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Most of the major U.S. airlines plus Air Jamaica offer convenient service to the island.

In this region, most of the service is offered by MLT Vacations and Northwest Airlines WorldVacations. Both offer air/ground vacation packages from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

MLT Vacation flights are via charter carriers Champion Air or Omni Air International. MLT Vacations reports bookings for the winter season (December through April) are strong and the firm will book nearly 7,000 passengers to Jamaica with three-, four- and seven-night stays and Wednesday and Saturday departures.

Best savings, according to MLT, are on Wednesday departures in January on seven-night all-inclusive packages with savings of $160 per couple. Sixty percent of MLT customers stay at all-inclusive resorts.

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Northwest Airlines WorldVacations offers daily direct (via Tampa) from Minneapolis-St. Paul. WorldVacations offers a variety of discounts -- from $25 to $100 -- for travel Jan. 1-Dec.31 2000, for bookings made from now until Dec. 15.

Costs of these bookings vary widely, depending upon time of year, length of stay and property involved.

Bookings via either MLT Vacations or Northwest WorldVacations must be made through your travel agent.