Saturday, January 31, 2009

Irish Festival Opens St. Patrick's Celebration in Savannah

The 17th Annual Savannah Irish Festival will take place February 13-15, 2009 at the Savannah Civic Center at Montgomery and Oglethorpe Streets in historic downtown Savannah. The festival begins Friday night with a Ceili in the Civic Center Ballroom from 6:30-9 p.m. Those who attend the Ceili will be taught how to Irish folk dance in large groups. On Saturday, the festival will run from 10:30 a.m.- 8 p.m. On Sunday, the festival will begin at Noon and run until 7 p.m.

Four stages of continuous entertainment bring fun for the entire family throughout the weekend.

The Festival Main Stage acts and the Festival Pub Stage acts include some of the top Irish traditional acts in the world along with performances by The St. Vincent's Academy Chorale, two schools of Irish Dancers, The Pride of Ireland and the Irish Dancers of Savannah. The Children's Stage features a free arts and crafts area for kids as well as ongoing entertainment geared towards children. The Festival Cultural Stage will provide discussions on various topics of Irish History, Irish Literature and Irish Music. Attendees can also browse the vendor booths and sample food prepared by Savannah's many Irish Organizations.

The weekend will be filled with music and plenty of Irish Dancing. Stroll through this romantic city and enjoy the largest Irish Festival in the South.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Live Your Dreams and Passion for Travel: Become a Tour Director

(ARA) - What do I really want to do with the rest of my life? Am I going to let another year go by, wasting my time, doing what I don’t want to do? These are tough questions we have all asked ourselves at one time or another.

Perhaps travel is your passion and you live to feel the excitement of not knowing what is around the next corner. Or maybe you want to do something meaningful and share your knowledge with others to make a difference. If you answered yes to these questions, it's certain that your DNA is programmed for tour directing.

Travel has always been the most important medium to self-discovery. The interactions each day with people, cultures and backgrounds different than your own offer perspectives unmatched in any other profession.

Leading tours not only provides countless opportunities for personal fulfillment, creativity and happiness, it can also be quite lucrative. Certified tour directors are part of an elite group of travelers. Besides getting a free trip to worldwide tourist destinations including meals, expenses and private accommodations, tour directors earn approximately $200 to $250 per day.

Tour directing is not for everyone. As satisfying as tour directing is, it can be quite demanding at times. It requires you to be creative, think on your feet and utilize all of your leadership skills. Being able to laugh at yourself is a great attribute when things don’t go according to plan, cautions Ted Bravos, co-founder of the International Tour Management Institute (ITMI), a state-certified school for training tour directors.

Since 1976, ITMI has been helping thousands of people discover how they can make a difference, grow as individuals and simply enjoy their life in a whole new way. The beauty of following your heart's desire to travel as a tour director is that you can still be the caretaker of your personal and financial responsibilities, while transforming your passions and dreams into reality.

Obviously, there has been a change in the travel industry, just as there has been a change in every segment of the global economy. However, the tour industry is so diverse that most tour directors work on a freelance basis with numerous different tour companies throughout the year, even as they maintain a completely different form of employment.

The secret to creating your dream life as a tour director is to have other work that is flexible enough to allow time off throughout the year. Maybe you have a few hours, a week, a month or more. Most tour directors are very entrepreneurial and actually own their own business or freelance their skills with a flexible and understanding employer.

ITMI has been conducting intensive 15-day training programs for people to become tour directors for over three decades. Students learn about the tour industry through practical “hands-on” experience in the field, and five days training aboard a touring motor coach including a two-day overnight tour where they actually perform the role of a tour director. ITMI not only trains you how to be a tour director, they also train you how to get a job with free lifetime placement assistance.

You can view a free 90 minute on-line Tour Directing Video by visiting the ITMI Web site at www.itmisf.com. You can also e-mail travel@itmisf.com or call (800) 442-4864 to learn more about tour directing.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

King and Queen of Spain to Visit Pensacola for Its 450th Anniversary

/PRNewswire/ -- Celebrate Pensacola, Inc., along with city officials announced today that King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia will visit the city during its 450th anniversary celebration. Pensacola, founded by Spain in 1559, is one of the first European settlements in the United States.

"A visit from King Juan Carlos I is the highlight of the city's year-long celebration," said Mayor John Fogg. "His visit will bring our city international attention, confirming the significance of Pensacola's place in history as North America's first major European settlement."

While in town, the king and queen will tour the Pensacola Bay Area and its historic landmarks. Stops include Naval Air Station Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and the Pensacola Historic District. The king will make a public appearance at noon on Thursday, Feb. 19 at the TT Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum.

Other events planned throughout the year for Pensacola's 450th anniversary include the Pensacola Wine Festival, Miguel Zapata art exhibit, Battle of Pensacola reenactment, Heritage Festival, a visit from the tallship Juan Sebastian de Elcano, a landing celebration, parades, concerts and more.

Spanish sailor Don Tristan de Luna arrived in Pensacola on August 15, 1559 with a contingent of more than 1,500 soldiers, servants, settlers, priests and Mexican Indians. Shortly after establishing the settlement, a hurricane destroyed supplies, eventually causing the Spanish to flee the area and not return until the late 1600s. In 1698, Presidio Santa Maria de Galve became the first permanent settlement in Northwest Florida. Remains of the fort can be found at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The city is proud of its Spanish heritage, historically significant events and landmarks.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Those Who Live Together Travel Together

(NAPSI)-Increasingly, family trips are including more than just mom, dad and the kids. A growing number of vacations include grandparents and other relatives-especially when those relatives live in the same household.

Multigenerational travel, also known as "togethering," has been on the rise over the last five years. And each year, according to the Travel Industry Association of America, more than 5 million family vacations include three generations. And while these trips have long been organized to mark big events, such as 50th anniversaries, 75th birthdays and college graduations, families are increasingly going places en masse "just because."

One mode of transportation that's particularly popular with families is train travel. That's because in addition to a sustainable way to travel, passengers are not distracted by electronics and can focus on the good food, stunning scenery and spending quality time with the family.

For example, Rocky Mountaineer Vacations offers a variety of customizable packages that let riders explore the beautiful destinations of Western Canada. Vacation packages range from two days to 17 days and feature service that's as spectacular as the scenery.

One of the most popular is the Classic Rail Vacation. This is a spectacular two-day, all-daylight journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer with an additional night's accommodation in Vancouver and Banff. It includes rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff; a one-day National Parks Pass; two breakfasts; two lunches; and three nights' hotel accommodation.

So whether riding the rails aboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff, or journeying along the Fraser Discovery Route through the countryside and early gold rush territory from Whistler to Jasper, there is plenty for everyone to see and do. And because the spacious coaches are roomy enough to accommodate dozens of passengers, the train can be a unique setting for a family reunion.

To learn more about multigenerational family travel and the Rocky Mountaineer rail vacation through Western Canada, visit www.rockymountaineer.com or call 1-800-665-7245 (toll-free in the U.S.).

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Meet Paul & Buddy: JetBlue Announces 'Pet Look-Alike' Contest Winners in Celebration of Its New JetPaws(TM) Pet Program

JetBlue's JetPaws Pet Look-Alike Contest Grand Prize Winners, Paul & Buddy. (PRNewsFoto/JetBlue Airways)

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A recent contest hosted by JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) confirms that dogs really can look like their owners! The pet-friendly airline today congratulates Paul & Buddy, the grand prize winners of its 'Pet Look-Alike' contest held in celebration of JetPaws(TM), its exclusive new in-cabin program. Paul won roundtrip travel for two (and his little dog, too!) to any of the airline's 51 destinations.

This photo was taken while Paul and Buddy were camping at San Clemente State Beach in Southern California. JetBlue Crewmembers chose this photo for Paul and Buddy's uncanny physical resemblance as well as their mutually relaxed attitude while enjoying the sunset.

"Buddy and I are both laid back and vigilant for the safety of our family and friends, not to mention everyone has said we share similar facial features!" said Paul. "My wife Nicole and I fly JetBlue at least twice a year between our two home bases, San Diego and Boston. We like JetBlue's direct flights, the free entertainment and friendly crews and we are excited about earning bonus TrueBlue points when traveling with our dog. We are looking forward to a vacation where we can just sit on the beach and re-charge our batteries; plus, Buddy loves the ocean!"

From December 31, 2008 to January 9, 2009, customers were invited to submit their favorite resemblance photo of them and their pet. JetBlue posted the top submissions on its Web site during the contest and judging took place by the airline's crewmembers, who voted on the top five photos. Four runners-up were also chosen, including: Joe & Kramer; Meg & Little; Courtney & Herby; and Dan & Gizmo. They will all receive JetBlue's new JetPaws Pet Carrier and Pet Travel Kit. Photos of all contest winners can be found on www.jetblue.com/jetpaws.

