up to $3.60 per segment. A segment is defined as a takeoff and a landing. Fares to/from Puerto Rico do not include additional government taxes of up to $32.20. Cancellations must be made at least one hour prior to departure or customer forfeits reservation and any monies paid against the reservation. This reservation is non-transferable - no name changes allowed.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Winter Oasis On Sugary White Sands

(NAPSI)-A shaky economy doesn't have to mean shelving your family vacation. Instead, you can follow the lead of other budget-conscious travelers who have found ways to hit the road without breaking the bank.

A good first step is to find destinations offering discounted rates. For instance, you can save about 40 percent on accommodations as you soak up the rays at a top winter oasis: Florida's Emerald Coast.

Located on the upper Gulf Coast, the destination welcomes winter visitors with inviting temperatures averaging 72 degrees as well as gentle breezes. Unlike other seaside destinations, "value season" runs December through March. And while the area's preferred activity tends to be "relaxing and doing as little as possible," it also offers plenty of enticements. Here's a closer look for those looking to escape the wrath of Jack Frost:

Beautiful Beaches

Stretching 24 miles, the Emerald Coast has been voted "Best Beach in the South" for 13 consecutive years by readers of Southern Living magazine. The beaches provide seating for performances by dancing dolphins and sandpipers and picture-perfect sunrises and sunsets.

Delightful Sites

The area boasts family attractions such as the Gulfarium--home to creatures ranging from 600-pound seals to two-ounce clown fish--along with the U.S. Air Force Armament Museum, one of only three American museums dedicated to the display of Air Force weaponry. For more whimsical fun, the Emerald Coast Science Center is a child's science fantasy.

Great Golf

Ranked as one of the top 10 "Best Golf Towns in America" by Golf Digest magazine, the Emerald Coast offers challenging courses designed by world-renowned architects such as Fazio, Finger, Dye, Couples and Cupp. The area's 1,080 holes of golf can delight putters without being pricey on the wallet.

Gone Fishing

Hailed as the "World's Luckiest Fishing Village," Florida's Emerald Coast harbors the largest and most elaborately equipped charter boat fleet in the state. With more than 20 types of fish, first-time anglers and seasoned "old salts" can delight in deep-sea excursions for as little as $25 a half day.

Dining Delights

From rackety-shack oyster bars and salt-air cafés to upscale restaurants, these eateries are simple in atmosphere yet spiced with character. Served up with the flavor of Southern hospitality, they are known for their "to-die-for" dishes.

For more information, visit or call (800) 322-3319.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

AirTran Airways Names Branson, Mo., its Newest Destination

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI) , today announced plans to begin service to Branson, Mo. Effective May 11, 2009, the airline will offer roundtrip nonstop flights between Branson Airport in Branson, Mo., the first privately financed and operated commercial airport in the United States, and the worlds busiest airport Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Ga. The route will be served by AirTran Airways' popular Boeing 717-200 aircraft, which seats 117 passengers (12 in Business Class and 105 in coach).

"AirTran Airways will bring low fares to Branson, and give local residents the opportunity to travel across the country, while simultaneously encouraging tourists to visit the Ozarks and experience the city of Branson," said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of marketing and sales for AirTran Airways. "We're excited to provide Branson's business and leisure travelers access to popular destinations across the country as well as be part of a memorable first in airport openings."

"This is the manifestation of all our hard work to make this airport a reality! AirTran Airways is a perfect fit for the Branson Airport," said Steve Peet, CEO, Branson Airport. "Nonstop, low-cost air travel to and from Branson was the goal when we started this project. We are thrilled that the number-one ranked airline in the 2008 Airline Quality Rating study is our first national carrier."

"I want to applaud the hard work and dedication of the entire Branson Airport team, and the generous support of our friends in the Branson community for making today's announcement possible," said Jeff Bourk, Executive Director, Branson Airport.

In addition to the nonstop flights, AirTran Airways connects to 54 destinations through Atlanta, including Orlando and Tampa, Fla.; New York, NY, and San Juan, Puerto Rico

The following nonstop flights between Branson and Atlanta will be available beginning May 11, 2009, unless otherwise indicated:

Nonstop Service Between Branson and Atlanta

From To Flight Departs Arrives Frequency
---- -- ------ ------- ------- ---------
Atlanta Branson 1580 11:30 a.m. 12:10 p.m. Daily
Branson Atlanta 1581 12:45 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Daily

AirTran Airways will offer an introductory fare* for its new flights to/from Branson. Travel on introductory fares must be booked by January 14, 2009, for travel through June 24, 2009. Fares listed are one way, available daily and are valid in either direction:

Destination Introductory
----------- ------------
Atlanta $99

AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI) , a Fortune 1000 company, is ranked number one in the 2008 Airline Quality Rating study. The airline offers coast-to-coast flights, North America's newest all-Boeing fleet, friendly service and Business Class and complimentary XM Satellite Radio on every flight. To book a flight, visit

Branson Airport, opening May 11, 2009, in Branson, Missouri, is the first privately financed and operated commercial airport in the United States. As the country's first privately funded airport, Branson Airport will offer visitors unparalleled hospitality and service steeped in the generous, welcoming spirit of the Ozarks. The $155 million project introduces an innovative business model that has the potential to redefine air travel in the United States by focusing on creating a more pleasant travel experience for customers. For more information on Branson Airport LLC, go to

* Introductory fare is non-refundable, and a $75 fee per person applies to any change made after purchase plus any applicable increase in airfare. Reservations may be obtained or changed through an AirTran Airways Telephone Reservations Center for an additional $15.00 per person. Introductory fares must be purchased by January 14, 2009. Travel must be completed by June 24, 2009. Fares, routes, and schedules are subject to change without notice. Fares do not include per-segment tax of up to $3.60. A segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing. The September 11th security fee of up to $10 is not included. Airport Passenger Facility Charges of up to $18 are not included.

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Happy 50th Birthday, Alaska!

