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Alaska Airlines Vacations Offering “Every Third Night Free” Package at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto

Free Upgrade to One-Bedroom Suite for Stays Six Nights or Longer

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, the newest member of Villa Group Resorts and Baja’s first “million-star” resort, today announced an “every third night free” package from Alaska Airlines Vacations, meaning a six-night stay will earn guests two free nights at the resort. And, with Alaska Airlines increasing its flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Loreto to be daily departures starting February 24, 2013, this deal is even better.

Travelers looking to experience the remarkable beauty, exhilarating adventure and authentic culture of Loreto also can enjoy a free upgrade to a one-bedroom suite at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto with any stay six nights or longer.

Guests of the resort stay in unparalleled luxury, which makes it easy to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the property and the stunning Sea of Cortez. Each room has stylishly contemporary décor and includes a private balcony with uninterrupted views of The Bay of Loreto, a kitchenette where guests can cook up their catch of the day, and plenty of space to unwind and soak up the unspoiled beauty of the region.

“We are thrilled that Alaska Airlines Vacations is offering guests this incredible package in time for spring visits,” said Owen Perry, owner and president of Villa Group.  “We look forward to having new and returning travelers experience everything we have to offer.”

The Islands of Loreto, located on the east coast of the Baja California Peninsula on the Sea of Cortez, is known for its quiet beaches, scenic vistas, rich history and astounding natural habitats. The region caters to adventurous travelers looking to explore the many outdoor opportunities including snorkeling, hiking, fishing, diving and mountain biking, as well as people looking for a getaway where they can enjoy the beauty and authentic culture of the region without the commotion of heavily-trafficked Mexican destinations. The destination is fast becoming an alternative for travelers looking for a slower pace with all the options and amenities they have come to expect from a vacation in Mexico.

To take advantage of the Alaska Airlines Vacations offer, guests must book by April 8, 2013 and travel before December 19, 2013. Details can be found at http://www.alaskaair.com/content/deals/vacations/mexico-nights.aspx?INT=AS_DEALS-VAC1_||20130208_ASV_MX||

For more information about Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, visit http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com/ or call 866.209.0726 from the U.S. or 855.440.5590 from Canada.

ABOUT VILLA DEL PALMAR
Baja’s First Million Star Resort
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is a self-contained destination resort on the Sea of Cortez, off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula overlooking Danzante Island (one of five in the region). It features 181 new, spacious, beautifully appointed Deluxe Ocean View, one, two and three bedroom Suites  with balcony or terrace, stunning ocean views, mountain views, outstanding restaurants, an attentive English-speaking staff, five swimming pools, a 39,000 square feet Spa, two tennis courts , beautiful beaches and a mild and warm climate year-round.  The New York Times lists Loreto in its Top Ten Places to go in 2011. The travel article featuring The Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico ranked first among readers.

Guests can enjoy scuba and snorkeling tours in the protected Marine Park within the five prominent Loreto Islands, horseback riding, swimming, world-class fishing (catch a Dorado and bring it home to have a Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto chef prepare it for you), paddle boarding, kayaking, whale watching and mountain biking.  With complimentary shuttle service, guests can explore the historic town at the Islands of Loreto and visit the 1697 mission that made the town famous.  The area is also known for its wildlife, including the 900 species of fish off the coast and in an area that has been declared a World Heritage Site. Hotel perks include a spa and fitness center, massages, salsa dance lessons and movie nights for children.

Mexican Luxury Getaway Debuts At South by Southwest

Mexico brings luxury spa experience to Austin’s SXSW festival

The Mexico Tourism Board is showcasing the highlights of a Mexican luxury getaway at this week’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival and conference series.  In partnership with Forbes, Mexico will be on-site to celebrate the “30 Under 30″ panel, which recognizes the most creative and entrepreneurial business pioneers today.

