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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Dec. 7

Crystals at CityCenter in Las Vegas opens, showcasing high-end retailers and dining destinations, Horizon Air will launch twice-daily direct service from Spokane to Sacramento and San Jose, and Continental Airlines has announced new service between Orange County and Maui.

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Crystals at CityCenter Opens on Las Vegas Strip

Showcasing an array of some of the world's most exclusive retailers and dining destinations, Crystals at CityCenter has opened, helping to redefine downtown Las Vegas' shopping experience.

"In Crystals we have coupled stunning architecture and interior design with one-of-a-kind offerings from the fashion industry's most celebrated brands to create a premier social and cultural environment in the heart of the city," said Frank Visconti, president of retail for CityCenter. "Here, Las Vegas visitors have a unique place to discover the finer things in life."

Crystals at CityCenter features one of the largest Louis Vuitton stores in the world, as well as flagships for Tiffany & Co., Prada, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, and Ermenegildo Zegna.

Unique-to-the-market retailers include: Tom Ford, Assouline, Carolina Herrera, de Grisogono, Kiki De Montparnasse, Kiton, Lanvin, Marni, Mikimoto, Miu Miu, Paul Smith, Porsche Design, Rodney Lough Gallery, and Tourbillon.

Other luxury retailers opening large format stores: Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Cartier, Christian Dior, Fendi, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Versace. Many of these brands will be opening this month, with the balance opening the first half of 2010.

Eva Longoria Parker's Beso is joined by dining destinations Mastro's Ocean Club, a new offering by Todd English, Todd English P.U.B., and two new concepts by Wolfgang Puck: The Pods by Wolfgang Puck and Brasserie PUCK. Additional retail, restaurant and entertainment offerings will be announced throughout 2010.

The exterior architecture, conceived by Studio Daniel Libeskind, (consultant to AAI Architects, Inc.) is a multi-faceted glass canopy depicting the intricate beauty of a quartz crystal that brings an abundance of natural light into the stunning three-level experiential environment.

Within, David Rockwell and Rockwell Group have created an abstract 21st century park that celebrates nature and the seasons, featuring "changeable artwork" in the way of hanging gardens and a colorful flower carpet.

The 500,000 square foot Crystals retail and entertainment district, is the second destination to open at CityCenter. Vdara Hotel & Spa opened Dec. 1, 2009, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas opened Dec. 4 and ARIA Resort & Casino opens Dec. 16.

CityCenter (
www.citycenter.com) is an unprecedented urban metropolis on 67 acres between Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM MIRAGE and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World.

Horizon Air Adding Direct Flights to Sacramento, San Jose

Horizon Air will launch twice-daily direct service from Spokane to Sacramento and San Jose starting March 26, 2010, providing a new link between these three vital and growing metropolitan regions.

One daily flight from Spokane will operate nonstop to Sacramento and continue on to San Jose, while a second flight will operate nonstop to San Jose and continue on to Sacramento. The new service also includes a second daily roundtrip between San Jose and Sacramento, facilitating same-day business trips in each direction between the two cities.

All flights will be operated with 76-seat Bombardier Q400s. This high-speed, twin-engine turboprop is one of the most technologically advanced regional aircraft in the world.

Onboard, travelers will enjoy Horizon's award-winning service, which includes - at no extra charge - Starbucks coffee, soft drinks, and (for passengers 21 and older) Northwest wines and microbrews. Members of the Horizon Air/Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan frequent flier program earn 500 miles or actual mileage, whichever is greater, on Horizon flights. Mileage Plan miles are redeemable for flights worldwide on Horizon Air, Alaska Airlines and their numerous Mileage Plan partner airlines.

Horizon and Alaska first began serving Spokane in 1983. Together, the two airlines offer more daily flights from Spokane than any other carrier, with nonstop flights to Boise, Portland, and Seattle.

Horizon served Sacramento from 1985 through 1988, and has served it continually since 1994. Alaska has served Sacramento since 1993. Together, the two airlines offer 12 flights from Sacramento, providing nonstop service to Boise, Palm Springs, Portland, San Jose, Santa Barbara, and Seattle.

San Jose has been served by Horizon since 1995 and by Alaska since 1983. Together, the two airlines offer nonstop service from San Jose to Austin, Boise, Portland, Sacramento, Seattle and, starting Dec. 17, Mammoth Lakes.

Continental Sets New Flights Between Orange County, Maui

Continental Airlines (
www.continental.com) has announced new service between Orange County and Maui, beginning March 7, 2010. In addition, the company increased to daily previously announced service between Orange County and Honolulu, also starting March 7, 2010.

"We continue to see solid demand for travel to Hawaii," said Jim Compton, Continental's executive vice president of marketing. "We are operating the new flights with the right-sized aircraft for the market and are confident this new service will be a success."

The new Orange County-Maui flight will operate four times weekly, departing John Wayne Airport (SNA) at 5:20 p.m. and arriving at Maui's Kahului Airport (OGG) at 8:05 p.m.

The return flight will depart Maui at 11:10 p.m. and arrive at Orange County at 7:45 a.m. the next day, except on Saturdays when it will depart 40 minutes later. Continental will utilize a Boeing 737-700 on the new route with 124 seats, and plans to increase the service to daily during the summer.

In addition, Continental will increase from four times weekly to daily previously announced service between John Wayne Airport and the Honolulu International Airport (HNL). The new flight will depart Orange County daily at 9 a.m. and arrive at Honolulu at 11:45 a.m., returning from Honolulu at 1 p.m. and arriving at 9:35 p.m. Continental will operate the new route with a 124-seat Boeing 737-700.

The new Orange County-Hawaii flights complement Continental's previously announced service between Los Angeles and Maui and a second daily flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu, beginning March 7, 2010.

Continental serves more destinations in the Pacific than any other U.S. carrier. The carrier operates daily flights to Hawaii from Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Guam, and three-times-weekly flights between Hawaii and the Marshall Islands and Federated States of Micronesia. Beginning Dec. 18, 2009, Continental will also operate twice-weekly service between Honolulu and Nadi, Fiji and between Guam and Nadi, Fiji.