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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Dec. 15

This week: Denver’s ‘Super Bowl of Cattle Shows’ set for January, Greyhound Bus says it has a variety of holiday rates, and Frontier Airlines crows about improved performance rankings

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Denver's ‘Super Bowl of Cattle Shows" a January Must

When you see longhorns strolling through Downtown Denver in January, you know it must be the kickoff of the National Western Stock Show, The world's largest "Old West" cowboy party.

Longing for a touch of the "West?" Always wanted to "cowboy/cowgirl up," even vicariously? Ever wonder what makes one cow, horse or sheep a champion, and another an "also-ran?" Then go to Denver January 10-25, 2009 for the 103rd year of the world's largest stock show, the National Western Stock Show, an "only in Denver" extravaganza.

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Called the "Super Bowl of Cattle Shows," The National Western Stock Show is a Denver tradition, honoring America's Old West heritage that lives on today.

Held every January at the National Western Complex, it is the world's premier stock, show, horse show and rodeo. Each year is bigger and better than the last, with more than 15,000 animals, rodeo performances, bull riders, horse shows, livestock competitions, auctions and booths selling everything from cowboy boots to Native American jewelry.

And the livestock and horse shows are just the beginning of the fun. Be sure to see:

  • The Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza, featuring bull riders and bareback riders, trick roping, mariachi and the daring Paso de la Muerte or "Death Jump," is always a popular event.
  • The Denver Professional Bull Riders Chute-Out, stars the world's best bull riders clinging to the top of an 1,800-pound mountain of muscle for eight seconds of glory.
  • Kids will love the free petting farm, offering the opportunity to get up close and personal with 60 animals.
  • Horse exhibitors from across the nation look to the National Western as a premier place to start their exhibition year. The horse show includes one of the top-five American Quarter Horse shows, a six-judge American Paint Horse show and the famous Draft Horse and Mule show.
  • In addition, there are US Equestrian Federation -approved shows for hunters and jumpers, and an open division, which includes Arabians, American Saddlebreds, Appaloosas, Morgans and equitation classes.

Kicking off the celebrations right in downtown Denver is the NWSS Parade, an annual Stock Show tradition, scheduled for January 13 at 12 noon.

Beginning at Union Station and meandering down 17th Street, the parade features marching bands, floats, horseback riders and performing cowgirls and cowboys, in addition to the incredible - and camera-worthy - sight of Texas Longhorn cattle being driven through downtown Denver.

Get more information on event schedules and tickets at
www.NationalWestern.com.

Greyhound Introduces Travel Stimulus Package for Holidays

Financial relief is on the way for holiday travelers who are trying to find ways to visit their family and friends this season while still having enough money to pay the bills.

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Greyhound is rolling out the company's first-ever "Travel Stimulus Package" - new fare specials and deals just in time for the holidays and beyond with no blackout dates.

Riders can choose from a variety of discounted fares, which include special friends and family rates, expanded e-fares, and deeply discounted advance ticket fares.

"There's a lot of talk these days about how we can get America moving again and Greyhound is committed to supporting this effort when it comes to travel," said Dave Leach, president and CEO, Greyhound Lines, Inc. "Our new ‘Stimulus Package' helps make it possible for families to take their vacations, reunite with loved ones and continue their holiday traditions."

The following are now available online and in terminals:

  • Friends and Family Companion Fare: Up to three companions can travel at 50 percent off with the purchase of one adult standard walk-up fare. A three-day advance purchase is required.
  • 10-Day Advance Purchase Fare: 10-day advance purchase fares are 75 percent off adult standard walk-up fare. Every day, 250 tickets will be available for purchase until they are sold out.
  • Expanded On-Line Discounts: Fares are priced at a 20-percent discount off the adult standard walk-up fare.
  • Holiday Bounce-Back Coupon: For all tickets sold in terminals during the holiday period (Dec. 15 - Jan. 5), customers will receive a coupon for 20 percent off their next trip during the redemption period (Jan. 6 - March 31).

Some restrictions may apply. For more information visit www.greyhound.com

Frontier Airlines Gains in Performance Rankings

Denver-based Frontier Airlines says it continued to set company records for performance as measured in the Department of Transportation's (DOT) monthly "Air Travel Consumer Report." The report details the operational performance of the country's 19 largest air carriers, including the 11 recognized major airlines.

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Frontier posted a company record for lowest mishandled bag rate (MBR) in October, ranking third among all carriers. The October performance record marked the fourth consecutive month in which Frontier has ranked among the top five major carriers for lowest MBR.

For the fourth consecutive month, Frontier ranked among the top three major carriers in on-time arrival performance. The 89.13 percent on-time performance reported by Frontier in October ranked third among the recognized major carriers and was less than a percentage point behind the monthly leader in that category.

Frontier ranked second among the major carriers in overall flight completion performance, or fewest flight cancellations, finishing just .02 percentage points behind the monthly leader. Frontier's October performance followed 16 consecutive months where Frontier led the major carriers in overall flight completion performance.

Once again, Frontier reported no flights on the DOT's list of chronically delayed or canceled flights (over 70% of the time).

For more information on Frontier Airlines, visit its Web site at
http://frontierairlines.com  

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