SOURCE: AAA New Mexico

April 30, 2008 07:15 ET

The $600 Getaway: Ideas From AAA Travel for Economic Stimulus Checks

ALBUQUERQUE, NM--(Marketwire - April 30, 2008) - With summer around the corner and an Economic Stimulus Program check of at least $600 in the mail in May or June, travel options have suddenly expanded for many Americans. AAA New Mexico has several suggestions for family getaways costing $600 or less.

"Travel is one of the best ways to create long-lasting family traditions and memories, and it doesn't have to break your budget," said Ana Gonzalez, general manager of AAA New Mexico. "New Mexicans have a choice of several great destinations that are a day's drive or less away."

These and many other vacations can be booked through AAA Travel at any AAA New Mexico office or online at Attractions may be reserved and paid for through the attraction.

For a family of four (two adults and two children), $600 vacation ideas include:

Santa Fe
--  Three nights at the Hilton Santa Fe starting at $453
--  Admission to the Tesuque Pueblo - free
--  Admission to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum - $8 (New Mexico residents)
--  One-day pass to two additional Santa Fe museums - $48
Total: $509

San Antonio
--  Two nights at the Hyatt Place San Antonio-Northwest starting at $348
--  Admission to SeaWorld San Antonio - purchase at the gate for AAA
    discount of $3 off each ticket = $176 (plus tax) for two adults and
    two children
--  Admission to The Alamo - free, but donations are encouraged
Total: $524

Optional add-on: Admission to Six Flags Fiesta Texas - purchase at the gate for $134 (plus tax) on Wednesdays ($12 off adult ticket with AAA discount) or $150 (plus tax) with $4 adult ticket AAA discount on other days.

--  Two nights at the Hilton Anatole starting at $416
--  A four-hour Gray Line motorcoach tour from the Hilton to the Southfork
    Ranch featured in the "Dallas" TV show and the mansions of Highland
    Park - reserve at for a 10 percent member
    discount = $90 for two adults and two children
--  Admission to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Arlington - purchase at the
    gate for $2 off with AAA discount = $86
Total = $592

--  For a family of four or more, El Monte RV has AAA-discounted weekend
    rentals for as little as $300 and five-day rentals for as little as
    $600, excluding mileage and gas costs. RVs are available for pickup
    in Albuquerque. AAA Travel can reserve an El Monte RV for you, or
    call El Monte RV at (800) 337-2156 and ask for the AAA discount.

For two people, $600 getaways include:

Rails to the Rim tour of the Grand Canyon includes all the following:
--  Two nights at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams, AZ
--  Two dinners, one lunch and two buffet breakfasts
--  Round-trip train transportation and park admission to Grand Canyon
    National Park
--  A Grand Canyon Rim motorcoach tour
--  Two $20 gift certificates for use in the Grand Canyon Railway gift
    shops and café car
--  All taxes
Total = $566

Optional add-on: Papillon Helicopters offers a 10 percent Auto Club discount on its Grand Canyon South Rim tours.

Las Vegas - "AAA Exclusive Getaway" travel package includes all the
--  Two-night hotel stay on the Strip at the Luxor Las Vegas or Monte
    Carlo Resort
--  Admission to "The Rat Pack is Back" tribute show at the Plaza Hotel
    and Casino
--  All taxes
Total = $438 for arrivals on Sunday through Wednesday

Optional add-ons: AAA members receive a free seating upgrade when they purchase a Front Balcony ticket to BLUE MAN GROUP at The Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino (subject to availability).

Papillon Helicopters offers a 25 percent Auto Club discount on Las Vegas Night Flight Tour, and 20 percent off helicopter trips from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon.

For more vacation ideas, visit any AAA New Mexico office or

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Jeffrey Spring/Marie Montgomery
    (714) 885-2333