Tell us what you think…and earn a chance to win a Trip to Orlando!

The Orlando 2007 Official Tour & Travel Reference Manual was recently distributed to travel agents throughout the United States and Canada. Featuring the most up-to-date information on Orlando’s accommodations, attractions and leisure activities, the guide offers the most comprehensive resource on the Orlando area.

If you have not received a copy of the Orlando 2007 Official Tour & Travel Reference Manual, please visit the Travel Professional section of our Web site at where you can request the reference manual and other helpful materials on Orlando.

my pet! Savvytravelagent: December 2005

Friday, December 30, 2005

Abercrombie & Kent Considerably Improves its Operational Efficiencies

Abercrombie & Kent Considerably Improves its Operational Efficiencies by Deploying Attunity’s Real-Time Data Integration PlatformAttunity’s real-time Data Integration helps A&K reduce the latency in its reporting, considerably reducing its batch windows and increasing system resource utilization.
Burlington, MA, December 05, 2005 — Attunity, Ltd. (NASDAQ: ATTU), a leading provider of strategic enterprise integration platforms for real time and on demand data integration, today announced that Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) has deployed its Attunity real-time Data Integration platform with Microsoft’s DTS to improve the timeliness of its reporting, eliminate its nightly batch processing and free up system resources to improve service levels to its customers.
Abercrombie & Kent, a luxury travel company based in Oak Brook, IL with 48 offices worldwide, needed to improve the timeliness of its financial reporting and provide accurate and up-to-date information on customer data, reservations and schedules. They have selected Attunity’s Stream solution to update their data warehouse, based on Microsoft’s SQL Server, in real-time. The information, extracted from the HP NonStop production system, is delivered on-demand to the SQL Server for business and financial reporting.
"Attunity's real-time Stream solution has allowed us to considerably increase our operational efficiencies," said Scot Anderson, VP of Information Technology at A&K. "We can now maintain our customer database and generate timely operational and financial reports immediately without having to wait for our nightly batch processing to complete. As a matter of fact, the Attunity solution may allow us to eliminate our batch windows altogether."
Attunity's real-time Integration Suite provides seamless integration between the SQL Server 2005 BI Suite and HP NonStop platform. It provides direct data access and fast and efficient change data capture, allowing companies to build reports and dashboards that access information on the NonStop. Furthermore, using Attunity's data Federation solution, real-time information from multiple sources can be provided as part of a virtual view, delivered directly to business users.
"Attunity is addressing critical and difficult data integration challenges involving real-time data movement, batch windows and the growing volumes of data," said Daniel Sapir, VP of worldwide marketing, Attunity. "We are very pleased that Abercrombie & Kent selected us for their real time reporting. Our real-time solution is specifically architected to deliver immediate business benefits with increased operational efficiencies and cost reductions.

Carl Karwitt -- Wine Expert

Carl Krawitt Wine-Wits LLC
Travels from: San Francisco, CAFee Range: Varies*
“The proper food and wine pairing makes a meal a memorable event and closes the deal.”

Carl Krawitt has conducted wine seminars at universities, corporations, restaurants, and hotels for a variety of audiences throughout the United States. He has worked with many wineries including Kendall-Jackson and Pasternak Wine Imports, co-owned by Domaines Barones de Rothschild (Lafite), of Bordeaux, France.
He has directed marketing for a variety of brands from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and California. He graduated from St. Lawrence University, received a Vintage Degree in Fine Wine from UCLA and an M.B.A from Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management. He earned a Diploma from the Guild of Master Sommeliers in Napa, CA and is a member of the Society of Wine Educators.
It is fine wine, and its kinship with fine foods, that brings him the most satisfaction as a wine professional.

Selected Sample of Carl's Topics
Team Building, Leadership, Sales Training, Conferences, Networking, Incentives
Increase Productivity, Strengthen Client Relationships, & Build Confidence!
Signature Seminar: Introduction to Wine Tasting: Taste+Aroma = Flavor
Understand... to taste Wine
...elements that determine quality to pair wine with food to read a wine list
...apply wine knowledge at professional dining experiences
Custom Seminars and Wine Dinners developed with your group Wine-Wits LLC
Travels from: San Francisco, CAFee Range: Varies*
“The proper food and wine pairing makes a meal a memorable event and closes the deal.”

Carl Krawitt has conducted wine seminars at universities, corporations, restaurants, and hotels for a variety of audiences throughout the United States. He has worked with many wineries including Kendall-Jackson and Pasternak Wine Imports, co-owned by Domaines Barones de Rothschild (Lafite), of Bordeaux, France.
He has directed marketing for a variety of brands from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and California. He graduated from St. Lawrence University, received a Vintage Degree in Fine Wine from UCLA and an M.B.A from Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management. He earned a Diploma from the Guild of Master Sommeliers in Napa, CA and is a member of the Society of Wine Educators.
It is fine wine, and its kinship with fine foods, that brings him the most satisfaction as a wine professional.

Selected Sample of Carl's Topics
Team Building, Leadership, Sales Training, Conferences, Networking, Incentives
Increase Productivity, Strengthen Client Relationships, & Build Confidence!
Signature Seminar: Introduction to Wine Tasting: Taste+Aroma = Flavor
Understand... to taste Wine
...elements that determine quality to pair wine with food to read a wine list
...apply wine knowledge at professional dining experiences
Custom Seminars and Wine Dinners developed with your group

Kona Hawaii Deal!

Charming private hideaway in Hawaii! Book your own cottage on Big Island’s Kona Coast for just $195/nt Book by: ASAP Travel by: Late March 2006 — Updated: 12/27/05 at 11:36 AM EST
The Deal If you’re planning a Hawaii escape this winter, here’s an offbeat idea. We urge you to book an entirely different holiday than staying at some overcrowded – and overpriced – beach resort. Instead, why not stay in your very own private cottage on Big Island’s stunning Kona Coast? We found one where peak season rates start as low as $195/night! Tara Cottage sits in a magnificent area of coffee plantations, macadamia nut orchards and ranch lands on the South Kona Coast. Surrounded by ten secluded acres, this beautifully designed redwood and cedar charmer overlooks the dazzling Kealakekua Bay. This romantic location can’t be beat; it’s perfect if you’re looking for some peace and quiet. The interiors are exquisitely appointed with original artwork, Indonesian fabrics and wood carvings. Amenities include a fully-equipped kitchen; a well-stocked library; an outdoor shower with jet massage; a large outdoor lanai with fabulous bay views; and an intimate reading alcove. You won’t find any facilities on the premises, but you’ll certainly find plenty of charm and character. Plus you can have the whole thing to yourself from only $195/night this winter!
The Dollars You can rent an entire cottage for just $195/night based on two people staying for a minimum of five nights. For two-night stays, the nightly rate goes up to $225. A third person surcharge is only $25!
The Catch Don’t expect on-premise facilities you’d find in a typical hotel.

New York City Hotel Bargain

Dose off at designer hotel in New York. Discounted B&B rates at trendy Morgans Hotel, for just $250/nt Book by: March 1, 2006 Travel by: March 15, 2006 — Updated: 12/27/05 at 11:36 AM EST
The Deal For hip urban types headed to New York this winter, we found a wonderfully affordable and ultra-chic Big Apple overnight. Live it up at one of New York’s most fashionable designer properties, an Ian Schrager hotel nonetheless, for $250/night, with complimentary breakfast and a free upgrade. Location-wise, you can’t do much better than Morgans Hotel. The property is right in the thick of all things fashionable, on the east side of Midtown. Vanity Fair describes this designer digs as “the handsomest of New York hotels”. It features the ambiance of an exclusive apartment building – there isn’t even a sign outside! Inside, it comes with an intimate lobby and minimalist guestrooms where swanky amenities sit alongside original Mapplethorpe photographs. To top off your stay, the stylish Asia de Cuba restaurant serves creative Asian/Cuban fusion cuisine, while the chic Morgan’s Bar draws a mix of hip New Yorkers and out-of-towners. You won’t even have to leave the premises for a trendy city experience. The hotel itself is the ultimate trendy destination!
The Dollars The rate of $250/night (plus hotel taxes, of course) is valid on select dates (call the number below for details) through March 1. It includes complimentary buffet breakfast and, upon availability, a free upgrade to a superior room. Note that room-only rates run up to $350, so you’re getting a real deal here.
The Catch You''ll need the clothes to match the decor! Either pack your own or suit yourself up once in town.

Orlando and Mickey Mouse Deals

Mickey mania from $82/night! Save in 2006 with these top hotel picks in Orlando. Book by: ASAP Travel by: January 28, 2006 — Updated: 12/29/05 at 2:07 PM EST
The Deal Craving some good old theme park fun? Who can resist a trip to the magical world of Disney, especially when you can stay nearby at classy joints for practically peanuts. We've rounded up a few cost-saving hotel options that include two apartment-like digs with all the comforts of home and one severely discounted high-end classic, starting from just $82/night.Villa-style Oak Plantation Resort near Disney from $82/night:Surrounded by woodlands, this tucked away resort touts an upscale atmosphere despite its affordable prices. Multi-room villas come complete with a kitchen, washer and dryer, and balconies (in some). Facilities include three pools, a large spa tub, and basketball and tennis courts. Disney is 8 miles away and Gatorland is only 4 miles away.Mediterranean-style townhouses at the Fantasy World Club Villas from $94/night:This sprawling pink resort is only 3 miles from Disney and has a complimentary shuttle that shoots guests over to all the parks. More like a small community than a hotel, townhouse accommodations make you feel right at home with full kitchens, two stories, two bathrooms each, and private patios.Recently revamped 4-star Peabody Orlando from $190/night:Usual rates here can start from $400/night so this rate represents considerable savings. A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, this luxurious hotel is most famous for its original décor consisting of the hallmark mallard ducks. It also boasts a refined and sophisticated air with expansive facilities and fine dining. Frommer’s agrees, “Primarily a business and convention destination, the Peabody also appeals to adults looking for a classy hotel that provides top-of-the-line service, amenities, and atmosphere.”
The Dollars Prices are based on dates and availability so rates may vary at time of booking.

