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Want to get away this winter? Now may be the time to buy your airline tickets. Sun Country Airlines is throwing a sale for flights through Dec. 21 and from Jan. 4 through February 15. Winter one-way tickets cost as little as $99 to Los Angeles, $109 to Orlando, and $119 to Ft. Myers. Fall fares are available through Oct. 16; winter fares are available through Oct. 20. Restrictions apply, including blackout dates; the discounted fares require a 14-day advance purchase.
My daughter and I recently returned from a trip to Atlantis, Paradise Island, that wonderland of a waterpark in the Bahamas, and my daughter declared it "awesome." There are several hotel options, including an upscale place with an adults-only pool called The Cove and the very family friendly Beach and Coral Towers. Beyond the pools and waterpark, there's a long stretch of beach, restaurants by celebrity chefs, a casino and a mind-boggling marine habitat that seems to wind throughout the property. Here's good news for people who want to go there: If you book by July 24, you get as much as 65 percent off, with room rates starting at $99 per night. The deal is good for travel August 21 to October 31. Book here or by calling 1-800-285-2684.
A Frontier Airlines sale on fall flights, dubbed "You snooze, you loose," ends at 11:59 our time tonight. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time today for travel Aug. 15 through Nov. 17, 2011. A 14-day advance purchase is required and blackout dates of Sept. 1, 2 and 5 apply. For the deals, click here.
Sun Country is holding a “fantastic fares for fall” sale. One-way flights to Ft. Myers from MSP start at $129; get to New York City and Boston for as little as $119 each way. One-way fares for other destinations begin at $109. The fares are base prices; additional taxes and fees will apply. The sale is good for travel from August 23 to November 16 and must be booked by July 7. For more details, go to www.suncountry.com.
Roadtrippers take note: Red Roof Inn is hoping to offset the price of travel this summer by handing guests a coupon book when they check in. The books include national retail coupons as well as discounts for local restaurants and services -- and a 20 percent off coupon on a stay at Red Roof through September 30. The hand-out began in June and will run through August, or until the hotel runs out of coupon books.
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