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FOR APRIL, 2000


BY JOE BRANCATELLI

Meet Me in Bermuda
TWA launches twice-weekly flights to Bermuda from its hub in St. Louis on May 8. The airline is offering introductory fares: roundtrip prices from St. Louis are as low as $398; connecting service from Chicago ($428), Dallas/Fort Worth ($463), Phoenix ($550), San Francisco ($566) and other cities is also on sale. Tickets must be purchased by May 1.

Hong Kong at a Discount
Two Hong Kong hotels are offering spring rates until May 31. The " Warm Welcome" package from the Ritz-Carlton (800-241-3333) is about $220 a night and include deluxe accommodations, buffet breakfast, welcome tea and fruit. At the Excelsior (800-223-6800), the price is $195 and includes lodging, breakfast, snacks and pressing of one suit or dress.

Last Call on a Europe Driving Bargains
You've got until April 30, to book Auto Europe's "Spring Savings Incentive" on a Mercedes Benz car rental in Europe. The offer includes a 25 percent rental discount and a free cell-phone rental. It is valid for rentals of Mercedes C-, E-, and S-Series vehicles picked up between April 30 and December 31. The rate code is OK1. ... The "Affordable Europe Freedom" rate from Hertz is $29 a day for an economy car (manual transmission with no air conditioning). The price (code FNAEMC) is valid through June 30 in nine European countries; cars must be kept over a Saturday night.

Leaving Florida—and Going to Las Vegas
Now that the snowbirds are leaving Florida, Avis (800-230-4898) needs to move cars out of the Sunshine State. Hence a seasonal one-way deal: pick up a car in one of 14 Florida cities and drop it in one of 13 New England or Mid-Atlantic States and rates start as low as $8.95. The maximum rental period is seven days between April 23 through June 30. The promotion code is GD. … You’ve got until April 24 to pick up sale-priced tickets on National Airlines (800-757-JETS), the new carrier specializing in flights to Las Vegas. Fares range from $68 to $238 roundtrip. Travel is valid on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays between April 26 and October 13. A 7-day advance purchase is required.

Last-Minute Delight Down Under
You've got until May 6, to lock in an extraordinary offer down under: $1,199 roundtrip between Los Angeles as many as three destinations in the South Pacific, including Honolulu, Auckland, New Zealand; Australia; Tahiti and Fiji. Offered by Air New Zealand (http://www.airnz.com) and Qantas (http://www.qantas.com), the deal is timed to take advantage of the slack travel period before the start of Summer Olympics in Sydney on September 15. The deal permits departures anytime before August 23 as long your travel is completed by August 30. It offers travel from Los Angeles to either Australia or New Zealand with the option to visit two other intermediate South Pacific destinations along the way.

This column originally appeared at skymalltravel.com.

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