Ft Layderdale Deals

Fantastic Fort Lauderdale stays Kick off 2006 with beach escapes and King Tut takes from $199 Book by: ASAP Travel by: April 2006 — Updated: 12/29/05 at 4:28 PM EST
The Deal Now’s the time to unwind with the hoopla of the holidays just about behind us – try a couple of well-deserved days relaxing on the beach. We suggest Fort Lauderdale – it’s close to home, it’s got plenty of action, like the long-anticipated King Tut exhibition, and – as the main draw – it’s cheap, thanks to these top hotel deals we’ve selected for you, valid for stays on select dates through April 2006. Pick between hotel and King Tut ticket packages at a top-rated beach resort or a charming riverside hotel from $199/nt; or reap in the benefits of your AAA/CAA membership with 10% discounts and complimentary breakfasts at one of Fort Lauderdale's most luxurious properties. Beachfront stay and King Tut exhibit tickets at Marriott: $199+The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Hotels & Resorts are the official hotel sponsor of the famous King Tut Exhibit being held at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art through April 23, 2006. As such, guests at the Marriott’s Harbor Beach will have access to enticing package rates, including overnight accommodations, two VIP tickets with exclusive front-of-line access, two audio tours, and 10% off museum gift shop purchase – all from $199. The recently renovated property features an $8 million European-style spa, marble-adorned guest quarters, sweeping ocean views, and top-notch restaurants sprawled out on 16 lush oceanfront acres. Stay at Las Olaf Boulevard charmer with special King Tut rates: $199+The Riverside Hotel on the fashionable Las Olas Boulevard is offering special King Tut package rates from only $199//night. Instead of the ocean, you’ll be staying by the New River that runs at the back of the property, described by Frommer’s as a “charming, six-story 1936 hotel”. The rooms are equipped with the usual array of amenities (you get a complimentary newspaper delivery on weekdays and a daily afternoon tea served in the lobby) and, to make up for the lack of beach, there’s even an outdoor pool in a lush tropical garden setting. Package rates include a deluxe overnight guest sleeping room, continental breakfast in Indigo Restaurant, one 20% off discount dinner card in Indigo Restaurant, and more – plus, the hotel is within walking distance to the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art. Luxuriate at Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six: AAA/CAA members save 10%This gorgeously landscaped spot is in the top tier of Ft. Lauderdale’s luxury properties. Frommer’s writes, “Located on 22 tropical acres on the Intracoastal Waterway, this resort is best known for its world-class marina and its rooftop lounge that spins every 66 minutes.” Inside Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, the airy guestrooms come complete with tropical motifs and a wide array of deluxe bells and whistles. On the premises are also five restaurants, including an upscale steakhouse, as well as two bars for guests’ imbibing pleasure. Recreational facilities include a hydrotherapy swimming pool, a European-style spa and several tennis courts. During the peak winter season, rack rates for a double room at this four-star hotel run up to $345/night. But you won’t have to cover this high cost if you are a member of AAA or CAA – the hotel offers discounted rates of 10% off the prevailing rate plus free full breakfast daily. This offer is valid for stays through February 28, 2006.
The Dollars Prices are based on dates and availability so rates may vary at time of booking. And, don’t forget those extra taxes and gratuities!
The Catch For an even hipper beach stay, see our Miami hotel picks.
The Booking Details To book the Marriott’s Harbor Beach, click here. To book the Riverside Hotel, click here. To book the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, click here.

St Barts Air and Hotel

Sensational St. Barts air & hotel winter fling $1502 for hi-season weekends on one of Caribbean’s fanciest islands Book by: ASAP Travel by: Various through mid-March 2006 — Updated: 12/27/05 at 11:18 AM EST
The Deal It’s not just A-list celebrities who can enjoy exclusive St. Barths this year – you can too with the well-priced long weekend deals we’ve found to this chi chi Caribbean island on Orbitz. Indeed, $1502 now covers your flight and a three-night stay at the intimate Saint-Barth’s Beach Hotel on several weekend dates through mid-March. Since nightly rates here go as high as $375 at this time of year, you’re getting quite a bargain, especially when you factor in the airfare and superior beachfront room included in the packageAs Frommer’s says: “forget historic sites or ambitious watersports programs. You go to St. Barts for the relaxation, the French cuisine, the white-sand beaches, and the ultimate in comfort.” You will get all of that if you book this terrific package. A number of air and hotel combos are available and easily found through Orbitz''s search engine. In fact, we checked all weekend dates through mid-March and found several at this affordable price tag – perfect for a luxe high-season getaway that won''t cost you too many vacation days.You''ll fly from New York and spend the weekend at the Saint-Barth’s Beach Hotel, an intimate beachfront retreat where 36 tropically decked out units come complete with private balconies and a full range of in-room perks. This midrange option is one of the island’s favorites. Fodor’s writes, “Active Europeans and families love this simple, comfortable hotel for its location on a wide, calm beach ideal for wind-borne water sports (such as kite surfing or windsurfing), a complete gym, nice boutique, and excellent restaurant, Le Rivage.” A standard night here normally costs north of a whopping $345 this time of year. We’ve calculated that you''ll save about $420 by booking air and hotel together. Check for departure weekends on January 27–30; February 2–5; February 24–27; and March 17–20.
The Dollars This Orbitz special is priced per person based on double occupancy and, save air taxes and fees, includes three nights at the resort and air from New York. For packages from other cities, select your desired departure point. You may find lower prices to boot!
The Catch Celeb sightings not guaranteed!

Luxury Caribbean Cruises

The Deal How about treating yourself to a truly classy Caribbean cruise this winter? Now you can, with the threesome of terrific sailings we found, at heavily discounted prices. These sunny flings depart on various dates through March, all aboard five-star ships. Prices start as low as $1548 and mark-downs go as high as 51%. Now is the time to hit high seas in high style! Five-star Eastern Caribbean fling with Radisson for 47% offFor a quickie Caribbean fling aboard one of top-rated ships afloat, look no further than this Orbitz cruise we found. On two dates in March – March 16 and 19 – Radisson’s Seven Seas Navigator sets sail from San Juan, Puerto Rico, on a circuit of Eastern Caribbean islands. Great news: This four-night voyage is now on sale for only $1548! In fact, book a suite on this five-star ocean liner and you will be saving 47% off the brochure price. En route, the ship calls at Philipsburg, St. Martin; Gustavia, St. Barths; and Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, before disembarking back in San Juan. If the price still seems too hefty, just remember you’ll be sailing on the all-suite Seven Seas Navigator which, according to, features “spacious suite accommodations . . . luxurious in-suite amenities . . . impeccable service throughout; a generous space-per-guest ratio (67.3 ft. of public space per guest); varied dining possibilities . . .” Now the price tag doesn’t seem so high, does it? Luxurious Caribbean jaunt on Seabourn Legend for $1595Our second favorite cruise special comes courtesy of Vacation Outlet, at a discount of 51% off the rack rate. The exclusive Seabourn Legend hits high seas on March 14 on a five-night Caribbean jaunt from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Thomas. Suites on this fantastic sailing are now selling for only $1595! The itinerary can be described as skimpy, as it takes in only two destinations – San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. It does, however, include two entire days at sea aboard the ultra-luxurious Seabourn Legend. This small all-suite vessel is one of the most elegant and sophisticated around. writes, “with an abundance of public space and so few (and quiet) fellow passengers, cruising on the Legend is more like sailing on your own personal yacht with several friends.” Now this experience can be yours at heavily reduced cost. Book the cruise now and you’ll save $1690! Southern Caribbean sailing on stunning Wind Surf for $1649The last Caribbean treat we found for you is currently on offer by CruisesOnly. This last-minute deal has a special price for the seven-night Southern Caribbean cruise departing on January 15 aboard high-ranked Wind Surf. Regularly priced at $2599, ocean-view staterooms on this sailing are now on sale for only $1649! That’s 37% off the brochure cost for this unique cruising adventure. The ship ventures round-trip from Bridgetown, Barbados, making stops at some off-the-beaten-path islands along the way. Those include Tobago, Grenada, Grenadines, and Dominica. You’ll sail aboard Wind Surf, described by as “one of the world's most distinctive cruise ships” with “a casual, free-spirited yacht-like atmosphere”. For even more luxury, you can book a suite on the later sailing, January 29, at a discounted price of just $2849.
The Dollars Per person prices above include accommodation based on double occupancy, onboard meals and drinks, as well as many activities. You’ll have to cover the cost of government taxes and fees, shore excursions, and, of course, airfare.
The Catch Onboard extras come with quite a price tag aboard five-star ships. To Book

