Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Jan. 12, 2005

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES said it will begin daily nonstop service from George Bush Airport in Houston to Queretaro, effective March 17, pending Mexican government approval. Queretaro will be Continental's 30th destination in Mexico. The airline operates approximately 560 departures a week to Mexico. Flights will depart Houston at 8:40 p.m. and arrive in Queretaro at 10:55 p.m. The return flight will depart at 7 a.m. and arrive in Houston at 9:10 a.m. The flights will be operated by Continental Express aboard 50-seat regional jets.

ALASKA AIRLINES on Jan. 9 began offering meals for purchase on several of its Mexico flights. The service, offered in the main cabin, was launched on nonstop flights from Seattle and California to Los Cabos, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo, Loreto and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo. Alaska said so far about 50% of customers are purchasing meals, which cost $5 and can be purchased directly from Alaska's flight attendants.

USA3000 announced charter service from a number of U.S. cities to Mexico. Start dates vary. The airline launched service from Chicago to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Zihuatanejo; from Detroit to Puerto Vallarta and Cozumel; and from Newark to Cancun. For flight information, visit www.usa3000.com.

MILE HI TOURS said it will pay agents 15% commission for booking Mexico through the company's Web site, www.milehitours.com, from Jan. 5 to April 5. Agents must first register via the Web site. For more information, E-mail [email protected] or call (303) 225-4839.

CLASSIC CUSTOM VACATIONS launched a Classic Suitener program that will reward top-producing agents throughout 2005 with booking bonuses, incentives, special offers and free suite stays. Travel agents will earn a $50 bonus when booking a five-night suite stay or longer at more than 50 participating hotels throughout its product line, including Mexico. Top-producing agents will be eligible to earn free five-night suite stay at participating properties when they meet the minimum-booking threshold. Program details and other terms and conditions along with a comprehensive list of participating hotels can be found at www.classicforagents.com/suitener.

APPLE VACATIONS AND DREAMS RESORTS & SPAS partnered on an agent promotion called Dreams Triple Play. The promotion is valid on new air-inclusive Dreams bookings of three nights or more made through Jan. 24 for departures through April 30. Agents will earn triple Royalties Points from Apple, triple comps for every Dreams group of 10 rooms or more and a $100 cash bonus for every three Dreams bookings. Dreams Resorts & Spas are located in Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos. Visit www.myappleonline.com.

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