JetBlue's JetPaws pet program was designed to provide pet owners with helpful Travel Petiquette(TM) guidelines, which outline the social graces of jetting with small dogs and cats. Customers traveling with Fido or Fluffy now receive two bonus award points for each flight through the TrueBlue customer loyalty program. A unique, custom-made pet carrier and separate travel kit co-designed by Cindy Adams, celebrated New York Post columnist, ASPCA board member and founder of Jazzy Park Avenue Dog products is also available.

Other program elements include a special welcome email for pet owners within one week of their booking and complimentary access to a downloadable e-booklet highlighting pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, parks and animal hospitals in some of JetBlue's top cities, including: Boston; Fort Lauderdale; Las Vegas; L.A./Long Beach; New York; Orlando; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C.

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 www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 51 cities with 600 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 www.jetblue.com.

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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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Air Force Works Aggressively to Reduce Bird Strikes

As an ongoing investigation continues on a bird strike that caused a passenger jet's engines to fail last week after takeoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport, Air Force safety officials said they're well-versed on the dangers of bird strikes and aggressively are working to prevent them.

National Transportation Safety Board officials confirmed initial indications that U.S. Airways flight 1549 struck a flock of birds, which were sucked into the engines and caused them to fail. The pilot, former Air Force pilot Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger III, successfully landed the plane in New York's Hudson River and is credited with saving all 155 people on board.

The incident brought public focus to a problem the Air Force, along with the airline industry, has long struggled to overcome.

Last year alone, the Air Force experienced more than 4,000 bird strikes, Eugene LeBoeuf, chief of the Air Force's Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard, or BASH, program at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., told American Forces Press Service.

Fortunately, none of those bird strikes was classified as a "Class A" accident, one that results in a death or more than $1 million in damages, LeBoeuf said. But collectively, they cost the Air Force an estimated $35 million.

Bird strikes are on the rise, he said, and present a serious safety issue. The crash of an E-3B Airborne Warning and Control System plane in 1995 after takeoff from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, painfully drove that point home. All 24 crew members died when the plane struck a flock of Canada geese just after takeoff.

"When you have a bird strike, it's like throwing a rock into the engine," said Air Force Staff Sgt. Paul White, airfield operations supervisor at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. "It stops the turbine from spinning, and that can be catastrophic."

The BASH program works to avert accidents like the one at Elmendorf and last week's incident in New York. Based on a system of "integrated pest management," it aims to keep air bases, airfields and the air space and ground in and around them free of birds and wildlife that can hamper aircraft operations, LeBoeuf explained.

That's a challenge, he said, with more Canada geese taking up permanent residence in the United States, a burgeoning snow goose population and a comeback for the pelican population after DDT and other insecticides were banned.

But birds aren't the only problem, LeBoeuf said. He's seen it all: deer, coyotes, wild pigs and even alligators finding their way onto Air Force flightlines. "They're mobile speed bumps, and aircraft don't take kindly to them," he said.

Step one in the BASH program is "habitat alteration," which LeBoeuf defined as making airfields as uninviting as possible. Anything that might serve as a perch is removed, denying birds an elevated place to roost. Potential perches that can't be removed get spikes driven into them.

Meanwhile, low spots in the land where birds can hide or seek water that collects are filled in.

Dan Vredenburgh, a contractor who oversees Andrews Air Force Base's BASH program, follows the Air Force protocol of ensuring grass around the airfield is maintained between 7 and 14 inches. That's too short for ground birds to nest in, but too long for them to feel safe feeding in, he explained.

"These are the benign approaches, but if they don't work, we turn to more active techniques," LeBoeuf said. In a word, he defined that as "harassment."

Vredenburgh, for example, has a whole list of tricks to make Andrews unwelcoming to seagulls, blackbirds, starlings, turkey vultures, cowbirds, ducks and geese that frequent the region.

He fires off pyrotechnics and propane cannons as needed to scare birds from the 4,320-acre base. One of his most effective tools is Bree, a two-tone border collie that chases away birds or other wildlife that might be tempted to take up residence. Vrendenburg and Bree patrol the base regularly, and he sets her loose when he discovers birds roosting.

"When she takes off, they leave in a hurry," Vrendenburgh said. "After a couple of times, they probably won't come back."

Other bases use different techniques. The Royal Air Force base at Mildenhall in England, for example, relies on a Moroccan lanner hawk named Goldie to ward off unwanted birds. At Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan, a luger falcon named Mustang helps to keep unwanted birds at bay.

But no preventive measure will keep birds and other wildlife away indefinitely, LeBoeuf said. So as a last resort, BASH officials get the permits required to shoot, trap or otherwise remove them from the area.

At Andrews -- home of the 316th Wing as well as the 89th Airlift Wing that flies Air Force One and other aircraft in support of the president, vice president and senior U.S. leaders -- these measures are helping to reduce bird strikes.

Andrews reported 20 bird strikes last year, down from 30 in fiscal 2007 and an average of about 34 a year in past years, Vredenburgh said. Nearly all involved small birds, and none inflicted major aircraft damage or forced an emergency landing.

"We understand the importance of what we do, and believe we're helping reduce the problem through our efforts," he said.

"There's no question that the BASH program is making a difference," LeBoeuf said. "It saves lives and aircraft and allows us to maintain our mission. It's a very important program."
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Surround Yourself With Excitement

/PRNewswire/ -- Travel South announced today that registration is now open for a trip for four to some of the most exciting places to eat, stay and play in the Kissimmee, Florida area. To register simply fill out the form at (http://www.travelsouthusa.com/giveaways/default.aspx) before February 15, 2009.

The Giveaway includes:

-- Four nights at the Hampton Inn & Suites -- Opened in 2008, this hotel
is just three miles from the Walt Disney World Resort area and close
to shopping and attractions.
-- Four nights at the Seralago Hotel & Suites -- A Walt Disney World Good
Neighbor hotel, this property is conveniently located to many Central
Florida attractions.
-- Four tickets to each of the following city dining and entertainment
hotspots:
-- Old Town Shopping, Dining and Entertainment Complex (includes meal
vouchers and wristbands for all the rides!) The complex offers 75
specialty shops along with a variety of restaurants and amusement
rides.
-- Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex -- Located at NASA's launch
headquarters, this complex is the only place on Earth where you
can tour launch areas, meet an astronaut, see giant rockets, train
in spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch.
-- Arabian Nights -- Only in Kissimmee, this dinner attraction brings
a fairy tale to life with romance and excitement, told through
stunning horsemanship.
-- Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament-- Housed in a castle replica,
the dinner attraction transports guests to an authentic medieval
meal as they become spectators for a knights' tournament and bear
witness to the glory and chivalry of the age.
-- Pirate's Dinner Adventure -- This thrilling show is presented on
an enormous, fully-rigged pirate's galleon, which provides the
perfect backdrop for action, romance, and comedy. With a three
course feast, guests enjoy the tale of the beautiful Princess
Anita and her court, hostages of a band of pirates led by the
dastardly Sebastian the Black.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Late Winter Perfect Time to Hike Tate's Hell State Forest

With hundreds of thousands of protected acres to explore, hiking opportunities abound in Franklin County. And late winter is the perfect time to lace up those hiking boots and enjoy North Florida's rugged wilderness without the bugs or heat.

At Tate's Hell State Forest, the High Bluff Coastal Hiking Trail winds six miles through the forest, often paralleling St. George Sound. Informative visitor education exhibits are located along the trail and cover fire, coastal scrub ecosystems and the turpentine industry. Of special note, hikers can see the natural phenomenon of the dwarf cypress trees, which grow no more than 15 feet tall even though they are 150 years old, and are unique to the area.

These cypress wetlands coexist with five sulfur springs and several ponds formed by old borrow pits. Along the way, hikers can view these unique trees and the hydrology restoration program from an elevated boardwalk and observation tower.

The Florida Division of Forestry estimates Tate's Hell Forest contains more than 200,000 acres of hydric communities - prairie, wet Flatwoods, strand swamp, bottomland, bay gall and flood plain swamp - each providing ample plant-viewing opportunities.

Franklin County Florida Tourist Development Council

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

VacationRentals Redesign Promotes Budget Family Travel

(BUSINESS WIRE)--HomeAway, Inc., the world’s leading vacation rental marketplace, today announced a redesign of its site, VacationRentals.com and the “Florida Family Fun Giveaway,” which promotes budget travel in the most popular state for family vacations.