Affordable Africa

Affordable peak season adventure in South Africa $3899 covers a nine-day escorted tour with inclusions galore Book by: February 20, 2006 Travel by: March 31, 2006 — Updated: 12/28/05 at 6:44 AM EST
The Deal If you’re looking for an exotic getaway this winter, we recommend South Africa. Granted, this dazzling country is one of the priciest spots to visit in wintertime, but you can save a serious chunk of cash with a deal we found. General Tours is offering an incredible-value package for just $3899! This fully escorted adventure includes nine days in Cape Town and Kruger National Park, with six nights at comfortable hotels, airfare, meals and guided tours. If the price tag seems a little daunting, we’d like to inform you of the incredible savings you’ll enjoy if you leave by the end of March. April departures run up to $4249! Translated, that means you save $350 for a visit during the Southern Hemisphere’s beautiful summertime. Accommodation included is at three-star properties throughout. In Cape Town, you’ll spend three nights at Holiday Inn Cape Town Hotel, with an excellent location and more creature comforts than you’d expect of a chain property. This leg of the journey covers an aerial cable car ride to Table Mountain and a day trip to the unique seascapes of the Cape of Good Hope (with a cruise to Seal Island). Also covered is airfare to world-famous Kruger National Park and three nights at Bongani Mountain Lodge, where you’ll enjoy four game drives (or three drives and a bush walk – your choice!) and hopefully spot the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros). Daily breakfast is also thrown in, as are two lunches and three dinners. But, most importantly, the special includes air from New York, DC, or Atlanta<7b>, and all on-tour transfers. We checked winter airfares from these three cities, and the lowest quote we got was $1130. Yes, you could arrange this trip independently and come to a similar price, but that’s without transfers and guided tours! And you certainly wouldn’t want to roam around Kruger by yourself, would you?
The Dollars The package price of $3899 is quoted per person based on double occupancy. It’s exclusive of air taxes and fees, but does include all detailed above.
The Catch Those encounters with the Big Five are not for the faint-hearted!
The Booking Details Visit or call 1-800-221-2216 and mention ShermansTravel. Once you´ve booked your trip, read our Perfect Trip: South Africa for more information on Cape Town and Kruger.

Chinese New Year

Hong Kong Chinese New Year(Air Inclusive Vacation)
Come to Hong Kong for a quintessential Asian experience - spend Chinese New Years with the locals, view the New Year's Eve fireworks in Hong Kong Harbor and enjoy a special Chinese New Year's Day Parade Extravaganza! On a normal day, Hong Kong already possesses one of the most stunning urban panoramas in the world. And venturing outside the energetic downtown area that is a shopper's and a gourmet's paradise, there are also enclaves of Chinese village life to be found. Over this special week on the Chinese's lunar calendar, you can enjoy the many attractions of this amazing city amid a festive atmosphere and discover its many traditions that can only be seen and experienced once a year!
Package CategoriesPrices based from 1/24/2006 to 1/26/2006
BP International House
Hong Kong City
Stanford Hillview Hotel
Hong Kong City
Metropark Hotel
Hong Kong City
The Royal Garden
Hong Kong City
Langham Hotel
Hong Kong City
Hotel Category Help
Vacation Package Includes
Round trip airfare on available air carrier
Round trip airport to hotel transfers
5 nights hotel accommodations
Half day Hong Kong city tour
Chinese New Year Parade Ticket Please note New Year parade Jan 29, 2006
1 Day Metro Pass
Hotel taxes and service chargesPackage price excludes airport taxes and fees
Vacation Departure cities:
$0 -
Los Angeles-CA Portland-OR San Francisco-CA Seattle-WA
$120 -
Albuquerque-NM Atlanta-GA Baltimore-MD Birmingham-AL Boston-MA Buffalo-NY Charleston-SC Charlotte-NC Chicago-IL Cincinnati-OH Cleveland-OH Columbus-OH Dallas-TX Dayton-OH Denver-CO Des Moines-IA Detroit-MI Fort Lauderdale-FL Greensboro-NC Hartford-CT Houston-TX Indianapolis-IN Kansas City-MO Knoxville-TN Louisville-KY Memphis-TN Miami-FL Milwaukee-WI Minneapolis-MN Nashville-TN New Orleans-LA New York-NY Newark-NJ Norfolk-VA Oklahoma City-OK Omaha-NE Orlando-FL Philadelphia-PA Pittsburgh-PA Portland-ME Providence-RI Raleigh-Durham-NC Richmond-VA Roanoke-VA Rochester-NY Salt Lake City-UT St Louis-MO Tampa-FL Tulsa-OK Washington-DC West Palm Beach-FL Wichita-KS
$140 -
Boise-ID Fresno-CA Las Vegas-NV Phoenix-AZ Reno-NV San Diego-CA Tucson-AZ
$190 -
Albany-NY Charleston-WV Charlottesville-VA Columbia-SC Greenville-SC Lexington-KY Lincoln-NE Savannah-GA
Notes & Restrictions
Notes:Space is limited and your desired travel dates may not be available if you wait, so book early to avoid disappointment. 2nd and 3rd choices for travel dates and/or accommodations are also highly recommended.
It is the sole responsibility of each passenger to obtain the necessary documents for travel, not excluding passports and visa. For U.S. citizens, usually a valid passport only is required. Visa requirements do change without notice and vary by nationality. Please check with the consulate office of the destination country as to visa requirements.
Full payment due within 1 day of booking by 2pm.
Non refundable and non changeable package.
Restrictions:Prices are per person based on double occupancy and a 21-day advance purchase. Purchases within 21 days will incur additional shipping and handling fees. Air carrier used in the package is based on gateway and availability at time of booking and multiple flights connections may be necessary. Flight departure times may be at any time on your requested departure day. This package is offered for Select departures only. Air taxes/Government-imposed fees/surcharges are excluded. These fees are in addition to the package prices and will be added to invoice. Travel is valid for these dates only. Certain other restrictions may apply, and offer is subject to change without notice. No request will be processed until full payment is received. Once submitted your request can take at least 24 hours to confirm. 2nd and 3rd choices for travel dates are highly recommended.

Paris is a Veritable Bargain

Back to Previous Page C’est vrai: Paris is a veritable bargain! Winter hotel picks in the City of Lights, starting at just $73/night Book by: February 2, 2006 Travel by: Various through February 5, 2006 — Updated: 12/28/05 at 6:41 AM EST
The Deal The sidewalks of Paris may be a little empty and cold now that winter officially started, but they’re also wonderfully affordable to visit. In fact, now is the ideal time to go if you want to save a bundle. Hotel prices in the City of Lights have plummeted to incredible lows! We’ve rounded up the crème de la crème of hotel offers out there, for every budget. Rates start at just $73/night for an overnight in bohemian Montmartre! Old World grandeur at Hotel Regina now reduced to just $267/ntLocated in the heart of the 1st Arrondissement, practically across the street from the Louvre, this splendid old place is described by as “one of the city’s most venerable luxury hotels, with immense rooms, precious furniture (Louis XVI, Directoire, Empire) . . . grandiose lobby . . .” The elegant guestrooms here come with an old-fashioned look and feel, as well as every deluxe amenity you may wish for. Some units even feature impressive views of the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower! Guests are treated to gourmet cuisine at Le Pluvinel Restaurant in an indoor garden setting; and the sophisticated atmosphere of the English Bar and Tearoom. Top-notch services are in place as well, from 24-hour room service to in-room massage. No wonder regular winter rates here start at $403/night. But you won’t have to cover this daunting price: The hotel is running a special offer for stays through February 24, with nightly rates starting at just $267, meaning that you save $136 every night you stay here! Value stay in a pricey area, at Burgundy Hotel, for just $174/ntThis offer is by far the best we found in the midrange category. Housed in a traditional 19th-century building, the hotel in question sits just steps away from Champs Elysées and Place de la Concorde. Frommer’s writes, “The Burgundy is one of the best values in this expensive area. The frequently renovated mansion began as two adjacent town houses in the 1830s, one a pension where Baudelaire wrote poetry in the 1860s, the other a bordello.” Apart from such an illustrious history, this cozy property also features 89 nicely done up units, each equipped with a full spectrum of in-room perks, including wireless Internet access even. The hotel’s rack rates normally run north of $250/night even in the winter months. All the more reason to book through – rates have plummeted to only $174/night! Cozy up at Comfort Inn Saint Pierre in Montmartre for only $73/nightIf you’re visiting Paris on a shoestring, this Expedia special is undoubtedly your best bet. At an incredible price of just $73, you can spend a night at Comfort Inn Saint Pierre at the heart of chic Montmartre. This pleasant townhouse hotel doesn’t feature much in terms of facilities but it does come with a string of pleasant guestrooms where the décor is contemporary, the furniture modern and the facilities of the expected two-star range. The highlight is its unbeatable location in one of the city’s most fashionable neighborhoods, steps away from many attractions. At this incredibly low price, you wouldn’t expect more, would you? Note that this low rate is only valid for stays through February 5.
The Dollars Add taxes and service charges to the prices quoted above.
The Catch It’s too cold to while away hours sipping café au lait in pavement cafes.
The Booking Details For the special at Hotel Regina, go to For the Hotel Burgundy deal, see or call 1-800-2-HOTELS and mention ShermansTravel. For the Comfort Inn Saint Pierre bargain, visit To find the best air deal to Paris, use QuickSearch

Bargain Europe Cool Deals!

