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Budget carrier Southwest Airlines is spreading its wings to Milwaukee's General International Airport (GMIA).

The first SWA flight to Milwaukee is scheduled for Sunday. Snacks, games and prizes will be offered at the gates. The party then moves to McKinley Park & Marina where SWA will host a Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings tailgate party from 1-7p.m.

Hotel rooms for 25 cents

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Check out the details (press release below) of the U.S. Virgin Islands' 25-cent hotel room deal.

Would be curious to know if it's as good as it seems. Any takers out there?

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands, October 9, 2009 - The U.S. Virgin Islands is delighted to announce the minting of its very own United States quarter, introduced into circulation early this month. The quarter is imprinted with the Territory's official symbols and motto, serving simultaneously as a reminder of the Territory's unique identity and proud inclusion as a U.S. Territory.

In honor of this event, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism is unveiling a Cent-sational vacation package, offering savings for a booking window of 25 days.

The package includes a nightly rate of just 25 cents at participating hotels, for a maximum stay of three nights; a $25 per person dining credit; a $25 per person activities credit; and a Virgin Islands commemorative quarter Scotiabank coin set. The Cent-sational package is valid for bookings made from October 9 through November 2, 2009 for travel between October 9 and December 15, 2009.

"The U.S. Virgin Islands is proud to be a Territory of the United States and is excited to have its own quarter minted as a reminder of our rich heritage and cultural identity. The Cent-sational package allows travelers to explore this history while enjoying the promotion's rare discounts," said Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty.

Hotels participating in the promotion include: Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, Club St. Croix, Hibiscus Beach Resort, Hotel Caravelle, Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort, Point Pleasant Resort, Secret Harbour Beach Resort, Sapphire Beach Resort, Sapphire Village, The Palms at Pelican Cove, Windward Passage, and Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa.

The Cent-sational package applies to new bookings only. Reservations must be made through .

For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, go to . When traveling to the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens enjoy all the conveniences of domestic travel - including on-line check-in - making travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands easier than ever. As a United States Territory, travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport for U.S. citizens arriving from Puerto Rico or the U.S. mainland. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens are the same as for entering the United States from any foreign destination. Upon departure, a passport is required for all but U.S. citizens.

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