Mexico Tourism Board Chief Marketing Officer, Gerardo Llanes said, “Mexico has some of the most luxurious spas, hotels and resorts in the world. We are very pleased to be partnering with the institution that is Forbes to showcase the very best Mexico has to offer.”

The exclusive event will include the indulgences and flavors of a Mexico spa experience, from head and shoulder massages to savory Patron-infused canapes and desserts.  Exotic Mexican flowers and relaxing lounge furniture will transport guests to the extravagance of Mexico’s rich luxury offering.

The Riviera Maya is one of Mexico’s leading luxury destinations, with ten of Mexico’s sixteen AAA Five Diamond properties located in that region. Other premier luxury destinations include celebrity favorite Los Cabos, the beach resorts of the Riviera Nayarit and Mexico City which is home to several world class luxury hotels and two of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants according to the San Pellegrino rankings.

Renowned luxury travel network Virtuoso has ranked Mexico number two in the world in luxury destinations, second only to Italy, and has also recognized Mexico as the world’s number one spa destination.  The Mexico Tourism Board was also recognized as “Virtuoso Tourism Board of the Year” in 2012.

Mexico has continued to attract a record-breaking number of tourists from around the world.  With a rich cultural showcase and UNESCO World Heritage cuisine, the destination offers an experience unlike any other in the world.

American Airlines Strengthens Its Network With New Domestic And International Routes This Summer

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — American Airlines announced today that it will launch new service this summer to San Diego and Mexico from its hubs in Miami (MIA) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), respectively. This new service further strengthens American’s overall route network and provides additional options for its customers.

“We continue to expand our network to offer more travel choices and more destinations for our customers,” said Chuck Schubert, American’s Vice President – Network Planning. “These new routes will provide our customers with more access to Mexico as well as more choices for travel from Miami, and they underscore our commitment to meet our customers’ travel needs.”

More choices from Miami and San Diego

Beginning June 12, American will offer more choices for travel from its Miami hub with the addition of daily service between Miami and San Diego International Airport (SAN). This flight will be operated with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 150 seats.  With the addition of this route, American and American Eagle will now serve San Diego from each of its five hubs, with a combined total of 25 daily flights.

The schedule for the new service between Miami and San Diego will be as follows:

From To Flight # Departs Arrives Frequency
Miami San Diego AA1065 6:50 PM 8:55 PM Daily
(MIA) (SAN) (nonstop)
San Diego Miami AA1042 9:45 PM 5:40 AM Daily
(SAN) (MIA) (nonstop)  next day

With the addition of this route, American will serve 115 destinations from Miami with more than 300 daily flights.

New Service to Mexico

Also beginning June 12, American Eagle will begin service between DFW and two new destinations in Mexico – Ignacio Pesqueira Garcia International Airport in Hermosillo (HMO) and General Leobardo C. Ruiz International Airport in Zacatecas (ZCL), pending government approval. Flights between DFW and HMO will operate once daily, and flights between DFW and ZCL will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.  The flights will be operated with a 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140 aircraft.

The schedule for the new service to Mexico will be as follows:

From To Flight # Departs Arrives Frequency
Dallas/Fort. Worth Hermosillo AA2833 7:10 PM 7:35 PM Daily
(DFW) (HMO) (nonstop)
Hermosillo Dallas/Ft. Worth AA2938 7:00 AM 11:30 AM Daily
(HMO) (DFW) (nonstop)
Dallas/Fort. Worth Zacatecas AA3379 10:45 AM 12:50 PM Mon., Weds., Sat.
(DFW) (ZCL) (nonstop)
Zacatecas Dallas/Ft. Worth AA3390 1:30 PM 3:50 PM Mon., Weds., Sat.
(ZCL) (DFW) (nonstop)

*all flights begin June 12, 2013, pending government approval

With the addition of flights to Hermosillo and Zacatecas, American and American Eagle will serve a total of 20 destinations in Mexico.