Bargain Europe winter flings from $529 Super-saver packages abound to Spain, Switzerland, and Germany Book by: January 12, 2006 Travel by: Various through March 2006 — Updated: 12/28/05 at 6:27 AM EST
The Deal If you can deal with a little cold weather, winter is the best time to nab great bargain trips to Europe. Case in point: We found a slew of Europe packages, good for travel in the next few months, priced from just $529, air included. With these super-saver deals, you can now go to places that are often priced out of reach in spring or summer. Pick between a sunny escape on Spain’s Costa del Sol for $529; Swiss bliss in Zurich or Geneva from $539; or explore Germany at leisure with a fly, drive and hotel combo now priced at only $699!Sunny slice of Europe on Spain’s Costa del Sol from only $529To swap the winter slush with a slice of Spanish sunshine, we propose booking the special we just found on Gate1Travel. Their six-day Costa del Sol package starts at only $529 for a number of departures through February. Airfare alone is costlier than this combo that, on top of air from New York to Malaga, covers four nights with daily breakfast. On offer is a choice of several hotels which go up in price based on quality and location. The lowest priced deal includes three-star lodging at beachfront Pyr Fuengirola Apartments in the town of Fuengirola, with capacious guestrooms and an outdoor swimming pool. For a swankier stay, pay just $40 extra at midrange Pyr Marbella Apartments in the chi-chi town of Marbella, where rooms come with private balconies. $789 gets you four nights at deluxe Atalaya Park Golf Hotel Resort, described by Frommer’s as a “modern resort complex” with a “tranquil beachside location…amid acres of subtropical gardens” and “spacious rooms furnished in elegant modern style”. All these packages reflect immense savings! A five-night stay at the Atalaya, for example, could run your bill to $810, before airfare. Swiss bliss in Geneva or Zurich now on sale from just $539We also found a pair of fantastic city breaks if you want a little Swiss bliss this winter. Granted, Switzerland is pretty cold this time of year but its cities just as stunning. Plus they’re incredibly cheap to visit with these Go-Today specials we scouted. Case in point: a four-nighter in lakeside Geneva, home to the UN, is now priced as low as $539, with air and daily breakfast in the mix. The price, good through March 25, covers a stay at intimate Drake-Longchamp Hotel, right by the lake and Geneva’s scenic parks. You can upgrade to more upscale lodging at low additional cost, such as $819 for accommodation at plush Hotel Bristol. Go-Today also offers an urban fling in cosmopolitan Zurich for $569, inclusive of a three-night hotel stay, air and breakfast. This price covers a stay at charming Minotel Coronado, a small but refined little place with a convenient city location. For a four-star stay at riverside Zurich Marriott, the cost rises to $819. Note that this package begins at $879 in summer months, so you’re saving a real bundle if you bundle up and go now! Germany at leisure this winter on a nine-night trip for just $699Want to take a gander at Germany in wintertime? We suggest you look to the super-cheap special just released by EuropeASAP. Priced at only $699, this deal must be booked by January 19 but is valid for departures through March 12. The slew of inclusions saves you a serious chunk of cash. In addition to airfare from New York to Munich and back from Frankfurt, it covers three nights’ lodging in the Bavarian capital, at a comfy midrange hotel with breakfast thrown in. But, most importantly, this 11-day deal includes a seven-day car rental with unlimited mileage. While this week includes no lodging (after the first three nights), it does get you a unique chance to explore Germany at your leisure. You can take in the many wonders of this scenic European gem, but we particularly recommend a drive through the Bavarian Alps, the Black Forest area and the scenic Rhine Valley. For urban charms, head to the edgy capital of Berlin, or say hi to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town. With these highlights in mind, book this irresistible jaunt and hit the road.
The Dollars See details above, and add air taxes and fees to the prices quoted above.
The Catch The prices are ideal, but the weather less so.
The Booking Details For the Costa del Sol holiday, see or call 1-800-682-3333 and mention ShermansTravel. For the Geneva city break, visit or 1-800-227-3235 and mention ShermansTravel. For the Zurich getaway, check out or 1-800-227-3235 and mention ShermansTravel. For the Germany deal, go to

Ocean Isle Beach Hotels - Ocean Isle Inn Hotel - North Carolina

Ocean Isle Beach Hotels - Ocean Isle Inn Hotel - North Carolina

News & Events ar Phoenix Skyharbor Airport

News & Events

Airlines & Airports -

Airlines & Airports -

Top Hotel Picks for Washington DC - Top Hotel Picks, Worldwide Hotel Directory, and Hotel News

From bold and beautiful to best value
By Kelly DiNardo, special for
Washington's eclectic mix of neighborhoods offers something for everyone. Pick one and you're bound to find a great hotel with shops and restaurants right around the corner. Dupont Circle offers lively nightlife, outstanding restaurants and funky shops; Capitol Hill is dominated by the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court; Georgetown, D.C.'s oldest neighborhood, is home to tree-lined streets, upscale boutiques and Georgetown University. (Related item: Search's hotel directory for more options in Washington, D.C.)
Lap of luxury — Located behind Capitol Hill is the new luxurious Mandarin Oriental Hotel. The hotel features 347 deluxe rooms and 53 suites including the $8,000-a-night presidential suite, a spa, fitness center, two restaurants and an art gallery. Each room features three two-line phones with data port and voice mail, high-speed Internet access, a flat-screen TV, complimentary newspaper and complimentary over-night shoe shine service. 1330 Maryland Ave. S.W.; 888-888-1778;
Guarded by gargoyles — Located within walking distance of the new Convention Center in downtown D.C., the Henley Park Hotel offers guests elegance and convenience. The Tudor-style hotel is decorated with more than 100 gargoyles, including four transplanted from the Commodore Hotel in New York. Each room features a two-line phones with data port and voice mail. The hotel also offers babysitting services, a fitness center and complimentary limo service on weekday mornings. 926 Massachusetts Ave. N.W.; 202-638-5200;
Zen-like stay — Filled with positive energy, the hip Topaz promises an enlightened experience. The sleek, modern rooms are colorful, the bellhop is called a sherpa and a daily horoscope and power drink is yours for the asking. Amenities at the vibrant hotel located off Dupont Circle include an in-room teapot with exotic teas, European linens, two-line phones and a data port for Web access. 1733 N St. N.W.; 800-424-2950;
Steeped in history — Can't get an invite to the Lincoln Bedroom? Then try the Hay-Adams, a landmark hotel directly across the street from the White House. President Lincoln's private secretary, John Hay, and writer Henry Adams first owned the two adjoining properties. In the 1920s, their estates were turned into a hotel whose early patrons included Charles Lindbergh and Ethel Barrymore. Thanks to a $16 million restoration, each room boasts an Internet data port, dual-line phone and audio system. The hotel also offers a 24-hour business center equipped with a computer, fax and printer. 800 16th St. NW; 800-853-6807;
Pampered stop — The St. Gregory Luxury Hotel & Suites, just three blocks east of Georgetown, cares for its guests with an abundance of amenities. All rooms feature high-speed Internet access, Web TV, CD players, two phone lines and computer modem. Guests staying in the Club Level accommodations enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, evening cocktails and concierge services. 2033 M St. NW; 202-530-3600;
Downtown bargain — Located off Pennsylvania Avenue between the Capitol and the White House, Hotel Harrington offers a great location for reasonable prices. There's nothing swanky about the family-run hotel, but visitors get a decent room with an easy walk to tourist hot spots for a low price with rooms generally under a $150 a night. 436 11th St. NW; 202-628-8140;
Best old-style inn — A Victorian mansion on the Register of Historic Places, the 54-room Morrison-Clark Inn is conveniently located downtown near the White House and Convention Center. It features authentic period furniture and an excellent American-cuisine restaurant that is consistently rated one of the city's best. The hotel provides data ports in each room and a business center open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1015 L St. N.W.; 202-898-1200 or 800-332-7898;
Suite spot — The River Inn, an all-suite hotel, is located in Foggy Bottom within minutes of the State Department, World Bank, Kennedy Center, Georgetown and the metro. The suites feature queen beds with pullout sofabeds and fully equipped kitchens. The in-house restaurant, Dish, has won the praise of local critics and serves up American favorites like fried chicken, corn on the cob and root-beer floats. The hotel also offers complimentary high-speed Internet access in all rooms. 924 25th St. N.W.; 202-337-7600;
Modern chic — The Hotel George offers a sleek, yet comfortable stay within walking distance of the Capitol. Its 139 rooms are definitely wired for business, with data ports, dual-line phones and high-speed Internet access, in addition to a stereo CD/clock radio that plays nature sounds to sooth weary travelers. Inside the lobby is the popular restaurant Bistro Bis, which counts Alanis Morissette, John Malkovich and Michael J. Fox among its customers. 15 E St. N.W.; 202-347-4200;
Best value — Washington Suites is a reasonably priced hotel with two excellent locations; one in Georgetown and one in Alexandria, Va. Roomy suites include living room areas, separate bedrooms and fully equipped kitchens, and each room is outfitted with a data port and dual-line phone. Rates typically run under $100, but check its Web site for special packages.; 877-736-2500.Washington: 2500 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.; 202-333-8060.Arlington: 100 S. Reynolds St.; 703-370-9600.
View of downtown — Located across the Potomac in Arlington is the Key Bridge Marriott, which overlooks downtown and Georgetown. Just two blocks north of the metro and a short walk across the Francis Scott Key Bridge to Georgetown, the hotel is convenient for business travelers and tourists alike. 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington; 703-524-6400; - Winter storm causes Calif. rivers to swell - Winter storm causes Calif. rivers to swell

'Narnia' tours light the way - 'Narnia' tours light the way

Winter storm causes Calif. rivers to swell - Winter storm causes Calif. rivers to swell

United's New 2006 Airfare Sale

Out with the old. In with the new low fares sale

Start the New Year with 2,006 bonus miles when you book on, and low airfares to boot!

Toast to the new year with new low fares from United! Want to get away somewhere different to ring in the New Year? United can help you get to where you want to be, for less. Book until January 10, 2006 at for new low fares!

nullBONUS! Just as a thank you to start off this new year you will be rewarded with not just the standard 1,000 bonus miles for booking on, but an additional 1,006 bonus miles, for a grand total of 2,006 bonus miles! No registration is required. Scroll to the bottom of the page for for details.

