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Latest News, Deals & Savings for March 23

This week: Southwest Airlines has nationwide fare sale on its Web site, California’s Indian Basketry art legacy now on display at California Museum, and Xanterra Resorts offering early-summer Yellowstone vacation packages

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Southwest Airlines Has Fare Sale on Southwest.com

Southwest Airlines is offering customers nationwide airfares starting as low as $49 one-way. Fares are available for travel Mondays through Thursdays or Saturdays when purchased by April 6, 2009.

These fares are only available on
www.southwest.com and require 14-day advance purchase for travel by Aug. 14, 2009. Restrictions apply, and fares are subject to change until ticketed.

Examples of fares include:

  • $49 one-way between Burbank and Sacramento
  • $69 one-way between Denver and Oakland
  • $79 one-way between Dallas Love Field and El Paso
  • $89 one-way between Chicago Midway and Manchester
  • $99 one-way between Houston Hobby and Los Angeles

After almost 38 years of service, Southwest Airlines, the nation's leading low-fare carrier, continues to differentiate itself from other airlines, a spokesperson said.

At Southwest Airlines, there are no hidden fees. Customers can check their first two bags for free (size and weight limits apply), no fees for a window or aisle seat, and, as always, snacks, sodas, and smiles are all complimentary.

Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest carrier in terms of domestic passengers enplaned, currently serves 65 cities in 33 states. Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,300 flights a day and has more than 35,000 employees systemwide.

California's Indian Basketry Art on Display at California Museum

The ‘American Masterpieces: Artistic Legacy of California Indian Basketry' exhibition is now open at the California Museum in Sacramento and showcases more than 80 California Indian baskets from the vast collection held by California State Parks.

On display through March 14, 2010, many of these exquisite baskets will be on public view for the first time.

The exhibit is presented by California State Parks and the California Arts Council with funding from a National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces grant. It features the evolution of Native American basketry in California, a functional artistic tradition 5,000 years in the making.

"By the turn of the 19th century, California Indian basketry had become one of the most highly developed, and sought after traditional art forms in America," exhibit curator Brian Bibby explained.

Rooted in a way of life that relied on baskets for survival, native California baskets were strong, durable, versatile, lightweight, and often watertight.

Using materials found within their natural environment, native people used baskets in every activity of life including food gathering, social and ceremonial needs. Over time a market had developed for the acquisition of finely made "art" baskets.

"The remarkable integrity of techniques and materials, visually stimulating designs, variety of form, and graceful sculptural qualities placed basketry at the forefront of a burgeoning art market, with thousands of pieces collected by museums and art connoisseurs throughout the nation," she added.

The California Museum is located at1020 O Street in Sacramento. Tickets are adults (ages 14 and older) $8.50; seniors (65+) $7.00; youth (Ages 6-13) $6.00, and children (5 and under) Free.

For more information visit the Web site at

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Offering Yellowstone Getaways

National Parks concessioner Xanterra Parks & Resorts, the operator of lodging, restaurants and activities in Yellowstone National Park, will kick off the summer with a series of special two-night stays called the Summer Getaway Packages.

The packages will feature tours as they become available for the season, two breakfasts per person, welcome gift and Summer Fun discount card good for 10 percent off food, gifts and activities operated by Xanterra.

The packages will be offered at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Grant Village, Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Canyon Lodge. They will be valid from the lodges' openings until mid-June, with the last package arrival date of June 17.

"Yellowstone has always been a tremendous value for travelers," said Rick Hoeninghausen, director of sales & marketing for Xanterra at Yellowstone. These new packages are designed to maximize the value and the experience."

Rates quoted for the Yellowstone Summer Getaway packages are based upon double occupancy and do not include taxes or utility fee. Single, triple and quad rates are also available.

General reservations for these packages as well as accommodations, tours and activities can be made by calling (307) 344-7311 or toll-free (866) 439-7375). More information on the packages is available at