Southwest already has two daily flights to Albuquerque, N.M., three to Denver and six to Seattle-Tacoma. The airline will add one additional daily flight to each airport.
Casting call for Global Scavenger Hunt
Applications are due Jan. 9 for teams interested in participating in the sixth Global Scavenger Hunt. The "Amazing Race"-like competition takes 25 teams of two people each on an around-the-world adventure.
Teams selected from the entries will not know which 10 countries they will be traveling to. The event starts April 9 somewhere on the West Coast and concludes May 1 somewhere on the East Coast.
National Geographic has called the event "like 'Survivor', 'The Amazing Race' and the 'Eco-Challenge' all rolled into one, except with much more cultural interaction." Experiences include things such as swimming with baby elephants, learning to cook from a Michelin-starred chef, partnering on an authentic archeological dig and helping out at a Tibetan refugee camp.
To apply or for more details, visit www.GlobalScavengerHunt.com.
Steves adds travel magazine to resume
Travel author Rick Steves will team up with Smithsonian magazine to create a special magazine focused on cultural travel. Tentatively titled "Smithsonian Presents: Travels with Rick Steves," the magazine will go on sale May 4. It will include Steves' favorite 20 things to see and do in Europe, as well as his practical tips and advice.
American Express, British Airways team up
American Express cardholders can transfer Membership Reward points into British Airways' Executive Club Frequent Flyer program for travel on British Airways and Oneworld partner airlines. The partnership began Dec. 17. Details: www.membershiprewards.com.
Deals of the Week
Bookings must be made by Dec. 31. Rates vary based on departure dates. The $659 price is good for travel between Jan. 7 and March 10, based on Sunday-Thursday travel. Details: www.aerlingusvacationstore.com.; 800-495-1632.
The package is available for stays through March 15. Details: www.eagle-crest.com; 888-306-9643.
Three-night, four-day packages start at $834 for adults and $612 for children, while six-night, seven day packages start at $1,455 per adult and $1,096 per child (based on two adults and two children). Details: 888-222-9285.
— Ann Tatko-Peterson
Prices do not include taxes, surcharges or other fees unless noted. Deal availability may be limited. Restrictions such as blackout dates and advance-purchase requirements may apply.