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Sun Country sale

Posted by: Kerri Westenberg Updated: September 18, 2012 - 9:37 AM

Sun Country has a great sense of timing  (and humor). Just as temps drop, giving us a real reminder of winter to come, the hometown airline has dropped its prices for some fall and winter airline tickets. Flights to Phoenix, San Diego, Fort Myers and other warm-weather spots are discounted. Book by September 27 for travel through February 13. Best rates are subject to availability, and blackout dates around the holidays are in place. If you're looking to fly this fall or winter, now may be a good time to book with Sun Country or other airlines, which may drop fares to compete. If you wind up on a Sun Country plane, check out the safety information card. It never hurts to get a refresher course, but you might be amused, too. In the cartoon showing the "brace positions," there are three rows of passengers. Two have their forearms and face pressed to the seat in front of them. One is fully bent over, face against knees. That one happens to be a ballerina, who clearly is the most flexible of the bunch.

Sun Country Fall Sale

Posted by: Kerri Westenberg Updated: September 4, 2012 - 2:25 PM

This just in: Sun Country flights are on sale. According to a new release that just hit my inbox: "Sun Country is offering incredible deals to some of our best destinations during our Fall Savings Fare Sale! Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Diego, Washington, D.C. (DCA), Seattle and more, for travel until October 10, 2012! Book before September 6, 2012. Check it out here.

A trip to build on

Posted by: Kerri Westenberg Updated: July 17, 2012 - 3:24 PM

 

 

Nice things happen whem groups collaborate. Case in point:  Groupon Getaways, the nifty groupon site that offers discounted vacations; Groupon Grassroots, Groupon's philanthropic arm; and buildOn, a non-profit that provides after-school service programs for American students and builds schools in impoverished communities overseas, have come together to offer a pretty cool groupon deal. For $2,583, you can travel to Nicaragua or Nepal on a 7-day all-inclusive trip to help build a school for a community in need.  With that fee, you also sponsor an American inner-city student who is a part of buildOn's afterschool program to make the trip, too. For altruistic travelers, it's a win-win-win. The price of the trip includes meals, lodging with a host family and local travel. Fifteen slots available: there are 9 days and 7 hours left.

Southwest launches sale

Posted by: Kerri Westenberg Updated: May 1, 2012 - 10:26 AM

 

 

Flights to and from more than 70 cities in the U.S. are discounted on Southwest Airlines, a fact that travel website Smartertravel.com alerted me to this morning. According to the Southwest site, sale prices require 10-day advance purchase and must be purchased by May 3, 11:59 Pacific Time. Sale prices are good on select travel from May 11 through Oct. 31, for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, though sale fares may be available other days of the week on a limited basis. Destination from Minneapolis include Oakland and Los Angeles, Calif., Nashville, Tenn., and many more.
 

 

 

This travel contest seems too good to be true

Posted by: Updated: February 29, 2012 - 11:49 AM

There are contests and then there are contests. This one sounds too good to be true. The San Francisco-based tour company Viator is looking for travelers with wanderlust and video acumen. Winners will get an all-expenses-paid junket to visit 20 cities in 60 days, shooting video in two-person teams. Official details are slated to be announced March 1, but Escape Artists got the scoop a little early and is happy to share the following press release. (We're also guessing Chicago will be among the cities on the list, so we've included a photo from the North Pond restaurant in Lincoln Park)

 

 

Viator.com Launches “Win Your Dream Travel Job” Contest – 60 Days, 20 Cities, 1 Video Camera – All on Viator
 
 Final Contestants will tour the U.S. or Europe to film their adventures and document their experiences; Facebook votes will determine winners of the $10,000 Grand Prize
 
San Francisco, Calif. – March 1, 2012 – Viator.com, the leading resource for more than 9,000 tours and activities in over 150 countries, has launched a global casting call to find four passionate travelers with a knack for capturing their passion on film. Winners will have the opportunity to film and star in travel videos featuring some of the world’s most amazing and iconic travel hot spots – truly the globetrotting adventure of a lifetime.
 
Viator’s “Win Your Dream Travel Job” Contest will give four finalists, paired in teams of two, the chance to travel and shoot video for Viator as part of the company’s ongoing effort to create the world’s largest video library of tours and things to do in popular destinations worldwide. One team will film destinations in North America, the other in Europe, with both visiting approximately 20 cities in 60 days to document top local attractions, tours and things todo.  Viator will provide each finalist with professional video equipment and cover the cost of round-trip airfare to and from their destination; along with up to $15,000 per person to cover additional travel expenses including accommodations, local transportation and meals.
 
Once each teamreturns, both will submit “Wrap-up” videos to Viator’s Facebook page. The video receiving the most votes from Facebook users will earn the winning team a grand prize of $10,000.
 
“This contest is as good as it gets for those who love to travel and have an eye for shooting video,” said Ms. Barrie Seidenberg, president and CEO of Viator, Inc.  “But this is also a great opportunity for Viator as it will enable us to give our customers even more insider access to a real traveler’s first-hand experiences with a new destination, new activity or new culture. Seeing with your own eyes what your personal experience might be like before you book is an invaluable travel planning tool.”
 
To enter the “Win Your Dream Travel Job” Contest, contestants must create a unique one-to-three minute video that demonstrates their filmmaking talents and love for travel, and cover specific topics such as top travel tips or a memorable travel experience. No experience is required, other than insatiable wanderlust.  Videos must be submitted to Facebook.com/ViatorTours no later than April 25, 2012.  The 10 contestants whose video entry receives the most Facebook votes will be guaranteed an opportunity to interview with the Viator team. Contestants can enter multiple videos but each must be unique. The judging panel, which includes three-time MTV VMA award winner Jeff Clark, executive producer for Viator, will meet with semifinalists on a rolling basis with one finalist being selectedevery two weeks beginning March 15, 2012.
 
To be eligible, contestants must be 18 years of age or older as of Jan. 1, 2012 and possess a valid government-issued Passport. Contestants should refer to the full details of the contest and the official contest rules before entering.  
 
Contest updates and chronicles of the winners’ journeys will be posted regularly to the Viator Travel Blog as well as Viator’s Facebook and Twitter pages, and www.winyourdreamtraveljob.com.  
 
About Viator
Viator® is the world’s leading online resource for travel experiences, providing access to more than 9,000 tours, attractions and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries. Viator– the Latin word for traveler – offers a one-stop shop to plan, research and book trip activities via its Web and mobile platforms with resources such as more than 300,000 traveler reviews, ratings and photos, suggested itineraries and the Viator Travel Blog. Viator’s in-house travel experts hand-pick trusted local operators to ensure quality, value and service, all backed by a low-price guarantee. Viator sells its products through Viator.com, the Viator Tours and Activities App for iPhone, the Viator Ultimate Experience Guide for iPad, ten local language sites in Asia, Europe and Latin America and more than 2,000 affiliated sites that include major hotel chains and airlines, online travel agencies, city-specific sites and more. Viator is a privately held company, with lead investment from The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Founded in 1995, Viator is headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Sydney, London and Las Vegas.
 
 
 

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