About American Airlines

American Airlines focuses on providing an exceptional travel experience across the globe, serving more than 260 airports in more than 50 countries and territories. American’s fleet of nearly 900 aircraft fly more than 3,500 daily flights worldwide from hubs in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami and New York. American flies to nearly 100 international locations including important markets such as London, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. With more than 500 new planes scheduled to join the fleet, including continued deliveries of the Boeing 737 family of aircraft and new additions such as the Boeing 777-300ER and the Airbus A320 family of aircraft, American is building toward the youngest and most modern fleet among major U.S. carriers. American’s website, AA.com®, provides customers with easy access to check and book fares, and personalized news, information and travel offers. American’s AAdvantage® program, one of the most popular frequent flyer programs in the world, lets members redeem miles for flights to almost 950 destinations worldwide, as well as flight upgrades, vacation packages, car rentals, hotel stays and other retail products. The airline also offers nearly 40 Admirals Club® locations worldwide providing comfort, convenience, and an environment with a full range of services making it easy for customers to stay productive without interruption. American is a founding member of the oneworld® alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest airlines in the world, including global brands like British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Iberia Airlines, Japan Airlines, LAN and Qantas. Together, its members serve more than 840 destinations with some 9,000 daily flights to nearly 160 countries and territories. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir or Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AMR Corporation common stock trades under the symbol “AAMRQ” on the OTCQB marketplace, operated by OTC Markets Group.

Southwest Airlines Now Selling Service Between Austin And San Jose Del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico Operated By AirTran Airways

DALLAS, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways began offering for sale new nonstop service international flights between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and San Jose Del Cabo/Los Cabos International Airport in Baja California, Mexico.

AirTran daily service on the new route begins June 1, 2013, and is open for sale now at airtran.com with introductory fares as low as $227 one-way.  These fares must be booked by 11:59 p.m. PST on March 1, 2013, for travel between June 1, 2013, and August 10, 2013. See full fare rules below.

The carrier announced late last year that it would begin service between Denver International Airport and San Jose Del Cabo/Los Cabos International Airport in early March.  AirTran currently serves San Jose Del Cabo/Los Cabos International Airport with nonstop flights to Orange County.

ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.
In its 42nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV)  continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually.  Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People and Planet.  To read about how Southwest is doing its part to be a good corporate citizen, visit southwest.com/citizenship to read the Southwest Airlines One Report™.

Southwest Airlines
From its first flights on June 18, 1971, Southwest Airlines launched an era of unprecedented affordability in air travel quantified by the U.S. Department of Transportation as “The Southwest Effect,” a lowering of fares and increase in passenger traffic wherever the carrier serves.  On every flight, Southwest offers Customers the first two pieces of checked luggage (weight and size limitations apply) and all ticket changes without additional fees. Southwest’s all Boeing fleet consistently offers leather seating and the comfort of full-size cabins, many of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi connectivity and a new, eco-friendly cabin interior.  With 40 consecutive years of profitability, the People of Southwest operate more than 3,100 flights a day and serve communities around 78 airports in Southwest’s network of domestic destinations.  Southwest Airlines’ frequent flights and low fares are available only at southwest.com.

AirTran Airways
AirTran Airways, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co., offers coast-to-coast and near-international service with close to 600 flights a day to 54 destinations.  The carrier’s high-quality product includes assigned seating and Business Class. As Southwest continues to integrate AirTran’s People, places, and planes into Southwest Airlines, Customers of both carriers may book flights at airtran.com and exchange earned loyalty points between both AirTran’s A+ Rewards® and Southwest’s Rapid Rewards® for reward travel on either airline.

