Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: September 14, 2005

NEW FRONTIERS: Frontier Airlines won approval from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) to offer new non-stop seasonal service to Acapulco from Denver. Service begins Dec. 18, with up to two flights per week. Acapulco is Frontier's seventh Mexican destination out of Denver; the carrier already serves Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo (seasonal), and flights to Cozumel start Dec. 17. To celebrate the Acapulco launch, Frontier is offering fares from $124 one way from Denver, $174 from Chicago and $199 from Atlanta, Minneapolis/St. Paul and other cities when purchased by 10 p.m. on Sept. 23 for travel Dec. 18 to April 16. For more, see www.frontierairlines.com.

AA TO BAJA: For its part, American Airlines applied to the DOT to begin serving San Jose del Cabo, in Baja California, from its New York (Kennedy) hub as of Feb. 4. American plans two flights a week in peak season and one flight weekly off-peak using 188-seat Boeing 757's in two-class configuration.

HELPING HAND: Aeromexico said it will provide free one-way air travel through Oct. 15 to Mexican nationals from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina and wish to return home. Travel to Mexico City is available from Atlanta, Miami, Houston and Dallas; passengers will be assisted by local government agencies as needed upon arrival in Mexico. Applicants are asked to contact the local Mexican consulate, which will handle verification and provide temporary documentation. Consular information follows: Atlanta, 2600 Apple Valley Road, (866) 897-0321 or (404) 262-4447; Houston, 4506 Caroline St., (800) 495-6639 or (713) 778-6114; Dallas, 8855 N. Stemmons Freeway, (214) 647-8605; and Miami, 5975 SW 72nd St. (Sunset Drive), Suite 101, (305) 979-1534.

STARSHIP LANDS: Calling all baby-boomer rock fans and ex-hippies: The CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort is offering a four-night Jefferson Starship Concert package for stays Oct. 7 to 11, priced from $1,220 per room, based on double occupancy. The deal -- commissionable to agents at 10% -- includes deluxe ocean-view accommodations; two dinners for two, with two hours of free beverages; daily breakfast; and all taxes and gratuities. Also covered are tickets to the Oct. 9 Jefferson Starship beachfront garden concert as well as a private, "unplugged" acoustic performance for package guests by band principals Paul Kantner and Marty Balin. For information on the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort, visit www.marriott.com/property/propertypage/PVRMX. To book, call (800) 223-6388.

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