New features on VacationRentals.com include:

* Enhanced property details page featuring an interactive photo flip book, quick facts and traveler inquiry form
* Sliding scales to easily refine searches by minimum to maximum rental rate, number of bedrooms, and number of bathrooms and check boxes to indicate preferences for vacation rentals with hot tubs, pools and allow pets
* Travel Resources section highlighting ideas, tips, featured partners and information to help plan the perfect vacation
* More prominent placement of the HomeAway Rental Guarantee to encourage travelers to take advantage of this one-of-kind, free protection of payments (up to $5,000) booked through the site

Florida Family Fun Giveaway

Of the 35,000 vacation rental homes and condos advertised on VacationRentals.com, 14,000 are located in Florida. To highlight all the options for family-friendly Florida vacations and to encourage travelers to ditch hotels and discover first-hand how vacation rentals help dramatically cut travel costs, VacationRentals.com is offering the Florida Family Fun Giveaway.

Through February 26, travelers who book a vacation rental in Orlando, Miami, Daytona Beach, Tampa, Cocoa Beach or Panama City through VacationRentals.com and register their trip (it’s free!) with the HomeAway Rental Guarantee, are automatically eligible to win one of 80 prizes. Prizes range from $75 gas cards to a family four-pack of passes to popular attractions including Disney World and Kennedy Space Center.

Tips for Cheap Travel

VacationRentals.com also offers these tips for families to save money on spring break and summer vacation travel:

* Don’t settle for less (space) – By choosing a vacation rental instead of hotel, travelers can spend an average of 50 percent less per square foot on their accommodations.
* Eat in, save dough – Forego restaurants for kitchens found in most vacation rental homes which make it easier to cater to special dietary needs, please children’s fickle taste buds and create memories around the table.
* Invite a friend, grandparents or a whole other family – In vacation rentals, traveling with groups makes it possible to share the costs. Multiple bedrooms and living space means there’s room for everyone.
* Bring Rover right over – Many vacation rental homeowners designate their houses “pet-friendly” so families can travel with their furry-friends instead of spending money on expensive boarding.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Check Out Our Economic Stimulus Package

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Frontier Airlines today revealed its own economic stimulus package that will save you big bucks on travel to more than 50 destinations across the United States. The Denver-based carrier is holding a three-day sale starting today, Jan. 21, 2009, with fares as low as $39* each way. Sale-priced tickets must be purchased by 9:59 p.m. MST on Jan. 23, 2009 for travel through May 20, 2009.

In addition to the sale fares, Frontier is also giving its customers the ability to choose a fare that best meets their traveling needs. AirFairs, the Company's new fare structure, gives the customer a choice between three fare types -- Classic, Classic Plus and Economy -- each with varying levels of amenities.

-- Classic: Frontier's best value! For just $20 more than the lowest
advertised prices, customers receive advanced priority seating, two
checked bags, 125% EarlyReturns(R) mileage credit and complimentary
in-flight DIRECTV(R) among other amenities.
-- Classic Plus: Refundable ticket, advanced premium seating, same-day
flight change, two checked bags, 150% EarlyReturns(R) mileage credit,
and complimentary in-flight DIRECTV(R) among other amenities.
-- Economy: Seat selection at check-in and 100% EarlyReturns(R) mileage
credit.

Frontier's flyers can enjoy 24 channels of DIRECTV, a choice of three pay-per-view movies and the comfort of traveling aboard one of the youngest fleets in the industry. For a complete list of fares to all of Frontier's destinations, please visit FrontierAirlines.com. Frontier's fares for this one-day sale are listed below.

Fares listed are each way. Purchase is required by Jan. 23, 2009 for
travel through May 20, 2009.*

To/from Denver: Classic Plus Classic Economy
Akron (Cleveland area) $169 $119 $99
Albuquerque $89 $59 $39
Aspen $109 $79 $59
Atlanta $179 $129 $109
Billings $109 $79 $59
Boise $119 $79 $59
Bozeman $119 $89 $69
Chicago (MDW) $134 $94 $74
Colorado Springs $89 $59 $39
Dallas/Ft. Worth (DFW) $149 $109 $89
Dayton $169 $119 $99
Detroit $169 $119 $99
Durango $109 $79 $59
El Paso $119 $89 $69
Fargo $149 $109 $89
Grand Junction $109 $79 $59
Houston (IAH) $139 $99 $79
Indianapolis $114 $74 $54
Jackson Hole $119 $89 $69
Kansas City $109 $79 $59
Las Vegas $119 $89 $69
Los Angeles $139 $99 $79
Milwaukee $159 $119 $99
Minneapolis/St. Paul $139 $99 $79
Nashville $149 $99 $79
New York (LGA) $189 $139 $119
Oklahoma City $109 $79 $59
Omaha $99 $69 $49
Orange County $139 $99 $79
Philadelphia $169 $119 $99
Phoenix $119 $89 $69
Portland $134 $94 $74
Rapid City $109 $79 $59
Sacramento $139 $99 $79
Salt Lake City $99 $69 $49
San Antonio $139 $99 $79
San Diego $139 $99 $79
San Francisco $139 $99 $79
San Jose, Calif. $139 $99 $79
Seattle/Tacoma $159 $109 $89
Spokane $159 $119 $99
St. Louis $139 $99 $79
Steamboat Springs/Hayden /HaySprings/Hayden $109 $79 $59
Tucson $139 $109 $89
Washington, DC (DCA) $189 $139 $119
Wichita $119 $89 $69


*All: Fares shown are off peak travel and 14 day advance purchase is required through 5/20/09. Tickets purchased from Frontier's website must be paid for with a major credit card at the time the reservation is made. Tickets must be booked and paid for by 9:59 pm MST, 1/23/09. Fares do not include passenger facility fees of up to $9 each-way, the September 11th Security Fee of up to $5 each-way or fees of $3.60 per segment. A segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing. Fares to/From Alaska do not include arrival/departure tax of $8 each way. Seats are limited and certain flights and/or days of travel may be unavailable at these prices, especially during busy travel periods. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable, but may be reissued for up to a $150 change fee (depending on the fare type purchased) plus any applicable difference in fare so long as your flight segment(s) is cancelled prior to scheduled departure time, otherwise the ticket(s) and all monies will be forfeited. Previously purchased tickets may not be exchanged for these special fare tickets. If you choose to purchase an Economy ticket through our Reservations Center or at a Frontier airport location, there will be a $25 ticketing service fee. Fares and schedules are subject to change without notice and other restrictions may apply. Based on January 2009 schedule some flights are operated by Lynx Aviation.

US: Fares shown are each way for off peak travel. Off-peak travel is Noon Monday-Noon Thursday. Fares slightly higher other days of the week. Blackout dates of 2/13 and 2/16/09; 3/6-3/8, 3/13-3/15, 3/20-3/22, and 3/27-3/29/09; 4/3-4/5, 4/10-4/11, and 4/13/09 apply. Seasonal service to from Steamboat Springs, Hayden ends on April 21, 2009. Seasonal service to/from Anchorage begins May 8, 2009. Seasonal service to/from Jackson Hole begins May 14, 2009.

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Johnny Mercer and Valentine’s Gala to Highlight 2009 Georgia Days Events

The Georgia Historical Society (GHS) has announced the schedule of events for Georgia Days 2009, to be held February 3-14 in commemoration of the 276th anniversary of the founding of the Georgia colony. Thousands of parents, students, educators, and governmental officials participate in the Society’s annual statewide event. Each year during the Georgia Days series of events, GHS honors individuals who have significantly influenced Georgia and American history.

Taking a page from modern history and popular culture, the Society has named Savannah native and American music legend Johnny Mercer as Historic Honoree of the 2009 celebration. “Next year is the centennial of Johnny Mercer’s birth,” says GHS President and CEO Dr. Todd Groce, “and we are pleased and proud to join others across the state as we honor this native son whose remarkable 50-year career was deeply grounded in and influenced by his Savannah and Georgia roots.”

In addition to traditional events that include the Colonial Faire and Muster at Wormsloe, Super Museum Sunday, Black History Month Essay and Public Speaking Contest, and school children, costumed characters and dignitaries parading through Savannah’s historic district, the Georgia Days 2009 will feature the second annual Birthday Bash and Annual Award Gala, entitled Magic in the Moonlight.

“Our inaugural gala was a wonderfully well received success,” says Laura GarcĂ­a-Culler, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Society, “and Magic in the Moonlight will provide our members and friends with a memorable, very romantic night out on February 14, Valentine’s Day.” “In addition to fine dining and dancing, and the music of Johnny Mercer, political commentators James Carville and Mary Matalin – Washington’s most captivating couple – will keynote the event with a talk entitled All’s Fair in Love, War and Politics.

