Steals & Deals

FOR MAY, 2000


Airfares are Dropping if You Look in the Right Places
Delta Air Lines [] has launched an Internet-only fare sale to nine European destinations. Prices are 20 percent off published restricted fares, are available for purchase through May 13, and are valid for travel through June 15. USAirways [] and TWA [] have posted domestic summer-travel prices valid for flights until September 30. Most other airlines have matched the rates, which are about 30 percent below standard advance-purchase fares. Tickets must be purchased by May 12 and require an 14-day advance purchase and a Saturday stay. Several airlines are offering an additional 5 percent discount if you book tickets on the web.

Bargains for the Fourth of July
If burning burgers in the backyard isn't your idea of a great July 4th holiday, then consider these special hotels deals. The "Fireworks for Two" package at the exquisite Turnberry Isle Resort ( north of Miami includes: three nights of lodging; daily breakfast and three dinners; a July 4th barbecue with music and fireworks; his-and-hers massages; unlimited golf and tennis; and all taxes. The rate: $898 a couple. In London, the "U.S. Holiday Package" at the five-star Athenaeum ( includes three nights of lodging; daily breakfast; dinner for two at the hotel's restaurant; and the value-added-taxes. The price: $999 for two. And in super-expensive New York, the RIHGA Royal in Midtown Manhattan has reduced the price of its suites to $199 a night; a two-night minimum stay is required.

Bargains for Business Travelers
Swissair is offering a free companion ticket to flyers purchasing a full-fare Business Class ticket for travel beginning June 1. The deal is valid for departures from New York/JFK or Newark on flights to Zurich, Geneva or Basel. Tickets must be purchased by June 12; travel must commence by August 30 and be completed by September 30. Austrian Airlines [] is offering a free night in a luxury Vienna hotel when U.S. travelers purchase a full-fare business-class ticket for flights beyond Austria. The "Vienna On Us" deal is valid for travel until December 31 and includes: accommodations in a 5-star hotels; dinner and breakfast; and roundtrip airport transfers.

Click for a Discount
Northwest Airlines is testing a unique promotion: a 1,000-mile discount when you book your free award travel directly at its website. The deal is valid until June 15 for travel within the next year. Any Northwest WorldPerks award you choose will cost 1,000 miles less if booked at the Northwest site.

Deals for Leisure Travelers
The Bentley hotel in New York is offering rooms for $145 a night through August; junior suites are selling for $195 in July and August and $205 in June. Hertz has knocked 10 percent off the discounted rate AAA members pay for "specialty" vehicles. That category includes full-size and premium-class cars, convertibles and most sport-utility vehicles. The deal applies to AAA "Leisure Weekly" rentals through December 31; the promotion code is 909521. Sabena has launched a summer family sale. It covers flights to its hub in Brussels and permits one child to fly free for every roundtrip adult coach ticket purchased. Prices start at $699 for flights from Sabena's six U.S. gateways (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Newark, New York/Kennedy, and Washington/Dulles). Travel is permitted through August 31; tickets must be purchased by May 22.

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