/PRNewswire/ -- When Alaskans found out the United States Senate passed the Statehood Act in June of 1958, sirens blared and crowds celebrated around bonfires.

It was a spontaneous party that kicked off six months of anticipation ahead of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's signature on the statehood proclamation on Jan. 3, 1959. Fast-forward 50 years, and Alaska is preparing to mark the official anniversary with just as much fervor.

With anniversary-related events scheduled throughout the year, 2009 makes a great year to travel to Alaska. Many tourism businesses are offering special anniversary deals that will reduce costs on experiences statewide.

The Statehood Gala at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center will lead off the celebrations on Jan. 2, in Anchorage, with remarks from the state's political dignitaries and statewide musical and performance groups. The next day, a birthday bash will take over downtown Anchorage, led by a procession of Alaska's diverse people. The event will continue with a stage performance, musical and cultural acts and a fireworks show.

Also on Jan. 3, the Valdez Family Fest will include dog sledding, snow sculpting, a Wii tournament, an indoor carnival, fireworks and, of course, birthday cake. The events will take place in and around the Valdez Convention and Civic Center.

"If travelers are looking for a different kind of New Year's party to attend, this is it," said Ron Peck, president and COO of the Alaska Travel Industry Association. "We're celebrating our history, our successes and our growth as a state. It's going to be a tremendous day for Alaska, and an even bigger year."

Many Alaskans can think back over the past 50 years and marvel at how the state has changed. But even as the state grows up, it will only take a scan of the crowd on Jan. 3, to realize Alaska's pioneering spirit is still alive.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

New York City May Have a Lock on East Coast Christmas Celebrations, But Southern California Boasts the Oldest Holiday Boat Parade in the U.S.

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New York City can proudly boast of such holiday traditions as the Christmas tree and ice rink at Rockefeller Center and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. However, in Southern California the season may not be snowy and white but, to paraphrase Irving Berlin, it is always merry and bright thanks in part to the annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade, the oldest holiday boat parade in the U.S., celebrating its centennial with the theme of "100 Years of Christmas Cheer" this holiday season.

In "The OC" where trends and fads come and go as quickly as jets at LAX, the fashionable resort destination of Newport Beach is ready to mark the 2008 holiday season with the centennial of its impressive procession, adding a uniquely west coast twist to the array of annual holiday traditions in the U.S. Called "One of the top holiday happenings in the nation" by The New York Times, the annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is the most elaborate on-the-water holiday spectacle in the country, delighting generations since 1908.

There are well over 20 holiday boat parades from coast to coast across the nation but the Newport Beach water-borne pageant trumps them all for remaining popular over the past ten decades. The parade has been described as the aquatic equivalent to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.

The 100th edition of this iconic Southern California holiday event kicks off on Wednesday, December 17 (with an inaugural fireworks display) and continues through Sunday, December 21 at 6:30pm each evening in Newport Harbor. The procession winds its way 14 miles around the harbor (one of the largest small yacht harbors in the world) to give viewers in restaurants, yacht clubs, on public beaches, and in private homes an incredible sight. The parade is expected to again attract an audience of over one million spectators during the five consecutive evenings. For more information on where to find the best views of the parade, go to or

The colorful, twinkling parade features an armada of nearly 100 kayaks, canoes, impressive yachts and other watercrafts. Many of the yachts are decorated with whimsical animated scenes accompanied by music and costumed carolers, plus every conceivable lighting fixture or illuminated decoration.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Travel: A Gift that Spans Generations

(ARA) - Have you ever returned from a trip anxious to share your stories and pictures with family members, only to be disappointed as you’re going through them? It’s a common occurrence; photos don’t always capture the true essence of your experience.

So what’s the best way to truly share your travel excursions with family? Take them with you! In fact, intergenerational travel (grandparents taking their children and grandchildren on trips) has increased in recent years. More than 30 percent of grandmas have taken at least one trip with a grandchild, according to the Travel Industry Association of America. And those numbers are expected to climb, with a large increase coming from international travel.

Joan Wyer and Sherry Lund, both from Minnesota, are two such grandparents. They’ve taken family members to domestic and international destinations alike and say it’s a wonderful, fun and enlightening way to build relationships.

“I could travel alone or with friends,” says Wyer. “But I’d much rather share these memories with my family.” Wyer has taken her family of 18 (four children, their spouses and nine grandchildren) on three excursions in the last several years including Alaska, the Sea of Cortez (Mexico) and the Galapagos Islands.

“There is no better way to build deep relationships than by traveling together,” says Wyer. “There are definitely bonding moments as you experience unique places and people away from the day-to-day routine of home.”

Lund couldn’t agree more. “Traveling with my grandchildren has given us a gift – a special bond of memories that only we share, no one else.” Lund has started a family tradition with her grandchildren. When they reach 10 years of age, she takes them on a unique trip that helps broaden their world view. To date, she’s shared the Galapagos Islands with her granddaughter Laurie and Peru with granddaughter Libby.

Both Wyer and Lund sought guidance from Travel Beyond, a 30-year-old international travel consultancy in Wayzata, Minn., to design their trips. The consultancy has invested more than 25,000 hours personally visiting and pre-screening destinations around the world. This first-hand knowledge was a big comfort to Wyer and Lund.

“Many of today’s baby boomers want an experience that doesn’t involve a tour bus and hoards of people,” says Craig Beal, chief executive officer of Travel Beyond. “They want to get out and explore new destinations in a way that’s unique to them. That’s why we agonize over the details and customize every aspect of their travel.”

According to Beal, several international destinations have emerged as excellent options for intergenerational travel.