Fare Rules
One-way fares may be purchased today through March 1, 2013, 11:59 p.m. for the respective time zone of the originating city. Travel must take place between June 1, 2013, and Aug. 10, 2013 and requires 14-day advance purchase. International blackout dates include July 2, 4, and 6, 2013.  All fares are for nonstop one-way travel.  All fares are non-refundable and a $75 fee per person applies to any change made after purchase, plus any applicable increase in airfare.  Displayed prices include all government taxes and fees (see *footnote below). A first bag may be checked for a fee of $25 each way and a second bag may be checked for a fee of $35 each way. Reservations may be made via AirTran Airways’ Telephone Reservations Center for a fee of $15. Reservations may also be changed via AirTran Airways’ Telephone Reservations Center for a $15 fee plus any applicable change fees and fare differences. Fares may be combined with other AirTran Airways combinable fares.  If combining with other fares, the rules of the more restrictive fare apply. When combining fares, all rules and restrictions apply. Seats are limited, subject to availability, and may not be available on all flights. Fares, routes, and schedules are subject to change without notice. Fares may vary by destinations, flight, and day of week and won’t be available on some flights that operate during very busy travel times and holiday periods. Fares are nonrefundable but may be applied toward the purchase of future travel on AirTran Airways after applicable change fees and fare differences.  Fares are not available through the Group Desk.  Any change in the itinerary may result in an increase in fare. Fares are valid on published, scheduled service only.

* Government-imposed taxes and fees are now included in the advertised fare. To comply with new government regulations, all airlines must include government-imposed taxes and fees in advertised air fares.

airtran.com

Las Alamandas Offers Perfect Easter/Spring Break Getaway with All-Inclusive Package

Alamandas Logo

 

Costalegre, Mexico:  Over Easter and spring break, spend quality time with your  family at Las Alamandas (www.alamandas.com) – the luxury hideaway made for family bonding and fun together − with the boutique haven’s special, affordable all-inclusive
package.

Las Alamandas has it all for families:  Balmy weather, warm water for swimming and water sports, numerous
activities and facilities, exceptionally spacious and luxurious accommodations that are ideal for families, and a
secluded ambiance set within its own 1,500-acre private nature reserve that is ideal for family bonding, spending intimate time together and creating lasting memories.  Families stay in a beautiful suite by the Pacific, in a gorgeous and relaxed tropical haven, enjoying everything from a family beach picnic and boat excursions to surfing, horseback riding and kayaking.

The Easter Special at Las Alamandas combines:

  • Four nights in a luxurious Ocean View Suite
  • FreshLime Margaritas upon arrival
  • Tropical Fruit Platter in the room
  • Three gourmet meals daily with non-alcoholic beverages for two
  • All meals and drinks for children under 12 years of age complimentary, up to two children
  • 50% discount on a second suite for the kids
  • Family picnic setup on an exclusive private beach
  • Complimentary one-hour horseback ride and kayak use
  • Transportation from Puerto Vallarta or Manzanillo Airport

Rates start at just $3,678.00  plus tax and service. Offered March 15 – April 15, 2013.

For reservations:  Tel. +(52) 322 285-5500; toll free in U.S. and Canada 888-882-9616;
or  info@alamandas.com.

About Las Alamandas:

Las Alamandas is an all-suite, self-contained boutique resort accommodating up to 42 guests in an unspoiled tropical paradise located midway between Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo along Mexico’s famed Costalegre. The resort is ideal for multiple generations who want both privacy and togetherness time while on a family vacation. The 17 extraordinarily spacious and beautifully appointed suites are located within seven villas with vibrant contemporary Mexican chic décor. The suites are designed for casual indoor-outdoor living with spacious terraces and patios, panoramic views, and most with a private Jacuzzi.

Families may dine on terrace of their suite, al fresco at the Oasis Restaurant or oceanside at La Palapa Beach Club. The sophisticated, delicious and healthy cuisine is prepared with seafood freshly caught by local fisherman, meats and free-range eggs and chicken raised by local farmers, and vegetables, lettuces, herbs and fruits grown in the resort’s own organic gardens.

