Travel Weekly's Mexico E-Letter June 25, 2003

DELTA AIR LINES will expand its code-share relationship with AeroMexico beginning July 7 by offering code-share service from Ontario, Calif., to Los Cabos and from Las Vegas to Monterrey. "Mexico continues to be one of Delta's most important and successful markets in Latin America," said Arnaldo Ruiz, general manager of alliances for Delta. The new service between Ontario and Los Cabos will be offered Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Flights to Los Cabos will depart Ontario at 2:20 p.m. and arrive in Los Cabos at 5:40 p.m. On the return, flights will leave Los Cabos at 11:30 a.m. and arrive in Ontario at 12:50 p.m. The new flights between Las Vegas and Monterrey will operate on Thursdays and Sundays. On Thursdays, the flight from Las Vegas will depart at 4:30 p.m. and arrive in Monterrey at 9:25 p.m. On Sundays, the flight will depart Las Vegas at 6:45 p.m. and arrive in Monterrey at 11:40 p.m. Returning home, the flight will depart Monterrey at 2:45 p.m. and arrive in Las Vegas at 3:35 p.m. on Thursdays and depart Monterrey at 4:45 p.m. and arrive in Las Vegas at 5:35 p.m. on Sundays. With this new service, Delta will offer 220 flights to 35 cities in Mexico in conjunction with AeroMexico.

WHAT ARE SOME OTHER BENEFITS of the Delta/AeroMexico alliance? As of last week, AeroMexico Vacations began marketing vacations to Cancun for travelers from Baltimore; Boston; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit; Greenville, S.C.; Nashville; New Orleans; Washington; and Greensboro and Raleigh/Durham, N.C. As a result of the code-share agreement, customers will be able to fly on Delta to its hub in Atlanta, where they will then connect to Cancun via AeroMexico (flights 610 and 611). "For U.S. travelers to Mexico originating from major southeast cities, AeroMexico Vacations' added service to Cancun with Delta is a convenient option while allowing us the opportunity to offer the popular Mexico destination of Cancun to even more vacationers," said Christie Grabowski, director of private label brands for the Mark Travel Corp. AeroMexico Vacations' three-night packages to Cancun start at $569 from Baltimore, $619 from Boston; $514 from Atlanta; $589 from Nashville, Tenn.; $614 from Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; $639 from Detroit; $569 from Washington, D.C.; $589 from Columbus, Ohio; $589 from Cleveland; and $589 from Greensboro, N.C. prices include roundtrip air fare. To book, call (800) 245-8585 or visit www.aeromexicovacations.com.

WITH FAMILIES planning their summer vacations, the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort is touting its Hilton Vacation Station programs. Hilton claims Vacation Station is the only family program in the hotel industry to offer complimentary age-appropriate toys and games for kids to use during their hotel stay. Available free of charge at the Hilton Los Cabos through Sept. 1, Vacation Station is offered to guests traveling with children and is available in conjunction with all packages and accommodations types. As part of the program, the resort offers a Toy Lending Desk with a wide selection of age-appropriate toys and games for children (or adults just acting like children) to borrow. As a welcome gift, the hotel is also offering kids ages 4 to 12 a compact canvas carrier that can hold a portable CD player or electronic game and up to six CDs or DVDs. It features an extra pocket for a book or coloring materials. Meanwhile, the hotel allows kids 18 and younger to stay free in their parent's room. For more details, visit www.hilton.com/families.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS will offer the Crown Paradise Club in Cancun in its product line for stays beginning Jan. 4. Seven-night, air-inclusive packages will start at $1,409 per person, double, from Los Angeles and $1,449 from San Francisco. Meanwhile, Pleasant Holidays teamed with Cancun's all-inclusive Aquamarina Beach Hotel to offer guests reduced rates from July 1 through Dec. 21. Four-night, air-inclusive packages start at $644 per person, double, from Los Angeles, and $684 per person from San Francisco. Prices include roundtrip air fare; airport transfers; all meals and drinks; activities; hotel taxes and surcharges; and on-site assistance from Pleasant's customer service representatives. Aquamarina Beach Hotel is rated a three-star property. For more information or reservations, call (800) 448-3333 or visit Pleasant's Web site at www.pleasantagent.com.

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