Free Bus Rides To N.y. What's The Deal?

What's The Deal

December 13, 2009|By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | Michelle Deal-Zimmerman,

* Beginning in January, is teaming up with NYC & Company - New York's official tourism arm - to offer 100,000 free seats in an effort to boost travel in the new year. About 40,000 of the seats will be designated for trips to the Big Apple. The remainder will be available for other destinations. But you don't have to wait to plan your city escape. Travelers can book a free ride now using the promo code "GETAWAY" for trips from Jan. 6-March 20. Several New York promotions will coincide with the seat giveaway, including NYC Restaurant Week (Jan. 25-Feb.7) and On the House - 2-for-1 tickets to off-Broadway shows and many more. Go to

* Spirit Airlines, based in Florida, is making fun of Tiger Woods as he flounders in the eye of the media storm over his "transgressions." I would just point out that Tiger owns a private plane - for now. But by the time his wife, Elin Nordegren, gets done with him, he may need to fly economy class for $9, the fare the airline promotes in the ads.

* Traveling through Western Maryland? Better take a bathroom break before Sideling Hill. That rest area off Interstate 68 is scheduled to close in January and remain closed until April, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. I stopped there in September and it seemed pretty busy. I guess the name of the game is Hold 'Em.

* The Wisp Area Ski Resort opened its doors for the season today. The recent snowfall, coupled with great conditions for snow-making, allowed the resort to launch the season after a short delay caused by warmer temperatures. A Midweek Madness special celebrates the opening with rooms starting at $59 per person, per night at the Wisp Hotel and includes a lift ticket. The deal is good Sunday through Thursday nights. Go to

* Delta, American and United - the nation's three largest airlines - say business travel is about to boom - or at least make a comeback, according to an Associated Press report. "The airlines say they're seeing an uptick in demand for business and premium tickets, which could signal the beginning of a recovery in all-important corporate travel."

* Time for visitors to enjoy a whale of a good time in Virginia Beach. The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center hosts whale-watching boat tours each winter, when the sea creatures return each year to the area near the food-rich mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Go to for details.

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