There are activities for every member of the family including: lighted tennis court, beach volleyball, half basketball court, croquet, lawn chess, mountain bikes, 60-foot swimming pool, fully equipped air-conditioned gym, ping-pong, horseback riding, bird watching, kayaks (doubles and singles), hiking, surfing and boogie boarding. A Kids Club offers a program of games, arts and crafts, and activities. A lounge with a big-screen TV is an ideal family gathering spot to watch movies together.

Las Alamandas boasts one of the most beautiful natural environments of any resort. It is nestled on its own private sweep of white-sand beach, with a rocky cape at both ends, amid verdant gardens of towering palms, flowing fountains, expansive lawns and flowering plants – including the resort’s namesake yellow La Alamandas, also known as the Copa de Oro. All around are untouched beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs, lagoons and streams that are habitats for numerous species of birds, jungle terrain traversed by trails that are ideal for biking and hiking, and lookout points with dramatic panoramas of the coast.

Villa Del Palmar At The Islands Of Loreto Set To Welcome New Daily Alaska Airlines Flights Beginning Feb 24, 2013

“Million-Star” Resort Excited About Increased Tourism to Baja Peninsula

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, the newest member of Villa Group Resorts and Baja’s first “million-star” resort, today announced that it is rolling out the red carpet for guests when Alaska Airlines begins daily flights from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Loreto on February 24, 2013.

The resort, which abuts one of the most pristine coastlines in the world and unobstructed nighttime views of “a million” stars, has become a popular tourist destination for travelers from the West Coast of the United States, especially for those who are looking to disconnect from their daily hassles and reconnect with one another. With new daily flights to and from the Islands of Loreto, that’s sure to bring even more tourism to the area.

Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto has created a series of air-inclusive packages with air travel provided by Alaska Airlines. Subject to availability, promotional air-inclusive packages start at just $149 per person, per night, based on double occupancy, plus taxes. Details are available by calling toll free to 866-209-0726.

These dedicated packages include airfare provided by Alaska Airlines to the Islands of Loreto via Los Angeles International Airport and originating in multiple destinations including Seattle; Portland; Vancouver, B.C.; the San Francisco Bay Area and the Los Angeles area.

“We are thrilled to have Alaska Airlines expand its number of flights and begin daily service next month, and we know our guests will love the flexibility this new schedule provides, as well,” said Owen Perry, owner and president of Villa Group.  “Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto provides unique beauty, authentic culture, and access to truly unparalleled sporting opportunities. We look forward to sharing those experiences with a whole new set of travelers and showing them what we mean when we say ‘Your Story Starts Here.'”

The Islands of Loreto, located on the east coast of the Baja California Peninsula on the Sea of Cortez, is known for its quiet beaches, scenic vistas, rich history and astounding natural habitats. The region caters to adventurous travelers looking to explore the many outdoor opportunities including snorkeling, hiking, fishing, diving and mountain biking, as well as people looking for a getaway where they can enjoy the beauty and authentic culture of the region without the commotion of heavily-trafficked Mexican destinations. The destination is fast becoming an alternative for travelers looking for a slower pace with all the options and amenities they have come to expect from a vacation in Mexico.

For more information about Villa del Palmar and its Alaska Airlines packages, or to book, contact your preferred travel professional, visit http://www.villadelpalmarloreto.com/ or call 866.209.0726 from the U.S. or 855.440.5590 from Canada.

ABOUT VILLA DEL PALMAR
Baja’s First Million Star Resort
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is a self-contained destination resort on the Sea of Cortez, off the eastern coast of the Baja peninsula overlooking Danzante Island (one of five in the region). It features 181 new, spacious, beautifully appointed Deluxe Ocean View, one, two and three bedroom Suites with balcony or terrace, stunning ocean views, mountain views, outstanding restaurants, an attentive English-speaking staff, five swimming pools, a 39,000 square feet Spa, two tennis courts , beautiful beaches and a mild and warm climate year-round.  The New York Times lists Loreto in its Top Ten Places to go in 2011. The travel article featuring the Islands of Loreto, Baja California South, Mexico ranked first among readers.

