Travel Weeklys Mexico E-letter: Oct. 13, 2004

CONTINENTAL, pending government approval, will launch its first nonstop routes to Mexico from Los Angeles and Laredo, Texas, Dec. 16. The Los Angeles daily service will be to Aguascalientes, Leon-Guanajuato and Morelia on 50-seat Embraer regional jets. Continental already flies to those markets from Houston. The daily Laredo flights will be to Mexico City on a 37-seat Embraer regional jet.

RUNAWAY is giving travel agents the opportunity to earn two free United Airlines tickets for booking Runaway packages. To receive the first ticket, agents need to secure seven bookings during the next four months. Bookings must include international air fare, five nights accommodations and Runaways cancellation and revision waiver. Four additional bookings will earn travel agents a second, companion ticket. These benefits are in addition to the companys current reward program of $50 cash for every five bookings made under the same conditions. For more information, agents should contact a Runaway account manager at (800) 622-0723, extension 8290.

THROUGH OCT. 31, travelers can save up to $250 with United Vacations. The offer is valid on air/hotel vacations to Mexico and other destinations for travel now through March 15, excluding Dec. 18 to 31. The promotional code SAVE250 must be used at the time of booking. The $250 discount applies to vacations priced at $3,500 or more. Other discounts vary from $50 to $200. For information or reservations, call (800) 328-6877 or visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

GUESTS OF THE UPSCALE Las Alamandas resort can sign up for a day trip on Nov. 20 to celebrate the Mexican Revolution in the town of Tomatlan. This year, Tomatlan has extended an exclusive invitation to Las Alamandas guests, offering a rare opportunity to experience this festive day when the town celebrates with acrobatic horse dancing, parades, a rodeo and traditional foods. Tour groups will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide from Las Alamandas. The day trip costs $100 per guest, including transportation to and from the resort to Tomatlan. For information, call Jose Garcia Lomeli at (011) 52-322-285-5500 or via e-mail at [email protected]. The resorts Web site is www.alamandas.com.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS and the Velas Vallarta Suites Resort & Convention Center have partnered on a golf promotion for guests who travel through Oct. 31 and stay in one- or two-bedroom accommodations. Guests will receive the fourth night free, plus two free rounds of golf at a choice of two courses. Additional rounds of golf will be discounted by 50%. Four-night, land-only packages start at $207 per person, double, including airport transfers and all hotel taxes and surcharges. For information or reservations, call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.PleasantAgent.com.

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