• Swissair has announced new nonstop San Francisco-Zürich service beginning May 27. Five weekly flights operating on Sunday and Tuesday through Friday will depart San Francisco at 10:05pm and arrive Zürich at 6:05pm the following day. The return flights leave Zürich at 4:25pm and arrive in San Francisco at 7:15pm.
Swissair's other U.S. gateways are Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Philadelphia and Washington.
• Again in 1998, Gemütlichkeit subscribers qualify for special Swissair fare reductions. Economy class tickets priced to the general public at less than $1,000 yes, even those much lower winter sale fares are reduced $50 per ticket. Economy class tickets over $1,000 are reduced $150. Business and first class tickets are lowered by $400 and $600 respectively.
These reductions apply only to current Gemütlichkeit subscribers plus any family or friends traveling one leg of the transatlantic journey with the subscriber or the subscribers spouse.
To book flights at the reduced prices, phone the main Swissair reservation number, 800-221-4750, and ask the reservationist to access "G-Star, reference QL2JLQ." Once reservations have been booked, telephone Swissair's Los Angeles office, 310-335-5900, to be ticketed at the reduced rates.
To obtain the price reductions, subscribers must book and purchase tickets directly with Swissair. Prior to issuing reduced fare tickets, Swissair will verify subscriber status with the Gemütlichkeit office.
• The 1998 editions of the Michelin Red Guides, easily the most useful guidebooks available to the independent European traveler, are now in bookstores all over the U.S. The German guide lists 8,180 hotels and 1,618 restaurants in 3,300 cities, towns and villages. There are 166 city/town maps. This year, a third German restaurant has been awarded three stars, Restaurant Dieter Müller in Bergisch Gladbach. In addition, there are 16 two-star establishments and another 186 restaurants with a single star.
The Swiss Red Guide offers data on 2,071 hotels and 850 restaurants in 920 locations. There are 57 city/town maps. After one year off the list, Restaurant Girardet in Crissier near Lausanne, gets back its third star and Le Pont de Brent in Montreux/Brent is also elevated to three stars. In all, Switzerland has 81 starred restaurants including seven with two stars and the two three-star establishments.
Gemütlichkeit subscribers get 10% off (and pay no sales tax) on Michelin guides as well as all other travel books, maps, luggage and other travel accessories from Travel Essentials (800-521-6722, fax 541-482-7472).
• Otto Wiesenthal of the Hotel Altstadt (tel. +43/1/5263399, fax 5234901), a Gemütlichkeit-recommended Vienna headquarters, reports his 25 rooms and four suites have been "refurnished" and the hotel "shines now new in still the same old flair."