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THE MATURE TRAVELER

Airline Offers a Price Break on Mexico Flights

June 03, 1990|HANK KOVELL

Mexicana Airlines is offering a 1O% discount for mature travelers, both for travel from the United States to Mexico and for domestic travel within Mexico.

Some restrictions do apply, however.

On international travel, for example, the 1O% discount applies to anyone over age 62 flying into Mexico, but will not be valid over the Christmas and New Year holiday period, Dec. 15 to Jan. 10. The discount can also apply to one traveling companion of any age.

For domestic travel within Mexico, the minimum age is also 62, and a travel companion of any age can also be included. Reservations may be confirmed in advance, except for July and August and between Dec. 15 and Jan. 10.

During those periods, passengers may obtain space on standby and the discount will apply. Proof of age will be required in advance.

For Mexicana Airlines information and reservations in Los Angeles, call (213) 646-9500. From other areas, call (800) 531-7921. Or contact any travel agent.

Golden Tours is a nonprofit membership travel organization for mature travelers over age 50 who live in Southern California. The company issues a monthly eight-page bulletin filled with travel opportunities ranging from one-day visits to attractions in the Southland to national and international tours and cruises of a month or more in duration.

A wide selection of modestly priced bus tours is available to such destinations as Lake Tahoe, Laughlin, Reno and Las Vegas in Nevada, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone National Park, Mt. Rushmore, Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Those who go on the bus tours can park free at the tour pickup points in Pasadena and Alhambra.

Membership in Golden Tours is $5 annually, which includes the monthly bulletin listing all tours. For a free issue of the current Golden Tours travel bulletin, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Golden Tours, Box 1070, Alhambra 91802. For information, call (213) 283-7876 or (818) 289-6271.

Poole Tours, which has designed coach trips for mature travelers for 17 years, has announced its program of summer and fall tours for 1990. The tours rarely travel more than 250 miles a day, and permit ample time for sightseeing and refreshment. Most patrons are in their 60s or older.

The tours vary in length and price and include the following:

--"Alaska Motorcoach Extravaganza," a 29-day tour departing July 30, includes San Francisco, the Oregon Coast Highway, Vancouver and an Inside Passage cruise to Skagway, Whitehorse, Fairbanks and Anchorage.

--A "Great Lakes Holiday" of 15 days begins Sept. 6 and includes two nights in Chicago, the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., Soo Locks Boat Tour, Mackinac Island and the Mississippi River.

--A 34-day "Fall Foliage Motorcoach Adventure," which includes stops in Las Vegas, plus Bryce and Zion national parks, Ottawa, Montreal, Boston, Plymouth Rock, New York City and Washington.

Special tours for the holidays include Thanksgiving in Arizona's Valley of the Sun and a choice of two Christmas tours--the Christmas Luminarias tour in Albuquerque, N.M., or San Antonio, Tex.

For complete itineraries and prices, contact Poole Tours, P.0. Box 990, Temple City 91780. Or call any of these numbers: (213) 283-3412, (818) 285-9775 or (714) 855-4918.

The Swiss National Tourist Office is offering a free booklet entitled "Season for Seniors," published by the Swiss Hotel Assn. The brochure lists off-season special prices for seniors in Swiss hotels as well as many year-round reductions.

Most major Swiss cities offer several choices of inns or hotels with senior discounts, while almost every town or village lists at least one. Prices, which are quoted in Swiss francs, include room, breakfast, service charges and taxes, and where applicable, heating.

The booklet lists rates for both single and double rooms, with and without bath or shower, extra costs for full or half board, and the time periods when the senior discounts apply. Minimum age limit for men is 65 and for women 62. However, in the case of couples, only one person need meet the age requirement.

Tourist office spokesmen say that in addition to the "Season for Seniors" booklet, they will also send brochures on the Swiss Boat Pass, special events in Switzerland 1990, and a booklet on Swiss towns.

To obtain this material, write to the Swiss National Tourist Office, 222 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 1570, El Segundo 90245, or call (213) 335-5980.

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