Southwest offers discount airfare for new nonstop flight between Detroit and Vegas

One-way starting at $99

This week, Southwest announced a new nonstop route between Detroit and Las Vegas. To promote the route between Motor City and the City of Sin, Southwest is offering a sale on one-way fare for $99 starting from now through February 27, for travel between September 30 and November 2.

American Airlines’ promotional international airfare to and from Miami

If booked before February 28

American Airlines is offering special rates (if you can be really flexible) on flights to and from Miami, between February 29 – June 9, if you book before February 28. International airfares begin at $93 dollars from certain locations. Pricing availability is limited, blackout dates apply, and reservations must be made 2 – 3 weeks before travel. Read More

Celebrity Cruises revamps its onboard wine program

As a cruise can provide an intoxicating getaway – so can a bottle of wine. Celebrity Cruises, provider of wine-focused voyages, is expanding its wine program on nine ships in its fleet. Introducing more than 100 new selections of wines by the bottle with 20 additional half-bottle selections and 13 new wines by the glass, Celebrity Cruises now boasts a total offering of over 300 different wines. Read More

San Antonio Hilton Palacio Del Rio’s ‘Leap Year’ promotion, 33% off on food and beverage at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in L.A.

The Hilton Palacio del Rio on the River Walk in San Antonio is offering 29% off any additional stay during 2012 to returning guests if you book a room on February 29 during their 2012 Leap Year Promotion. 200 South Alamo, San Antonio, TX, 78205. 210-270-0773.

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City is offering 33% off all food and beverage purchases from now through Labor Day to guests who arrive between Thursday through Saturday. A $150 gift card will be available for $100 at check-in and is valid at any hotel dining establishment including the Breeze Restaurant, Lobby Court & Patio and Xbar. 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067. 310-228-1234.


‘Go Packs’ offered by JetBlue Airways in California

A new meaning to frequent flyer

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 28 through May 23, 2012 JetBlue Airways will be offering Go Packs for the frequent intrastate California flyer. With pre-purchased packages of 10, 20 or 30 one-way trips between Long Beach Airport (LGB) and San Francisco (SFO), Oakland (OAK) or Sacramento (SMF) International Airports, these frequent flyers are still privy to access to every available seat on every flight with no blackout dates, and can book travel up to 90 minutes prior to departure for travel between March 1 and May 23, 2012. Read More

Virgin Atlantic to premiere new ‘Uptown’ themed clubhouse at JFK

Join the 1% club

Virgin Atlantic has announced details of its new 10,000 sq. ft. clubhouse at JFK, due to open in early March of this year. The clubhouse, designed by Slade Architecture, features an “Uptown” themed space and invites upper class passengers to relax and enjoy themselves before flying. The new space will have a mix of private members club, boutique hotel lobby, bar and restaurant service, and a private spa, complete with hair salon. The lounge will be located next to the Virgin Atlantic gates, giving passengers more time to enjoy the clubhouse. Read More

Valentine’s hotel package for healthy couples at the Alpine Tavern & Vail Racquet Club Resort

In East Vail, CO

Okay, ignore the photo of chef Paolo Busi‘s Tiramisu from Alpine Tavern for now. You’ll get to eat it after a day at the Vail Racquet Club Resort. For $899, a couple can get a one-bedroom condo for two nights including two massages and use of the resort’s health club facilities, which include a 25 meter swimming pool, 3,000 square foot fitness center, steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, and yoga studio.

The “Romantic Interludes” package also includes a five-course dinner for two at the Alpine Tavern. The menu includes: homemade calamari; dinner salad of mixed greens or Caesar; a light preparation of pasta served in a creamy leek sauce; Trout Almondine (Colorado trout filet, white wine lemon sauce sautéed almonds) or Poulet de Fraises (breast of chicken, white Wine Sauce, strawberries, rosemary, touch of cream) or Veal Marsala (veal Scaloppine, Marsala wine, fresh herbs, wild mushrooms); and Chef’s homemade Tiramisu (pictured above). Call 970-476-4840 for reservations. 4695 Vail Racquet Club Dr., Vail, CO 81657.

