TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As a result of a decline in visitors since
Sept. 11, suppliers are offering value-added incentives that make
Florida a bargain for visitors this fall. In addition, there are
numerous override commission opportunities.
In the deals department, Continental Airlines Vacations is offering
a $100 food and soft beverage credit on three-night-minimum
packages to 38 Orlando area hotels. Bookings must be made by Nov.
15 for travel completed by Dec. 15.
Under the plan, $50 is to be used at one of 13 restaurants at
Universal Studios or Universal's Islands of Adventure. The other
$50 is for food, soft drinks or merchandise at Planet Hollywood or
Downtown Disney. Also, clients booking a full-size Alamo car will
be upgraded free to a convertible. (The blackout period is Nov. 21
Continental Airlines Vacations is paying from 10% to 14% on
Orlando sales, with 1% bonuses for CRS bookings. For details, call
US Airways Vacations set a $50 discount per reservation on all
Florida air-land-hotel-inclusive trips. Bookings must be made
through VAX Vacation Access, at www.vacationaccess.com, or the CRS, for travel through
April 30. The operator's vendor code for CRS use is USV.
At Turnberry Isle Resort, Aventura, the All the Best for You
package, from $249 per night, single or double, covers room, spa
use, breakfast buffet, shuttle services, tax, service fee and a $50
credit per day for on-site dining, drinks, golf and tennis. The
plan is valid on stays through Dec. 20. To book, call (800)
As for override pay, 20% is being offered by five Grand Theme
Hotels on room sales for stays through Jan. 13. The hotels are the
Celebration in Celebration; the Doubletree Castle, Sheraton Studio
City and Westin Grand Bohemian, all in Orlando, and the Casa Monica
in St. Augustine. For details, call (800) GRAND-123.
The Sonesta Beach Hotel, Key Biscayne, also pays 20% on all
sales booked by Dec. 15, regardless of travel date. A two-for-one
room offer (at $195 per night) is available on stays through Dec.
21. For details, call (800) SONESTA.
On the Space Coast, through Dec. 21, the Kennedy Space Center is
extending free admission for up to two children ages 14 and younger
with each adult admission. This deal coincides with the arrival of
a Smithsonian exhibit (on loan through April 30) called "Hubble
Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe." In related news, 14
Space Coast properties hiked commissions on stays now through Jan.
The Days Inn Kennedy Space Center, Titusville, and the Ramada
Plaza Hotel, Palm Bay, are paying 12%. The Comfort Inn & Suites
(if booked directly with the hotel), Days Inn Oceanfront, Best
Western Ocean Inn, Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach, Courtyard by Marriott,
Days Inn Oceanfront, Ocean Suite Hotel, Sea Esta Villas and Wakulla
Suites, all in Cocoa Beach, are paying 15%. Also paying 15% are the
Royal Mansions Resort, Cape Canaveral, and Best Western Space
Shuttle Inn, Titusville. The Ramada Inn & Suites KSC,
Titusville, is paying 20%. For information on the area, call (800)
In the Florida Keys, there are value-added deals such as extra
free nights, rooms from $40 per weeknight and credits for dining
and spa treatments. In addition, some hotels are paying
Islamorada properties offering 15% pay are: Star of the Sea, for
stays through Jan. 31, except Dec. 20 to Jan. 1, (800) 664-2961;
the Tropical Reef Resort (any dates), (305) 664-4891, and Port of
Call Townhomes, on weekly stays through Dec. 15, (888) 587-0508.
The 15% pay policy applies at Key West's Westwinds Inn on stays
through Dec. 23, (305) 296-4440, and at the Grand Key Resort on
stays through Dec. 25 when booked through the CRS or at (888)
Meanwhile, 20% pay is being extended by the 500 Ocean in
Marathon, a vacation home complex, on stays through Dec. 20. Call
(866) 500-0660. For information on the Keys, check the Web site at
www.flakeys.com, or call (800) FLA-KEYS.
In addition, a $99 (plus tax) package covering room, breakfast
and dinner for two on stays through Dec. 24 is available at Banana
Bay Resorts in the Marathon, Key West, St. Petersburg-Tampa and
West Palm Beach areas. Agents earn 10% on the total. For details,
call (800) BANANA-1.
At the Boca Raton Resort & Club, the one-night Best of Boca
and Bed and Breakfast packages will remain in effect at the minimum
price through Oct. 31. On Oct. 1, the Best of Boca rate normally
increases to $655 per couple.
Best of Boca, priced at $386 per couple, covers room; breakfast
and dinner; unlimited golf; unlimited tennis; the Boca Tots and
Boca Bunch children's programs; valet parking, and $300 worth of
on-site discounts for dining, recreation and merchandise. Children
ages 15 and younger stay free with adults.
The Bed and Breakfast plan starts at $139 per night, double,
(normally $190), covering room, full breakfast and $300 worth of
on-site coupons. For information, call (800) 327-0101.
In Fort Walton Beach, the Best Western Beachfront, at (850)
243-9444, is offering rooms from $69 a night, while the Ramada
Plaza Beach Resort, at (800) 874-8962, has a $99 rate with
breakfast. Both deals expire Oct. 31.
Under a $79-a-night offer from the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort,
Okaloosa Island, there is a free third night offered for each two
nights paid. The offer expires Dec. 24. For details, call (850)
Finally, National Airlines passengers flying to Miami get the
third night free at either the National Hotel or Miami Beach Ocean
Resort, both in Miami Beach, if they arrive any Monday or Wednesday
through Oct. 24, or any Tuesday through Oct. 30. For information,
call the Miami Beach Ocean Resort at (800) 550-0505.