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Latest News, Deals & Savings for Jan. 25

Disney’s new plush Hawaiian multi-million-dollar resort, opening fall 2011, now has an official name; American Eagle Airlines begins nonstop daily jet service April 6 between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and two cities in South Dakota; and the Millennium Resort Scottsdale McCormick Ranch in Arizona is offering a Valentine’s Day escape.

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New Disney Hawaiian Resort Now Has a Name, Web Site

Disney's new plush Hawaiian multi-million-dollar resort, with the first phase opening fall 2011, now has an official name - Aulani - thanks to a selection process that included research by Hawaiians.

According to Disney officials, Aulani translates from the Hawaiian language to English, as meaning "the place that speaks for the great ones" or "the place that speaks with deep messages."

The resort's name - Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawai'i - reflects the company's commitment to celebrating the islands' rich history and traditions.

"We want this resort destination to reflect the vibrant culture that surrounds it," said Joe Rohde, Senior Vice President, Creative for Walt Disney Imagineering. "The name ‘Aulani' expresses a connection to tradition and deep story-telling - and its roots are here in this land. We're so grateful to the local Hawaiians who led us to the discovery of this name, and our goal is to live up to its meaning."

Nearby to historical sites on the western side of O'ahu, Aulani will be located on 21 acres of oceanfront property in the Ko Olina Resort & Marina development. The resort is planned to have 360 hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas.

Among the recreational highlights planned for the resort are pools and sunset-facing hot tubs, a snorkeling lagoon, a variety of kids' club and other play programs for children, and a river, suitable for tube floating, running through a specially created volcanic outcropping.

The resort will also include an 18,000-square-foot spa designed with families in mind. The resort, built adjacent to a crystal blue lagoon and a white-sand beach, is planned to also have two restaurants, a 14,545-square-foot conference center and 48,685 square feet of outdoor venues. Located nearby are the existing Ko Olina Marina and a Ted Robinson-designed, 18-hole Championship Golf course.

Disney has launched a new preview Web site,
www.DisneyAulani.com , to provide updates and background information on the resort now under construction. The site also details some of the adventures and amenities under development, and includes conceptual art, descriptions of resort highlights, regularly updated resort information and photos of Aulani as it nears completion.

American Eagle Plans Dallas/Fort Worth Service to South Dakota

American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, begins nonstop daily jet service on April 6 between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and two cities in South Dakota - Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD) and Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP).

American Eagle will operate the year-round service with 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets.

"We're delighted to add year-round service to South Dakota from our largest hub in Dallas/Fort Worth," said Gary Foss, Vice President - Planning and Marketing for the AMR regional network. "Not only will visitors from around the globe have greater access to the state's exquisite natural beauty and powerful Black Hills landmarks such as Mount Rushmore, but they'll also find it more convenient to visit South Dakota's largest city, Sioux Falls."

Customers in both Sioux Falls and Rapid City will enjoy even more convenient connections year-round through DFW to destinations throughout American's global network.

"This is good news for South Dakota and underscores the consumer demand in our two largest cities. Service to another hub will add competition, which is good for South Dakotans, business travelers, and tourists visiting our state," said U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.).

In addition to the new service from DFW, Eagle will begin service to Sioux Falls and Rapid City from its hub at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD).

One of Eagle's two previously-announced seasonal flights from Chicago to Rapid City has been accelerated to also begin on April 6 and end Oct. 31, 2010. The second Chicago-Rapid City flight begins as scheduled on June 10 and run through Sept. 7, 2010. American Eagle will operate the daily Chicago flights using 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets.

Millennium Resort Scottsdale McCormick Ranch Has Valentine Deal

The Millennium Resort Scottsdale McCormick Ranch in Arizona is offering the Dine, Stay and Play Package just in time for a Valentine's Day escape.

The Dine, Stay and Play Package includes superior accommodations, $100 food and beverage credit redeemable at the resort, plus golf for two.

Golf aficionados will enjoy two 18-hole PGA Championship courses, as well as stunning views of Camelback Lake and the McDowell Mountains. Additional leisure activities offered on-site include access to lighted tennis and sand volleyball courts, as well as fishing, biking, paddle-boating and canoeing.

Scottsdale's only lakeside boutique resort, the Millennium Resort McCormick Ranch offers a relaxing and intimate atmosphere just three miles from Old Town Scottsdale and surrounded by world-class golf and breathtaking views of the Camelback Mountains. It offers 125 Southwestern-style guest rooms and suites.

The package is available for travel during the months of February and March starting $349 per night for a standard room, double occupancy, plus applicable fees and taxes, based on availability.

To make reservations, please visit the Millennium Hotels & Resorts website at
www.millenniumhotels.com or call directly at (866) 866-8086 and use the booking code PLAY.