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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Nov. 2

Southwest Airlines is expanding St. Louis service with nine new flights, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles is preparing holiday programs and events, and Airship Ventures is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a fare promotion.

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Southwest Airlines Adding More St. Louis Flight Service

Southwest Airlines continues to show support for St. Louis travelers with another announcement for expanded service out of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Southwest is adding nine flights to its May 2010 schedule. Six of the flights will be new destinations from Lambert for the Dallas-based carrier. The new Southwest destinations are Nashville, New Orleans, Seattle, San Diego, Raleigh-Durham and Los Angeles. An additional daily flight to Minneapolis is also part of the expanded service.

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The new Southwest service is in direct response to the major cutback recently announced by American Airlines. The new Southwest service adds back four of the destinations that would have been completely lost to St. Louis travelers because of the cutbacks by American: Nashville, New Orleans, San Diego and Raleigh-Durham.

In 2010, Southwest Airlines will become Lambert's dominant carrier.

"We have a great relationship with Southwest and we knew that it could be the first to capitalize on destinations that have proven very successful in this market," said Richard Hrabko, Lambert's director. "The new service shows that St. Louis is still a strong local market and we're working hard to make connections to other cities that face lost service in the coming months."

"Our employees saw opportunity and worked vigorously to incorporate additional capacity in the St. Louis market, said Gary Kelly, Southwest's Chairman of the Board, President and CEO. "We are optimizing our network strategically and strengthening the relationship between Southwest Airlines and the communities we serve."

Southwest announced earlier this month it's also adding an additional daily flight to Baltimore, Dallas, Las Vegas and Orlando beginning in March. Twice daily service from Lambert to Minneapolis and Boston begins in January. After the May schedule, Southwest will be operating about 83 flights a day from Lambert to 31 destinations.

New Southwest Airlines flights beginning May 2010 include:

  • Two new daily nonstop roundtrips between St. Louis and Nashville
  • Two new daily nonstop roundtrips between St. Louis and Los Angeles
  • One new daily nonstop roundtrip between St. Louis and Raleigh/Durham
  • One new daily nonstop roundtrip between St. Louis and New Orleans
  • One new daily nonstop roundtrip between St. Louis and Seattle
  • One new daily nonstop roundtrip between St. Louis and San Diego
  • One additional daily nonstop roundtrip between St. Louis and Minneapolis (service launches in January)

Tickets for the new flights should be on sale by December 2009 at www.southwest.com.

Located 11 miles northwest of downtown St. Louis along I-70 between I-170 and I-270, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is owned and operated by the City of St. Louis. Lambert employs over 15,000 people through airlines, vendors, service companies and the City of St. Louis. Of the 15,000 people, over 520 are City of St. Louis employees.

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles Offering Holiday Programs, events

The historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles is preparing a variety of elegant dinners, magical afternoon teas, a tree lighting ceremony, a spectacular New Year's Eve Gala, and accommodation packages to celebrate the magic of the holidays and the rich history of the downtown hotel.

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Returning for the 2009 holiday season will be the hotel's tree lighting ceremony, the Biltmore Angels Victorian Afternoon Tea, and the New Year's Eve Gala.

This year's events include:

  • Thanksgiving Dinner: A Biltmore classic, featuring a four-course menu of organic seasonal dishes and traditional items with an Italian twist. Rendezvous Court, Thursday, Nov. 26, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. $45 adults, $24 children

  • Tree Lighting Ceremony: Enjoy holiday refreshments and live Victorian carolers amidst the first illumination of a sparkling live fir tree in the Grand Lobby. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Complimentary; open to the public.

  • Nutcracker Children's Tea: The magical story of the "Nutcracker" comes to life at this year's annual children's tea. In conjunction with the City Ballet of Los Angeles' performance of this time-honored classic, the Biltmore hosts a special tea event for children and parents with tea, holiday sandwiches and cupcakes and featuring performances by dancers from the production, including the Sugar Plum Fairy herself! Rendezvous Court, Dec. 12 and 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $38 per person

  • Biltmore Angels Victorian Afternoon Tea: The Biltmore's famous afternoon tea features special items for the holidays, including an assortment of tea sandwiches, miniature desserts and freshly-baked maple scones with homemade Devonshire cream and jam. A wide selection of blended and herbal teas are available, as well as cider, eggnog and Laurent Perrier champagne. Live piano Fridays -Sundays. Rendezvous Court, Wednesdays-Sundays Dec. 2 through 24, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. $35 adults, ($45 with glass of Laurent Perrier champagne), $25 children

