Travel Weekly's Vegas E-Letter: August 12, 2003

US AIRWAYS Nov. 1 will launch nonstop Saturday service to Las Vegas from both New York [LaGuardia] and Boston [Logan]. Service between LaGuardia and Las Vegas, which will use Airbus A321 aircraft, will depart New York at 6:15 p.m. and arrive at McCarran Int'l at 8:47 p.m. Return flights will leave Las Vegas at 3:30 p.m. and arrive at LaGuardia at 11:15 p.m. Boeing 757 aircraft will be used for the new Boston service, which will leave at 5:45 p.m. and arrive in Las Vegas at 8:31 p.m. Return flights will leave Las Vegas at 2:30 p.m. and arrive in Boston at 10:26 p.m. For more information about the new service, visit www.usairways.com.

WITH FUNJET VACATIONS' Fall Into Savings sale, clients can save up to $230 on a Las Vegas vacation, provided they book by Aug. 15 and travel by the end of October. Sample vacations include roundtrip air, hotel accommodations, 24-hour traveler assistance and the services of a Funjet Vacations representative. Package prices start at $279.99 for four nights at the Imperial Palace on Sunday departures through Sept. 7 from Houston via American Trans Air. Another starts at $349.99 for a four-night stay at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino for Sunday departures through Sept. 7 from Houston via American Trans Air. Agents can access Funjet Vacations through VAX VacationAccess and all four electronic GDSs using the vendor code FUN. For more information, can call Funjet Vacations at (800) 558-3050.

THE NEVADA STATE MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY, located in Lorenzi Park, features an exhibit of historic signs from the city's past through Jan. 4. "Neon Unplugged: Signs from the Boneyard," also includes photos of signs both past and present as well as an interactive exhibit that demonstrates how so colors are created for the neon signs throughout Las Vegas. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $2 for anyone older than 18. For more information, phone (702) 486-5205.

MEMPHIS CHAMPIONSHIP BARBECUE Monday launched the Blue Ribbon eClub, an online customer loyalty program designed to provide members with such benefits as vouchers for free menu items, discounts, contests and monthly specials. Members also will receive e-letters with information about upcoming events and cooking classes. To kick off the new program, customers through Sept. 29 can enter to win two Southwest tickets. Those interested can enter the contest and sign up for the eClub at www.memphis-bbq.com. Founded in Murphysboro, Ill., Memphis Championship Barbecue has three Las Vegas-area locations: 2250 E. Warm Springs Road in Green Valley; 4379 Las Vegas Blvd. in North Las Vegas; and inside the Santa Fe Station Hotel and Casino at 4949 N. Rancho Drive.

SHARK REEF AT MANDALAY BAY received accreditation by the American Zoo and Aquarium Assn. Only 211 institutions worldwide have earned AZA accreditation, and Shark Reef is the first Nevada institution to receive the honor. The 1.6 million-gallon aquarium is home to more than 2,000 animals from more than 100 species, including 15 shark species. The attraction is open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. The cost is $14.95 for adults and $9.95 for children older than 4. For more information, call (702) 632-4555.

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