The evening will also include Governor Sonny Perdue inducting the first new Georgia Trustees since 1749, part of an exciting new partnership between the GHS and the State of Georgia that will annually recognize in perpetuity selected Georgians who have made outstanding contributions to our state’s history. Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus will be in attendance for his induction as one of the first Georgia Trustees in 260 years.” Born in downtown Savannah in 1909, young Johnny Mercer absorbed the rich musical culture of coastal Georgia.

He spent time in his youth at the Pin Point Oyster Company on the Back River, later renamed Moon River, listening to songs in the Geechee dialect that would later inspire his world-famous lyrics. He wrote his first song at age 15 and, without formal musical training, went on to pen over 1,000 songs; collaborate with such well known musical talents as Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen, Marvin Hamlisch, Bobby Darin, and Andre Previn; and win four Academy Awards®. As a co-founder of Capitol Records, he was instrumental in discovering and launching the careers of Nat “King” Cole, Stan Kenton and Peggy Lee, among others.

Johnny Mercer’s music will be featured throughout the Georgia Days schedule. Less well known are his talents as an illustrator and painter, and the public is invited to view examples of his drawings and paintings, hear his music, and enjoy champagne and sweets at the Georgia Days Kickoff event, Pardon My Southern Accent: The Life and Legacy of Johnny Mercer in Word, Song, and Art, to be held February 3 at Wesley Monumental United Methodist Church on Calhoun Square in downtown Savannah.

Below is a complete list of Georgia Days 2009 events commemorating the founding of the Georgia Colony. Note that some times and locations may change or are yet to be determined. Check www.georgiahistory.com for the latest information.

Georgia Days Kickoff Event Pardon My Southern Accent: The Life and Legacy of Johnny Mercer in Word, Song, and Art Tuesday, February 3, 2009. In this family-friendly event, professional entertainer Jim Wann explores the life and contributions of Savannah’s own Johnny Mercer by providing biographical information interspersed with musical selections from Mercer’s extensive body of work, as well as personal reminiscences of Johnny collected from local Savannahians. A reception that will include a rare viewing of several of Mercer’s original watercolors, as well as a display of Mercer’s childhood art will continue the exploration of this multi-talented artist.

Enjoy a live concert of the music of 2009 Historic Honoree Johnny Mercer. Free and open to the public. Georgia Days Colonial Faire and Muster Saturday (Family Day) and Sunday, February 7-8, 2009 Wormsloe State Historic Site Friends and families of all ages enjoy this popular annual living history program featuring hundreds of costumed interpreters performing colonial-era military drill, dance, and music at the site of one of Georgia’s oldest and most beautiful coastal plantations. Demonstrations of musket and canon firing, crafts, and other aspects of daily life in the eighteenth century are given throughout this weekend-long event. Schedule of events is available upon arrival at this event.

Super Museum Sunday
Sunday, February 8, 2009, 12:00 – 4:00 PM
Multiple Savannah-area sites (visit www.georgiahistory.com after January 1, 2009 for museum list, or contact individual sites of interest) Georgians and visitors alike experience coastal Georgia’s rich history and cultural life as historic sites, house museums, art museums, and other points of interest in Savannah and coastal Georgia open their doors to the public at no charge during this annual GHS’s Georgia Days family event. From Statesboro to Darien, more than 40 sites participate in this event, providing visitors a rare opportunity to experience the history in our own backyard.

Black History Month Essay and Public Speaking Contest
Monday, February 9, 2009, 5:30 PM
Georgia Historical Society, 501 Whitaker Street, Savannah
Open to area middle and high school students, the 2009 contest will focus on Savannah in the Civil Rights Movement. Students and teachers should visit www.georgiahistory.com and follow the Georgia Days link for more information on the contest. Finalists from the essay portion will compete in a public speaking event to be held at the Georgia Historical Society and judged by an independent panel representing the academic and media communities. Prizes to be awarded. Reception to follow.

Georgia Days Dignitaries Coffee
Thursday, February 12, 2009, 9:00 AM
Sponsored by The Savannah Bank
An invitation-only event for dignitaries, sponsors and special guests prior to the Georgia Day Parade start. This year will feature the unveiling of new plaques honoring the creators of named endowment funds at the Georgia Historical Society.

Georgia Day Parade
February 12, 2009, 10:30 AM
Bull Street from Forsyth Park to City Hall
Thousands of costumed local elementary school children march behind student-made banners in commemoration of Georgia’s founding in 1733. This colorful parade of students, local dignitaries, costumed characters, musicians, and a military color guard begins at Forsyth Park and ends with a program in front of City Hall, where the mayor and other officials bring greetings and awards are presented for the annual Banner Competition.

Georgia Days Birthday Bash and Annual Awards Gala
Saturday, February 14, 2009, 7:00 PM
Hyatt Regency – Savannah
Sponsored by Southern LNG an El Paso Company
Tickets $250 each
Magic in the Moonlight, a romantic, entertaining, black-tie Valentine’s celebration to benefit GHS educational programs and activities.

Order tickets early. To purchase tickets visit our website at www.georgiahistory.com or call 912.651.2125 Ext. 20.

GEORGIA DAYS 2009 CORPORATE SPONSORS
Signature Sponsor
Platinum Sponsors
In-Kind Media Sponsors
Connect Savannah WTOC
Gold Sponsors: AT&T, First National Bank, Georgia Power, Savannah Distributing Co.,
Queensborough National Bank & Trust
Silver Sponsors: Boaen Mechanical, Crescent Towing of Savannah, Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn,
P.C., Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung, Kole Management Company, Lummus Corporation, Prince-Bush-
Smith Hotels, Shell, TIC- The Industrial Company, Treadwell and Associates

Additional educational events (visit www.georgiahistory.com) supported in part by:
The Georgia Historical Society, headquartered in Savannah, is a preeminent educational and research institution and the first and only statewide historical society in Georgia. It is the oldest cultural organization in the state and one of the oldest historical societies in the nation. For nearly 175 years, GHS has collected, preserved, and shared Georgia and American history through a variety of educational outreach programs, publications, and research services. For more information visit: ww.georgiahistory.com.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Book an Out-of-Home Experience Now With AirTran Airways' New Sale Fares

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI) , today launched a sale with fares starting as low as $39*. Travelers may purchase these sale fares at http://www.airtran.com/ 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 January 22, 2009, and are good for travel to Florida and San Juan through March 11, 2009, and to all other AirTran Airways destinations through May 20, 2009. Lowest sale fares are valid for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday with additional sale fares valid on other days of the week. 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 10-day advance purchase and are valid in either direction:

Sample Fares: Tu/We/Sat Mo/Th/Fr Sunday

Atlanta - Charleston $39 $59 $79
Atlanta - Detroit $59 $79 $99
Atlanta - Ft. Myers $64 $84 $99
Atlanta - Los Angeles $129 $149 $169
Atlanta - Memphis $49 $69 $89
Atlanta - Richmond $49 $69 $89
Atlanta - Washington, D.C.
(Dulles or Reagan National) $64 $84 $104
Baltimore/Washington (BWI) - Atlanta $64 $84 $104
Baltimore/Washington (BWI) - Milwaukee $59 $74 $89
Baltimore/Washington (BWI)
- Portland, Maine $59 $79 $99
Baltimore/Washington (BWI)
- West Palm Beach $72 $92 $112
Bloomington/Normal - Orlando $89 $109 $129
Boston - Baltimore/Washington (BWI) $59 $79 $99
Buffalo/Niagara - Orlando $72 $92 $112
Burlington - Atlanta $79 $99 $119
Charlotte - Baltimore/Washington (BWI) $59 $69 $79
Chicago (Midway) - Sarasota/Bradenton $80 $100 $120
Columbus, Ohio - Atlanta $59 $79 $99
Dallas/Ft. Worth - Orlando $94 $114 $134
Dayton - Tampa $76 $96 $116
Ft. Lauderdale - Indianapolis $74 $94 $114
Flint - Orlando $89 $109 $129
Harrisburg - Orlando $99 $119 $139
Indianapolis - Sarasota/Bradenton $89 $109 $129
Las Vegas - Milwaukee $109 $129 $149
Milwaukee - Ft. Myers $99 $119 $139
Milwaukee-New York (LaGuardia) $74 $94 $114
Moline/Quad Cities - Atlanta $64 $84 $104
Newport News/Williamsburg - Boston $49 $59 $69
Orlando - Baltimore/Washington (BWI) $78 $98 $118
Orlando - Chicago (Midway) $83 $103 $123
Orlando - Memphis $79 $99 $119
Orlando - St. Louis $89 $109 $129
Orlando - San Juan $69 $89 $109
Pensacola - Atlanta $49 $69 $89
Philadelphia - Atlanta $64 $84 $104
Pittsburgh - Ft. Myers $71 $91 $111
Portland, Maine - Orlando $84 $104 $124
Rochester - Tampa $75 $95 $115
San Juan - Atlanta $99 $119 $139
Washington, D.C. (Dulles or Reagan
National) - Ft. Myers $79 $99 $119
White Plains (Westchester)
- West Palm Beach $79 $99 $119

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 http://www.airtran.com/.

