AIRLINES said it received DOT
approval to fly nonstop between Los Angeles and Loreto, Mexico.
Supported by a marketing partnership with the Loreto Bay Co., the
primary developer of the area, Alaska's twice-weekly flights will
begin on Feb. 17. The flights will operate Sundays and Thursdays,
departing Los Angeles at 11:10 a.m. and arriving in Loreto at 1:59
p.m. Return flights will depart Loreto at 4 p.m. and arrive in Los
Angeles at 4:55 p.m. Alaska will use MD-80 planes on the route with
room for 12 in first class and 128 in the main cabin. Loreto will
be Alaska's eighth destination in Mexico. Alaska currently serves
Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo,
Manzanillo/Costa Alegre, Cancun and Guadalajara.
AEROMEXICO will launch
its fourth daily flight from Miami to Mexico City on Jan. 10. The
new flight is scheduled to depart Miami at 5 p.m. and arrive in
Mexico City at 7:15 p.m.
INTERCONTINENTAL LOS CABOS: Hoping to boost winter bookings, the Presidente
InterContinental Los Cabos is offering an
all-inclusive package priced at $230 a night for two people from
Jan. 1 to 31 and $290 from Feb. 1 to March 31. The package includes
accommodations a Deluxe Oceanview Room with an inside living area
or a private balcony, daily activities, all meals (including room
service), a free tour of the Los Cabos Arch, a reduced rate at the
Palmilla Golf Course and a "hop-on, hop-off" tour for two of Los
Cabos' top five attractions. For additional information, visit www.intercontinental.com.
HOLIDAYS joined with the Costa
Real Cabo San Lucas for a winter promotion that offers reduced
rates to guests who travel between Dec. 23 and April 9 and stay in
a run-of-the house room or opt for an all-inclusive package.
Four-night, land-only packages start at $259 per person, double,
reflecting a savings of $61 per couple. Prices include airport
transfers, accommodations, and hotel taxes and surcharges. For
information or reservations, call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.pleasantagent.com.
COZUMEL is gearing up for
Carnaval, which is celebrated on the island from Feb. 12 to 16. For
nearly 100 years, Cozumel has commemorated this pre-lenten
celebration, using Carnaval as a way to honor its past. During
Carnaval, dance troupes of all ages perform daily throughout the
day and night. During the five-day event, locals and visitors come
together to enjoy the floats and colorful parades, nightly street
fairs with traditional foods and concerts, and daily musical
performances and dancing through the streets of downtown San
Miguel. The highlight of the week is the Comparsas Ball, featuring
the crowning of the king and queen of Carnaval and an intense group
dance competition. To learn more about Carnaval in Cozumel, visit