Travel Weeklys Mexico E-letter: March 16, 2005

HI PAY: Mile Hi Tours, Denver, is paying travel agents 15% commission on Mexico bookings, which can be made via phone, fax, e-mail or the Web. There is no end date to the pay promotion. For more information, call (303) 225-4839, send an e-mail to [email protected] or visit www.milehitours.com.

MAS MEXICO: United Vacations is offering up to $300 in savings on Mexico vacations to promote the extension of seasonal air service south of the border. Service, originally set to end in April, has been extended through late August. Under the deal, valid for bookings made by March 20 for travel May 1 to Aug. 31, clients save $300 on packages of $4,000 or more; $200 on vacations priced $2,500-$3,999; $100 off of vacations $1,000 to $2,499; and $50 off packages of $500 to $999. Sample three-night vacations to Cozumel start at $474 from Chicago, including air, hotel and transfers, for Wednesday departures July 6 to Aug. 31. Book via VAXVacationAccess, on the major GDSs or at (800) 328-6877.

FORE GOLFERS: Several hotels in Cozumel offer golf stays that include free rounds or greens fees at the islands wildlife-rich Cozumel Country Club. The Coral Princess [(800) 253-2702; www.coralprincess.com) offers three-night deals from $325 per person from May 1 to Nov. 30. The Melia Cozumel all-inclusive resort [(888) 341-5993; www.solmelia.com) proffers unlimited golf, a room and all meals and drinks for $104 per person, per night, double, until Dec. 20. Free golf-cart rentals are a feature of deals at Playa Azul [(011) 52-987 872-0199; www.playa-azul.com) that start at $269 per person for three nights April 1 to Dec. 20. The Presidente InterContinental Cozumel [(800) 327-0200; www.intercontinental.com) has a deluxe, three-night stay for $1,799 per room until Dec. 22. For more on Cozumel, visit www.islacozumel.com.mx.

WINDOW SEAT
" Six SkyTeam alliance members moved to new check-in/arrival facilities at Mexico City Airport that feature more room, enhanced flight information displays and a bigger passenger drop-off area. Aeromexico, Air France and Delta are already using the area, while Continental, KLM Royal Dutch and Northwest will move in soon. First- and business-class SkyTeam passengers enjoy access to two Aeromexico Premier lounges or the Continental Presidents Club.
" United Airlines said it will expand the Airbus A320 fleet of its year-old, low-cost carrier Ted by 20% in 2005, in order to expand service from Denver, Chicago and Washington farther into Mexico, as well as the Caribbean and Florida. Ted currently flies to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta. With the addition of nine reconfigured aircraft from the main United fleet, Teds inventory will rise to 56 of the single-aisle airplanes, up from todays 47.

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