Three to 10 Day Tours – Experience the Uniqueness of Canada
* Observe the polar bears in Churchill
* Ride through the Canadian Rockies on the Rocky Mountaineer
* Visit the 400-year-old city of Old Quebec

Five to 15 Day Tours – Enjoy the Diversity of South America
* Explore the ancient Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru
* Visit the Galapagos Islands, known for its impact on Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection
* Star gaze through a private observatory in the Atacama Desert of Chile
* Experience ‘March of the Penguins’ in real life in Antarctica

10 to 20 Day Tours – Discover the Wild Side of Africa
* Interact with one of Africa's oldest tribes (Himba) and see the largest collection of ship wrecks in the world in Namibia
* Seek out the “Big Five” (lions, leopards, elephants, cape buffalo, rhinos) on a safari through Botswana
* View the impressive Victoria Falls in Zambia, one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World

“Many of the trips I’ve taken through Travel Beyond are experiences of a lifetime,” continues Lund. “I’m fortunate to give those experiences to my grandchildren as a special gift. Walking among the iguanas, seeing birds and animals that are unique to that location and exposing them to parts of the world they’ve never heard of before. Those are cherished gifts any grandparent would love to give.”

To learn more about intergenerational travel or general travel to the destinations mentioned above or many other locations, contact Travel Beyond at (800) 876-3131 or visit

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Elvis Presley's 1962 Private Lockheed Jetstar to be Auctioned During Kruse International's 35th Annual Las Vegas Collector Car Auction

T2F Note: Just in case you get a hankering------

/PRNewswire/ -- The staff of the largest collector and vintage car auction company, Kruse International, is busy finalizing all details so that the 35th Annual Las Vegas Collector Car Auction taking place on December 19th and 20th, 2008 at the beautifully remodeled South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV is another great success. Kruse is proud to announce an impressive line up of vehicles that includes "Mr. Las Vegas" Wayne Newton's 1982 Mercedes-Benz and 2001 Jaguar XK8 Convertible, Pamela Anderson's customized "LoveStream" Trailer Lounge, which she will sell in person at the auction, and the most coveted item of the event, one of the world's greatest attraction, Elvis Presley's 1962 Lockheed Jet.

Elvis Presley was known to be an airplane enthusiast. In fact, he owned three jets during his lifetime, which included a Convair 880 Jet (the famous Lisa Marie) and two Lockheed Jet. After Elvis' death all jets were sold, and today only Hound Dog II and the Lisa Marie have returned to Graceland.

The 1962 Lockheed Jet that will be up for auction is one of only 204 aircrafts manufactured between 1957 and 1978 in a private project between Jetstar and Lockheed. This aircraft has never been restored and features original external painting and detailing, as well as original interior. The jet is the only airplane that belonged to Elvis still in private hands. It is expected that the aircraft will bring an estimated range between $700,000 to $2M.

Stored in Roswell, New Mexico, prospective buyers are invited to inspect the Lockheed Jetstar JT 12-5 on December 13th and 14th, 2008. To schedule an appointment call Kruse International at 800.968.4444. According to the owner, the aircraft can be easily moved by taking the wings off until it reaches its final destination. The engines are out of the jet, but they can be purchased for an amount ranging between $10,000 and $35,000 depending on its condition.

This aircraft is considered by many of Elvis' fans as one of the greatest attractions in the world and it would be a substantial addition to any museum, amusement park, entertainment center, or private collection.

Kruse International has already registered many bidders for this coming event. Be sure to register for the nominal fee of $75 to be part of this thrilling major annual event and have the chance to bid and own A-list vintage automobiles and aircrafts. To view complete inventory, visit or call 800.968.4444 to inquire more information about the 35th Annual Las Vegas Collector Car Auction.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Las Vegas Tops List as Most Popular U.S. Destination as Orbitz Looks Back at Travel Trends in 2008

T2F Note: Congrats to Atlanta for making the top 10. Of course, we've always been attracted to the city.

/PRNewswire/ -- As 2008 draws to a close, Orbitz (, a leading online travel site, takes a retrospective look back with its latest Insider Index to offer insight into when and where Americans spent their travel dollars this year.

"By looking back at travel data in 2008, we can identify trends that will help consumers make smart decision in travel planning for the year ahead," said Jeanenne Tornatore, public relations director for Orbitz Worldwide. "For example, those who want to travel when they can find bargains should look to the slower travel periods when destinations have fewer crowds."

Busiest Travel Weeks

While last year (2007), the July 4th week topped the Orbitz list of busiest travel weeks, Thanksgiving has historically been the busiest travel period of the year, and 2008 was no exception. For travelers looking to avoid the long lines at the airport, the slowest travel week of the year is still upon us, with the week of December 29 coming in as the least busy travel week of 2008.

The busiest travel weeks of 2008(1) were:

1. Thanksgiving
2. July 4th
3. Christmas
4. Memorial Day
5. Third week of March

(1)Based on hotel and package (air + hotel) bookings as of

Top Holiday Weekend Destinations

With the long-weekends becoming an easy way to escape for more and more Americans, the Index also examines where these weekenders spent their time and travel dollars in 2008. The Orbitz Index looked at travel over a four-day period for Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Top Holiday Weekend Destinations(2)

2008 2007

1 Las Vegas 7

2 New York 1

3 Chicago 2

4 Orlando N/A

5 San Francisco 9

6 Washington, D.C. 4

7 Miami N/A

8 Los Angeles 3

9 Boston 8

10 Atlanta 6

(2)Based on hotel and package (air + hotel) bookings during
1/18/08-1/21/08, 2/15/08-2/18/08, 5/23/08-5/26/08, 7/3/08-7/6/08,
8/29/08-9/1/08; based on Orbitz hotel and package (air + hotel)
bookings as of 11/26/08

Top Domestic Destinations

With so many enticing deals to this destination in 2008, it's no surprise that Las Vegas lured the most travelers, moving this vibrant city up six spots to top this year's list. The Big Apple and Windy City round out the top three most popular destinations.

Top Domestic Destinations(3)

2008 2007

1 Las Vegas 6

2 New York 2

3 Chicago 1

4 San Francisco 9

5 Miami N/A

6 Los Angeles 3

7 Orlando 10

8 Washington, D.C. 4

9 Boston 8

10 Atlanta 7

(3)Based on hotel and package (air + hotel) bookings as of

Most Popular Airfare Routes for 2008

With so much volatility in the airline industry in 2008, from rising gas prices to decreasing capacity, the fluctuating price of airfares was a focus of much discussion among consumers. This retrospective Orbitz Index reveals the average prices travelers actually paid for airfares on for some of the most popular flight routes in 2008, ranging from $156 to $404.