*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. A first bag may be checked for 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. Ten-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, Fridays, and Sundays. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Tickets must be purchased by January 22, 2009. Sale fares to/from Florida OR Puerto Rico are valid for travel through March 11, 2009. Sale fares for the rest of the system are valid for travel through May 20, 2009. Blackout dates are as follows: February 21-22, 2009; March 22, 2009 and March 29, 2009; April 3-5, 2009, April 9-10, 2009, April 12-13, 2009, and April 19, 2009. Service to San Diego begins May 5, 2009. Service to Seattle begins May 5, 2009. Service to Branson begins May 11, 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 of $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.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

20th Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival Kicks Off january 31

The 20th Annual Savannah Black Heritage Festival kicks off its two-week celebration on Saturday, January 31, 2009, and will continue through Sunday, February 15th. The festival is presented by The City of Savannah and Savannah State University, and all events and activities are free of admission* and open to the public.

Each year, the Festival presents activities for every age and every interest. Cultural education and exposure to the performing and visual arts, as well as ethnic cuisine, crafts, fun and family are emphasized throughout the celebration. Great music of every genre and dance performances by national recording artists and dancers, local youth talent showcases, historic tours, visual art exhibitions by internationally acclaimed and local artists and sculptors, lectures, spoken word and dramatic productions are all included on the schedule. In addition, educational opportunities are provided during the Festival through a Health and Wellness Fair, Business Expo, Career Fair, Culinary Arts activities and Youth Programs.

Grand Festival Day, a family fun day of top entertainment, is one of the highlights of the festival and is held in the Savannah Civic Center’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Arena on a Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. In addition to the variety of activities and performances, food and retail vendors are also on hand with a wide variety of food, goods and services.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sandestin is the Family Place for Extended Presidents' Day and Valentine's Weekend

/PRNewswire/ -- With the combination of Valentine's Day, an added day off of school for Presidents' Day and families looking for value-added trips, Sandestin(R) Golf and Beach Resort offers a solution.

Sandestin's Presidents' Day and Valentine's Weekend for Families includes the following options:

Discounted Accommodations

Save 25% off regular rates on Sandestin Villas - For Presidents' Day
weekend, internet rates at a two bedroom Northside Villa with kitchen
and living room area start at only $135 per night plus tax and fees.
Two bedroom Resort Classic Villas start at only $144. Book online at
www.sandestin.com.

Holidays are Free Program - For people wanting to spend an extended
weekend, Sandestin is offering a special gift. Stay three nights at
the regular rate, and get one night free. This special can be obtained
with the code: 2274RY.

Free Activities

Sandestin offers the best for all ages for Valentine's Day and the three day Presidents' Day weekend. The Village of Baytowne Wharf offers the "Sweet Escape" with treats around every corner on Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15.

Inflatable activities, stiltwalkers, facepainters and other interactive fun will delight guests young and old. Gather around the stage and learn to make your favorite candy treats and sweets. A classic boardgame comes to life-in the lifesize version of Candyland in the Events Plaza. On Saturday evening, the Village showcases its romantic atmosphere with smooth tunes on the Events Plaza stage and a classic romantic movie on Sunday night, free of charge.

Other free activities and amenities include:

Tennis
Enjoy Sandestin's award winning Tennis Facility and receive
one hour of free court time each day at your stay.

Bicycling
Adult and children's single-speed coaster bicycles are
free for four hours a day by presenting the Resort Card.

Watersports
Cruise around Choctawhatchee Bay and enjoy
complimentary use of canoes and kayaks.

Fishing
Guests can land a largemouth bass and other pan fish from
one of the 72 stocked ponds included in Sandestin's catch and release
program.

Nature trails and bird-watching
Discover the beauty along Sandestin's miles of nature trails and Jolee
Island Nature Park.

Kids' Night Out - A Valentine's Treat for Mom and Dad

For parents wanting a romantic dinner without children, Sandestin's Kid Zone is offering a fun filled "Kids Night Out" on Saturday, February 14. Taking place from 6-10 p.m., children can enjoy a pizza party, games and movies. A minimum number of children are required and reservations must be made before February 10. Call 850/267-7000 for costs and details.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Southern Living Readers Name Savannah a "Best Southern City"

Southern Living Magazine announced its 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards in their January issue naming Savannah as its #2 Best Southern City.

Others on the list included:
1. Charleston, SC
2. Savannah, GA
3. Atlanta, GA
4. New Orleans, LA
5. Nashville, TN
6. Orlando, FL
7. San Antonio, TX
8. Ashville, NC
9. Destin, FL
10. Austin, TX

Thousands of Southern Living readers voted in the competition scoring destinations, restaurants, festivals and beaches, among others, for ranking in the magazines top honor.

“This is truly outstanding news for all of us here that live and work in a place that we all love, said Joe Marinelli, president of the Savannah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“This recognition completes the “Travel Triple Crown” for Savannah. We have had a tremendously year for public relation with being named a top ten travel destination in Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler magazines. Now with the accolades from Southern Living, we can truly stand proud as a destination of choice among the most discerning travelers.”

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Sail Away with Savings During the Orbitz Winter Cruise Event

/PRNewswire/ -- With the days getting longer and the winter cold settling in, it can only mean that "wave season" - the busiest cruise booking time of the year - is upon us. To celebrate the arrival of the 2009 wave season, Orbitz (www.orbitz.com), the only online travel site to offer Price Assurance(SM), is launching its Winter Cruise Event, featuring some of the season's top cruise deals.

With more than 15 cruise lines participating in Orbitz' Winter Cruise Event, the offers and savings this season are as vast as the high seas. The Winter Cruise Event boasts low rates and an abundance of onboard savings, making it an ideal time for travelers to pack their bags and set sail. Travelers can take advantage of the savings by booking their next cruise on Orbitz.com between now and February 7, 2009.

Orbitz Winter Cruise Event Highlights (1)

Families save when kids sail for free. What better excuse is there for a family vacation than the little ones not costing a penny? The following cruise offers will inspire travelers to schedule in some family bonding by allowing kids to sail for free.

-- Disney Cruise Line: Kids sail free when they stay with parents in
select staterooms on select 3-night sailings, starting at $299
($100/Night) per adult
-- Costa Cruises: Kids can sail free on select dates. Sailings from $369
($53/Night)
-- MSC: Kids cruise for free on every sailing. Rates from $519
($74/Night)

Why not upgrade? A little bit of extra room can go a long way, especially when the room upgrades are free. Sit back and enjoy the finer things in life by booking a vacation on the following cruise lines and receiving a complimentary cabin upgrade.

-- Princess Cruises Plus: Free Oceanview to Balcony upgrades on select
sailings. Rates start at $449 ($64/Night)
-- Holland America Line: Celebrate with the View & Verandah Sale,
featuring special free upgrade offers. Sailings start at $499
($71/Night)

Put more money in your pocket with free onboard savings. Stop playing family accountant and take advantage of the abundance of onboard savings being offered by cruise lines during the Orbitz Winter Cruise Event. Between free coupon booklets and onboard credits, travelers can save hundreds of dollars with the following offers.

-- Celebrity Cruises: Receive up to $200 free in onboard spending.
Sailings from $199 ($50/Night)
-- Royal Caribbean: Receive up to $200 free in onboard spending. Sailings
from $549 ($78/Night)
-- Oceania Cruises: Receive up to $500 free in onboard spending. Sailings
from $1,499 ($107/Night)
-- Norwegian Cruise Line: Receive up to $500 free in onboard spending.
Sailings from $169 ($56/Night)


Alternative Cruise Ports Offer Serious Savings

For travelers looking to enjoy a relaxing vacation on the water without spending a bundle, 2009 is the year to book a cruise. Many travelers are aware of the wealth of cruise deals and options available when departing from Florida ports, but these savings are hardly limited to the sunshine state. With 17 U.S. ports located outside of Florida, Orbitz invites travelers to take advantage of the many alternative ports along the country's coastline. To help expand travelers' cruise horizon without deflating their wallets, Orbitz is revealing the top 10 alternative U.S. ports offering the best values in 2009.

