Alaska Airlines and Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance’s connoisseur collaboration

Get yo' wine on in Walla Walla with free winery vouchers and a free first wine case baggage check-in

Fee waivers at over 70 Walla Walla wineries tastings and baggage handling fees waived on your first case of checked-in wine through Alaska Airlines and Walla Walla Valley Wine Alliance‘s Taste and Tote collaboration offering. Offer starts today, tickets must be purchased by December 5 and can be used for travel between December 8 and March 7, 2012. Complete terms and conditions available at Alaska Airlines or by calling 800-252-7522.

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Cyber Monday 2011: hotel deals

Here is a list of Cyber Monday hotel deals from the biggest online shopping day of the year. Book early and have something to look forward to in the new year. Read More

Charter you own plane with 144 of your closest friends

All you need is $60,000

Travel like billionaire Richard Branson! On Monday at 12 PM, Gilt City members will be able to charter a round trip flight on an Airbus A320 for $60,000 to any Virgin America destination in the United States.

Price includes one free checked bag for the 145 passengers and allows the buyer to name the flight with it being permanently displayed on the side of the plane.

Photography provided to Virgin America

Places to stay for River Walk’s ‘Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony’ in San Antonio

Deals and packages from Marriott, Hotel Valencia, Westin and Hyatt

From now until October 19, 2012, the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel is offering “The Explore the Riverwalk Package“. The package includes two Rio San Antonio boat tickets, breakfast for two at the on-site Cactus Flower Restaurant or in-room through room service, coupons, and free parking. Use promotional code ZJL online or call 800-228-9290 to make room reservations. 889 East Market St., San Antonio, TX 78205.

Hotel Valencia Riverwalk is celebrating the lighting of the Riverwalk on Friday, November 25 with their “Light up the Night” package starting at $180 per night (double occupancy). The package is available from November 25 – December 30, and includes accommodations for two, turn down service, two 2 complimentary twinkling lighted drinks per night in Vbar, and a complimentary full American breakfast for two at Citrus or in-room. Minimum stay of two nights is required for arrival day of Friday, November 25. Call 888-842-0100 to book. 150 E. Houston St., San Antonio, Texas 78205.

Westin Riverwalk is offering the “Riverwalk Holiday Experience” package valid for the night of November 25 only, starting at $369. The package includes an upgraded stay in a Riverview, Riverside or suite, four-course dinner for two at Zocca, and two seats riverside for the Ford Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony. Use online promo code RVRLIT. Call 866-716-8137 to book. 420 W Market St., San Antonio, TX 78205.

Both Grand Hyatt San Antonio and Hyatt Regency San Antonio are offering rooms starting at $85 per night from November 26 until January 6, 2012 during their “Take the Elevator Home” promotion. Also, Hyatt Regency San Antonio is celebrating their 30 year anniversary for 19 days from December 10 – December 28 starting at $81 per night. Use online promo code HOLIDY for “Take the Elevator Home” and ELEVTR for the anniversary rate. Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 E. Market St., San Antonio, TX 78205. Hyatt Regency San Antonio‎, 123 Losoya St., San Antonio, TX 78205.

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Relais & Châteaux add 45 properties to their 2012 guide

A collection of 518 premier hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries

Food travelers rejoice! Relais & Châteaux‘s 45 additions mark a record year for their association. The entries come from all over the world including 25 new properties in Europe, 7 in Asia, 3 in Australia and 10 in the Americas. Relais & Châteaux’s family of hoteliers and Grand Chefs include big names like Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud.

Gogo’s ‘Flybuy Wednesday’ in-air shopping specials

Making Wednesday the 'Black Friday' of the skies

Dreading that out of town flight to your Thanksgiving holiday? Gogo‘s got a free 30 minutes for you to shop during their in-air FlyBuy Wednesday event for their new Fly & Buy Holiday Store. Read More

Sky Lodge pre-season specials and packages

Get your ski on in Park City, UT

Sky Lodge in Park City, UT has some packages and deals with the opening of the slopes just days away.

The Early Season special offers guests staying at Sky Lodge between November 18 and December 15, 2011 free lift tickets for Park City Mountain Resort when they book by Dec 1. Up to two guests for an one bed room and four guests for a two bed room. Read More

1,001 room Omni Dallas Hotel opens, Southwest announces summer flight schedules

With already 300,000 nights booked, the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, TX is already living up to it’s intent. Connected to the Dallas Convention Center, Omni’s focus is on hosting convention and business function attendees. But they are also appealing to localers with a Definitely Dallas package for $111 a night to commemorate their opening, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, a sports bar, various shops, and more.

Southwest Airlines and subsidiary AirTran Airways released their summer flight schedule, now available for booking. Southwest adds new Houston nonstop routes. AirTran adds nonstop service between Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Denver. Besides the new local routes, AirTran is adding nonstop routes from San Antonio to Cancun and Mexico City beginning May 2012, and Orange County, Calif. to Cabo San Lucas and Mexico City beginning June 2012. Read More

Mammoth snow season opening this week with new luxury accommodations

A big winter kick off

Mammoth‘s slopes are finally ready for the season. They’re celebrating with a Big Winter Kick Off starting Thursday with events going through Sunday.

Tallus, a new five-star, gated, private collection of 4 and 5 bedroom luxury homes with a private clubhouse, onsite staff, concierge services, and complimentary shuttles to various spots is now available for rent. For reservations, call 800-568-9976.

Party it up at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas for $11,111 on 11/11/11, ring in 2012 with 150 of your friends in downtown Denver

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas is offering an “Extravagant Package” for the weekend of November 11 for $11,111. For two nights hotel guests will receive two-night stay at the Paradise Platinum Penthouse VIP suite with two tickets to Carlos Santana‘s show, official Carlos Santana merchandise, pre-fixe menu at 35 Steaks + Martinis, 80 minute spa treatment, VIP table at Vanity Nightclub with Perrier Jouet Fleur de Fleur Rose Champagne, and one print from Neal Preston’s rock photography collection. Email Cherryl Kaopua to book.

The Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center Hotel is offering an all-inclusive party package for 150 people to celebrate New Year’s Eve for $15,000. The package includes private use of the 27th floor Peaks Lounge, appetizers and desserts, open bar with wine, beer and champagne, party favors and a DJ plus a view of the 16th Street Mall firework display at 9 PM and 12 AM. Not too bad if you do the math. Call 303-486-444 to book.

Photo: Paradise Penthouse at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Photography provided by Erik Kabik