The Langham in Pasadena’s $30,000 Valentine’s Day hotel package

The best things in life are free, but you can keep them for the birds and bees

The Langham in Pasadena, CA is offering the “Ultimate Romance Package” for $30,000. Here’s the perfect solution for those that messed up last Valentine’s Day or those that want to create a V-Day memory that they’ll never be able to live up to again.

The hotel package includes: limo transfer to and from hotel (it’s also available on call during your stay); accommodations inside the Tournament of Roses suite (with early arrival and late check out); 80 minute couple’s massage at the spa; bottle of Champagne, five dozen roses and chocolate covered strawberries; rose petal turn-down and breakfast in bed; private dinner featuring a five course meal with wine pairings from The Royce; and a custom-created diamond jewelry piece from Single Stone on Mission Street (valued at $20,000). Package is valid February 2012. For reservations call 626-568-3900. 1401 South Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106.

Qantas’ ‘Celebrate 2012 in Sydney from $2012’ package

A deal to celebrate Australia Day

Qantas is letting everyone know about Australia Day with their Celebrate 2012 in Sydney from $2012 package. Book your trip by February 29, 2012 for travel between April 15 – June 8, 2012 and July 15 – September 21, 2012 for a six day, five night experience of Australia. The trip includes: roundtrip Qantas Economy flights from Los Angeles to Sydney, five nights in Sydney at a 3-star hotel (upgrades available from $100), Sydney City Sightseeing tour, Sydney Harbour lunch cruise, World Heritage Blue Mountains full-day sightseeing tour, entry to Wild Life Sydney and air taxes.

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Spend Valentine’s Day with a loved one or alone at Hotel Wilshire

Making love was just for fun, those days are gone

The Hotel Wilshire is offering two Valentine’s Day packages. One for those with someone, and another for those without (it’s okay you’ll find someone). For $395 per night or $445 for a junior suite, the “Make Out on Miracle Mile Package” (available from February 10 – 19) features two specialty cocktails and a three course dinner at The Roof on Wilshire. Guests who book the package will get a voucher for a 50% discount on next year’s Valentine’s Day promotion, only if you bring the same date.

The second is the “Break-up and Move On Package” (available on February 14) including two complimentary specialty cocktails and an appetizer, a copy of the book “Its Not Me, Its You: The Ultimate Break-up Book”, and a brownie sundae or a pint of Haagen Daaz. Rooms are $285 per night and $335 the junior suite. They also have half off rooms if you book after 10 PM (based on availability). 6317 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048. 323-852-6000.

Get stuck on a ship with chef Nobu Matsuhisa

That's a good thing!

Skip over the the typical buffet style cruise ship dining and join chef Nobu Matsuhisa on-board Crystal Serenity of Crystal Cruises this May for the ultimate foodie cruise experience. Departing May 24th, chef Nobu Matsuhisa will be traveling with Crystal Cruise guests for a 12 day western European/Mediterranean voyage serving as the on board and in person Executive Chef in Silk Road and the Sushi Bar. Read More

Play winemaker with Temecula Creek Inn’s ‘Ultimate Experience for Wine Lovers’ package series

Stay at the Inn, make wine at Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery

Unfortunately most of us can’t turn water into wine with one touch, which is okay, because the whole wine-making process can be enjoyable. Temecula Creek Inn in Temecula, CA is offering the “Ultimate Experience for Wine Lovers” package where guests will have the chance to participate in three different wine making processes at the Palumbo Family Vineyards & Winery: pruning on February 3; harvesting on September 28; and finally blending on November 9.

Each package includes a one-night stay, bottle of Palumbo wine with engraved glasses, a two hour seasonal tour on Friday, complete with wine tastings and catered lunch overlooking the vineyards and limo transportation to and from the winery. A discount is offered when booking all three days at $409/event (two people) or $459/event (two people) for single days. 44501 Rainbow Canyon Rd., Temecula, CA 92592. 877-517-1823.