* Purchase by January 10, 2006
* A 14-day advance purchase is required for Domestic/Canada destinations
* A seven-day advance purchase is required for international destinations
* Travel January 10 – March 8, 2006 for Domestic/Canada destinations
* Travel outbound January 3 – March 31, 2006 for international destinations
* Fares below are for off-peak travel on specific times of day and days of week
* Minimum stay requirements vary by market
* Blackout dates apply; See fare facts for full rules and information

Fare finder Fare finder More options

Round trip One way Multi city

Departure date


Search by Schedule Price

When searching, look for the gold star Gold star online identifying Out with the old. In with the new low fares sale.

Domestic & Canada Fares

Sample each way fares based on required roundtrip purchase:

U.S. fares are valid for travel originating in both directions.
Canada fares are valid for travel originating in the U.S. only.

Chicago - Denver $124
Chicago - Honolulu $320

Chicago - Los Angeles


Chicago - Miami


Chicago - San Francisco

Denver - Boston $149
Denver - Las Vegas $79

Denver - Phoenix

Los Angeles - New York City $139
Los Angeles - San Francisco $84

Los Angeles - Washington, D.C.


San Francisco - Honolulu


San Francisco - New York City


Washington, D.C. - Chicago


Washington, D.C. - Fort Lauderdale


Washington, D.C. - San Antonio


International Fares

Sample each way fares based on required roundtrip purchase:

Fares are valid for travel originating in the U.S. only.

Chicago - Shanghai $470
Chicago - Frankfurt $247

Chicago - Los Cabos


Denver - Mexico City


Los Angeles - Sao Paulo

New York City - London $149**
San Francisco - Tokyo $309
Washington, D.C. - Brussels $241**

Washington, D.C. - Hong Kong


For the fares above, service is provided by United Airlines, Lufthansa or TedSM.

**Portions of this service may be operated by the following carriers doing business as United Express® or as code share partners:

Air Canada
Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation
Chautauqua Airlines

Cityline for Lufthansa
Colgan Air
Mesa Airlines
Republic Airlines®
Shuttle America
Trans States Airlines
US Airways
Shop for flights

*Additional Taxes/Fees: U.S./Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands fares do not include a $3.20 (tickets purchased on/after 1/1/06 $3.30) per flight segment tax. A flight segment is defined as one takeoff and one landing. Fares do not include the September 11th Security Fee of up to $10 maximum per roundtrip or Passenger Facility Charges of up to $18, which may be collected depending on the itinerary. Fares for Hawaii and Alaska do not include a $7 (tickets purchased on/after 1/1/06 $7.30)(each way) departure tax. For travel from Canada, fares do not include U.S. Inspection fees of $7, taxes/fees imposed by the Canadian government of up to $19.50, and a $29 international departure and arrival tax if outside of the 225 mile buffer zone. All international fares are subject to U.S. arrival and departure taxes and agricultural, immigrations and customs fees of up to $40 (tickets purchased on/after 1/1/06 $41). For travel to some countries, additional airport, transportation, embarkation, security, and passenger service taxes/surcharges of up to $124 will apply depending on destination. For return travel from some countries, fares do not include airport and/or departure taxes of up to $36, which may be collected by the foreign government.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Miles accrued and awards issued are subject to the rules of the United Mileage Plus program. The standard 1,000 bonus miles for booking on will be posted to your account, as well as the additional 1,006 bonus miles for participating in this fare sale. Bonus miles apply to base flight miles only and do not count towards Premier status. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks after completed qualifying activity for bonus miles to be posted to your Mileage Plus account. For more information about the Mileage Plus program visit The 2,006 bonus miles booking bonus is valid for travel through 3/31/06, but must be ticketed by 1/10/06. United and Mileage Plus are registered service marks.

Jet Blue will rid tour Blues

Book by: January 19, 2006
Travel by: February 15, 2006

— Updated: 12/27/05 at 1:20 PM EST

The Deal

Jet Blue has just posted tempting Winter Clearance Sale fares, featuring some great rates for travel with this popular low-cost carrier through winter. With fares starting at just $39 one-way, you can afford to plan that extra getaway (or two!) to DC, Florida, Vegas, New York, and more!

Lock in the promotion’s lowest rate of $39 one-way while flying between Long Beach and Las Vegas or, travel between New York and Boston for just $40 one-way. $40 will also get you a one-way fare between Boston and Washington, DC, while $59 one-way will allow you to travel clear across the country between Boston and Seattle. Many other sale fares to top US cities are also available.

Travel is valid through February 15, 2006, but all fares must be booked before this deal's expiry on January 19, 2006. lists the following sample one-way fares (valid in either direction):

* Long Beach–Las Vegas: $39
* Long Beach–Oakland: $39
* New York–Boston: $40
* Boston–Washington, DC: $40*
* New York–Burlington: $49
* Boston–Seattle: $59
* New York–West Palm Beach: $69
* Boston–Las Vegas: $79
* Oakland–Fort Lauderdale: $89
* Washington, DC–San Diego: $99
* New York–Denver: $99
* And many more!

* Service begins January 17, 2006

Terms and Conditions

Sales fares are most often found on midweek travel dates. A 7-to 14-day advance purchase is required with several of these fares. Blackout dates may apply. Taxes and fees are additional.

How To Book email

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Ads by Google AdSense


Hyatt Santiago

Grand Hyatt Santiago opened today following an almost $10 million renovation and re-branding. Formerly Hyatt Regency Santiago, Hyatt International’s flagship property in South America (opened 1992), Grand Hyatt Santiago brings a fresh and modern look to a city that has evolved into a major cultural, business, and political destination. In addition to renovating all guestrooms, public spaces, and grounds, Grand Hyatt Santiago’s brand-new additions include Spa AKO and Senso, an Italian restaurant.

The 310-room “urban resort” enjoys a prime location in the exclusive residential Las Condes neighborhood. Set in 279,862 square-feet of lush acreage, the resort is a calm oasis in the heart ofSantiago, and boasts stunning views of the Andes Mountains. Located just 20 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from downtown, the hotel is also just an hour’s drive from ski resorts and beaches along the coast. Rates begin at US $ 145. For more information, please visit

The Lobby

With its dramatic 24 -story glass-domed Atrium, the sunlit lobby sets the stage for a “Grand” experience. Other remarkable features include unobstructed views of the meticulously manicured gardens as well as the 10,000 square-foot freeform pool.

Guestrooms and Suites

The hotel’s 249 split-level guestrooms are the largest accommodations in the city. Each has approximately 560 square feet of space, and is decorated in soft, neutral colors to create an aura of calm and comfort. Natural leather headboards, wood furnishings from Argentina, and “suede” curtains add to the contemporary and residential feel. Beds feature goose down duvets and pillows, and 320-thread count cotton striped sateen covers. Each room is equipped with a Bang & Olufsen television, a Yamaha stereo with CD player, 10 MB broadband access, three telephones and one cordless, self-adjusting power converter .

The 23 suites are decorated in the same elegant, contemporary design; twelve of them offer outdoor terraces. Suites range in size from 800 square feet to the stunning 24,000 square-foot Presidential Suite on the 19th floor.

Restaurants and Bars

Grand Hyatt Santiago offers an array of fine dining experiences. The newly-opened Senso restaurant has already received critical acclaim and offers Santiago’s only cuisine (and chef, Roberto Illari) from the Emilia Romagno region of Italy. Located off the lobby with an outside terrace, Senso has two wine caves-- one with a wide selection of Chilean wines and the other with the most extensive Italian wine list in Chile. Senso has wonderful views of the hotel gardens and waterfall.

The revitalized Matsuri and Anakena restaurants, offering Japanese and Thai cuisine, respectively, have some of the freshest and most authentic dishes outside of Japan and Thailand. Matsuri features a Sushi and Sashimi Bar, Teppanyaki tables, and two private Tatami rooms. Anakena specializes in fresh fish, seafood, and meats prepared continental, grilled, or Thai style. The chef tends his own herb garden that grows Asian and specialty herbs not found elsewhere in Latin America.

There are also several outdoor dining terraces.


The free-standing three-level AKO Spa includes five self-contained treatment suites and a state-of-the-art fitness center. Fully equipped changing and shower facilities as well as both male and female saunas are on the lower level. There are over 30 different treatments available, ranging from facial and Swedish massages to the more extravagant chocolate therapies. Aerobic and yoga classes are offered regularly.

The hotel’s 10, 000 square foot outdoor pool is dramatically set, complete with a waterfall. Also on the grounds is a children’s playground, and two outdoor tennis courts.

There are 214 Hyatt hotels and resorts (over 90,000 rooms) in 43 countries around the world, operating under the Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Grand Hyatt® and Park Hyatt® brands. Currently, there are an additional 28 Hyatt hotels and resorts under development, including 10 new hotels in China. Hyatt Corporation (domestic U.S., Canada and Caribbean hotels) and Hyatt International Corporation (international properties) are subsidiaries of Chicago-based Global Hyatt Corporation. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc. (timeshare), Hyatt Equities, L.L.C. (hotel ownership), and U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc. (which franchises Hawthorn Suites, Microtel and America’s Best Inns).

In January 2005, Global Hyatt Corporation also added an additional 141 U.S. properties to its growing portfolio with the acquisition of the upscale, limited service AmeriSuites hotel chain. These properties will be renovated and repositioned under the new Hyatt Place select service brand in 2006.

From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling

Hyatt Grand Aspen

With a prime location, nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain, one block from the gondola, Hyatt Grand Aspen Resort opened December 17, 2005 as the first purpose-built luxury fractional ownership opportunity in downtown Aspen. Every room in the project has been designed with luxury buyers and their needs in mind.

The property has been designed to blend into the historic context of the town of Aspen offering 50 units from one to four bedroom suites, featuring 33 unique floor plans.

