Cruise Line Offers Free Buffet to Federal Employees

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We are currently in the longest government shutdown in history, and while many in the travel industry are pressuring lawmakers to end the shutdown, some are offering a helping hand in the meantime.

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is providing a free lunch buffet and an afternoon of fun for federal workers aboard one of their ships between January 21 and January 31 (unless the shutdown ends before that time).

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The only days the deal is not available are Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26.

Unfortunately, not every federal worker in the U.S. will be able to take advantage of the deal, since the participating ships, the Grand Celebration and the Grand Classica, are located at the Port of Palm Beach at 1 East 11th Street in Riviera, Florida.

To join in, federal workers just have to make a reservation with the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Customer service desk at 800-374-4363. When they arrive at the pier, they’ll need to provide their federal ID at the visitor check-in.

While it doesn’t make up entirely for a lack of a paycheck, those who take advantage of the deal will enjoy a filling lunch and an afternoon aboard a Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line ship which may just be enough to escape from the government shutdown nightmare for a few hours.

Frontier Airlines’ New Kids Fly Free Program Deepens Commitment to Families

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WHY IT RATES: Travel agents and advisors working with families should be showcasing the new program from Frontier Airlines to clients.—Donald Wood, Breaking News Senior Writer.

Frontier Airlines is committed to families, and what better way to demonstrate that than helping America’s kids fly for free. That’s right, today the low-fare airline announced that children 14 years and younger can now fly free when travelling with an adult through the airline’s Discount Den travel club on qualifying flights.

With more than 100 destinations to choose from, Frontier is removing the obstacles for families to travel together whether it’s for a sunny vacation or a visit to grandma’s house.

“Kids Fly Free shows our continued commitment to being America’s affordable and family-friendly airline,” said Barry Biffle, President and CEO of Frontier Airlines. “We’re the only airline going all out for families in this way—it’s exactly what we mean at Frontier by Low Fares Done Right.”

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It’s easy to take advantage of Kids Fly Free. And the math is easy, too—one kid can fly free for every adult who books at Simply select a flight on a date that is qualified for Kids Fly Free which is easy to find as it’s marked with a Kids Fly Free logo beneath the Discount Den price. Additional information about Kids Fly Free, is available at

Kids Fly Free is a new feature of the airline’s discount travel club, the Discount Den. In addition to the Kids Fly Free benefit, customers also enjoy exclusive access to Frontier’s lowest available fares for up to six people on the member’s itinerary. And the benefits last for a full year from purchase for only $59.99. Becoming a member is easy and customers can join in advance or simply purchase during the flight booking process. More information about Discount Den is available at

Kids Fly Free is only one example of Frontier’s commitment to families. Last year, Frontier re-launched its frequent flyer program to include features such as Family Pooling and Elite Status benefits for the whole family. And unlike some airlines, Frontier provides families an option to pre-select their seats and even upgrade to our stretch seats for extra room.

The Discount Den travel club membership is good for the whole family with up to six people on the member’s itinerary! Families with young kids board with priority and get onboard directly after Zone 1. Parents can book stress-free with The Works bundle which allows families to make changes to their itinerary and even cancel their flight with a refund.

And since every Frontier aircraft features a unique animal on its tail—from Griz the Bear, to Otto the Owl, to Flo the Flamingo—kids will enjoy getting to know their new animal friends. Onboard, kids can ask their friendly Flight Attendant for a collectable trading card and Frontier offers plenty of kid-friendly snacks for the trip.

For more information, reach out to your local travel agent.

SOURCE: Frontier Airlines press release.