Pamper yourselves with Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel’s ‘Island Romance Package’

Five nights in an 'Ocean View' room

Spend five nights for $2,039 (double occupancy) in Maui at Ka‘anapali Beach Hotel, a 432-room beachfront resort. The “Island Romance Package” includes: 5 nights accommodation in an Ocean View room; daily compact rental car with valet parking; daily breakfast buffet for two; 25 minute massage or facial for two; one dinner for two at the Tiki Terrace Restaurant or Sunday Champagne Brunch; choice of one optional activity for two (Hawaiian Luau, Evening Dinner Cruise, Kupanaha Magic Dinner Theater, or surfing lessons); ‘Ohana Welcome Breakfast and Farewell Lei Ceremony. Package valid from now until January 3, 2013. 2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761. 800-262-8450.

Show off your love poem skills by tweeting to Shore Hotel and you might win a free room

Roses are red, violets are blue ...

Starting now until January 31, tweet your love poem to Santa Monica’s environmentally-conscious hotel (@ShoreHotelSM) and you’ll be entered in the “Love Poems by the Shore” contest. The person with the “most unique and creative poem” will win a night stay during the month of February. Winner to be announced on twitter on February 1. Here is our poem (under 140 characters): love cures all, unless diabetes, then insulin. 1515 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401. 800-599-1515.

Photography provided by Ryan Gobuty, Gensler

Spend Valentine’s Day with Omni’s ‘Ooh La La’ romance hotel package

Probably the most fun you can have on a fake holiday

The Omni Hotels and Resorts is offering the “Ooh La La” romance package at 38 of their properties including: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Antonio, New York and New Orleans. The package is available starting on February 10 until the end of the year. Rates start at $199. Package includes: deluxe accommodations, sparkling wine, petit fours and macarons, turndown service, daily breakfast for two in-restaurant or in-room, and late check-out on request.

Photo: Omni Hotel in Los Angeles

Virgin America flying to Philly, American Airlines and Japan Airlines’ fare sale

California based Virgin America is set to fly nonstop from LAX and SFO to PHL starting on April 10, 2012. This is the airlines’ 17 expansion within the last four years. To celebrate the launch of the new fly route, VA is launching “The City of Brotherly Love: Just Got Lovelier” sale with fares starting at $129. Sale is now available (must book by January 20).

To celebrate America Airlines and Japan Airlines‘ launch of their new service between Boston and Tokyo/Narita they are offering a fare sale valid for travel through April 1, 2012. Tickets must be purchased by January 30, 2012. Here are some sample round-trip fares: Dallas/Fort Worth to Tokyo for $538; Chicago to Beijing for $615; Los Angeles to Shanghai for $384. Sale is available now.

Take a Florida craft beer tour with Bon Beer Voyage’s ‘Tampa Beer Safari’

Visit breweries like Saint Somewhere, Cigar City and Dunedin Brew Pub

Don’t want to plan out a whole weekend beer trip? Bon Beer Voyage can do it for you for $475 (per person, double occupancy at the Homewood Suites). Currently operating in Florida, the third “Tampa Beer Safari” will kick off on Friday, February 10 until Sunday, February 12. The tour includes private brewery tours from Saint Somewhere, Cigar City, Dunedin Brew Pub, Peg’s Cantina and Seventh Son. The cost includes hotels, meals and transportation during the weekend. Call 888-846-2337 or email for reservations/information.

See other brewery related tours: Take a bicycle and brewery tour of the Netherlands with Beercycling, take a custom brewery tour with ‘Brew Hop’.

Photo: Peg’s Cantina in Gulfport, FL

Shore Hotel rocking two new room packages

'Cirque Du Soleil Package' for those wanting to take a trapeze course & 'Pink Goes Green' for the eco-conscious

Shore Hotel in Santa Monica is offering a room package celebrating Valentine’s Day during February. The “Pink Goes Green” package starts at $469 per night and features overnight accommodations at Shore Hotel, two bicycle rentals for the duration of your stay, a bottle of organic wine or champagne upon arrival, 60-minute couples massages at Tikkun Spa, and a $50 voucher to The Lobster Restaurant. The package is available for booking from February 1 – 29.

The second package, “Cirque Du Soleil” features overnight accommodations, two tickets to “Ovo” at the Santa Monica Pier, and lessons for two at the Trapeze School. Rates start at $443 per night and is available for booking from January 20 – March 25. Call 310-458-1515 for reservations. 1515 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Photography provided by Skott Snider