In June, Orbitz announced the launch of a new service, Orbitz Price Assurance, created to help ease travelers' concerns about the fluctuating prices of airfares. With Orbitz Price Assurance, if the price drops for a plane ticket booked on and another customer subsequently books the same airline ticket on for less, Orbitz will automatically send travelers a cash refund for the difference.

Average Airfare for Top Routes(4)
Rank Departing Airport Arrival Airport Average Airfare for 2008

1 Los Angeles
Airport JFK International Airport $404

2 JFK International Los Angeles
Airport International Airport $398

3 O'Hare
International McCarran
Airport International Airport $246

4 La Guardia Airport O'Hare International
Airport $310

5 O'Hare
Airport La Guardia Airport $293

6 O'Hare
International Phoenix Sky Harbor
Airport International Airport $321

7 San Francisco
International McCarran
Airport International Airport $183

8 Los Angeles
International San Francisco
Airport International Airport $156

9 JFK International San Francisco
Airport International Airport $396

10 San Francisco
International JFK International
Airport Airport $399

(4)Based on bookings as of 11/26/08

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

US Airways Kicks off 3rd Annual Holiday Travel Storytelling Contest

(BUSINESS WIRE)--For the third consecutive year, US Airways (NYSE: LCC) invites travelers to share their favorite holiday travel memories with the rest of the world. The winning submission will take home a $500 US Airways Gift Card to be used anywhere US Airways flies, and two runners-up will take home a $250 and $100 US Airways Gift Card. Last year, entries ranged from humorous (folks trapped in their cars by their Christmas trees tied to their roof) to poignant (family members getting together for what they knew would be their last holiday) to one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments (the late Luciano Pavarotti performing impromptu outside New York's LaGuardia Airport.) Last year’s winner heralded from Cheltenham, Pa., and provided a heartwarming account of Christmas spirit where one pilot’s announcement made a memorable Christmas Eve for all of the children (and grownups too) on his plane.

“Not to take anything away from all of the very serious economic news all around us, this is simply an opportunity for travelers to share their positive stories about holiday travel with the rest of the world,” said Elise Eberwein, senior vice president, people and communications for US Airways. “Whether reflecting on new adventures in exotic locations or returning home and reconnecting with friends from other lifetimes, airline travel is the one constant that makes all of those things events possible.”

To enter the contest, participants can submit their digital story consisting of a photo (3 MB limit) and brief narrative by Jan. 2, 2009 to Photos and story submissions will be judged by a panel of US Airways employees and will be based on the following criteria: 36 percent originality, 78 percent creativity and 100 percent overall holiday spirit. The most compelling holiday travel story will be announced on Jan. 5, 2009 and awarded a $500 US Airways Gift Card, valid for travel to nearly 200 US Airways destinations. Second and third place winners will also be announced on Jan. 5, 2009 and receive a $250 and $100 US Airways Gift Card respectively. More information about the contest, including rules and restrictions, is available at (click on ‘Share your story & win’).

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Inauguration Update: Hotel Rooms Still Available In Washington, DC Metro Area

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Contrary to widespread reports, hotel rooms are still available in and around Washington, DC during the Barack Obama inauguration through Destination DC, the official convention and tourism corporation for the nation's capital.

By simply making one phone call to Destination DC's toll-free number, 1-800-422-8644, travelers can connect with a local travel expert to learn which hotels still have availability during inauguration, where the hotels are located and what rates they may expect to pay.

Through regular communications with Washington, DC-area hotels and nearby tourism offices, Destination DC has located more than 1,400 hotel rooms within a 30-mile drive of DC that are available on the peak night of the inauguration period, January 19, plus hundreds of additional rooms located within 200 miles of the city.

Hotel rates range widely from $100 to more than $1,000 per night, so travelers can choose to be more frugal and plan on negotiating traffic into the city or to splurge on an in-town experience that makes it possible to reach festivities on foot. Rates start as low as $100 per night for bed & breakfasts and limited service hotels located within 60 miles of Washington, DC; hotel rooms available within the District range from $500 to more than $1,000 per night. Minimum stay restrictions may apply.

Local experts are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST at 1-800-422-8644. Travelers who call the toll-free number will also find a one-stop shop for travel advice, advance ticket sales for tours and attractions, insiders tips, free visitors guides and maps. Travelers can also check out Destination DC's official inauguration website,, for information about balls and events, useful tips and itinerary suggestions for inauguration-goers.

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Friday, December 05, 2008

Looking for a holiday gift for a hard-to-buy-for person?

/PRNewswire/ -- If you're like thousands of people this holiday season trying to find gifts for hard-to-buy-for loved ones and friends, Sandestin(R) Golf and Beach Resort, a premier destination for all seasons and all ages, has creative, easy and time-saving answers for you. A variety of options, ranging in price include the following:

- The 20th Annual Great Southern Gumbo Cook-Off Tickets
This gift is a great choice for food lovers. Advance discounted
tickets are only $13 per person. Held at The Market Shops at Sandestin
Golf and Beach Resort, this January 10 event will be fun-filled with
live authentic Cajun and Zydeco music by Chubby Carrier and the Bayou
Swamp Band and plenty of tasty gumbo to sample. Add Sandestin
overnight accommodations starting at only $89, plus tax and fees. Call
850/267-8092 or go online at

- Sandestin Wine Festival
Enjoy The Sandestin Wine Festival for $50 per person with discounted
advance tickets. The event is held on April 25 and 26, featuring Grand
Wine Tastings, the pouring of more than 600 domestic and international
wines. Representatives from more than 80 vineyards from across the
globe will entertain questions, offering a rare opportunity to learn
about wines and tastes. Order online at

- "Golf Enthusiast Extras"
For the Golf enthusiast in your life, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
has a variety of fun options. Choose from a one hour golf lesson for
$100, a round of golf for two at the nationally acclaimed Raven Golf
Club in January or February for a special price of $190, a Guys Golf
Getaway for four starting at $260 person (two night stay in a 3 BR
Dockside Villa, one round per person at Raven Golf Club, one round
per person at Burnt Pine Golf Club), or a Tiger Woods collection
Nike(R) golf shirt from the Raven Golf Pro Shop for only $80. Call
850/267-8155 to order.

