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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Feb. 23

This week: Allegiant Air says new Los Angeles base will serve 12 small-city markets in the West, Texas wants you to come visit the Gulf coast and have some fun, and Delta adds new links to its Salt Lake City hub

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Allegiant Air Says Los Angeles Base to Serve 12 Western Cities

Low-cost airline Allegiant Air said it will establish a new base in Los Angeles, offering nonstop jet service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to 12 small-city markets in the West, beginning May 1. Introductory low fares begin as low as $39 each way (seats are limited, and restrictions apply).

The 12 cities in the West include Bellingham, Washington; Billings, Montana; Des Moines, Iowa; Fargo, North Dakota; Grand Junction, Colorado; McAllen, Texas; Medford, Oregon; Missoula, Montana; Monterey, California; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Springfield, Missouri, and Wichita, Kansas.

"These markets continue to be outstanding for Allegiant," Maurice J. Gallagher Jr., Allegiant Air president & CEO, said. "We're pleased to announce we will soon offer these communities yet another low-cost, nonstop route. We are confident this new sunny destination will have great appeal."

The roll-out of new service from Los Angeles begins May 1 with Grand Junction and Medford; May 2 with Missoula and Bellingham (Vancouver, B.C. area); May 3 with Monterey and Springfield; May 22 with Billings, May 23 with Fargo, Sioux Falls and Wichita; and May 24 with Des Moines and McAllen.

"We're extremely pleased to add Los Angeles and the Southern California region to our growing roster of world-class leisure destinations," Maurice J. Gallagher, Allegiant Air president & CEO, said. "This is an exciting new market for our airline and our customers. We look forward to a successful relationship with the airport, area resorts and community leaders."

The airline will base two 150-seat, MD-80 series jet aircraft at Los Angeles International Airport. This new base will serve as the sixth world-class, leisure destination for the Las Vegas-based airline, which also serves McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas), Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Orlando Sanford International Airport, St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.

With the addition of Los Angeles, Allegiant Air currently provides nonstop scheduled service to 70 U.S. cities.

Reservations can be made on the airline's website at
www.allegiantair.com or through the airline's Reservations and Information Center at (702) 505-8888 or through professional travel agents.

Texas Tourist Office Says Come Rediscover the Gulf Coast

The Texas Gulf Coast is open for travelers. The Lone Star State has weathered the storms and is inviting everyone back for a fresh look, and for family fun.

From the unique cultural festivals to the sandy beaches, the Texas Gulf Coast is as big and bright as ever, Texas travel boosters said, and they offered a few spots not to be missed.

The region offers something for every kind of traveler - water sports, outdoor adventure, fine dining, and beachside relaxation. Travelers are encouraged to visit the dedicated Gulf Coast site (
www.traveltex.com/gogulf) to learn all there is to see and do.

Galveston is a coastal gem filled with sunny beaches, diverse shopping, coastal cuisine, museums and historic home tours. Fine dining and fresh seafood are plentiful, and The Grand 1894 Opera House features a host of theatrical productions. Visitors will also enjoy the Strand Historic District, Moody Gardens' Aquarium Pyramid and Discovery Pyramid.

South of Galveston, Corpus Christi sits at the heart of the Texas Gulf Coast, offering the perfect combination of city life and beachside relaxation. In addition to sailing and strolling along the Corpus Christi Bay, visitors can tour the USS Lexington - famed WWII aircraft carrier-turned museum - as well as the Texas State Aquarium.

Just east of Corpus Christi, Port Aransas and Mustang Island offer families plenty of fun in the sun. Visitors will enjoy miles of beautiful open beaches, dolphin tours, and a variety of water activities.

Nature tourism is at its best on Mustang Island, which has one of the highest bird counts on the Gulf Coast. Port Aransas has an abundance of birding sites, including the Wetland Park, Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond, the Leona Belle Turnbull Birding Center and the South Jetty, all of which are on the Great Texas Birding Trail.

Located at the southern tip of Texas is South Padre Island, one of the country's most popular beach destinations, given its laid-back ambience and beautiful beaches. Encompassing more than 130,000 acres, the island is famous for its fishing, camping and windsurfing. Visitors will also enjoy a variety of other water activities, from kayaking and beachcombing for shells to kite-surfing, jet skiing, parasailing and surfing.

Located 90 miles east of Houston, Port Arthur is home to a host of historical and cultural attractions, including the Museum of the Gulf Coast - showcasing the area's rich musical heritage, and Rose Hill Manor, one of the city's oldest landmarks which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information about events and travel across the state of Texas, visit
www.TravelTex.com .

Delta to Add Links to Salt Lake City Hub

Building on the benefits of its recent merger with Northwest, Delta Air Lines soon will offer customers in eight additional U.S. cities the convenience of daily nonstop flights between their hometown airports and Salt Lake City, with connecting service to 102 worldwide destinations beyond.

The new flights, made possible by the combination of Delta's and Northwest's geographically distinct networks, will introduce more convenient westbound service to thousands of customers.

In addition to service to eight new cities, Delta also has expanded the number of daily frequencies between Salt Lake City and nine existing domestic destinations.

By June 2009, Delta will add one additional daily round-trip flight between Salt Lake City and Baltimore; Spokane, Wash.; Oakland, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Phoenix; St. Louis; Memphis, Tenn.; and Los Angeles; and two additional daily round-trip flights between Salt Lake City and Seattle.

The new Salt Lake City routes, effective June 4, include: Bismarck, N.D. (once daily); Des Moines, Iowa (once daily); El Paso, Texas (once daily); Fargo, N.D. (once daily); Indianapolis, Ind. (once daily); Milwaukee, Wis. (twice daily); Nashville, Tenn. (once daily); and Sioux Falls, S.D. (once daily).

"The addition of new nonstop flights and added frequencies from Delta's Salt Lake City hub means thousands of airline customers will have faster options for connecting across the Mountain West to points around the world, all powered by the benefits of the Delta-Northwest merger," said Bob Cortelyou, Delta's senior vice president - Network Planning.

Beyond offering convenient connections to destinations across the Mountain West, Delta's new Salt Lake City flights are strategically timed to allow seamless nonstop international connections, including connecting to Delta's new five-times weekly service between Salt Lake City and Tokyo (beginning June 3) and the airline's existing daily nonstop service between Salt Lake City and Paris-Charles de Gaulle. Additionally, passengers making connections to Tokyo will have the option of connecting beyond Tokyo's Narita Airport to 12 points throughout Asia.

Delta's new Salt Lake City flights are available for sale to customers at
www.delta.com and via other ticketing channels.