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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Jan. 12

This week: Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air launch a Winter Clearance Sale, the free 2009 California Visitors Guide is now available, and Universal Studios Hollywood is offering an ‘All Access Pass’

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Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air Launch Winter Clearance Sale

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air have launched a Winter Clearance Sale with low fares to many of the carriers' destinations on the West Coast, Alaska, the East Coast, Canada and Mexico. Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase and are valid for travel through June 10, 2009.
 

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"Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air have more flights to more destinations on the West Coast than any other airline," said Steve Jarvis, Alaska Airlines' vice president of marketing, sales and customer experience. "We invite our customers to take advantage of these low fares and our great schedules to plan a late-winter or spring getaway."

A few sample one-way fares include:

  • $59 - Seattle-San Francisco
  • $69 - Seattle-Los Angeles
  • $79 - Los Angeles-Prescott or Flagstaff/Sedona, Ariz.
  • $99 - Seattle-Phoenix
  • $109 - Portland, Ore.-San Diego
  • $119 - Seattle-Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • $129 - Los Angeles-Redmond/Bend, Ore. 
  • $159 - Seattle-Sun Valley, Idaho

     

A complete fare list is available at alaskaair.com and horizonair.com or by calling (800) ALASKAAIR.

There are fare rules and restrictions for the Winter Clearance Sale. For information about rules, contact Marianne Lindsey of Alaska Air Group, (206) 392-5101. Web site: www.alaskaair.com

2009 California Visitors Guide Now Available

The California Travel & Tourism Commission (CTTC) just released its 2009 California Official State Visitor's Guide and Travel Planner, a free comprehensive guide to inspire consumers and help them plan their next California getaway.

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The annual publication, distributed free to visitors around the world, celebrates California's beaches and mountains, lush wine country, abundant farmlands, dramatic deserts, and dynamic and diverse cities.

Each page reveals where locals go to discover, enjoy and play throughout the state, making the 2009 California Official State Visitor's Guide and Travel Planner the essential travel tool for exploring California's 12 distinct regions, each with its own unique character and attractions.

New this year, are more tie-ins between the 2009 California Official State Visitor's Guide and Travel Planner and CTTC's Web site,
www.visitcalifornia.com/. Through the use of keywords, readers can find expanded or related content on the site, allowing a more streamlined, "greener" approach, with fewer listings appearing in the actual guide, but showcased instead on the CTTC Web site.

Copies of the free guide and map are available now and can be obtained by calling (877) CALIFORNIA. Both of the publications will be available digitally by the end of January 2009 at
www.visitcalifornia.com/. The technology, provided by NxtBook, allows users to turn pages, search, make notes, and click through to advertisers' Web sites. CTTC has also provided a convenient ordering interface on the site so that users can order single or bulk versions of the piece.

Universal Studios Hollywood Introduces ‘All Access Pass'

With the introduction of the 2009 All Access Pass, a new concept for theme park annual passes, Universal Studios Hollywood will roll out a red carpet for repeat visitors, providing an unprecedented array of perks, privileges and discounts for just $5 more than the price of a single-day admission.

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The 2009 All Access Pass will offer unrestricted 365-day "no black-out date" park access, a dedicated VIP "hassle-free" express front gate entrance, Backlot Studio Tour priority boarding privileges for most of the year, plus an array of discounts on all food and merchandise purchases at the theme park and $12 off the purchase of guest tickets.

"More than ever before, we know our guests are searching for good value as they make their entertainment choices. We've created the new 2009 All Access Pass for local residents to balance attractive pricing with an abundance of appealing benefits, packaged together for the first time," said Larry Kurzweil, President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Studios Hollywood.

Other "hassle free" highlights of the "2009 All Access Pass" includes Universal Studios Hollywood unprecedented "Umbrella Policy" which takes the barometer and weather forecast guesswork from the theme park equation.

With "The World's First-Ever Theme Park Guaranteed Rain Check," guests visiting Universal Studios Hollywood will receive a rain check ticket valid for use any time in the following 30 days on a day that the park receives over 1/8" of rainfall by 2:00 p.m. Plus, on rainy days, guests will be provided with complimentary coffee and hot chocolate at designated covered and indoor rest areas.

The 2009 All Access Pass, priced at $72, is now available for purchase at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com and at the theme park ticket booths and will be sold from January to April 2009.

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