Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: September 28, 2005

LAX 2 PV, CANCUN: Aeromexico Vacations is peddling specially-priced packages to Puerto Vallarta and Cancun from Los Angeles. Three-night air/land vacation packages start at $399 per person, based on double occupancy, for travel through Oct. 31. Deals include roundtrip air from L.A., roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, hotel accommodations and hotel tax. Clients who stay longer than three nights get a fourth day's car rental free from Alamo. For more information, or to book, visit www.aeromexicovacations.com or call (800) 245-8585 or, for Spanish language, (800) 672-8380.

WINDY CITY FLIGHTS: Funjet Vacations is launching non-stop Chicago-area seasonal service from Rockford International Airport in Rockford, Ill., to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta next January. Funjet, which has offered Mexico packages from Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports for three decades, now will be the sole provider of such service from Rockford, as well. Seasonal flights aboard Transmeridian Airlines begin Jan. 26 to Cancun and Jan. 28 to Puerto Vallarta, running through April 16. Funjet is offering introductory package rates from $599 per person for three nights in Cancun and and $799 for seven nights in Puerto Vallarta. Agents can book via VAX VacationAccess at www.vaxvacationaccess.com or VAX technology at Amadeus AgentNet, Sabre Vacations and Vacation.com AgentNet. Funjet Vacations also is available in all four GDSs, using vendor code FJV, or by calling (800) 558-3050.

DELTA ON MEXICO SPREE: Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines filed an application with the U.S. DOT to operate daily non-stops between New York (Kennedy) and Cancun, in the immediate wake of a new air transportation agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. On Dec. 1, it plans to expand service between Atlanta and Cancun, with two additional daily flights for a total of four daily flights, and will add a third daily flight between Atlanta and Mexico City. Beginning March 5, the carrier will offer service to Cozumel from Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. Delta also has applied to operate from Atlanta to Merida; from Orlando and Los Angeles to Cancun; from New York to Cozumel, Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta; and from Cincinnati to Cabo San Lucas. For more, go to www.delta.com.

NEW MERIDA DIGS: Presidente InterContinental Hotels and Resorts will open its ninth 5-star hotel in Mexico, the Presidente InterContinental Villa Mercedes Merida, in Yucatan state capital Merida by December. The 150-room hotel will occupy a 19th-century mansion near boulevard Paseo de Montejo, the city's historic quarter and the convention center. The property, currently operating as the Hotel Villa Mercedes, is undergoing $12 million in expansion and renovations. The property is the first in Yucatan state for Presidente InterContinental, which has hotels in Cancun and Cozumel in neighboring Quintana Roo. Rates will start at $109 for a deluxe room. Presidente InterContinental pays travel agents 10%. For reservations or more information, visit www.intercontinental.com/merida.

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