Guests can enjoy scuba and snorkeling tours in the protected Marine Park within the five prominent Loreto Islands, horseback riding, swimming, world-class fishing (catch a Dorado and bring it home to have a Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto chef prepare it for you), paddle boarding, kayaking, whale watching and mountain biking.  With complimentary shuttle service, guests can explore the historic town at the Islands of Loreto and visit the 1697 mission that made the town famous.  The area is also known for its wildlife, including the 900 species of fish off the coast and in an area that has been declared a World Heritage Site. Hotel perks include a spa and fitness center, massages, salsa dance lessons and movie nights for children.

Mazatlan Welcomes More Than 300,000 Tourists To Celebrate 115th Annual Carnival

Expects Record Tourist Numbers for Celebration, Continues to Diversify Tourism Portfolio

Mazatlan welcomes more than 300,000 domestic and international tourists to participate in the 115th annual Carnival to celebrate the city’s longstanding traditions and vibrant culture.  Ranked by Forbes as one of the world’s biggest celebrations – third to Rio and Mardi Gras – Mazatlan’s Carnival brings together local and regional musicians, dancers and entertainers in a week-long, costume-filled festival, from February 7-12.

This year’s Carnival expects to draw record tourist numbers, demonstrating that Mazatlan continues to diversify and strengthen its tourism product and offering far beyond its world-class beaches to its strong cultural portfolio.

“Tourism to Mazatlan continues to grow as the destination launches new programs and initiatives to appeal to a variety of tourists,” said Carlos Berdegue, President and CEO of El Cid Resorts, and vice president of the Mazatlan Hotel Association. “There is increasing demand for air service to our destination, particularly for meetings and conventions.”

Thus far in 2013, airline load factor on incoming flights from Mazatlan from the U.S. and Canada have improved an average of 20%, year on year.  In December of last year, U.S. and Canada based airlines reported high passenger load factors to Mazatlan, all reaching air seat capacity over 75%: U.S. Airways (94.67 percent); Alaska Airlines (91.26 percent); Sun Wing Airlines (90.52 percent); WestJet (89.54 percent); and American Eagle (75.24 percent.

Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism recently appointed El Rosario, a colonial town nearby Mazatlan, as a Magic Town – a distinction for highly cultural places in Mexico which appeal to tourists – and Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History recognized Las Labradas, volcanic rocks nearby the village of Chicayota 51 km north of Mazatlan, as an archaeological monument zone.

Later this month, on February 28, Mazatlan will host the NAFTA Golf Tournament for the second consecutive year and welcomes more than 150 professional and amateur golfers from United States, Canada and Mexico.

About Mazatlan
Mazatlan is a thriving cultural destination in southwest Mexico known to many as “the Pearl of the Pacific.” Set at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains on a peninsula that extends into the Pacific Ocean, Mazatlan is one of the Mexican Riviera’s premier resort areas and has become a popular retreat for the national and international community of 440,000 inhabitants. Named Travelocity’s “Best Family Beach in Mexico” amongst fierce competition, the city of Mazatlan is divided into two main areas: Old Mazatlan, or Centro Historico, and the Zona Dorada connected by a 7-mile Malecon along the beach.

Recognized for its world-class beaches, golfing, gastronomy and cultural offering, Mazatlan is an ideal vacation getaway for all ages on the Mexican Riviera: you can see The Lighthouse (El Faro), the second-tallest natural light house in the world; you can experience the famous Angela Peralta Theater nearby the charming Plazuela Machado; and you can taste the exquisite gastronomy, whether a local pastry shop in Old Mazatlan or the world-famous seafood at The Shrimp Bucket. So, come try it all yourself. Go Mazatlan.

 

* All images courtesy of the Mazatlan Hotel Association