Alternative U.S. Ports Offering the Best Value for 2009 (2)

Rank Departure Port Average Price of 5-Night Cruise
1 Mobile, AL $264 ($53/Night)
2 Galveston, TX $319 ($64/Night)
3 New Orleans $329 ($66/Night)
4 San Diego $347 ($70/Night)
5 Los Angeles $424 ($85/Night)
6 Philadelphia $449 ($90/Night)
7 Charleston, SC $529 ($106/Night)
8 Norfolk, VA $549 ($110/Night)
9 Baltimore $564 ($113/Night)
10 Boston $599 ($120/Night)
Bayonne, NJ $599 ($120/Night)

For more information on Orbitz' Cruise Event and to access the year's top cruise deals, visit http://cruises.orbitz.com/promotion/orbitz/cru_event/default.asp

(1) Terms & Conditions
Booking dates and conditions vary by cruise line.

(2) 2009 Best Cruise Deals

Based on 5-night cruise packages sailing between 1/12/09 and 12/31/09. Rates as of 12/12/09.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Orlando Launches Limited Time Only Free Travel Offers

/PRNewswire/ -- While the majority of the country bundles up with coats, hats and scarves, sunny Orlando kicks off the New Year with bundles of travel offers to induce not only warmth, but smiles. The "Bundles of Free Smiles" promotion, running from January 1 - June 30 includes free admission to attractions, free room nights, free perks and even free events throughout Orlando making it even easier to enjoy an affordable Orlando vacation.

The program, created by the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (Orlando CVB) for travelers of all types searching for a cost-effective vacation option, groups together deals from throughout the destination under the theme of "free." The program runs for six months with only two black out periods - Easter Week and Memorial Day Weekend (1).

A wide range of more than 50 free offers are listed on bundlesoffreesmiles.com. Examples of smile inducing free bundles include:

Accommodations
-- Rosen Shingle Creek - Stay 4 nights and get an additional 3 nights
free; also includes: free high speed internet, game room tokens and
parking
-- Orlando World Center Marriott - Book 4 nights and get the 4th free or
book 5 nights and get the 5th night free
-- Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa, Westgate Leisure Resort and Westgate
Palace - Stay 3 nights and get an additional 2 nights free; also
includes free parking and kids stay free
-- WorldQuest Resort - Stay 3 nights and get an additional 2 nights free;
also includes kids stay free and free parking

Attractions

-- SeaWorld Orlando - Adults at kids prices
-- Boggy Creek Airboat Rides - Buy 2 tickets and get the 3rd free
-- Orlando Balloon Rides - Buy 1 adult ride and get a free kids ride
-- Pirate's Dinner Adventure - Buy 1 adult ticket and get a free kids
ticket

Vacation Packages

-- Universal Orlando Resort - Book a 3 night vacation package and receive
2 nights free
-- Walt Disney World Resort - Buy a 4 night vacation package and get 3
nights free including theme park tickets
-- Southwest Airlines - Book a flight + hotel Southwest Airlines
Vacations package of 3 nights or longer to Orlando and save $100


Free offers are redeemed by downloading an Orlando Smile Card(TM) at bundlesoffreesmiles.com. Simply show the card to participating establishments to lock in the "Bundles of Free Smiles" offer. Visitors to the Web site will also find more detailed information on free and inexpensive activities, a searchable database of places to stay, an option to upload a personal Orlando vacation "smile" experience and an events calendar that highlights a wide range of affordable events throughout Central Florida.

More information on all "Bundles of Free Smiles" offers, participating establishments and special events is available at bundlesoffreesmiles.com or by calling 1-888-ORL4-FUN (888-675-4386). While in Orlando, visitors can stop by the Official Visitor Center located at 8723 International Drive, at the southeast corner of International Drive and Austrian Row. The Visitors Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (closes at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 and is closed Dec. 25).

(1) Black out dates, including Easter and Memorial Day holidays, and other restrictions may apply. Contact individual participants for specific restrictions and other details.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

To Rescue Americans' Travel Budgets in 2009, Worldwide Hotel Inventory on Sale for $1/Night at LastMinuteTravel.com

/PRNewswire/ -- Despite the flood of downbeat economic news, Americans are given a big reason to stay positive in the New Year with an opportunity to book the vacation of a lifetime for the cost of a movie ticket. For fifteen minutes per day, five days in a row late January/early February 2009, LastMinuteTravel.com will sell the entire world for a dollar per night, including every room in its inventory of over 15,000 global hotel partners.

This weeklong hotel deal has been created to inform the public of a new Undercover booking style launching in late January - one that guarantees the site's best possible hotel rates with last-minute prices, in advance.

"This sale is very real," explains Uri Argov, President and CEO of Last Minute Travel. "Because we guarantee our hotel partners are paid for all inventory listed with us, we can invest a half-million dollars in room revenue to drive travelers to our improved site."

There is a small catch: The appointed days and hours won't be divulged in advance. The only way to find out is to visit www.LastMinuteTravel.com/WorldForADollar to register to receive clues, scavenger-hunt style, via email, starting today. To expedite the booking process on launch day itself, web users are encouraged to visit the site in advance to become familiar with its hotel inventory and page layouts.

In this Undercover hotel model, similar to Hotwire, the name of the hotel is kept secret during booking, revealed after making the reservation. What makes the site different from others is that travelers will be provided everything except the hotel's name and address, including star ratings, a description of the hotel itself, its rooms, services, local area, a complete checklist of amenities and a map highlighting a radius around the general hotel location.

The site will also now provide travelers with an interactive "Destinations" page, set to feature the details of more than 100 locales worldwide. Each travel destination will be packed with traveler reviews, general information, photos, as well as details on the area's top hotels, attractions, shopping and dining experiences.

For travelers who prefer to know more when booking with the benefit of paying less, the opaque veil is lifted when joining the behind-the-scenes Last Minute Travel Club (http://www.lmtclub.com/). As America's first travel price club, the site offers travelers up to 65 percent in savings for each hotel booking, whether three or 300 days in advance. During the sale, members of the travel club will be ahead of the game, receiving email clues before other registered users.

For more information about Last Minute Travel's upcoming sale, its new Undercover style or for a full list of terms and conditions, visit the "World for a Dollar" homepage at www.LastMinuteTravel.com.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Orleans Voted 'Best Domestic Business City' by Global Traveler Readers

/PRNewswire/ -- New Orleans has been selected as the "Best Domestic Business City" by Global Traveler Magazine and 31,457 of the publication's surveyed travelers. Results for this prestigious annual survey were published in the magazine's December 2008 issue.

Global Traveler readers are frequent premium travelers who average 33 round-trip flights a year, with 96 percent traveling in first- or business-class regularly.

"This is a great honor for New Orleans because it shows that the world is taking notice of the city's entrepreneurial opportunities and continued growth as a business destination," said Stephen Perry, president and CEO of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). "In the past few years, more than 150 new restaurants have opened in New Orleans, major hotel brands are investing in our city with renovations and upgrades and new real estate developments are happening year-round. I see a great future for the New Orleans business community."

Since 2005, New Orleans has added approximately 170 restaurants to its list, totaling 979 dine-in restaurants in the metropolitan area. Also, in the past three years hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on the hotel industry to refurbish, re-develop and upgrade new and existing properties. Many of the 208 metropolitan area hotels are currently undergoing multi-million dollar renovations including, the Hilton Riverside Hotel, the Hyatt, the Baronne Plaza Hotel and the Waldorf= Astoria(R) is spending $135 million to revive the former Fairmont into The Roosevelt.

Real estate development is also thriving in New Orleans. Seventy million dollars was spent to refurbish the former Krauss Department Store into the 1201 Canal Condominium Development, a 233-unit luxury project on Canal Street and recently plans were approved to convert the iconic Blue Plate mayonnaise plant into apartments.

The survey was conducted from January 1-August 31, 2008, with open-ended questions for the best in 55 categories of business and luxury travel and demographic data. The survey was conducted in Global Traveler Magazine as an insert to subscribers, as a direct-mail questionnaire, online and e-mailed during the survey period. Only the questionnaires with more than 50 percent of answers completed were counted and employees of the magazine or individuals associated with the travel industry were not included.

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Friday, January 09, 2009

Madison, Georgia Voted in "Top Ten of Best Small Towns"

Madison, Georgia, has been voted as the number 9 town in Southern Living's Reader's Choice Awards for "Best Small Town."

According to Southern Living, Madison is a great place to stay, shop, and dine in the south.

Great job, Madison!