Hyatt Grand Aspen has been the fastest selling property in the history of Hyatt Vacation Ownership,” said John Burlingame, executive vice president of Hyatt Vacation Ownership Inc.(HVOI). “We have an unbeatable location and are thrilled with the high quality of the property. We are looking forward to being a part of such a vibrant community.”

The quality and luxury of the physical property as well as the level of service provided is indicative of what guests find at the finest Hyatt properties around the world. Each unit boasts an elegant mountain style with stone entryways, marble and granite finishes, multiple fireplaces, gourmet kitchens with premium appliances, spa tubs and steam showers. Common space amenities include a heated outdoor swimming pool with a year-round heated deck, outdoor hot tubs and a fitness center overlooking the pool.

Designer Tracy Egolf has taken mountain elegance to a new height of luxury, using soft, warm fabrics in rich jewel tones juxtaposed against comfortable leather furniture. The residences bring the best of the outdoors inside, with planked solid oak floors, grand stone entryways, and just the right amount of rough-hewn timber accents. Multiple fireplaces offer cozy gathering spots. Gourmet kitchens feature Viking appliances, wine refrigerators, slab granite countertops, and plenty of space for the most seasoned chefs. The units are spacious and comfortable, ranging from 912 sq. ft to 3450 sq. ft.

Private spaces offer the same high level of luxurious appointments. Italian all-cotton linens provide cozy elegance, while each master bath features a 15” flat screen television, and various combinations of the following luxury items: steam shower, jetted tub, deep soaking tub, or multiple jetted shower.

Owners and visitors alike can also take pleasure in the high level of service they have come to associate with the Hyatt brand. Twice-daily housekeeping service as well as ski and bike valets are available at the property. Upon arrival, owners will find their kitchen fully stocked, and all their reservations handled in advance. Tables at the hottest restaurants, babysitting services, spa appointments and arrangements for favorite ski instructors can all be pre-booked through Hyatt Grand Aspen's full-time, on-site concierge.

A cozy wine bar, adjacent to the lobby, serves over 35 wines by the glass and a small plates tasting menu. The lounge area features two fireplaces and comfortable seating areas for Hyatt owners and visitors to the property.

Hyatt owners buy specific weeks and specific residences unlike most fractionals selling rotating schedules and lottery systems. Owners can purchase Christmas, New Years, or President’s Week and will be guaranteed that week, and their unit, each and every year. Units are sold in 1/20th fractions opening the market up to visitors who are interested in Aspen, but not necessarily in the typical time and financial commitments required with many of the luxury fractional projects currently available. Owners buy a specific week and residence and then have the ability to select an additional 10 days during the unsold 32 weeks of the year. In addition, ownership at The Hyatt Grand Aspen offers the flexibility of exchanging time in any other Hyatt Vacation Club (HVC) or Hyatt Hotels around the world.

HVOI currently has vacation ownership properties in Carmel, California; Beaver Creek, Colorado; Breckenridge, Colorado; Lake Tahoe, Nevada; Sedona, Arizona; San Antonio, Texas; Bonita Springs, Florida (Naples Coast); Dorado, Puerto Rico and Key West, Florida. For more information about Hyatt Vacation Club Resorts or other Hyatt Hotels and Resorts worldwide, please call

New Denver Luxury Hotel -- Hyatt

Hyatt opened its 216th hotel in the heart of downtown Denver on December 20, 2005. The 1,100-room Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center is the largest hotel built under the Hyatt name in more than two decades. The opening of the new 37-story hotel will help position Denver into one of the country’s top convention destinations.

Denver and the Colorado Rocky Mountains have long been a favored destination for leisure travelers, but with the recent expansion of the Colorado Convention Center, and now the grand opening of Hyatt Regency Denver, we expect Denver to quickly become a favorite location for conventions and meetings from around the world,” says Bill Mosher, chief executive officer of the Denver Convention Center Hotel Authority, owners of the new Hyatt Regency Denver.

As the only hotel adjacent to the Colorado Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Denver is in a prime location to accommodate convention guests. The hotel brings an additional 60,600 square feet of meeting space to the Denver area, including two large ballrooms. The 30,000 square foot Centennial Ballroom is the largest in the state of Colorado and can seat up to 2,500 guests or be broken out into smaller events. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a 30-foot high open ceiling with glass light fixtures in the shape of mountain peaks, the space gives meeting planners and production companies the ability to suspend audio visual equipment, opening up room for additional seating or exhibit space. The second ballroom is the 14,000 square foot Capital Ballroom and features a 22-foot high open ceiling with elegant Italian hand-blown glass light fixtures.

While a majority of hotels house their meeting space below ground, all of Hyatt Regency Denver’s meeting space is located on the third and fourth floors, providing guests views of the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado Convention Center through the floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel’s smaller meeting rooms are designed to provide maximum flexibility. Movable air walls can be manipulated to accommodate large meetings and then be repositioned for small break out groups. Other amenities include an infrared hearing impaired system, LCD displays outside each meeting room, electronic signage in common areas, high speed wired and wireless Internet access, video conferencing capabilities, electronic locks and a mechanically operated Mecco Shade system with blackout capability. Hyatt Regency’s boardrooms are equipped with flat screen televisions, electronic overhead screens and built-in phone and data hook ups.

"Hyatt Regency Denver offers travelers the perfect blend of functionality, luxury and comfort," says John Schafer, general manager, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. "As with all Hyatt properties, our guests can expect a full array of amenities and exceptional service. Couple that with all Denver has to offer, including its mild climate and wide array of cultural, sports and entertainment activities, and I am confident we will deliver a superior guest experience to both business and leisure travelers."

The $285 million hotel is the first downtown Denver high-rise built in 25 years. The top of the hotel features a 10-story beacon of light that will become a landmark on the city’s skyline. The hotel’s convenient downtown location offers easy access to Denver’s burgeoning nightlife and restaurant scene. Dining options for guests who choose to stay on-site include the 300-seat Altitude restaurant, which can be adapted for smaller, more intimate affairs; Strata Bar, which showcases an extensive collection of Colorado minerals; Peaks Rooftop Lounge with one of the best views in the city; Perks Coffee Bar and room service, both of which are available 24-hours a day.

Keeping with Hyatt’s trendsetting approach to designing and operating hotels that embody the ambiance of the city in which it operates in, the new Hyatt Regency Denver design reflects an urban

downtown feel while incorporating elements of the Colorado outdoors. “The hotel gives guests a glimpse into the beauty of Colorado’s plains and mountains,” says Schafer. Generous use of natural stone, warm colors and natural light throughout the hotel, along with the extensive use of LCD screens displaying images of the Colorado landscape, and $2.5 million of original art including six bronze climbers scaling a 35-foot limestone wall, further achieves the goal of bringing the outdoors inside.

The hotel offers cutting-edge technology, while freeing up time for the staff to focus on providing hands-on personal service. Marking a first for the Hyatt brand, Hyatt Regency Denver features electronic kiosks in the front desk that are designed to ease check in and check out during busy convention registration times or for hotel guests with tight travel deadlines. The hotel also has several mobile kiosks that can be positioned near a meeting room or a restaurant to make it easier for large events to check their guests in or out. In the near future, the kiosks will be able to print an airline boarding pass for guests checking out and will soon offer guests the option of checking in via the Internet or personal digital assistant. Hyatt Regency Denver also offers high speed Internet access throughout the hotel, including wireless access from the hotel’s public spaces, and a full service FedEx Kinko’s business center.

Guests can select from 72 suites, including hospitality suites with outdoor terraces. Each room features signature Grand Beds® with down blankets and pillows, flat-screen televisions with cable movie channels, in-room pay per-view movies, video messaging and account review and check out, operable picture windows, wired and wireless Internet access, mobile work desk and ergonomically designed desk chairs. Many of the rooms provide guests with unobstructed, panoramic mountain views. The hotel also features a 6,700 square foot health club with over 100 pieces of cardio and fitness equipment, a 50-foot indoor lap pool, a sauna, a steam room and a sun deck.

“Denver is one of the country’s best kept secrets when it comes to convention business,” says David Gauthier, director of sales and marketing, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention

Center. “As I talk with people from around the country about our new hotel and tell them about all Denver has to offer, many are surprised to learn that the city has more than 300 sunny days a year, more than Honolulu, Miami or San Diego. It’s our goal to get them here so they can see for themselves that Denver truly has arrived as a top tier convention city.”

Hyatt Regency Denver currently is accepting reservations for events and parties. To date, more than $102 million in group room sales have been booked.

About Global Hyatt Corporation

There are 216 Hyatt hotels and resorts (over 90,000 rooms) in 44 countries around the world, operating under the Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Grand Hyatt® and Park Hyatt® brands. Currently, there are an additional 29 Hyatt hotels and resorts under development, including 10 new hotels in China. Hyatt Corporation (domestic U.S., Canada and Caribbean hotels) and Hyatt International Corporation (international properties) are subsidiaries of Chicago-based Global Hyatt Corporation. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc. (timeshare), Hyatt Equities, L.L.C. (hotel ownership), and U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc. (which franchises Hawthorn Suites and Microtel).

In January 2005, Global Hyatt Corporation also added an additional 143 U.S. properties to its growing portfolio with the acquisition of the upscale, limited service AmeriSuites hotel chain. These properties will be renovated and repositioned under the new Hyatt Place select service brand in 2006.

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruise shas received many of the travel industry’s highest awards including “World’s Best“ Cruise Line and “Best Large Ship Line“ in Travel and Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler. Crystal's three six-star ships, Crystal Harmony, Crystal Symphony and the newest Crystal Serenity all feature elegantly appointed staterooms and suites (most with private verandahs), as well as two seating dining options, Italian and Asian alternative restaurants, and casual dining in the Trident Bar. Crystal caters to the discriminating traveler, one who expects and appreciates such fine service. Crystal provides award-winning entertainment, the Crystal Spa and Salon with extensive exercise and sports facilities and instuction, and the only Ceasars Palace at Sea casino.

