TRAVEL: Allegiant offering cheap air fares

January 14, 2012 by  
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Allegiant wants you to kick the post-holiday blues and start dreaming about summer vacation.

The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, announced Jan. 10 the extension of its flight schedule through Aug. 14 and the beginning of its hugely popular Early Bird sale.

Travelers who book their summer reservations in the next two weeks can take advantage of fares to Los Angeles as low as $60 one way.

Pasco deal seekers can also save $40 when they take advantage of Allegiant’s vacation packages and book their air and hotel together.

Baggage fees, taxes and other fees are not included in the ticket price. Seats are limited and some restrictions and rules apply so read the website carefully.

To check out the deals and make reservations, go to www.allegiant.com. The deadline is Jan 25.


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    Allegiant offering cheap air fares

    Allegiant wants you to kick the post-holiday blues and start dreaming about summer vacation.

    The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, announced Jan. 10 the extension of its flight schedule through Aug. 14 and the beginning of its hugely popular Early Bird sale.

    Travelers who book their summer reservations in the next two weeks can take advantage of fares to Los Angeles as low as $60 one way.

  • Allegiant Air extends its schedule, offers specials

    Allegiant Air extends its schedule, offers specials

    Allegiant Air announced this week the extension of its flight schedule through Aug. 14 and the beginning of its popular early bird sale.

    Travelers who book their summer reservations in the next two weeks can take advantage of fares to Los Angeles as low as $60 one way. Other deals also are available, says the company. The sale ends Jan 25.

    Baggage fees, taxes and other fees are not included in the ticket price. Seats are limited and some restrictions and rules apply, so read the website carefully.

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Article source: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2012/01/14/1785942/travel-allegiant-offering-cheap.html

Keep the change? Travelers left behind $19110 at LAX checkpoints

January 14, 2012 by  
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In these recessionary times, it’s hard to believe that travelers left behind $19,110 in change at security checkpoints at Los Angeles International Airport during 2010. USA Today reports that as a nation we “forgot” about $400,000 in loose change at airports nationwide that same year.

The same story says $15,908 was left at San Francisco International and that $46,918, the highest amount at a single airport, was left at JFK International Airport.

Part of this might be sheer forgetfulness from folks emptying their pockets for security screenings, but it also might be waning interest in coins as legal tender. The ubiquitous change cups near 7-Eleven cash registers and elsewhere likely reinforce the idea that pennies, nickels and dimes just don’t matter.

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) wants the proceeds to go to the United Service Organizations to help military welcome centers around the world, according to media reports.

I say, let’s all be a bit more careful with our coins, no matter how much of a hurry we’re in to get to the gate. I would rather give my stray pennies, nickels and dimes to Change for Change, an organization with chapters that pass on the money to worthy charities across the country, than the TSA. I just like the organization’s “small change makes big changes” thinking.

Article source: http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-spare-chanage-tsa-20120113,0,1951139.story

Titanic anniversary: Ice-carving contests among museums’ plans

January 14, 2012 by  
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Many events are planned this year to mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking, but ice-carving competitions? Spokesman Rick Laney of Titanic museums in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Branson, Mo., sees no taste issues with the sister sites hosting such events. Both museums, he says, serve as respectful memorials to the roughly 1,500 passengers and crew members who lost their lives when the legendary ship struck an iceberg in 1912.

“Our objective every day is to honor those people by telling their story,” Laney says of the museums that share a collection of 1,800 artifacts related to the Titanic.

The Pigeon Forge site will host ice carvers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at an event that last year drew about 5,000 people. On Feb. 4 and 5, the Titanic Museum in Branson will host a preliminary round of the 2012 National Ice Carving Competition. Laney says the museums host many different events throughout the year, including princess tea parties, and that ice-carving is a perfect cold-weather tourist attraction.

Ice-carving aside, the museums themselves have interesting facades: Each is a half-scale re-creation of part of the Titanic, complete with a faux fateful iceberg embedded on one side. Inside, reproductions of a first-class stateroom, third-class cabin, part of the grand staircase and other parts of the ship and artifacts are part of the display. (Check out this photo gallery.)

The collection comes via owners Mary Kellogg-Joslyn and her husband, John, who was co-leader of the 1987 Titanic Expedition, the first to see the wreck site and recover items, and who made several documentaries about the landmark discovery.

One of the prized possessions on display: A life vest belonging to one first-class passenger, then 18-year-old Madeleine Astor, the young wife of millionaire John Jacob Astor, the richest man aboard the Titanic. He died, but his wife was rescued. “There are only nine life vests from the Titanic,” Laney says, noting that it is insured for $1.5 million.

