Travel Weekly's Mexico E-Letter: Sept. 10, 2003

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS teamed with the Avalon Bacarra Cancun on a weeklong package that offers the seventh night free for guests who stay from Jan. 4 to April 26; bookings must be made by Nov. 30. Seven-night, land-only packages start at $660 per person, double, reflecting a savings of $215 per room. Prices include roundtrip airport transfers, accommodations, all hotel taxes and surcharges. For guests departing from the West Coast, Pleasant offers weekly scheduled jet service to Cancun aboard ATA Airlines. Seven-night, air-inclusive packages start at $1,085 per person, double, from Los Angeles, and $1,125 from San Francisco. For information or reservations, call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.PleasantAgent.com.

SUNTRIPS' released its Mexico brochures for 2004. The brochure features several new hotels, including the RIU Palace Las Americas in Cancun, Kai-Kaana Canto Del Mar on the Mayan Riviera, the Crowne Plaza Los Cabos Beach Resort and the Grand Baja Resort and Spa in Los Cabos and the Mayan Sea Garden Nuevo Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta. In addition, the brochure outlines SunTrips' golf packages, which are available at a number of hotels in Cancun/Mayan Riviera, Cozumel, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta. The brochure also highlights Mexico's family-friendly properties. To order the brochure, call (800) 786-8747 or visit the Web at www.suntrips.com.

MEANWHILE, due to record business to Mexico from its Denver gateway, SunTrips is offering agents a $10 per passenger booking bonus. This offer is valid for new bookings made through Oct. 4 for Denver departures through Nov. 17. Paid directly to the booking agent, the bonus is applicable for air-only, complete packages and group bookings. For information and redemption forms, call SunTrips' Inside Sales department at (800) 786-7253.

AEROMEXICO VACATIONS is offering a $100 gift certificate for bookings made by Sept. 26 for travel through Sept. 30. Bookings must be made using promo code 03lab. The certificate is valid on all air-inclusive packages through April 30. AeroMexico Vacations can be booked in the major GDS's and through www.vaxvacationaccess.com. Agents also can call (800) 245-8585.

FRONTIER AIRLINES is offering introductory fares for its new nonstop service from Denver to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo. The airline will operate two nonstop flights each week between Denver and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo beginning Jan. 31. Introductory fares are $218 off-peak and $298 peak. Fares must be booked by Oct. 31. For information or to make a reservation, visit www.frontierairlines.com or call (800) 4321-FLY.

FUNJET VACATIONS is expanding its Web presence on several fronts. It's offering agencies a new Go Funjet booking link they can put on their Web sites that will enable agencies to book Funjet products at the operator's regular commissions, although agencies will have to service the bookings. Funjet is first making the link available to its preferred partner agencies, which already feature Funjet information-only links on their sites. The next group in line for the booking link are agencies signed up with VAX VacationAccess [www.vaxvacationaccess.com].

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