Seabourn Cruise Lines

Seabourn, the leader in intimate and luxurious yacht-like cruising is part of Cunard Line Ltd., and part of Carnival Corporation. Seabourn ships carry only 200 passengers. Seabourn is for those desiring the utmost in elegance within a small-ship surrounding. These ships sail on some of cruising's most interesting itineraries. Seabourn cruisers want only the best and can afford it. Generally guests range in age from mid-thirties to retirees. Seabourn's all-suite ships will take guests to many corners of the world while providing the best of service available on the high seas.

Silver Sea Excellence on the High Seas

  Posted by Picasa
Silversea is a cruise line that builds and operates the highest-quality of ships in the ultra-luxury market. An all-inclusive, very luxurious cruise line that appeals to those who are extra-demanding about food, accommodations and service. Silversea's "Personalized Voyages," gives guests the option of custom designing their own itineraries and vacation experience. This program enables them to decide when they want to embark and debark, instead of being confined to an existing itinerary. Silversea's passengers enjoy ultra-luxury within a smaller, intimate vessel. They prefer more exotic ports that are off the beaten path. These ships were specifically designed for fewer guests, and more space providing high levels of personalized service, from Italian officers and a European staff. Silversea offers all ocean-view suites with 75% having private verandas. These ships also offer favorite amenities that are normally found on larger ships, such as an elaborate show lounge featuring nightly entertainment, casino, spa and state-of-the-art fitness facility. Silversea is the favorite among the affluent travelers. Silversea offers unmatched onboard products with such partners from the world’s most respected luxury brands including Bvlgari, Moet & Chandon, Davidoff and Relais & Chateaux.

Independence may need some Assistance!

Flyi Inc, the parent company of Independence Air, will cease operating Jan. 7 if it is unable to find a major investor or buyer, the airline said in a letter received by its employees this week.

In the letter to its unionized workers, including pilots, flight attendants and mechanics, the Dulles-based airline said that without "significant external investment," it would stop flying in 10 days and lay off workers at all of its locations from Jan. 7 to Jan. 21.

Flyi filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November. At that time, the financially struggling carrier said it was searching for a major investor, and absent that would sell off its assets.

Smoking No Way Baby at Westin


Westin Hotels announced that effective Jan 1, 2006 no smoking will be the rule at all of their hotels! Clean air and no stale odors!Westin hotels ban smoking
By Kitty Bean Yancey, USA TODAY
The new year will ring in the USA's first smoke-free major hotel chain. (Video: Smoke-free hotels)

Westin notes 92% of guests request non-smoking rooms. Its Ft. Lauderdale hotel, among others, will be ready.

Westin Hotels & Resorts will announce today that it is snuffing out smoking in all rooms, restaurants, bars and public areas at its 77 U.S., Canadian and Caribbean properties starting in January. Guests may smoke only on balconies or in other outdoor areas.

The policy reflects "a demand from guests for a smoke-free hotel experience," says Sue Brush, Westin senior vice president. "Nobody likes to walk into a smoky guest room — not even smokers." Westin research shows that 92% of its guests request a non-smoking room.

The no-smoking trend — evident in the growing number of city and state ordinances banning tobacco use in workplaces, bars and restaurants — is prompting more hotels to go smoke-free:


Get the latest hotel news in our Hotels section.

• Six Westins currently forbid smoking.

• About 80% of the 28 lodgings in California's Joie de Vivre boutique-hotel chain now are smoke-free.

• The five properties in California's Woodside Hotels & Resorts group, including the Napa Valley Lodge, have banned smoking since 2000.

In 2004, the Topaz Hotel in Washington, D.C., became the first lodging in the Kimpton chain to try no-smoking-only rooms. (Smoking is allowed in the bar.)

The number of smokers who gripe when put in a non-smoking room is "small compared to the number of people who were complaining about being put in a smoking room" when the hotel was fully booked, says Topaz general manager David Hill. "It's a huge weight off the shoulders of our (customer) service staff. I will never go back."

No-smoking rooms also need less cleaning and repair of burned furnishings. To prepare for the new era, Westin's 2,400 U.S., Canadian and Caribbean smoking rooms will be deep-cleaned and get new air filters.

For a big chain to make such a major policy shift is "very cutting-edge," American Hotel & Lodging Association President Joseph McInerney said in a statement. "The industry is sure to take notice."
 Posted by Picasa

The Seven Seas Mariner visits Down Under Ports Fall 2006

The 700-guest Seven Seas Mariner is the perfect ship to go exploring. You'll travel in smaller groups so that you'll enjoy a far more personal experience ashore. Yet, thanks to her remarkable space ratio, there's a sense of unfettered freedom on board that's extraordinary considering her size. So join us to the far side of the world. To unfamiliar places across rarely charted seas. Follow the ring of fire to smoldering landscapes most tourists seldom see. Passages that resonate with legendary trips of long-ago explorers. Set your sights the wonders Down Under - Australia and New Zealand.


The Savvytravel agent, Allan Hoffman CTC,DS, has gathered together some great travel links that you can access by clicking on Savvytravel agent above.

Search the Web

Add your Site to ExactSeek


Radisson Seven Seas Set for the 2006 Season

Radisson Seven Seas offers cruises to over 300 ports on six continents, including Radisson Seven Seas offers all-open seating dining for all of its onboard restaurants. Itineraries are fascinating and accomodations are lavish. These luxury vessels provide all guests with personal attention. Radisson Seven Seas offers guests the ultimate luxury in cruising. Your price includes gratuities, wine with dinner, soft drinks and juices.

King Tut in Ft Lauderdale and Holland America

Born in Arizona, moved to Babylonia, and now available on Holland America -- King Tut.

As part of its sponsorship of the King Tut exhibit at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, the line is offering VIP tickets to all of its ships arriving in Fort Lauderdale through April 23.

Priced at $75 per person, the tickets entitle guests to visit the exhibit any time during the museum’s operating hours and include front-of-line entry with minimal waiting. The ticket price also covers an audio tour narrated by Omar Sharif. Transport to the museum is not covered.

Tickets can be purchased in advance via the shore excursions section of the line’s Web site at or on board. For more information on the exhibit, visit

Bermuda Awaits

nbsp;Posted by Picasa

Bermudians have been serving the needs of business visitors for many years. And over time, a host of companies have emerged to ensure that every visit by every group is worthwhile and successful. These companies are here to give you the support you need, and cover a broad range of business services—from transportation and equipment rentals, to corporate gifts and spa services. Whatever you need, these professionals are ready to work with you and stay within your budget.

Making every trip successful
On Island, you’ll find companies that are experienced in the basics of business life: reliable transportation, high-tech computers and A/V equipment, high-speed Internet and e-mail access, reliable telephone services and cellular phone rentals, fast and affordable shipping, and temporary personnel. These are the products and services you need every day, and while you’re in Bermuda you can count on receiving the very best.

Click here to download the Procedure for Clearance and Customs Duty Exemption information sheet.

To download the information you must have the current version of Adobe ReaderTM.

New Direct flight from Wilmington to Bermuda and on to London

Wilmington International Airport (ILM) announced a new direct international flight. Pending government-approved flight schedule, Fly First Class is expected to provide premium air service between Wilmington, NC and Bermuda and London, England beginning in early 2006. Fly First Class, a new air carrier, will provide upscale service and comfort at affordable pricing. The spacious aircraft features executive amenities with personalized services, including 11 executive trained flight attendants, nouvelle cuisine, and personal DVD players. Two weekly flights are planned on Friday and Sunday between ILM, Bermuda, and Stansted Airport in London.;;;

Excellent Cruise Reviews on the Web

A new site is offering indepth cruise reviews.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Culinary Experience at Sea

Beginning January 15, 2006 anyone can indulge in a one-of-a-kind culinary experience at sea with our third annual Savor the Caribbean cruise series. The cruise is sponsored by Kitchen Aid appliances and we choose from five, 7-night Caribbean cruises. All of the cruises will be departing from Ft. Lauderdale, FL (southern Florida's easy access airport) and each gives you a mouthwatering taste of the islands. During our sailing we will have time to experience the beauty of the Caribbean and also onboard demonstrations and culinary lectures by acclaimed chefs. Regional rum tastings sponsored by Bacardi and tours to gastronomic treasures at exotic ports of call, including San Juan, St. Thomas, Nassau, and South Florida are amongst the activities we love. If you would like you also can come join us aboard Infinity®, ranked among the top 10 ships in Condé Nast Traveler’s annual “Best Cruise Ships in the World” survey of 2005, and bring your appetite for the finer things in life.

We have pacled a lot into our trip --On Departure we will set the tone for fun and relaxation by enjoying a Bacardi Mojito Sailaway Party as we will depart Ft. Lauderdale in the afternoon. Some of our friends set other tones by chasing alligators the day before on a pre tour of the Everglades National Park. Through our Featured Chef we will learn the tips and tricks for creating beautiful and delectable dishes in your the first cooking demo. Since we have planned out our itinerary the Featured Chef will make time in the morning for your second cooking demo before the ship arrives in port. Then we will return to the ship for a late night Caribbean themed party hosted by Bacardi. During the cruise there will be four private shore excursions:

I. Savor Excursion - Pikayo Restaurant and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico: Enjoy a feast of art and food at the renowned Pikayo restaurant, rated the best museum restaurant in the world, located in the contemporary Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. Savor a private 45-minute guided tour of the paintings, sculptures, ceramics, folk art and photography in this Smithsonian affiliate, followed by a leisurely walk through the extensive native plant gardens and gift shop. Then prepare to indulge in a four-course “Taste of Puerto Rico” masterpiece lunch that has earned Pikayo Conde Nast Traveler Magazine's, "one of the 100 most exciting new restaurants in the world" rating. Your host, proprietor Chef Wilo Benet, will take you on a culinary tour, sharing his extensive knowledge and unique interpretation of traditional Puerto Rican fare. You’ll discover why the New York Times describes Pikayo as "San Juan's best eating place." Capacity: 80 guestsReturn to Infinity to top off the day with a toast to everything Puerto Rican, compliments of a Bacardi rum tasting and lecture.

