Tuesday, July 26, 2011
4-Night/3-Day Vacation Package Savings
plus a FREE** Character Meal!
From under the sea to galaxies far, far away, magic is sounding out with new adventure all over the Disneyland® Resort! The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, and the return of Star Tours with new 3-D adventures will take you places you could have only imagined.
It’s time for summer magic at two Disney Theme Parks, three Hotels and an eclectic dining, shopping and entertainment area at the Downtown Disney® District, all here at the Disneyland® Resort!
Save up to $450* on a 4-night hotel/3-day ticket package at the Disneyland® Resort, plus receive a FREE** Character Meal per person per reservation! (Book by September 24, 2011)
Your 4-night/3-day Disneyland® Resort package will include:
- 4 nights at one of the Hotels of the Disneyland® Resort
- 3-Day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® souvenir ticket
- One (1) Character meal voucher** per person per reservation
- EXCLUSIVE! Walt Disney Travel Company collectible pin, lanyard and luggage tag (one per person)
- Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness† — An extra hour in Mickey’s Toontown with some of your favorite Disney Characters
- And more magical extras!
HURRY! Dates can book up fast — reserve yours today!
Book 7/26/11–9/24/11 for travel 8/14/11 to 9/28/11
Lock in your preferred dates and contact us to book your discount Disney package now!
*$450 savings is based on the non-discounted price of a standard room for four (4) nights for a family of four (3 adults and 1 child (age 3-9) at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa. Purchase of a 4-night package, with 3-Day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® souvenir tickets at a participating hotel includes one (1) Character meal voucher for each person in the reservation (maximum 5 guests). Offer is valid for stays with arrivals from 8/14/11 through 9/28/11 when booked from 7/26/11 through 9/24/11 with travel being completed by 10/2/11. Offer applied once per package/reservation; not valid for suites or for previously booked rooms. Check for offers associated with different package lengths of stays. Excludes taxes and fees. No substitutions or refunds and nontransferable. Must stay for all consecutive nights of the reservation (no early check out) for free Character meal. The Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® Bonus Tickets expire 13 days after first use or 12/31/11, whichever occurs first, and each day of use of a ticket constitutes one full day of use. Tickets may not be sold or transferred for commercial purposes. Subject to availability as the number of rooms allocated for this offer is restricted; advance reservations required. Limit two (2) rooms per reservation and five (5) people per room. Not valid with any other discount or promotion. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.
** Character meal voucher is valid for one (1) meal (including tax and gratuity) at one (1) of the following: Breakfast in the Park with Minnie and Friends at the Plaza Inn on Main Street, U.S.A., Disneyland® Park; Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends at Disney’s PCH Grill, Disney’s Paradise Pier® Hotel; Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Critter Breakfast at Storytellers Café, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa; Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration at Ariel’s Grotto, Disney California AdventureTM Park or Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland® Hotel. Not valid for World of Color Dinner Packages at Ariel’s Grotto or Wine County Trattoria but may be applied up to its retail price at any other Disney owned and operated fullservice or counter-service restaurant at the Disneyland® Resort. Not valid for alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, room service, holiday buffets or merchandise. Vouchers are not redeemable for cash and are non-transferable. No change given. Not valid at outdoor carts or restaurants at the Downtown Disney® District. Separate theme park admission may be necessary. Not valid in combination with other discounts or promotions. Restaurant seating is subject to availability—reservations are recommended. Dining locations, hours, menus, character appearances and all other elements are subject to change without notice. For reservations and more information, call Disney Dining at 714-781-DINE. Vouchers expire October 2, 2011.
† Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness Entitlement is available for one morning on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday. Subject to capacity, other restrictions and change without notice.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Revised International Free Baggage Allowance
Hawaiian Airlines has announced an update to its International baggage allowance for coach class travelers between Manila and Hawaii.
For coach class tickets issued on or after July 25, 2011 for travel between Manila and Hawaii on or after July 25, 2011, HA will accept per passenger two (2) pieces of baggage up to a maximum of 70 pounds (32 kg) and a total linear dimension of 62 inches (157 cm) per piece without charge.
* The baggage allowance for coach class travel between Manila and the Continental U.S. remains unchanged. HA will accept per passenger two (2) pieces of baggage up to a maximum of 50 pounds (23 kg) and a total linear dimension of 62 inches (157 cm) per piece without charge.
* The baggage allowance for first class travel between Manila and the U.S. also remains unchanged. HA will accept per passenger two (2) pieces of baggage up to a maximum of 70 pounds (32 kg) and a total linear dimension of 62 inches (157 cm) per piece without charge.
* Baggage allowance for Children/Infants also remains unchanged. Children paying at least 50 percent of the adult fare receive the same baggage allowance as adults. Children/Infants carried without charge will not be granted a free baggage allowance.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
The U.S. State Department updated its travel alert for Japan to note that the health and safety risks associated with the use of Sendai Airport are low. Sendai is the Japanese city closest to the area hit by the earthquake and tsunami. While the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi plant remains serious and dynamic, according to the State Department, the health and safety risks to land areas which are outside a 50-mile radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are low and do not pose significant risks to U.S. citizens.