Rounding out the top ten best small towns are:

1. Beaufort, SC
2. Fairhope, AL
3. Fredericksburg, TX
4. Blowing Rock, NC
5. Franklin, TN
6. Eureka Springs, AR
7. Oxford, MS
8. Grand Rivers, KY
9. Madison, GA
10. Hendersonville, NC



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Thursday, January 08, 2009

a's Cruise Getaways Sale Launches With Trips Starting at Just $169

T2F Note: A winter getaway to a warm spot sure does sound nice about now.

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Expedia, the world's leading online travel company, has launched its Cruise Getaways sale, helping travelers to see some of the world's top destinations in style and comfort, with record-breaking deals. Whether they're craving relaxation or adventure, Expedia's Cruise Getaways Sale (http://www.expedia.com/cruisegetaways), is providing travelers with dramatic price drops and valuable perks in some of the hottest destinations around the world.

"Whether you're drawn to adventure activities like rock climbing and surfing right on the ship, or simply visiting the pools, spas and other relaxing amenities, ships have evolved tremendously in recent years," said Sean Kell, general manager of Expedia.com. "No longer simply a means of transportation between ports, cruise ships have become the destination."

With accommodations, food and many onboard activities included in the booking price, cruises are some of the most cost-efficient vacations travelers can take. Launched during the busiest cruise booking time of the year, Expedia's Cruise Getaways Sale features trips starting as low as $169 per person for four nights in the Bahamas, which includes meals, evening entertainment and many other activities.(1) In addition to discounted rates, Expedia's Cruise Getaways Sale also includes perks such as onboard credit up to $500, cabin upgrades and free sailings for kids.

"With prices this low and added bonuses like free cabin upgrades and onboard credit, now is the best time of year to take a cruise," added Kell.

Hit the high seas with some of the best cruise deals available, including:

Deals by Destination:
* Mexico: four-night cruises from $189 per person
* Alaska: seven-night cruises from $499 per person
* Europe: 12-night cruises from $799 per person

Featured Cruise Line Offerings:
* Disney Cruise Line: Kids sail for free!
* Royal Caribbean: Up to $100 to spend on the ship
* Norwegian Cruise Line: Cruises from $169 plus up to $500 onboard credit


Cruises must be booked prior to Feb. 27, 2009 and travel must take place before March 2010. For more information about Expedia's Cruise Getaways Sale and for full details, please visit http://www.expedia.com/cruisegetaways.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Myrtle Beach Resort Offers '2 for 1' Vacation Deal

/PRNewswire/ -- Sands Resorts of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina has announced a unique Two-for-One vacation package they are offering to Spring and Summer guests of their seven Myrtle Beach resorts. Sands CEO, Lee Rawcliffe described the offer as a response to our current economy and a chance to introduce new and returning guests to the many renovations and new amenities he has added since purchasing the iconic hotel group in early 2008.

The promotion is unique in that it offers a free two-night Spring or Fall vacation and an additional free night in the summer to those booking a three-night or longer summer stay. The free two-night Spring or Fall vacation can be used as a two-night trip or as two individual night stays. These two nights can also be gifted or as their ad states, sold on "eBay." This may allow some creative families to secure a Myrtle Beach vacation for very little expense. Rawcliffe believes the program rewards intelligent shoppers and entrepreneurs, who he believes, are growing in number as the recession continues.

"Sure the economy is having an impact on leisure travel," says Rawcliffe, "I think anyone in our business would tell you that." Rawcliffe goes on to say, "Our main focus has always been the 'Experience,' and since our purchase we have invested heavily in remodeling, upgrades, and improved services. During my twenty years in the business, I have never experienced a day when we were not building or remodeling something. I like our guests to see that and many return the next year curious to witness the finished product."

Does Rawcliffe believe this "2 for 1" idea will catch on with the industry? "I don't know," he responds thoughtfully, "we are somewhat a seasonal resort, our hotel rooms, condos, and beach houses always have vacancies in the Spring and Fall. This rewards our guests with a chance to profit from that opportunity."

Rawcliffe plans to market the program on the company's web site: www.SandsResorts.com and through his reservation center: 800-726-3783. He also plans direct mail and media campaigns to promote the idea. "Recessions are interesting times," Rawcliffe says, "They cause businesses to reinvent themselves for the better and often reward consumers with better values." Sands Resorts has a thirty-six year history as a major lodging provider in the Myrtle Beach market. They have been pioneers in packaged golf and family entertainment.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Winter Storm Will Affect Flights in the Northeast and Midwest Through Friday

/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 and Midwest U.S. through Friday.

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 Friday may wish to delay commencement of their trip.

Change flights at continental.com for no fee

Customers scheduled to travel to, from or through affected airports, including Continental's hubs at Newark Liberty International Airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, are encouraged to postpone or reroute their trip without penalty to avoid possible inconvenience. Customers booked on flights in the affected region for travel through Jan. 9, 2009 are permitted a one-time date or time change to their itinerary without penalty for rescheduled travel through Jan. 16, 2009. If a flight has been canceled, a refund in the original form of payment may be requested. Complete details are available at continental.com.

The fastest and most convenient way to change travel plans is via continental.com. 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.

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Book the Best New Year's Resolution Now With AirTran Airways' New Sale Fares

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI) , today launched a sale with fares starting as low as $39*. Travelers may purchase these sale fares at airtran.com 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 January 15, 2009. Travel to and from Florida and San Juan is valid through March 11, 2009, while all other sale fares are good for travel through May 20, 2009. Off-peak fares are valid for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Peak fares are valid 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 10-day advance purchase and are valid in either direction:

Sample Fares: Off-Peak Peak

Atlanta - Boston $69 $89
Atlanta - Buffalo $59 $79
Atlanta - Charleston $39 $59
Atlanta - Ft. Myers $64 $84
Atlanta - Los Angeles $129 $149
Atlanta - Milwaukee $74 $94
Atlanta - Richmond $49 $69
Atlanta - Washington, D.C.
(Dulles or Reagan National) $64 $84
Baltimore/Washington (BWI) - Atlanta $64 $84
Baltimore/Washington (BWI) - Milwaukee $64 $84
Baltimore/Washington (BWI) - Portland, Maine $59 $79
Baltimore/Washington (BWI) - West Palm Beach $72 $92
Boston - Ft. Myers $84 $104
Boston - Baltimore/Washington (BWI) $59 $79
Buffalo/Niagara - Orlando $72 $92
Burlington - Atlanta $79 $99
Charlotte - Baltimore/Washington (BWI) $59 $79
Chicago (Midway) - Sarasota/Bradenton $80 $100
Columbus, Ohio - Atlanta $59 $79
Dallas/Ft. Worth - Orlando $94 $114
Dayton - Tampa $76 $96
Flint - Orlando $89 $109
Ft. Lauderdale - Indianapolis $74 $94
Ft. Myers - Chicago (Midway) $79 $99
Harrisburg - Orlando $99 $119
Indianapolis - Sarasota/Bradenton $89 $109
Las Vegas - Milwaukee $109 $129
Milwaukee - Ft. Myers $99 $119
Milwaukee-New York (LaGuardia) $74 $94
Newport News/Williamsburg - Boston $49 $69
Orlando - Baltimore/Washington (BWI) $78 $98
Orlando - Milwaukee $99 $119
Orlando - Dayton $89 $109
Orlando - San Juan $69 $89
Philadelphia - Atlanta $64 $84
Pittsburgh - Ft. Myers $71 $91
Portland, Maine - Orlando $84 $104
Richmond - Orlando $79 $99
Rochester - Tampa $75 $95
San Juan - Atlanta $99 $119
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 http://www.airtran.com/.

*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. A first bag may be checked for 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. Ten-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 January 15, 2009. Sale fares to/from Florida OR Puerto Rico are valid for travel through March 11, 2009. Sale fares for the rest of the system are valid for travel through May 20, 2009. Blackout dates are as follows: February 21, 2009; April 3-4, 2009, April 9-10, 2009 and April 13, 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 begins May 5, 2009. Service to Seattle begins May 5, 2009. Service to Branson, MO begins May 11, 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 of $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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Romance on a Budget: Plan a Quickie

T2F Note: Asheville makes a great weekend excursion from north Georgia. Offering great tips for a budget trip makes this destination worthy of highly coveted Fayette Front Page Day Tripper award.

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As holiday gifts loom on the credit card and the country's economic woes persist, consumers are seeking inexpensive options for romance on Valentine's Day. Good news: The calendar and recent trends of discount travel have aligned to make Valentine's Day 2009 especially auspicious for a romantic weekend getaway.

This year, Valentine's Day falls on the same three-day weekend as President's Day. By choosing a nearby destination, travelers can plan a long-weekend escape without using additional vacation days. Low gas prices and travel bargains sweeten the deal to help couples stretch their vacation dollars and keep romance in the budget.

