- The Washington Times - Friday, August 4, 2006

GRAND OPENING

Stay at the Westin Key West Resort and Marina for $179 per night through Sept. 14. The Grand Opening special rate has no blackout dates and is available midweek and on weekends.

The resort has undergone extensive renovations during its conversion from the Hilton Key West to a Westin property. The special includes a breakfast for two, and ocean-view upgrades are available for an additional $40. Use promo code SHT when booking. See www.westinkeywestresort.com.

SOUTHERN EXPANSION

JetBlue Airways continues its expansion at Washington Dulles International Airport on Oct. 15 with its eighth nonstop destination — West Palm Beach, Fla. With the new route announcement, JetBlue has released sale fares starting at $79 to the shopping and sun hot spot.

Introductory fares must be booked by Aug. 15 and are good for travel through Nov. 15. Regular fares will range between $99 and $299 each way. The daily service is aboard an Airbus A320 available with DirecTV and a newly selected wine list by what the airline calls its “low-fare sommelier,” Josh Wesson from Best Cellars. Book at www.jetblue.com.

UP, UP AND AWAY

Guests staying at the new five-star Sivory Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic for three or more nights don’t have to worry about traffic jams on their way to the resort — unless air traffic counts. The oceanfront resort is offering complimentary helicopter transfers from Punta Cana International Airport to the resort’s beach, where guests will be met with a glass of champagne, cool towels and an immediate check-in.

The helicopter transfer is good for one-way travel only, and guests also must purchase a Sivory meal plan for their stay to qualify. Book by Oct. 15; travel must be completed by Dec. 15. See www.sivorypuntacana.com.

DORALGOLF

Play golf on any of five PGA courses and stay overnight for $129 per person, per night at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Fla., as part of its Championship Golf Package.

The package also includes an American breakfast, unlimited driving-range use, golf cart, advance tee times, golf-bag storage and an introductory golf clinic. A two-night minimum is required for this package, with 18 holes of golf per night included. Book at www.doralresort.com.

FREE RIDE

United Vacations is offering a free five-day car rental for guests who book a complete Hawaii vacation package. The special includes a free economy car, with upgrades available at discounted prices. The free rental must be booked with initial booking and is available through Dec. 1.

Sample packages include five nights’ hotel accommodations, a lei greeting, breakfast and 24-hour travelers assistance.

Packages start $949 from the Washington area airports. See www.unitedvacations.com for more information.

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