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As we were going to press (so to speak) with this Newsletter, we received word from one of our favorite travel providers about a small grouping of deals to two of Europe's pinnacles of tourism. In turn, we bring news of these values to you.

Look to 1800FlyEurope (tel. 800/359-3876; www.1800flyeurope.com) for some great, but short-lived, discounts on packages to London and the City of Light that combine airfare with either a rental or hotel for the duration of your stay. These prices beat the current rates for airfare alone for the travel period that ends March 31, 2005. Better yet, the pricing is fairly evenly distributed across domestic gateways so chances are great that you live near to one.

For London, the outfit is offering airfare and car rental combos starting from $209 for a three-day getaway for departures out of NYC. Fares from the West Coast hit a high of only $327. The full range of base prices and departures include:

  • Atlanta: $257
  • Boston: $219
  • Chicago: $277
  • Dallas: $297
  • Denver: $317
  • Houston: $297
  • Los Angeles: $327
  • Miami: $287
  • New York: $209
  • Orlando: $287
  • Portland OR: $317
  • Raleigh: $257
  • San Diego: $327
  • San Francisco: $327
  • Seattle: $317
  • Washington, D.C.: $249

These prices get you round-trip airfare and a compact, manual transmission (for an automatic, add around $20 to each base price). Base prices do not include taxes and security fees, which vary based on departure point. For a slight bump (less than $100), these packages can be extended to seven-day excursions. Full details on this offer are available at www.1800flyeurope.com/showspecial.cfm?specid=202.

Ditch the car and opt to stay in the Lily Hotel in London for three nights starting from just $287 per person for departures of NYC running up to $397 for flights out of the left coast. Full details on this offer can be found at www.1800flyeurope.com/showspecial.cfm?specid=208.

Similar offers are currently available for Paris packages as well. Round-trip airfare and three days' rental car start from $269 per person for east coast departures; west coast combos run up to $419 for flights out of Seattle and Portland. Full details at www.1800flyeurope.com/showspecial.cfm?specid=204. These packages can be expanded to seven days as well.

Three-day air and hotel combinations for Paris start from $337 for stays in the Hotel Pavia. Full details are available at www.1800flyeurope.com/showspecial.cfm?specid=209. Upgrades to other hotels are available at higher cost for either destination, and each includes hotel taxes and morning meals.