Valentine's Day Getaway Packages

Winter Romance in Asheville (http://www.exploreasheville.com/what-to-do/seasonal-fun/asheville-in-winter/w inter-romance/index.aspx): Centrally located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is ranked as one the world's top must-see cities. That means U.S. residents in the east have a romantic, world-class destination that's affordable and only a few hours away. See romance packages (http://www.exploreasheville.com/deals/romance-packages/index.aspx) from classic romance to culinary to spa indulgence.

Other Destinations: Unique Valentine's Day Packages
-- Candles & Rose Petals in D.C.
(http://www.luxehotels.com/hotels/Monticello/specials)
-- Hugs & Kisses at Niagara Falls
(http://www.niagarafallsmarriott.com/index.php/screen/romance_packages
)
-- Live Passionately at a Virginia B&B
(http://www.virginia.org/site/content.asp?MGrp=2&MCat=59&MItm=255)

Asheville's Top 10 Romantic Things to Do On a Budget

1) Try a Hot Chocolate Tasting Tour - From organic sippable truffles to a winter warm-up on a bright red double-decker bus, cozy up at Asheville's many cocoa and coffee houses for primo people-watching and affordable amore.

2) Find a Scenic Makeout Spot - Gaze into starry eyes and starry skies while soaking in the famous and free vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take a drive up Town Mountain or watch the sunset from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

3) Request a Mountain Serenade - Most of Asheville's restaurants and pubs transition to live music venues at night. Score free romance points by having a local musician dedicate a song to your sweetheart.

4) Be Free Spirited - Tour with your taste buds as you explore Asheville's many micro breweries (http://exploreasheville.com/foodtopia/food-adventures/local-breweries/index.a spx) and wine shops. Watch for free tastings and events at FoodtopianSociety.com (http://exploreasheville.com/foodtopia/index.aspx?source=foodtopiansociety.org ).

5) Go Gallery Gazing - Looking is free. Stroll hand-in-hand through Asheville's eclectic art galleries and boutiques (http://www.exploreasheville.com/what-to-do/the-arts/index.aspx), from sophisticated showrooms to funky artist studios.

6) Share a Decadent Dessert - Split the cost by sharing an unforgettable dessert lovingly prepared by one of Asheville's independent chefs (Goat-cheese chocolate brownie with cream-cheese ice cream anyone?) .

7) Have a National Park Adventure - This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, a nearby national and natural wonder that's always free to explore.

8) Find a Second-hand Rose - Known for vintage clothing boutiques and antique shops, Asheville is full of low-cost treasures with history.

9) Couples Geocaching - Use that GPS Santa got you and take your sweetheart on a high-tech treasure hunt (http://www.exploreasheville.com/geocaching/index.aspx). Within 100 miles of downtown Asheville are more than 7,600 hidden geocaches waiting to be found, free of charge.

10) Make Your Own Souvenir - The local arts and crafts culture often rubs off on visitors. Save money by making your own unique memorabilia, like piece of pottery or a souvenir charm bracelet at one of the many bead and gem shops.

Multi-media Resources
-- ExploreAsheville.com (http://www.exploreasheville.com/index.aspx)
-- High-res images for download
(http://www.exploreasheville.com/press-room/photo-gallery/index.aspx)

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Monday, January 05, 2009

AirTran U - Home of the Really Cheap Standby Flight

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AirTran Airways, a subsidiary of AirTran Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:AAI) , has announced that it will open registration for its third year of the AirTran U standby travel program for young travelers. Now college students can visit family or friends and still have money left over for next semester's textbooks.

AirTran U is the best college deal around - all applicants between the ages of 18 and 22 are cleared for travel on a standby-only basis to any of the 58 cities AirTran Airways currently serves (excludes Cancun, Mexico and San Juan, Puerto Rico) for a fare of just $69* per short-haul segment, or $99* per long-haul segment of travel. To participate, travelers simply select the destination, dates and times they want to travel and arrive at the AirTran Airways counter no fewer than two hours before the scheduled time of departure. AirTran U passengers can also earn 1/2 A+ Rewards credits** per completed trip. Visit http://www.aplusrewards.com/ to become an A+ Rewards member.

"Whether they are visiting a friend or heading home for the weekend, students and young vacationers can save money on flights with AirTran U," said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of marketing and sales for AirTran Airways. "Our airline understands the tight budgets these young travelers face, and we are pleased to offer them the same outstanding, friendly service and comfortable aircraft at an affordable price."

Application Requirements and Fees:
-- Travelers must be 18 to 22 years of age
-- Travelers must present valid, government-issued photo identification
-- For placement on a standby list, travelers must arrive at the AirTran
Airways ticket counter no fewer than two hours prior to the flight's
scheduled departure
-- Reservations cannot be made in advance
-- To earn A+ Rewards credits, travelers must present their A+ Rewards
membership card at the ticket counter
-- Short-haul segments cost $69 per segment (defined as one takeoff and
landing)
-- Long-haul segments cost $99 per segment (Flights to/from San
Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Denver, Seattle and
Phoenix are considered long-haul segments)
-- The per-segment taxes of $3.50 are not included
-- Airport Passenger Facility Charges of up to $18 per segment are not
included
-- The September 11th security fee of up to $10 per segment is not
included

Travel Guidelines:
-- AirTran U travelers are permitted one carry-on item and one personal
item, and luggage cannot be checked
-- The AirTran U program is for coach class only, and AirTran U
travelers' seats are not confirmed
-- If a coach seat is available after the final boarding call, it will be
given to an AirTran U traveler on standby
-- Service to Cancun, Mexico and San Juan, Puerto Rico is not included in
the AirTran U program

Application Tips:
-- Travelers will have better luck getting a flight on off-peak days like
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
-- Certain holiday blackout dates apply (see below)
-- All travel must be completed by Dec. 17, 2009


The following dates are blacked out for travel in 2009: January 4; February 13, 16; April 3-5, 9-10, 19; May 22, 25; June 21, 26, 28; July 3, 5, 12; November 25, 28-30; December 18 - 31. All travel must be completed by December 17, 2009. Visit http://www.airtranu.com/ for additional information.

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 http://www.airtran.com/.

AirTran U: * All AirTran U fares, taxes and fees are per segment. Fares do not include per-segment taxes of $3.60, Airport Passenger Facility Charges of up to $4.50 per segment, and September 11th security fee of $2.50 per segment. A segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing.

A+ Rewards: ** A+ Rewards seats are subject to availability and blackout dates. Taxes and fees are extra -- the September 11th security fee of up to $2.50 per segment is not included. A segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing. Passengers traveling to/from Puerto Rico are subject to additional government taxes of up to $32.20. Fares to/from Cancun do not include additional government taxes of up to $100.

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Spice up your January with the 20th Annual Great Southern Gumbo Cook-Off at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

T2F Note: White sand, blue green water, cajun food, ahhhhhh. This cookoff at Sandestin receives the coveted Fayette Front Page Day Tripper award. While it isn't likely we'll all rush to Destin for a day trip, we are inclined to make a weekend out of it!

/PRNewswire/ -- With live Cajun music, door prizes and gumbo, the 20th Annual Great Southern Gumbo Cook-off, held at The Market Shops at Sandestin(R) Golf and Beach Resort, is sure to spice up anyone's afternoon. Held Saturday, Jan. 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., this 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.

Celebrity judges including Shelley Harrington of Southern Living Magazine and Tom Lewis from NBC/WJHG-TV will hold blind judging contests for top "Critics Choice" awards. All Cook-Off attendees will have an opportunity to vote for "The People's Choice" awards, while registering to win gift certificates and prizes.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 the day of the event. For ticket information, contact The Market Shops at 850/267-8092. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Destin Family YMCA and the Walton Education Foundation, Inc., both of which are United Way agencies.

For people wanting a great weekend getaway, Sandestin offers terrific rates as low as $89 at the Bayside Inn, and at the Village or Grand from $119 with the option to upgrade to a one bedroom for only $10 more. For accommodations, people can visit www.sandestin.com or call 800/470-7389, and mention code 225813.

Sandestin(R) Golf and Beach Resort offers the most complete resort experience in North America. Located on Florida's Beaches of South Walton, Sandestin is a 2,400-acre destination resort for all seasons and for all ages. Sandestin invites guests to enter a world of 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,700 condominiums, villas, town homes and a wide variety of hotel accommodations like no other Destin vacation rentals. The resort boasts more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, certified children's programs, a fitness center and spa, 65,000 square feet of meeting space and a pedestrian village featuring a host of boutique shops, casual and fine dining restaurants and nightlife venues. Sandestin is part of Intrawest Hospitality Management, a leader in destination resorts.

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