Travel Weekly's Mexico E-Letter July 9, 2003

US AIRWAYS will expand its service to Mexico beginning this fall by adding new routes and boosting frequencies. US Airways' Mexico expansion is set to begin Oct. 26 when the airline begins daily roundtrip service between its hub in Charlotte and Mexico City. The service will be operated aboard an A319 with room for 120 passengers. Flights will depart Charlotte at 10:15 a.m. and arrive in Mexico City at 1:26 p.m; return flights will depart Mexico City at 2:26 p.m. and arrive in Charlotte at 6:45 p.m. Meanwhile, US Airways plans to increase its Boston-Cancun service to five flights a week Feb. 14, with one roundtrip flight on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and two roundtrip flights on Saturdays. US Airways currently operates one roundtrip flight on Saturdays.

FUNJET VACATIONS extended to July 31 the booking deadline for its Fly Free This Fall promotion. Under the promotion, Funjet is offering discounts for groups of 11 to 19 people to Cancun. Groups can choose between a $200 discount on one air/hotel reservation or one free airline ticket. This offer is valid on select St. Louis and Kansas City departures. Sample vacations include roundtrip air, hotel accommodations, roundtrip airport transfers and hotel taxes. From St. Louis three- and seven-night packages are available from Aug. 16 to Nov. 15 and Nov. 29 to Dec. 13. From Kansas City seven-night packages are available from Oct. 4 to Nov. 15 and Nov. 29 to Dec. 6. Travel agents can access Funjet Vacations through VAX VacationAccess [www.vaxvacationaccess.com[, the major GDSs or by calling the groups department at (800) 281-4806.

IN OTHER FUNJET NEWS, the operator launched Code Fun, which offers discounted roundtrip charter fares to the U.S. military. The deal offers travel to Mexico for $100 through Dec. 15. Fares, which include fuel surcharges but not fees and taxes, are per person for military personnel and one companion and are not commissionable, although Funjet will pay commission on hotel stays and car rentals.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS added the El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel to its Mexico product line in 2004. El Cid La Ceiba Cozumel is located on the beach near San Miguel. The property offers two restaurants, tennis courts, a spa and fitness center, a dive shop and a private beach club. Five-night, land-only packages start at $313 per person, double; children 14 and younger stay free in their parents' room. Prices include roundtrip airport transfers and all hotel taxes and surcharges. Meanwhile, Pleasant Holidays and the Villa del Palmar resort in Puerto Vallarta are offering a fourth night free to guests who travel through Oct. 31, and the sixth and seventh nights free to guests who travel through Dec. 20. Four-night, land-only packages start at $148 per person, double, while seven-night, land-only packages start at $251 per person, double. To book, call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.pleasantagent.com.

ARC said it is suspending its agreement with Aerolineas Internacionales, which serves destinations in Mexico, following completion of the processing of sales for the period ending July 13. ARC said transactions submitted with agents' July 20 sales reports and beyond will be returned unprocessed. Agents will have to then send sales reports directly to the carrier at Aerolineas Internacionales, Suite 380, 3 Park Plaza, Irvine, Calif., 92614.

THE BOUTIQUE ESPERANZA resort in Cabo San Lucas is offering customers one free night when they book three nights through Oct. 14. Room rates at the 56-room resort start at $350 for a gardenview room through Oct. 14. For information or reservations, call (866) 282-3743.

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