II. Savor Excursion - The Old Stone Farmhouse: Your day in St. Thomas begins with an intimate cooking class hosted by award winning chef Brian Katz at the 215 year-old plantation turned restaurant aptly named, The Old Stone Farmhouse. A very memorable presentation of rums throughout the Caribbean will invoke images of molasses and oak casks aging a sweet spirit that will trickle down smoother then any concoction has ever before. This history/cultural lesson includes a sample tasting and will be paired with the local fare for a truly inspired offering. You'll then return to town along the scenic route with plenty of time to enjoy the biggest shopping port of the Caribbean. Capacity: 50 guests

III. Savor Excursion - Tour Atlantis Resort and Dine at Bimini Road Restaurant: Savor a “Taste of Nassau” at the world famous Atlantis Resort’s authentic Bahamian restaurant, Bimini Road, located on Paradise Island. You’ll be escorted to Discover Atlantis, a unique tour through the world’s largest open-air marine habitat located in a 34-acre waterscape. Your guide will take you through a 100-foot, clear underground tunnel where you will be surrounded by 200 species of marine animals.Following your tour, you’ll join Atlantis’ own Junkanoo Band as they parade you into the restaurant, where Chef Jasmine Young will greet you with some special favors and recipes at your seat. Chef Young, the recipient of the Bahamas Cacique Award for the prestigious title of Chef of the Year 2004, will regale you with her extensive knowledge of the cuisine of her native Nassau. Prepare for a veritable feast with a 4-course menu that allows you to sample 18 specialty dishes including Conch Salad, Harbor Conch Fritters, Jerked Chicken Quesadillas, Smuddered Grouper, South Ocean Coconut Tart and much more.You’ll have just enough time to enjoy the magnificent shops in Marina village - - before your bus takes you back to the pier. Capacity: 50 guests

IV. Savor Excursion - Brunch and Learn at Chef Allen's Miami Cooking School: Extend your culinary pleasure to debarkation day with a delicious event led by one of the most recognized culinary experts in the country, Chef Allen Susser. Beginning at 10:00am, Chef Allen will treat guests to an entertaining and engaging, interactive Miami brunch at his namesake establishment, Chef Allen's, touted as "the best restaurant south of New York City." Chef Allen will share some of the most innovative trends from popular sauces to mastering the flavors of Cuban, Caribbean, Latin and South Florida! Bus transportation is provided to Ft. Lauderdale airport where you will arrive by 1:00 p.m. to catch your flight home! Capacity: 60 guests

As you can see a fun time for all .... I cannot wait to try my new Kitchen Aid appliances when I return home.

San Francisco An Insiders Guide

Beautiful San Francisco's Top 12 Rated Hotels:

1. Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
2. Mandarin Oriental Hotel San Francisco
3. Omni San Francisco Hotel
4. Park Hyatt Hotel
5. Hyatt Regency San Francisco
6. Hotel Monaco
7. Tuscan Inn
8. Pan Pacific Hotel
9. Renaissance Stanford Court
10. The Hilton San Francisco and Towers
11. The Fairmont Hotel
12. The Westin St Francis Hotel

In a recent inspection by our consultants we rated the above as the top 12 in San Francisco, we encourage your comments and comparisons! Posted by Picasa

Spa Villas aboard Disney Cruise Line

Spa Villas on Disney Cruise Line® Posted December 2005
The Disney Magic has undergone a Magical Makeover! The improvements Disney has made to the public areas of the ship will enhance the cruise experience for guests of all ages! Adults will find a host of innovations in the upgraded spa and the fitness center, so if your spouse is questioning whether a Disney Cruise Line Vacation is right for them, consider the following... Last month, Disney Cruise Line introduced a cruise industry first with Spa Villas. At the spa, guests will find three specifically designed villas - complete with an indoor spa treatment suite which is connected to a private outdoor verandah with personal hot tub, open air shower and luxurious chaise lounge. With incredible ocean vistas and warm tropical breezes, the new treatment suites provide guests with a romantic getaway into a tranquil oasis without ever leaving the ship.The spa villas offer a variety of treatments -- for individuals or couples -- and guests will have ample time rest and relax on the outdoor verandah. Treatments range from a 105-minute individual Swedish massage treatment to the ultra soothing 150-minute Ultimate Indulgence treatment for couples. As part of the Vista Spa expansion, the fitness area doubled in size, providing space for more exercise equipment, an area for spinning classes and a couple of private salons for Pilates instruction and one-on-one beauty and fitness consultations. The Vista Spa and Salon is an area reserved exclusively for adults aboard the Disney Magic. The expansion adds an additional 1,700-square feet to the fitness center, bringing the total size of the Vista Spa to 10,700-square feet. Please keep in mind that these improvements have only been made to the Disney Magic. The Disney Wonder is scheduled to go into dry dock in October of 2006 and in the past changes to the Disney Magic have followed on the Disney Wonder.

Pirates IN the Caribbean on Disney Cruise Line®Posted September 2005
The Disney Magic & Disney Wonder are probably the first ships in history to encourage passengers to take part in piracy.Guests on Disney Cruise Line experiencing “Pirates IN the Caribbean” festivities have given it rave reviews. On Pirate Night the food, fun and festivities all have a swashbuckling swing to them. Many guests choose to join the Cast, Characters and Crew in dressing as pirates for the occasion, so you might consider packing your eye patch and wooden leg.

Disney Cruise Line

Savvytravelagent: Disney Cruiseline Changes and Updates

Savvytravelagent: Disney and Six Flags Theme Park Survival

Savvytravelagent: Disney and Six Flags Theme Park Survival

United Airlines Seating

Savvytravelagent: Paying for Your Seat on an Airplane!

Star Alliance Seating

Savvytravelagent: Paying for Your Seat on an Airplane!

Savvytravelagent: Paying for Your Seat on an Airplane!

Maximum Miles From Your Frequent Flyer Account

Savvytravelagent: Frequent Flyer Deals

Airline Seats

Savvytravelagent: Business Travel Management Process

Paying for Your Seat on an Airplane!

THE STAR ALLIANCE signed contracts with G2 SwitchWorks and ITA Software to make them Star's preferred alternative GDS vendors. Under the umbrella deal, Star's 16 member carriers will enter into detailed discussions with the providers to build "tailor-made solutions" for their requirements, the alliance said. Horst Findeisen, Star's vice president, commercial, said he expects the first individual airline agreements to be signed within months. The alliance said the new distribution technologies will first be implemented for points of sale in North America but should be implemented for Asia and Europe within the next 18 months. As for new functionalities and choices, Findeisen said one possibility is prepaid seat selection, in which carriers could charge different prices for middle, aisle and window seats. Another possibility, he said, is an identifier to describe how far a seat reclines, including whether it lies flat, perhaps with a link to a photo. This should make travel interesting for both business and leisure travelers -- imaging "An aisle bulkhead" that will be an additional surcharge of $$$$ -- You prefer exit row well for that extra leg room we will need to charge a surcharge. Seat Guru is a great tool for finding a seat!

Business Travel Management Process

Service and cost containment are the key elements of a successful travel management program, and we deliver both. I maintain a reputation for quality service by providing innovative solutions to travel management issues, as I have for my clients since 1977. As an employee of one of the top 3 U.S. travel management companies, I support travel programs for organizations ranging in size from 1 to 15,000 employees. I offer all the global resources of a large company, but do so with the speed, flexibility and responsiveness of a smaller, more personalized organization.

My history of steady growth and financial stability in a tumultuous industry is a direct result of our unique "360� Approach" to travel management. Our has developed very comprehensive programs benefit travelers and management alike by focusing on the entire process.

Technology and current global relationships provide a next-generation commerce platform and global reservation system for services of all kinds. The solution?essentially an online personal assistant?links organizations to more than 130,000 global suppliers and enables end-users to schedule, purchase and manage a wide array of business services, including travel services, package shipping, audio/web conferencing, dining reservations, as well as future service offerings. This alliance, will become the first global travel management company to provide clients with an expanded end-to-end services management solution that not only includes a myriad of consultative and business services, but also the ability to book a variety of services as they relate to a single business.

Savvytravelagent: Wilmington NC to Bermuda and London! First Class

Savvytravelagent: Wilmington NC to Bermuda and London! First Class

Wilmington NC to Bermuda and London! First Class

A luxuryboutique airline” will begin five-day-a-week flights between Bermuda and London from April onwards, it was reported yesterday. Although Fly First Class had initially planned to start the service from next month, reports in the US media stated that this will now happen around Easter, once final government permission has been secured. The Florida-based company is targeting both the business and leisure markets with the service, which will also visit Wilmington, North Carolina two days a week.It will use 767 wide-body aircraft, which are equipped to carry 90 passengers in a cabin that is big enough to accommodate 200. Unrestricted year-round fares for the round trip from Bermuda to Stansted Airport in the UK will range from $5,200 to $1,399.

If you are looking for luxury and demand quality service we think we have your answer! Offering luxury packages and quality tours in Bermuda and Europe!

Travel Blog Roundup: Weekly Travel Roundup