  • Christmas Dinner: A sumptuous four-course menu includes choices like braised Muscovy duck ravioli, organic free-range turkey, roasted North Atlantic halibut with couscous and organic tomatoes, lamb chops with parsley-mint pesto or an organic bone-in rib eye steak with salsa "al chianti." Live piano and carolers on Christmas Day. La Bistecca in the Rendezvous Court, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve: $45 adults, $24 children; Christmas Day: $49 adults, $24 children

  • New Year's Eve Dinner and Gala: Celebrate in grand style with a choice of two elegant dinners. A four-course menu in the Rendezvous Court features choices such as Mediterranean sea bass, lamb rib eye with peppermint essence or beef tenderloin, plus a trio of Italian desserts. Or head over to Sai Sai for a lavish tapas buffet of fresh Asian seafood, robata, sushi and more. Dinner includes tickets to New Year's Eve Gala (below). Thursday, Dec. 31. Dinner 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sai Sai: $89 per person (Reservations: 213-624-1100), Rendezvous Court: $99 per person (Reservations: 213-612-1562)

  • Gala: The Biltmore's famous annual New Year's Eve Gala is held in the majestic Crystal Ballroom, where the "Oscar" statuette was first conceived, and the legendary Gallery Bar. Dance the night away to DJ-spun music with the best in pop, rock and classics, as well as live music from jazz musician Ryan Cross and his band. Then toast the New Year at midnight with a glass of champagne amid a shower of balloons from the Ballroom's soaring ceiling. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tickets $50 per person (does not include dinner); 21 and over only.

Other holiday programs include holiday packages and accommodations. Some restrictions apply. For more information about menus and details for all events visit the Web site at www.thebiltmore.com and click on "Specials & Packages."

Airship Ventures Marks One-Year Anniversary With Fare Promotion

Airship Ventures, the San Francisco Bay area operator of the world's largest airship, is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a promotion on all regularly priced tours.

Just in time for holiday gift-giving and family outings, the company is offering a "buy one ticket at full price, buy a second at half price" promotion. This promotional rate will be given to passengers who book tours or buy gift certificates before Nov. 30.

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"Bringing our airship, Zeppelin Eureka, to San Francisco, we wanted to offer the public a way to see their world from a new perspective and be reminded of the magic of flying," commented Airship Ventures Co-Founder and CEO Alexandra Hall. "Universally, our passengers disembark the airship grinning from ear-to-ear. Seeing that joy, I know we've succeeded."

In addition to signature tours over the San Francisco Bay, passengers can enjoy spectacular bird's-eye views of Los Angeles, Monterey, Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley from the airship. Newest among the company's flightseeing experiences are three tours of the South Bay that highlight the unique character of the region:

  • Silicon Valley Geek Tour: See the sights that made Silicon Valley famous. The solar panels that power the bright minds at Google, the round towers of Yahoo and Oracle, the sprawling Apple campus at Infinite Loop and the two-mile long Stanford Linear accelerator are just a few of the sights passengers see on this 90-minute tour from Moffett Field.

  • South Bay Scenery Tour: Remember what the South Bay was known for before the tech boom. Admire the stunning Los Altos, Saratoga and Los Gatos hills, including Filoli Gardens, Villa Montalvo and Tuscan-style hillside vineyards on this 90-minute tour from Moffett Field.

  • Taste of Zeppelin: A 30-minute taste of the Zeppelin experience. Soar above NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field's historic airship hangars, some of the largest freestanding structures on the planet; and Stanford University. Flights include admission to the Moffett Field Museum, which details the massive dirigibles and hard working Navy Blimps of the past.

Stretching 15-feet longer than a 747 and 50-feet longer than the largest blimp, Eureka is the world's largest airship. One of only three Zeppelins currently operating in the world, Eureka offers passengers spectacular 360-degree views of the sights on flightseeing tours above the San Francisco Bay, Silicon Valley, Monterey and Los Angeles.

For more information about Eureka, or to view a detailed flight schedule and purchase tickets, visit
www.airshipventures.com, or call (650) 969-8100 ext 111.


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