Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: May 26, 2004

FRONTIER AIRLINES received DOT approval to begin non-stop service between Kansas City and Cancun and Salt Lake City and Cancun. The weekly flights will begin July 3 and will depart Saturdays from each destination. Frontier is awaiting DOT approval to begin non-stop service between Cancun and St. Louis. The carrier currently flies between its Denver hub and five beach destinations in Mexico: Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo. To promote the new service, Frontier is offering $99 one-way fares between Cancun and Kansas City and Cancun and Salt Lake City. Fares require a roundtrip purchase and must be purchased by midnight (EDT) May 27 for travel by Sept. 25. In addition, Frontier is offering double miles to its EarlyReturn members who fly to Cancun from either Kansas City or Salt Lake City by Aug. 28.

FUNJET VACATIONS launched seasonal nonstop charter service to Cozumel from Chicago (Midway) with flights operating through July 24 and from Nov. 6 to Dec. 12 for seven-night stays. Fourteen night itineraries will operate now through July 17 and from Nov. 6 to Dec. 4. The flight will depart Midway on Saturdays at 10:55 a.m. with returns from Cozumel at 3:30 p.m. Packages to Cozumel include roundtrip air via ATA. Travel agents can access Funjet Vacations via Vax VacationAccess, the GDSs or by calling (800) 558-3050.

AMERICAN EAGLE said it will launch daily service between Dallas and Torreon, effective Aug. 1. The flights will be operated aboard a 50-seat Embraer EMB-145 jet. The flight is scheduled to depart Dallas at 6 p.m. and arrive in Torreon at 8:02 p.m. On the return, it will depart Torreon at 7:30 a.m. and arrive in Dallas at 9:31 a.m.

MANZANILLO'S KARMINA PALACE resort introduced high-speed wireless Internet access in the resort's lobby for guests traveling with laptops and wireless Internet cards. The resort also offers wireless Internet access in its four meetings rooms and the main convention center. "People are looking for comfort and convenience when they travel," said general manager Marcos Casillas. "We want guests to have access to all the technological advances they are accustomed to at home, and that includes high-speed wireless Internet." Meanwhile, the resort launched a bonus air miles promotion in conjunction with Alaska Airlines for single parents traveling with their children. Through Dec. 22, single parents paying the single adult room rate and staying a minimum of four nights will receive 1,500 Alaska Airlines mileage reward points (redeemable in coupon form at check-in). In addition, two kids 12 and younger can stay and eat for free when sharing a room with a parent. For details, visit www.karminapalace.com or call (877) KARMINA.

CEIBA DEL MAR SPA RESORT on the Riviera Maya has been accepted as a member of Virtuoso, the network of upscale travel agencies. When travelers book a stay at Ceiba del Mar through Virtuoso, they are entitled to an upgrade to a Junior Suite (based on availability), early check-in, 5 p.m. check-out, complimentary laundry service, a $30 spa certificate and daily room service breakfast. To book or for more information, call (877) 545-6221 or visit www.ceibadelmar.com.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS and the VILLA DEL PALMAR RESIRT & SPA PUERTO VALLARTA combined to offer customers a reduced all-inclusive rate for travel July 1 to Aug. 31. A seven-night stay in a studio is required. Seven-night, land-only packages start at $646 per person, double, reflecting a savings of $114 per couple, Pleasant Holiday said. Prices include roundtrip airport transfers, all meals and drinks, activities and hotel taxes and surcharges. For information and reservations, visit www.pleasantagent.com or call (800) 448-3333.

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