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Super Bowl: $599 for 15-minute helicopter hop to the start line

Eager to kick off your Super Bowl experience in style? If you're going to the big game in Glendale, Ariz., you might want to arrive by air.

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters is offering fans a luxury car plus helicopter hop to those going to watch the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks square off at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday.

The ride isn't just about getting to the game, either. In a helicopter, you'll get a bird's-eye view of the stadium as well as the surrounding Sonoran Desert.

Here's how it works: Papillon will arrange to have drivers pick you up at your Scottsdale/Phoenix area hotel in a luxury vehicle and take you to the Scottsdale Airport.

From there, you board an EC130 helicopter, which has large touring windows and holds six people.

Once you touch down at Glendale's airport, a car will be there to hustle you the short distance to the stadium. After the game, a coach will take you back to your hotel.

Prices start at $599 per person for the...

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Airfare: From LAX, Puerto Rico for $358 on American, United, US Airways

You can take a vacation that feels exotic without ever leaving the U.S., but you must hurry to get this $358 round-trip from LAX to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on American, United or US Airways.

The fare, which includes all taxes and fees, is subject to availability and is for travel any day of the week through May 21. But it must be purchased by Wednesday, Feb. 4.

Info: American, (800) 433-7300; United, (800) 864-8331; US Airways, (800) 428-4322.

Source: Airfarewatchdog

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What to expect for Disneyland's 60th anniversary celebration

What do you give a 60-year-old theme park that has everything?

How about a nighttime parade transplanted from Hong Kong Disneyland and an anniversary-themed update to its long-running fireworks show?

Disneyland will add plenty of polish, sparkle and bombast starting May 22 as the Anaheim theme park celebrates its 60th anniversary with a nostalgia-soaked diamond jubilee.  

Across the esplanade at Disney California Adventure, the “World of Color” water show will get a new story overlay dedicated to the history of Walt Disney and his first theme park.

At first blush, Disneyland's diamond jubilee plans seem little more than an elaborate version of the park overlays we've come to expect at Halloween and Christmas. Take a holiday parade, toss in some seasonal fireworks, sprinkle in a few modest tweaks to a nighttime spectacular, add a bit of sparkle to the castle and, voila, you have a 60th anniversary celebration.

But the run-of-the-mill anniversary offerings could prove more spectacular...

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1,000 items from Disneyland's earliest days to go to auction

Disneyland fans, you've got your annual pass and zillions of pins. But do you possess an original bird from the Tiki Room? Or an etched glass E-ticket sign that once hung at the Pirates of the Caribbean ride?

Now you can.

As Disneyland rolls out plans for its 60th year celebrations, more than 1,000 items from the theme park's early days are going on the auction block in Sherman Oaks on Feb. 28. The collection is expected to take in $1 million at auction.

Members of the public can peruse items -- some of which date to Disneyland's opening day on July 17, 1955 -- at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks. It's open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays from Feb. 7 to 27.

"The breadth of this vintage collection and the rarity of the memorabilia are a true testament to the genius of Walt Disney," gallery founder and President Mike Van Eaton says in a statement. "It tells the story of Disneyland from the beginning like we have never seen before, and I am sure we won’t ever see again."...

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Wave season cruise deals bring discounts and sweet bonuses

Wave season that begins in January means all kinds of discounts and deals in the cruise world. Here are three to consider if you're in trip-planning mode, but think fast because one ends this weekend.

Celebrity Cruises offers all three 123Go! extras with a deal that's good through Sunday (Feb. 1). Usually you get to pick one of the perks, but those who book a veranda cabin on Alaska or European sailings this summer will receive:

--a free beverage package for two (usually $98 per day)

--free prepaid gratuities (valued at up to $30 per day), and;

--a shipboard credit of up to $300.

For example, if you book on the seven-night Alaska Sawyer Glacier Cruise leaving May 15, a veranda stateroom would cost $1,219 per person (plus tax and fees), based on double occupancy. You'd get all the extras above, including the $300 credit.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Sunday in any time zone to make a reservation and get the deal. Info: Celebrity Cruises, (888) 283-6879, or contact a travel agent


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Deal: How to get 25% off wine, chocolate tastings at Temecula casino

Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., next month will hold two tasting events: one featuring chocolate, the other wines. Any adult who has or applies for a casino club card will receive 25% off ticket prices.

The deal: If you have a Pechanga Club Card, you'll receive the discount for individual events or a combination ticket. You have to be 21 or older to apply for a free club card and to attend the events. I am told these events sell out each year.

The Chocolate Decadence evening from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 27 rolls out lots of sweets and desserts paired with wines. Full-price tickets cost $50 ($37.50 for card holders).

The Pechanga Wine Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 28 will feature wines from Temecula Valley, Central California, Napa-Sonoma and the Pacific Northwest, as well as international wines, and little bites made by the resort's chefs. Full-price tickets cost $65 ($48.50 for card holders).

Combination tickets for both cost $100, discounted to $75 for card holders.


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