Travel Weeklys Mexico E-letter: Sept. 15, 2004

LOOKING TO BOOST its Los Cabos service this fall, American Airlines launched a fare sale to Los Cabos for travel in September from select U.S. cities. The fares can be purchased up to three days prior to departure and are in effect for travel through Sept. 30, with outbound travel Sunday through Tuesday and return travel Tuesday through Thursday. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 25. Fares start at $348 roundtrip from Dallas/Fort Worth.

FOODIES, TAKE NOTE. The Puerto Vallarta Convention & Visitors Bureau announced dates for the 10th annual Puerto Vallarta Gourmet Festival, one of Puerto Vallartas most popular celebrations. The event will take place Nov. 11 to 21 and will showcase the culinary talents of dozens of chefs from Mexico and abroad. The festival will be held in more than 25 local restaurants and will feature special menus, cooking classes, tequila theme dinners and private concerts. A number of hotels in Puerto Vallarta are expected to feature packages tied to the food festival or coinciding with the event. For details, visit www.visitpuertovallarta.com, call (888) 384-6822 or e-mail [email protected].

 

RIU HOTELS & RESORTS said it is offering special packages through its wholesaler partners. For example, NWA WorldVacations is offering an early booking bonus for Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. When travelers book the all-inclusive package by Oct. 31 (for travel Jan. 5 to 28) theyll receive a discount worth up to $98 per person for a seven-night stay. To book, visit www.worldagentdirect.com. Funjet Vacations is promoting several packages to the Riu Cancun that include roundtrip charter air fare and airport transfers. For example, a three-night all-Inclusive packages from Milwaukee on Ryan Airlines start at $600 with a Wednesday departure. For more information, visit www.funjet.com. For more information about Riu, visit www.riu.com.

UNITED VACATIONS is promoting Uniteds new nonstop service from Denver to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta by giving customers 500 Mileage Plus bonus points per hotel night for bookings made by Sept. 30. The promotional code SUNMILES must be used at the time of booking to receive the miles. Packages include roundtrip air fare on United from Denver, hotel accommodations and roundtrip airport transfers. Packages to Puerto Vallarta begin at $574 per person, double, for a three-night stay at the all-inclusive Buenaventura Hotel & Beach Club. Packages to Cancun begin at $799 at the all-inclusive Iberostar Tucan. The promotion applies to Monday departures Jan. 3 to 17 in Cancun and Jan. 3 to 24 in Puerto Vallarta. United Vacations can be purchased in the major GDSs, through www.vaxvacationaccess.com or by calling (800) 328-6877.

THE PRESIDENTE INTERCONTINENTAL COZUMEL RESORT & SPA launched a four-night dive package thats available through Dec. 25. It includes accommodations, three days of diving with all equipment, daily breakfast and a 25% discount on night dives. The package is priced from $480 per diver, double. Nondiving companions pay $300, double. For information or reservation, call (800) 327-0200.

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