Travel Weekly's Vegas E-Letter: June 3, 2003

MCCARRAN INT'L AIRPORT this month will debut SpeedCheck, which is said to be the country's first multi-airline, self-service kiosk system. The system [the first phase of which cost $2 million], which will allow travelers to print boarding passes or check baggage for any participating airline operating from McCarran, will be installed in two phases and will feature 38 kiosks located at strategic points in the airport. McCarran also said it will install four kiosks at the Las Vegas Convention Center to expedite check-ins before travelers arrive at the airport. The first phase is for travelers with carry-on baggage only; a second phase will accommodate travelers with checked luggage.

AGENTS CAN EARN an extra 1% commission on ATA Vacations' Las Vegas bulk air and hotel packages that are booked through June 30 for travel through Feb. 27, 2004. Reservations for ATA Vacations, which is operated by The Mark Travel Corp., can be made using vendor code ATA.

MGM MIRAGE VACATIONS is celebrating its new service to Las Vegas from Atlanta via ATA by offering a $15 per-person discount. To receive the savings, agents should use the code "AirTran" when booking. Sample prices, excluding the discount, start at $259 per person and include roundtrip air, a two-night stay at the Golden Nugget and 24-hour traveler assistance. Prices are valid for Tuesday and Wednesday departures July 9 through Aug. 26. MGM Mirage Vacations can be booked through all four GDSs using the vendor code MRV or through VAX VacationAccess. Agents also can call (800) 360-7111.

ALLEGIANT AIR will begin nonstop scheduled service between Las Vegas and Denver on July 3. To mark the new service, which will operate on Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday, the carrier is offering an introductory one-way fare of $99, which must be purchased by June 13 for travel through Nov. 17. In addition, if the flight is booked at, clients will receive an extra $5 off the price of each flight segment. After June 13, regular one-way fares will range from $119 to $199. Allegiant, through its Allegiant Vacations program, also features air and hotel packages to Las Vegas from Denver starting at $209 per person, roundtrip if booked by June 13. To book by phone call (888) 594-6937 for air only or (800) 432-3810 for vacation packages.

FUNJET VACATIONS AND TRANSMERIDIAN now offer first-class seating--10 seats per flight-- on all charter departures from Chicago [O'Hare]. Sample prices, which are valid for Monday departures between June 23 and July 28, start at $299.99 per person for a four-night package that includes first-class air. To book, call (800) 558-3050 or use vendor code FUN on the GDSs.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL and New York-New York Hotel & Casino, citing technical glitches, delayed the opening of Zumanity to Aug. 14. The production originally was scheduled to debut July 31.

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