- Fun for Fido
A special treat for animal lovers include a series of free events at
The Village of Baytowne Wharf. On February 20-22, watch the
spectacular Ultimate Air Dog competition. On February 22, furry
friends and owners can participate in the special Pooch Parade, with
specially decorated wagons, golf cars and/or bicycles. Overnight pet
friendly accommodations start at only $149. Reserve accommodations
online at for special savings.

- The "Younger You" Gift Package
For the person who wants a youthful appearance, Sandestin Day Spa and
Salon is offering onsite consultations with Rodney Soto, MD of The
Younger You Institute. Additional Medical Spa offerings at Sandestin
include Botox(R), soft tissue augmentation, and skin care
recommendations including Obagi(R), one of the most recognized
prescription-strength skin care lines. The Sandestin Day Spa and Salon
also offers traditional services including manicures, pedicures,
massages and more. For information call (850) 267-6466. Overnight
accommodations and Girlfriends Getaways packages are also available.

- Sandestin Beach Lover's Getaway
Sandestin's beautiful beach is an attraction and a special treat to
enjoy. Stay in a lovely one bedroom beachside unit for two days and
one night, starting at $139 per night until March 1. Free amenities
include tennis, bike rentals, fitness center and more. Not valid on
December 31. Please mention code: 2255G4. Save money by booking online

- Sandestin Gold Gift Card
Let a special person in your life feel like a VIP with a Sandestin
Golf and Beach Resort Gold Gift Card. This card is available in any
denomination and can be used for overnight accommodations, golf,
tennis and at most retail shops and restaurants at The Market Shops at
Sandestin and the Village of Baytowne Wharf. For more information,

Purchases must be made before December 20, 2008. Shipping costs in some cases may apply.

Sandestin(R) Golf and Beach Resort ( offers the most complete resort experience in North America. Located on the sugar-white sand Beaches of South Walton, Florida Sandestin is a 2,400-acre destination resort. Sandestin invites guests to a world of 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,700 condominiums, villas, town homes and a wide variety of hotel accommodations. The resort boasts beautiful beaches and bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, children's programs, fitness center and spa, 65,000 square feet of meeting space and a pedestrian village featuring boutique shops, restaurants and nightlife venues. Sandestin is part of Intrawest Hospitality Management (, a world leader in destination resorts.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008 2009 Value Travel Forecast Reveals Top Budget Friendly Destinations for The New Year

/PRNewswire/ -- (, a leading online travel agency that knows "the less you pay, the better it feels(R)," today announced its 2009 Value Travel Forecast, an in-depth analysis of 2008 hotel pricing trends that projects the destinations expected to offer the most value to travelers in the New Year.

According to a recent CheapTickets "Cheaponomy" ( survey, travel ranks No. 2 among the leisure activities that consumers are still trying to afford in today's economy.(1) The Value Travel Forecast offers a month-by-month roadmap of where and when consumers can travel in 2009 to get the most bang for their buck.

"For many in the coming year, choosing a destination that fits a tighter budget will be a key factor in deciding where and when to vacation," said Marita Hudson Thomas, a Cheaponomist(SM) from "We created the forecast to help travelers identify the trends that can help them plan in advance and still save."

From exotic international cities to domestic hidden gems, the Value Travel Forecast identifies the best budget-friendly opportunities for 2009 that will keep consumers traveling throughout the year. Noteworthy highlights include:

-- Exotic international destinations reign as the best budget travel destinations in 2009: Hong Kong (59 percent in January), Brazil (58 percent in April) and Greece (58 percent in November).

-- Stateside, hidden gems in the off-season lead: Napa Valley (56 percent in December), Portland, ME (53 percent in March) and Tucson, AZ (52 percent in August).

-- Think a European vacation is out of the question? Think again. Consider an apres holiday trip to Italy or France, which offers 35-42 percent savings in February compared to peak rates.

-- Can't go the year without fun in the sun? Simply bump up your tropical escape to fall instead of winter and save up to 58 percent in Greece, Mexico and Hawaii, among others.

The CheapTickets Value Travel Forecast projects three destinations for each month where travelers will save in 2009, including CheapTickets' top picks for each month*: Value Travel Forecast for 2009(2)

Month Cheapest Destinations Percentage Savings
Compared to Peak Rates

Hong Kong 59%

JANUARY Santa Barbara, CA 38%

New York, NY* 37%

Italy* 42%

FEBRUARY France 35%

Colorado Springs, CO 29%

Portland, ME* 53%

MARCH Reno, NV 31%

Canada 23%

Brazil* 58%

APRIL Santa Fe, NM 36%

Columbus, GA-AL 17%

Lake Tahoe, CA-NV* 38%

MAY Denver, CO 28%

Atlanta, GA 12%

Egypt* 38%

JUNE Columbia, SC 22%

Dallas, TX 15%

West Palm Beach -
Boca Raton, FL* 47%

JULY Baton Rouge, LA 28%

Riverside -
San Bernardino, CA 27%

Tucson, AZ* 52%

AUGUST New Orleans, LA 41%

Las Vegas, NV 25%

Saint Martin 52%

SEPTEMBER Puerto Rico 35%

Orlando, FL* 32%

Hilton Head, SC 41%

OCTOBER Maui 33%

Mexico* 25%

Greece* 58%

NOVEMBER Ireland 43%

Jacksonville, FL 13%

Napa-Sonoma, CA* 56%

DECEMBER Seattle, WA 35%

Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV 29%

CheapTicket's Top Picks

To further help travelers identify the deals and the destinations right for them in 2009, the CheapTickets' team presents their month-by-month favorites, offering insight on top attractions and activities for the budget-savvy traveler.

