- The Washington Times - Friday, April 28, 2006

EUROPEAN FARES CUT

In a move that will shake up the intra-European airline market and aid Americans traveling abroad this summer, British Airways announced last week that it has slashed short-haul one-way fares by up to 50 percent.

The reduced fares are not part of a sale but represent the new pricing structure British Airways has implemented to compete with discount airlines throughout Europe. On these same flights, the airline also has done away with its no-change ticket policy, so travelers can cancel or change their tickets, up to midnight the day before the flight.

Sample flights from London include Manchester, England, about $51; Nice, France, about $69; and Amsterdam, about $56.

Compared to fares 10 years ago, these new prices reflect, in some cases, an 85 percent price reduction. Certain ticket changes may incur an administration fee of about $50. See www.ba.com for more information.

TRANS-ATLANTIC UPGRADE

Air France has reduced business-class fares to Europe this summer by nearly 65 percent. The new L’espace Affaires business-class service features a lie-flat seat-bed with auto-massage, electronic power outlet, individual telephone, dedicated check-in, a range of in-flight meal service along with pre- and post-flight lounge access. Sample one-way fares from Washington Dulles International Airport include Paris, $1,234; Berlin, $1,181; Budapest, Hungary, $1,274; and Chennai, India, $1,944. Taxes are not included. A 50-day advance purchase is required. See www.airfrance.com.

ASPEN FOR LESS

Stay at the five-star St. Regis Resort in Aspen for $125 a night on Mother’s Day weekend. The 75 percent savings is available only May 12 through 15. If those dates don’t fit your schedule, the resort also has Spring Getaway rates for $195 per night through June 8. To book either the Mother’s Day or Spring Getaway rate, call 888/454-9005 and mention the promotion code: Mom or Spring Getaway.

LIFE OF LUXURY

Hotelbook.com has added a new Luxury for Less section on its Web site, offering guidance to travelers looking for a little pampering on their next vacation. The site, which focuses on independent and boutique hotels, features nearly 5,000 hotels in 144 countries. To aid the hotel search process, the Web site separates the properties into five categories: City Lights, Fun & Adventure, A Piece of History, Relax & Rejuvenate and See & Be Seen. In addition, each hotel listed in the new section offers special packages and promotions when stays are booked through the Web site. See www.hotelbook. com for more information.

SPRING SALE

AirTran Airways has placed nearly all destinations from Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on sale through Thursday. Sample one-way fares from National include: Atlanta, $89; Fort Myers, Fla., $89; New Orleans, $109; Las Vegas, $159; and Seattle, $169. Sample one-way fares from Dulles include: Gulfport/Biloxi, Miss., $89; Jacksonville, Fla., $99; Charlotte, N.C., $109; Memphis, Tenn., $109; and San Francisco, $159. Travel is valid through Oct. 4. Visit www.airtran.com for more information.

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