• Swissair has notified Gemütlichkeit that it will continue to provide subscribers with price reductions on its flights from the U.S. to European destinations for another year.
The reductions remain as they have since the program's inception in 1991: $600 per ticket off first class fares, $400 off business class, $150 off coach tickets which cost more than $1,000, and $50 off coach tickets less than $1,000. If fares dip below $600, as they sometimes do during the winter, the discount is $25 per ticket.
To book, phone Swissair reservations at 800-221-4750. Once reservations have been made, phone another Swissair number, 800-238-0399, for ticketing at the appropriate reduced price. You must book and purchase tickets directly with Swissair. Prior to issuing tickets, Swissair will verify subscriber status with the Gemütlichkeit office. Family and friends traveling with a subscriber for at least one leg of the transatlantic roundtrip are also eligible for the lower fares.
• LTU International Airways, the German airline, has announced special fares for spring, summer and fall travel from the United states to Germany. The prices are valid for travel between May and October 1999 and tickets must be purchased by March 5, 1999.
Roundtrip fares from Florida to Germany start at $448 for travel in October. For departures between May 1 and June 15 and in September, the roundtrip airfare is $548 and $748 for departures between June 16 and August 31. LTU offers scheduled nonstop flights from Miami, Orlando and Ft. Myers to Düsseldorf. Connections at these prices are also available to Frankfurt, Hanover, Berlin and Munich. The fares are also available from several other Florida cities to Düsseldorf, Hanover and Frankfurt, via Miami and Orlando.
From Los Angeles, round trip travel in October is $498 and $598 for departures between May 10 and June 15 and in September. For peak season departures the roundtrip airfare is $848. LTU's nonstop flights between Los Angeles and Düsseldorf begin on May 10 and offer connections to Hanover, Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich. The fares are also available, via Los Angeles, from San Francisco, San Diego, Oakland, Sacramento, Fresno, Monterey, Las Vegas and Phoenix to Düsseldorf and Hanover.
As of January 1, 1999, LTU flights between the U.S. and Germany are nonsmoking. Contact any travel agency or call LTU at 800-888-0200.
• For a close-up look at the Alps in winter try the Rhaetian Railway's Winter Panorama Express. The service runs through March 11, 1999, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday both directions on the Landquart - Davos - St. Moritz route. Passengers sit in the same panorama cars used by the legendary Glacier Express. Holders of the Swiss Pass, Europass and Eurail passes can travel at no extra cost. Reservations are mandatory, cost Sfr. 6 ($4), and can be made at any railway station in Switzerland.