JANUARY: New York, NY -- Manhattan is every bargain seeker's dream in January. In addition to a 37 percent savings compared to peak hotel rates, retailers are buzzing with post-holiday sales, and big-city attractions are easily accessible now that the holiday crowds have come and gone. Visitors can also take advantage of New York City's Restaurant Week in January, giving them access to some of the city's best restaurants for a fraction of the price.

FEBRUARY: Italy -- In February, Italy is just starting to come out of its winter cloak, and budget travelers will appreciate the lower airfare and savings of up to 42 percent on hotels when compared to the high season. February visitors can also experience one of Italy's most famous festivals, Carnevale, or celebrate a romantic Valentine's Day getaway in the country where the holiday originated.

MARCH: Portland, ME -- This historic, seacoast town is filled with galleries, one-of-a-kind boutiques and incredible restaurants serving everything from New England clam chowder and lobster rolls to nouvelle cuisine. Enjoy March's first sweet taste of spring by sampling some of Maine's famous maple syrup at a time when savings of 53 percent compared to peak rates are available.

APRIL: Brazil -- Looking to take a break this spring but want to avoid the spring break madness? In April, the summer surge of tourists in Brazil is complete, which means fewer crowds, but the same great tropical weather.

MAY: Lake Tahoe -- For those who love the outdoors, Lake Tahoe is the ideal destination in May. The lake is popular for water sports and beach activities, and with 38 percent savings compared to peak winter rates, going during the off-season means affording activities like a guided cruise or dining at the many lake front restaurants.

JUNE: Egypt -- With 38 percent savings compared to peak rates, June visitors can relax on the wondrous Red Sea or Sinai coasts, take in the high culture of Cairo or even leisurely float down the Egyptian Nile on a river boat.

JULY: West Palm Beach, FL -- Florida in the summer can sometimes feel more like a rain forest than a sanctuary -- but it doesn't have to. Cozy pubs, energetic dance clubs and concert halls abound for the traveler looking to have some summer fun.

AUGUST: Tucson, AZ -- With temperatures averaging 103 degrees in August, Tucson may not seem like a late summer's dream, however with 52 percent savings compared to peak rates travelers can take refuge and save big in the serenity of some of Arizona's finest spas.

SEPTEMBER: Orlando, FL -- Theme Parks report their lowest attendance during the month of September, and with 32 percent savings on hotels compared to peak rates, September is the perfect time for a cheap getaway to this family hot-spot.

OCTOBER: Mexico -- Getting a great deal to Mexico is as simple as knowing when to go. Jet-set to Mexico in October instead of a winter month and save 25 percent compared to high-season rates.

NOVEMBER: Ireland -- Typically known as one of the more expensive European destinations, visiting in November will boast a savings of 43 percent compared to peak hotel rates. This beautiful country also offers travelers a great selection of free tourist attractions, such as the Hill of Tara and Glendalough.

DECEMBER: Napa Valley -- December in Napa is every wine connoisseur's dream. You'll miss the beauty of the ripening vines, but have full access to all the wineries and even the wine train with very little crowds, all the while enjoying a 56 percent savings.

To view CheapTickets' 2009 Value Travel Forecast and more information on budget travel tips, visit

(1) About the Cheaponomy Survey
CheapTickets fielded the study from October 7-10, 2008 to SmartMoney
email registrants. 1,011 U.S. adults aged 18 or older were surveyed.
To find out more about Cheaponomy or for real-life tips on adapting to
the Cheaponomy lifestyle from CheapTickets and, log on

(2) 2009 CheapTickets Value Travel Forecast
Percentage savings were calculated 11-07-08 by taking the average
price of three-star hotels by travel month in the listed markets
booked on for travel December 2007 through November
2008 and comparing the lowest monthly rate with the highest monthly

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Hilton HHonors® and SkyMiles® Team up for Their Biggest Bonus Yet: Travelers Earn Six Times the Miles This Winter

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hilton HHonors and Delta Air Lines have announced the launch of one of their most rewarding promotions. The new offer allows Hilton HHonors and Delta SkyMiles members to Double Dip® to earn HHonors points plus SkyMiles and earn six times the number of miles typically awarded.

The promotion is available to HHonors members and SkyMiles members who register at, then book and stay at any participating Hilton Family hotel between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28, 2009.

“Delta and Hilton, our preferred hotel partner, have created this generous offer to reward Hilton HHonors and Delta SkyMiles members for their ongoing loyalty,” said Jeff Robertson, Delta’s vice president of Loyalty Programs. “With our service to 375 destinations in 66 countries and nearly 1,500 participating Hilton Family hotels worldwide, there are abundant opportunities for members to earn miles.”

“We are very excited to be teaming up with Delta to provide this exceptionally rewarding promotion,” said Adam Burke, senior vice president, customer loyalty, Hilton Hotels Corporation. “As the only program to offer Points & Miles® and No Blackout Dates, Hilton HHonors is constantly looking for ways to reward members. This alliance with Delta demonstrates our commitment to providing our members with value and options.”

Registered HHonors members staying during the promotional period will be able to sextuple their miles whether they Double Dip with Hilton HHonors to earn Points & Variable miles or Points & Fixed miles.

* An HHonors member earning Points & Variable miles typically earns 10 Base points and 1 airline mile for every eligible dollar charged to their room. Now, during the promotional period HHonors members can earn 10 HHonors Base points and 6 Delta SkyMiles for every eligible dollar charged to their room providing a fast way to earn both free nights and award travel flights.
* An HHonors member earning Points & Fixed miles typically earns 10 Base points per eligible dollar charged to their room and 500 airline miles per stay (100 miles per stay at Hampton® and Homewood Suites by Hilton® hotels) allowing members to maximize their mileage earnings during shorter stays. Now, during the promotional period, HHonors members can earn 10 Base points per dollar and 3,000 Delta SkyMiles per stay (or 600 miles per stay at Hampton® and Homewood Suites by Hilton® hotels) and further maximize their mileage earnings during shorter stays.

