Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Dec. 15, 2004

FRONTIER AIRLINES received DOT approval to start nonstop service between Lambert-St. Louis Airport and Cancun. Pending Mexican government approval, Frontier plans to begin service on Feb. 25 with three weekly flights between St. Louis and Cancun. Frontier already offers nonstop Cancun service from its Denver hub, as well as from Salt Lake City, Kansas City and Nashville. To promote the new service, Frontier is offering a $238 roundtrip fare for off-peak travel between Cancun and St. Louis. The fare must be purchased by Jan. 5 for travel from Feb. 25 through May 16. Frontier is also offering double miles to its EarlyReturns members who fly the route by March 31.

AVALON REEF CLUB: The 140-room Avalon Reef Club, located on the northern tip of Isla Mujeres, is poised to take the wraps off property enhancements this week. Scheduled for completion on Dec. 15, the enhancements include remodeled villas, an expanded beach area and a new gazebo, and a Mexican restaurant. The Mi Casa es Su Casa restaurant has taken over what was once the Porterhouse Grill. The expanded beach area includes eight new palapas and a designated area for groups of up to 150. In addition, the North Beach Terrace Restaurant has been upgraded to two decks. For information or reservations, call (800) 261-5014 or visit www.avalonvacations.com.

AUSTIN-LEHMAN ADVENTURES, a luxury adventure travel company based in Billings, Mont., announced a new Mexico itinerary for 2005 and a 10% discount for reservations made by Jan. 15. The Mexico itineraries, as well as other new trips, are outlined in a 48-page, four-color catalog available by calling (800) 575-1540 or by e-mailing [email protected]; those interested also can visit the Web site at www.austinlehman.com. The new seven-night Mexico (Yucatan) itinerary is dubbed Pyramids in Paradise. Departures are set for April 16, May 7, Nov. 19 and Dec. 24. Prices start at $2,498 per person, double. Air fare is extra.

APPLE VACATIONSandGRAND BY OCCIDENTAL RESORTS partnered to offer agents a free three-night stay at select Grand by Occidental properties and 1,000 Apple Vacations Bonus Royalties Points for booking air/hotel packages in a Grand Romance or Grand Concierge room category. A free roundtrip airline ticket is earned for five bookings and a companion seat is earned for six. The promotion is valid on packages of three nights or longer made through Dec. 31 for departures Dec. 6 to April 30. Participating resorts in Mexico are the Grand Cozumel by Occidental and Grand Xcaret by Occidental (Riviera Maya). For information or reservations, call Apple at (800) 365-2775.

PUEBLO BONITO HOTELS & RESORTS is offering Pleasant Holidays' customers a Winter/Spring promotion at two of Pueblo's properties in Los Cabos and Mazatlan. Pleasant Holidays customers who vacation at the Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay in Mazatlan or the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach in Cabo San Lucas will receive discounts for junior suite accommodations when they travel between Jan. 3 and April 30. To qualify, bookings must be completed by Dec. 20. Four-night, land-only packages at the Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay start at $367 per person, double, a savings of $147 per couple, while four-night, land-only packages at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach start at $524 per person, a savings of $231 per couple. Prices include roundtrip airport transfers, accommodations and all hotel taxes and surcharges. For information or reservations, call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.pleasantagent.com.

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