Travel Weekly's Mexico E-Letter July 30, 2003

FRONTIER AIRLINES will launch nonstop service between Denver and two Mexican destinations: Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Starting Nov. 1, Frontier will operate one weekly nonstop between Denver and Los Cabos. Frontier will expand the Denver-Los Cabos service to three flights a week starting Nov. 22. Also on Nov. 22, Frontier will launch three weekly nonstop flights between Denver and Puerto Vallarta. Frontier already serves Cancun and Mazatlan from Denver. "We're extremely pleased to offer two more Mexico destinations to our passengers," said Sean Menke, vp-marketing and planning. "Passengers have responded well to our Cancun and Mazatlan service, which we introduced in December 2002." Frontier is marketing a $218 introductory roundtrip fare to both Mexican cities Monday through Thursday, and $298 Friday to Sunday. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 16. To promote the new service, members of Frontier's frequent flyer program will receive double miles for travel to and from Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta between Nov. 1 and Dec. 18.

ATA AIRLINES will launch nonstop service from Chicago [Midway] to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mexico, beginning Dec. 20. The service will be offered once a week on Saturdays. "There has been increased demand for Caribbean and Mexican markets in Chicago," said John Happ, ATA's senior vp-marketing and sales. ATA will also resume seasonal service from Chicago to Puerto Vallarta on Dec. 17. The flights will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Puerto Vallarta and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo flights will operate through April 2004. Meanwhile, ATA will expand its service from Chicago to Guadalajara from six days a week to seven by adding nonstop roundtrip service on Wednesdays starting Nov. 20. To book, call (800) I-FLY-ATA or visit the www.ata.com.

SUNTRIPS, in responding to strong demand for Cancun from the San Francisco area during the Thanksgiving holiday, added an additional flight which will depart Oakland, Calif., on Nov. 24 and return on Dec. 1. Eight-day packages start at $689 per person, double, including roundtrip air fare, accommodations and airport transfers. SunTrips' Mexico charters are operated in conjunction with North American Airlines. For information or reservations, call (800) 786-8747 or visit www.suntrips.com.

US AIRWAYS VACATION said it's offering up to 40% off on air-inclusive packages to Mexico for bookings made through Aug. 8 for travel Aug. 14 to Dec. 14. In addition, travel agents will earn 17% commissions on bookings made via VAX VacationAccess [www.vaxvacationaccess.com], 15% on bookings via the major GDSs and 10% on call-center bookings [800-455-0123]. Packages include roundtrip air fare on US Airways, hotel accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers, and hotel taxes and service charges. The lead price in Cancun is $299 per person, double, for a three-night package at the Imperial Las Perlas with air fare from Raleigh/Durham, N.C.

THE CASA DEL MAR BEACH, GOLF AND SPA RESORT in Los Cabos is marketing a Value Season package until Dec. 15 that's priced 63% below a comparable high-season program. The four-night package costs $897 for two people and includes daily breakfast, roundtrip airport transfers, a rental car for one day, a discounted rate on a round of golf, a twice-daily shuttle to Cabo San Lucas, and all taxes and service charges. During high season, the price for this same package would be $2,429 for two, according to the resort. Casa del Mar is situated 25 minutes by car from Los Cabos Airport between San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. For information or reservations, call (800) 227-9621 or visit www.casadelmargolfandspa.com.

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