HHonors members can also change their earnings style with every stay.

Interested members can get more information about the participating Hilton®, Conrad, Doubletree®, Embassy Suites, Hampton, Hilton Garden Inn®, Hilton Grand Vacations™, Homewood Suites by Hilton® and Waldorf=Astoria Collection™ hotels by visiting Information regarding Delta flights is available at

Hilton HHonors membership, earning of Points & Miles, and redemption of points are subject to HHonors Terms and Conditions. Bonus points earned on Base points do not count toward VIP tier qualification.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Delta to Manage 2009 Capacity Due to Global Economic Slowdown and Softening Traffic

T2F Note: The following is an excerpt sent to Delta employees this morning. The entire communication can be seen on the Delta website.

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today issued the following memo to its more than 75,000 employees worldwide from CEO Richard Anderson and President Edward H. Bastian.

Delta to Manage 2009 Capacity Due to Global Economic Slowdown and Softening Traffic

As always, we want to make certain that Delta people are the first to know about changes to our business. That is why we are sharing with you now that later this morning at an investment conference in New York, we will announce plans to decrease systemwide capacity, for both Delta and Northwest, during 2009. This action comes as a result of the global economic recession and weaker demand for air travel.

Systemwide 2009 capacity will be down 6-8% year over year. Domestic capacity will be down 8-10% and international capacity will be down approximately 3-5%. These numbers include the full impact of previously announced 2008 capacity reductions.

Delta has established itself as an industry leader. Once again, Delta must take the necessary steps to adjust our business accordingly and make certain seat capacity meets customer demand. These economic hurdles are difficult, and we remain committed to building our company on a durable financial foundation with industry-leading liquidity. Remember that speed wins so we will be decisive and not delay. As Rules of the Road states, “Speed in execution is the difference between success and failure.”

Even with the economic recession, we are achieving significant benefits from our merger and will continue to do so. The merger has allowed us to develop growth opportunities as we connect the networks to create new revenue streams neither airline could have achieved independently. We will continue to follow the Flight Plan to invest in and further diversify our international network in the Pacific, Africa, India and the Middle East to help mitigate the risk from specific regional economies. We will remain focused on, and continue to adapt to, the rapidly changing global economy to better align supply with demand.

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Monday, December 01, 2008

JetBlue Airways Launches 'E-vent' of the Week: A Four-Day Online Fare Sale

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To give jetters a leg up on 2009 travel deals, value airline JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) today announced the "E-vent" of the Week: a four-day online fare sale for select flights to and from the Northeast, Florida and California. Travel must be booked online at by Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008.

Customers can jet between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Las Vegas, L.A./Long Beach, Oakland, San Francisco or San Jose for as little as $109 (a) each way. One-way sale fares as low as $79 (a) are also available between Austin, TX and Long Beach/L.A., CA or $89 (a) to San Francisco.

New western routes are on sale between Long Beach and San Jose for $39 (a) or between Burbank and Las Vegas for $49 (a), or jet from Seattle to Long Beach for as little as $69 (a). Las Vegas to Salt Lake City is on sale for $44 (a); and one-way fares as low as $49 (a) are available from Long Beach to Sacramento.

Sale fares must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. MDT on Thursday, December 4, 2008 and require up to a 7-day advance purchase. For travel to or from Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic, travel must take place between January 15, 2009 and February 11, 2009. Travel between Florida and Nassau must take place between February 1 and February 11, 2009. All other travel must take place between January 7, 2009 and February 11, 2009. Blackout dates and other restrictions apply (a).

JetBlue's E-vent Sale fares from its six focus cities include:

Boston, MA to/from:

Buffalo, NY $59 (a)
Cancun, Mexico $159 (a)
Charlotte, NC $69 (a)
Chicago, IL $109 (a)
Denver, CO $139 (a)
Fort Lauderdale, FL $94 (a)
Fort Myers, FL $94 (a)
Jacksonville, FL $84 (a)
Las Vegas, NV $149 (a)
Long Beach, CA $169 (a)
Nassau, The Bahamas $109 (a)
New York (JFK) $59 (a)
Oakland, CA $179 (a)
Orlando, FL $94 (a)
Pittsburgh, PA $69 (a)
Raleigh/Durham, NC $69 (a)
Richmond, VA $69 (a)
Seattle, WA $139 (a)
Washington, D.C. (Dulles) $69 (a)
West Palm Beach, FL $94 (a)

Fort Lauderdale, FL to/from:

Charlotte, NC $69 (a)
Long Beach, CA $139 (a)
Nassau, The Bahamas $49 (a)
Raleigh/Durham, NC $59 (a)
Richmond, VA $69 (a)
Washington, D.C. (Dulles) $84 (a)

Long Beach, CA (L.A.) to/from:

Chicago, IL $109 (a)
Las Vegas, NV $49 (a)
Oakland, CA $49 (a)
Portland, OR $99 (a)
Sacramento, CA $49 (a)
Salt Lake City, UT $69 (a)
San Francisco, CA $49 (a)
San Jose, CA $39 (a)
Seattle, WA $69 (a)
Washington, D.C. (Dulles) $169 (a)

Washington, D.C./Dulles to/from:

Fort Myers, FL $84 (a)
Long Beach, CA $109 (a)
Oakland, CA $169 (a)
West Palm Beach, FL $84 (a)

New York John F. Kennedy (JFK) to/from:

Aruba, The Netherlands $149 (a)
Bermuda $129 (a)
Buffalo, NY $59 (a)
Burbank, CA $149 (a)
Burlington, VT $59 (a)
Cancun, Mexico $144 (a)
Charlotte, NC $59 (a)
Chicago, IL $119 (a)
Denver, CO $139 (a)
Fort Lauderdale, FL $89 (a)
Fort Myers, FL $84 (a)
Houston, TX $149 (a)
Jacksonville, FL $79 (a)
Las Vegas, NV $143 (a)
Long Beach, CA $149 (a)
Nassau, The Bahamas $104 (a)
Oakland, CA $109 (a)
Orlando, FL $79 (a)
Phoenix, AZ $149 (a)
Pittsburgh, PA $59 (a)
Portland, ME $59 (a)
Raleigh/Durham, NC $59 (a)
Richmond, VA $59 (a)
Rochester, NY $59 (a)
San Diego, CA $169 (a)
San Francisco, CA $109 (a)
San Jose, CA $109 (a)
Salt Lake City, UT $129 (a)
Seattle, WA $149 (a)
St. Maarten $149 (a)
Syracuse, NY $59 (a)
Washington, D.C. (Dulles) $59 (a)
West Palm Beach, FL $84 (a)

Orlando, FL to/from:

Aguadilla, Puerto Rico $69 (a)
Burlington, VT $84 (a)
Cancun, Mexico $99 (a)
Nassau, The Bahamas $49 (a)
Ponce, Puerto Rico $69 (a)
Richmond, VA $69 (a)
Rochester, NY $89 (a)
Santo Domingo, D.R. $85 (a)
Washington, D.C. (Dulles) $69 (a)

Other E-vent fare sales include:

Austin, TX to/from:

Boston, MA $149 (a)
Fort Lauderdale, FL $79 (a)
Long Beach, CA $79 (a)
New York (JFK) $149 (a)
Orlando, FL $89 (a)
San Francisco, CA $89 (a)

Buffalo, NY to/from Florida:

Fort Lauderdale $89 (a)
Fort Myers $79 (a)

Las Vegas, NV to/from:

Burbank, CA $49 (a)

New York (LGA) to/from Florida:

Fort Lauderdale $89 (a)
Orlando $79 (a)
West Palm Beach $84 (a)

New York/Newark (EWR) to/from Florida:

Fort Lauderdale $89 (a)
Orlando $79 (a)
West Palm Beach or Fort Myers $84 (a)

New York/White Plains (HPN) to/from Florida:

Fort Lauderdale $89 (a)
Orlando or Fort Myers $84 (a)

San Diego, CA to/from:

Seattle, WA $99 (a)
Salt Lake City, UT $79 (a)
Salt Lake City, UT $44 (a)

Tampa, FL to/from:

Boston, MA $94 (a)
Newark, NJ $84 (a)
New York (JFK) $89 (a)
New York (White Plains) $89 (a)
Cancun, Mexico $89 (a)

About JetBlue Airways

New York-based JetBlue Airways has created a new airline category based on value, service and style. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue is now pleased to offer customers Lots of Legroom and super-spacious Even More Legroom seats. JetBlue introduced complimentary in-flight e-mail and instant messaging services on aircraft "BetaBlue," a first among U.S. domestic airlines. JetBlue is also America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue's control. Visit for details. JetBlue serves 51 cities with 500 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information or reservations call 1-800-JETBLUE (1-800-538-2583) or visit

(a) For travel to/from Puerto Rico and/or Dominican Republic, travel must take place between January 15, 2009 and February 11, 2009. Travel between Florida and Nassau must take place between February 1, 2009 and February 11, 2009. All other travel must take place between January 7, 2009 and February 11, 2009. All travel must be completed by February 11, 2009. For travel to/from Aruba, Bermuda, Mexico, Nassau, and/or St. Maarten and between Buffalo and Ft. Lauderdale, travel must take place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and/or Sunday. All other travel must take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Saturday. Blackout dates to/from Orlando and Tampa are January 20, 2009 and January 31, 2009. Blackout date for all other destinations is January 20, 2009. Travel must be booked by December 4, 2008, 11:59 PM MT. All fares are subject to change without notice. Fares are only available for flights booked at Travel costs $15 more per person if purchased by telephone or at an airport or city ticket office. Fares require up to a 7-day advance purchase. Fares may not be available on all days or on all flights. Fares are most often found on midweek travel dates. All fares must be purchased at time of reservation, and are one-way, nonrefundable, and nontransferable. Cancellations and changes can be made prior to scheduled departure for $100 per person at 1-800-JETBLUE (1-809-200-9898 if located in the Dominican Republic, 1-800-884-9616 if located in Bermuda, 1-800-861-3372 if located in Mexico, 1-297-588-5388 if located in Aruba, 1-801-365-2583 if located in St. Maarten) or at, with applicable fare adjustment. Cancellations are for a JetBlue travel credit only, which is valid for one year. If a reservation is not changed or canceled prior to scheduled departure, all money associated with the reservation is forfeited. Fares do not include Passenger Facility Charges of up to $9 each way, September 11th Security Fees of up to $5 each way and a Federal Segment Tax of $3.50 per domestic segment. A segment is a takeoff and landing. International fares also do not include government fees and taxes of up to $76.20 each way. Puerto Rico fares also do not include a US Departure Tax of $15.40 each way. All taxes and fees must be paid at the time of purchase. JetBlue reserves the right to deny boarding to passengers without proper documentation. A second bag fee of $20 applies. DIRECTV(r) service is not available on flights outside the continental US. Other restrictions apply. (C)2008 JetBlue Airways

This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature which represent our management's beliefs and assumptions concerning future events. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, and are based on information currently available to us. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements due to many factors, including, without limitation, our extremely competitive industry; increases in fuel prices, maintenance costs and interest rates; our ability to implement our growth strategy, including the ability to operate reliably the EMBRAER 190 aircraft and our new terminal at JFK; our significant fixed obligations; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel and maintain our culture as we grow; our reliance on high daily aircraft utilization; our dependence on the New York metropolitan market and the effect of increased congestion in this market; our reliance on automated systems and technology; our being subject to potential unionization; our reliance on a limited number of suppliers; changes in or additional government regulation; changes in our industry due to other airlines' financial condition; and external geopolitical events and conditions. Further information concerning these and other factors is contained in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to, the Company's 2007 Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

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