Article source: http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-titanic-museum-ice-carving-20120113,1,7860852.story

Travel Deals: cosy interludes in Europe and the Gulf

January 14, 2012 by  
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The National staff


Rome, Italy

Cox Kings has a five-day trip to the Italian capital from Dh2,442 per person, including flights from the UAE (base fare only), accommodation, some meals, airport transfers, a city tour, sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary and one day of leisure. Visit www.coxandkings.ae or call 04 357 2628.

 

Abu Dhabi

The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa has a “24-hour package” that includes a superfoods breakfast for two, a resort voucher worth Dh400 and “the guarantee that you can stay in your room for a full 24 hours”. From Dh1,228 per night, based on two sharing.

The “quietly recharge” spa package includes one spa treatment per stay, a Dh180 spa credit, breakfast and a late 4pm checkout. From Dh1,160 per night, based on two sharing.

Stay three nights and enjoy two rounds of golf on the National Course (home to the PGA European Tour Abu Dhabi Championship). From Dh1,343 per night, including breakfast, green fees for two, unlimited use of practice facilities, a personalised bag tag and complimentary use of a golf cart during play. All prices include taxes. The offers are valid until March. Visit www.westinabudhabigolfresort.com or call 02 616 9999.

 

Musandam, Oman

Six Senses Zighy Bay has a getaway package for two that includes accommodation in a beachfront Pool Villa, one tandem paraglide, a sunset cruise with house beverages and canapés, daily breakfast, a private barbecue, a couples’ spa treatment, a destination dinner, Arabic sweets platters throughout the stay, laundry service on arrival (up to four pieces), the use of non-motorised water sports equipment, and a departure gift. From US$1,027 (Dh3,772) per person, per night, for a minimum of two nights, including taxes. The offer is valid until May. Call 00 968 2673 5555 to book.





 

France

Sail out of Cannes on the French Riviera with Essential Sailing’s new cruise. The itinerary includes a visit to the hill-top village of Èze, sampling local produce from the markets in Vieux Antibes and soaking up culture in Nice, Cannes and Monaco. A one-week private charter sailing holiday with Essential Sailing costs from £1,259 (Dh7,138) per person (in groups of six). The price includes airport transfers, seven nights’ en-suite accommodation on board, a full crew, some meals and all drinks served with meals. International airfare is not included. Visit www.essentialsailing.com to book.

 

Vienna, Austria

Emirates Holidays has three-night packages to Vienna with accommodation in hotels that include the Holiday Inn Vienna City, the Vienna Marriott and the Sacher Wien. Prices start from Dh4,120 per person and include accommodation (based on two sharing), breakfast, return flights and taxes. The offer is valid until February 29. Visit www.emiratesholidays.com or call 800 5252.

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Everywhere you go, there’s Gordon Ramsay. Enter ‘Hotel Hell’

January 14, 2012 by  
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While Republican presidential nominees duke it out on endless debates and President Obama tweaks his reelection strategy, chef Gordon Ramsay is noisily taking over the world. Hotels and restaurants might as well just start hanging out “Gordon was here” signs to warn the rest of us. Here’s what’s been announced this week alone about happenings on Planet Gordon.

The cranky charmer from “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Kitchen Nightmares” will launch “Hotel Hell” on Fox in March — yes, yet another reality TV show riven with dramatic spats in the “Hell” franchise. In this show, according to a press release, the master chef takes on not just restaurants but (as the hellish title implies) the hotel too.

Ramsay recently spent five days redoing the lobby and a suite at the Keating Hotel in San Diego (Ian Schrager, time to brush up your master chef skills?) while overhauling the hotel’s Merk restaurant. Yes, people, now you can order lavender panna cotta with hazelnut brittle at the Merk.

Next comes word that Ramsay is opening his first Las Vegas restaurant this spring — Gordon Ramsay Steak — at Paris Las Vegas, replacing the current Les Artistes Steakhouse. The 274-seater will rock the hotel’s theme world by reflecting “the resort’s Parisian theme with Ramsay’s British heritage,” says a statement from casino giant Harrahs, which owns the hotel. Just what the world needs, a London-Paris mash-up set in Vegas; it sounds like a film shoot rather than an eatery. Along with steakhouse food, Ramsay will bring fish and chips and shepherd’s pie to the menu.

And just in case you (heart) Gordon and can’t get enough of him, diners are invited to spend Valentine’s Day at his signature restaurant in the London West Hollywood for a cool $135 per person. That gets you a choice of grilled kingfish sashimi, foie gras tortellini, prime beef Wellington and other Ramsay wonders as well as a glass of wine.

What’s next? “Cruise Ship Nightmare” with a redo of the Disney Wonder and Mickey sent overboard? “Airline Hell” where he trashes snack bags in favor of his signature pretzels with bechamel?

I can hardly wait.

 

Article source: http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-trb-gordon-ramsay-hotel-restaurant-20120113,0,6323705.story