Following an assessment by U.S. government scientists, the U.S. Government has updated its recommendation for Sendai Airport, located near the outer boundary of the 50-mile evacuation zone, where data indicates long term radiation exposure is low. The U.S. government believes the health and safety risks associated with the use of Sendai Airport are low. Similarly, the U.S. government considers the health and safety risks associated with the use of the main rail and road routes from Sendai Airport to Sendai City center, including Route 258 from the airport to Route 25, and Route 25 to the Tohoku Expressway, as low. The airport and these routes are located on the border of, or just within, the 50-mile radius from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
For the latest U.S. Government information on the situation in Japan, visit the U.S. embassy website at http://japan.usembassy.gov. Updated information on travel and security in Japan may also be obtained from the Department of State by calling 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Travel with Brendan Vacations and Save!
Valid on Escorted Family Vacations in the USA and Canada, Europe and Ireland.
Brendan Vacations offers a wide array of summer family vacations with escorted travel and boutique experiences to destinations in both Europe and Ireland.
With today’s hectic lifestyles, it can be very difficult for families to find time to spend together. Summer is the ideal time to take the kids on a family vacation and share memorable moments and experiences. Brendan’s Escorted Family Vacations allow you to take a break and enjoy some quality time with your kids at a great value, price and a wide array of destination offerings. These enriching experiences have been carefully planned to include fun, multi-generational and kid-friendly activities that will entertain and educate children and people of all ages. You might find yourself decorating your own colorful Carnival mask in Venice, making paella in Valencia or riding on the London Eye. Whether it’s parents traveling with their children, grandparents with their grandchildren, or extended family, Brendan makes it easy to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Spring breaks, summer vacations, graduation gifts and family reunions all call for exciting celebrations. Create great memories with loved ones this season.
*Price is per person, land only. Receive a $200 American Express gift card per booking on all 2011 Family Escorted Vacations booked and deposited until August 31, 2011. Offer valid on any new 2011 Escorted Family Vacation in the ‘USA & Canada’ brochure, ‘Europe’ brochure and ‘Small Group Discoveries’ brochure in Ireland. Must be a family (min. of 4; max. of 8) traveling together to qualify. American Express gift card, one per booking, will be mailed to the consumer directly or to the agent with final documents. Please mention promo code BVFAMLI when booking. Offer is valid for new bookings only. Not valid for groups larger than 8 people. Promo is subject to availability and other conditions. Once payment is received, cancellation penalties apply. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Offer is combinable with brochure discounts (except Early Payment) and Brendan Vacations discount vouchers.
Thanks to its rich history and nature, Japan has already been recognized as a country rich in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites with 14 designated destinations.
An additional two locations came into the international spotlight when they were added to the list this June.
Contact us to book your travel to Japan and speak to our bi-lingual English and Japanese speaking tour consultants.
Hiraizumi, a Northern Metropolis
Hiraizumi may seem one of the many historic temple towns, but founded in the 12th century, this was the political and commercial center of Japan’s northern region. This time, UNESCO recognized the legacy of the Fujiwara family, who rivaled the capitol in Kyoto and established northern political and cultural power hub with the paramount art and architectural techniques of that time, and the cultural and historic significance and appreciation of the remaining pieces. The most significant sign of the past political power in Hiraizumi is Chusonji-Temple, an elaborated structures in such a rich design from its heyday: Konjikido, literally translated as Golden Hall, has fortunately been preserved, because among all the magnificent constructions of a 20-year project, it is the only original structure survived fires and wars. Protected inside a later-constructed concrete pavilion, Konjikido is a must-see in lifetime: The entire structure is covered with gold leaf inside and outside, full of Buddhism statues in the alter, which showed the Fujiwara Lord’s aspiration for Buddhism and the top quality of designs.
In spite that Hiraizumi is located in the northeast region of Japan, it was very fortunate that the March earthquake didn’t affect the area at all, and international attention becomes a great momentum for the region’s tourism recovery. Along with Shirakami Mountain Range that was designated in 1993, Hiraizumi has become the highlight of the northern Japan.
Tokyo’s Hidden Beaches, the Ogasawara
Ogasawara Islands, also known as Bonin Islands, are a small archipelago of over 30 small subtropical islands 1,000km (620 miles) directly south off Tokyo. UNESCO found these hidden islands under Tokyo’s municipality as a natural sanctuary for unique ecosystem. Consist of over 30 tiny islands including well-known Iwojima, the Ogasawara Islands cherishes very little touched jungles and infinity blue beaches, which create perfect environment for rich ecosystem among one-of-a-kind mammals, over 400 native plants, several ocean species that creates world’s rarest scuba diving spots around the islands. The isolated location also enables the indigenous species so unique, and the Ogasawara receives the nick name of the Oriental Galapagos. As the Ogasawara has become more known among outdoor lovers, there has been a discussion on building an airport to improve the weekly ferry shuttle between Tokyo’s downtown port and Chichi-jima Island, the most populated among the Ogasawara. However the high vulnerability of the area’s untouched unique ocean lives keeps the islands airport free, but it makes the islands’ wealth of nature even more attractive as a hidden gem of Japan. See www.ogasawaramura.com/en/