Tidbits from down Mexico Way

Here's a quick rundown of what's happening south of the border.Viva Resorts lowered its rates by as much as 30% at its six resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. The company's Mexico properties are the Viva Maya and Viva Azteca in Playa del Carmen and the Viva Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta.

Rates at the Viva Maya start at $85 per person, double; prices at the Viva Azteca start at $95, and rates at the Viva Vallarta start at $80. All rates are in effect through Dec. 22.

The Viva Maya in Playa del Carmen is one of three Viva Resorts properties in Mexico. Travel agents who book via the firm's toll-free reservations number or Web site will receive 12% commission plus $10 per booking. The commission bonus is valid on new bookings for travel through Dec. 23.

Meanwhile, Viva Resorts introduced in-room continental breakfast as part of the company's inclusive concept. The feature is available at Viva Vallarta and Viva Azteca.

Guests can order continental breakfast from room service daily from 7 a.m. to 10 am. A full breakfast buffet is available at all Viva resorts.

For details, call (800) 898-9968 or visit www.vivaresorts.com.

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Cancun's Real Resorts is offering discounted rates to rescue workers involved in the search-and-recovery operations in New York and Washington. The hotel company's Red, White & Blue inclusive packages are available at the Gran Caribe Real Resort & Spa and the Costa Real Hotel & Suites, both in Cancun, and the Gran Porto Real Suites & Spa in Playa del Carmen.

The packages include all meals, beverages, a children's program, taxes and gratuities. Air fare is not included. Rates are $55 per night (reduced from $220) for two at the Costa Real and $70 per night (reduced from $280) at the Gran Caribe Real and the Gran Porto Real.

Two children ages 12 and younger can stay for free in the same room as their parents. The rates are valid through Dec. 23.

To book, call (800) 543-7556 or visit www.real.com.mx.

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TheFour Seasons Punta Mita, located 45 minutes by car north of Puerto Vallarta, is marketing a variety of packages. The Renewal package costs $300 per night. It includes accommodations in a Casita room with an ocean view, daily breakfast, one massage per person and a 50% discount on a round of golf with equipment.

A five-night spa package costs $3,400 for a Casita room with ocean views. The package features the following per guest: two eight-minute massages, one 50-minute massage, one body scrub, one additional body treatment, a manicure and pedicure, a spa gift and airport transfers. All packages are priced per room.

For reservations, call (800) 332-3442 or visit www.fourseasons.com.

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Mexicana Airlines relaunched its package vacation operation, MexSeaSun, with Mark Travel Corp. The airline's private label was formerly operated by Apple Vacations.

The packages are accessible via the major CRSs under the vendor code MSS, and also through the VAX Vacation Access Internet booking system, at www.vacationaccess.com.

For additional information, call (866) 263-9732.

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Aeromexico launched a frequent flyer program for corporate members and their employees. Called Corporate Club Premier, it lets members accrue points every time their employees fly with Aeromexico or a code-share partner.

Points can be redeemed for free award tickets, upgrades to Clase Premier and Salon Premier airport lounge memberships. Gold Corporate Club Premier members receive additional benefits.

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