NEW YORK -- Caribbean tour operators and wholesalers introduced
spring discount packages with American Airlines and Air
Twenty-four firms are offering American's 35% discount fares,
and about 20 firms will sell Air Jamaica's version, which offers
savings up to 35%. Packages must be booked by Feb. 13 for travel
from April 20 through June 26.
Delta Vacations was working out the details of a spring sale
with "similarly aggressive pricing" on packages to Nassau and St.
Thomas, a spokesman said.
AA's participants include:Apple Vacations, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., offers 17
destinations and "59 hotels so far," planning director Ray Mathes
said. Reservations made during the sale will count toward Apple's
frequent booking program, offered in select markets.Gogo Worldwide Vacations in Ramsey, N.J., offers 25
destinations in the Caribbean and Bermuda and some 175 hotels.New York-based Island Resort Tours has more than 100 hotels in
25 destinations on sale, according to director of marketing Melanie
Alexander. IRT will honor its offer of free travel insurance on
seven-night bookings, which was announced in December.Travel Impressions, of Farmingdale, N.Y., will offer 24
destinations in the Caribbean, the Bahamas and Bermuda, with more
than 100 participating hotels, according to Claire Lockley,
director of products, Caribbean and Florida.
A list of operators offering the Air Jamaica program was not yet
available, but Miami-based Air Jamaica Vacations said more than 50
hotels would participate in the Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands,
Jamaica and St. Lucia.
Island Resort Tours' Alexander urged agents to compare features
when shopping for the best package, because they can differ
dramatically from firm to firm, even when they offer the same
"We have found that room tax and service charges are not always
included in price quoted over the phone, but it may be on
documentation," she said.