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Newsletter: Europe, 8/8/08


Ryanair to Slash Fares

­Ryanair, Europe's largest low-budget carrier,  announced it will cut its cheapest air fares in half in order to offset shrinking demand, UK newspaper The Guardian reports. announcement comes after the airline announced it would reduce flights due to soaring fuel prices.

The move will reduce the fares for the airline's T fares, which represent about half of the seats sold per flight. Consequently, 1 million seats will be sold for the price of £5 next month (about $9.72) including charges and taxes.

"If passengers are booking ahead of the 80 percent seat target, we will close off the cheap seats," said Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair. "If we are booking behind it, we will open up more cheap fares." O'Leary admitted that Ryanair flights break even when the planes are 80 percent full and that the airline was having to drop prices in order to fill its planes. He added that the main reason for the price cut was to increase the lagging demand and not to drive any rivals out of business.

­O'Leary also confirmed plans to launch an experimental ban on checked-bags, creating carry-on only flights, on Dublin to Cork, London to Glasgow, Rome to Milan Bergamo and Frankfurt Hahn to Berlin routes.

Discount Flights to Amsterdam


­­OpenSkies, the new transatlantic airline from British Airways, has announced that tickets for flights between Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport are now available on Bookings can also be made through all British Airways channels including the website and via the OpenSkies Concierge Desk. Daily flights from Amsterdam to New York will launch on October 15.

OpenSkies will feature two cabins: BIZSM, a business class service featuring fully flat beds with prices starting at $1,891 each way, and PREM+SM, which features reclining seats with a 52 inch pitch, offered from $746 each way. All fares listed are for one-way travel based on roundtrip purchase. All fares require a 10-day advance purchase and must be booked by August 21 for travel starting October 15.

Business Class Deals to Europe


­A­ir France is offering a summer sale on Business Class seats from nine of the line’s U.S. gateways to multiple destinations in Europe, including Amsterdam, Athens, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, and Zurich.

Fares are valid in business class and must be purchased by August 16 for travel from August 15 to August 30. Fares can be viewed at

Sleep Late in London


­The Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel has introduced a new weekend Lazy Brunch package that gives guests the chance to sleep in and then indulge in the hotel’s new brunch at Mimosa Bar & Restaurant until 4 p.m.

­The Lazy Brunch package costs from £260 (approximately $508) per room per night and includes:
*An overnight stay (must include Friday and/or Saturday night)
*A Mimosa cocktail for two
*Late check-out at 2 p.m.
*A Late Check Out Eye Mask
*A two-course brunch and a glass of champagne for two (can be served in room or at Mimosa) ­­

Rates are subject to 17.5 percent VAT and 5 percent discretionary service charge. For reservations, please call the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel at 011-44-207-823-1234 or visit

Maine Rewards and Bonus Commissions for Agents


­Auto Europe has teamed up with local businesses in Portland, Maine to offer a Maine rewards program. This program is valid for reservations now through August 31 for travel through December 31.

Agents can earn their choice of a L.L. Bean Sportsman’s Accessory Bag, three free lobsters or two pounds of salmon with any business class package booked through their tour division, Destination Europe, or with any sports car or prestige self drive rental (minimum rental period of seven days).

­ Agents also earn 20 percent commission on hotel services in Italy and 15 percent commission on hotel services at any of their other worldwide locations, for reservations now through August 31 for travel through December 31.

15 Percent Off Hotels in Europe, Australia and Morocco


Travelers from the ­U.S. and Canada can get more for their dollar when traveling to Europe, Morocco and Australia with the More Value For Your Dollar package available now at Sofitel Luxury Hotel properties.

The More Value For Your Dollar package offers a 15 percent discount on the premium rate at 50 Sofitel hotels in Europe, Australia and Morocco. To take advantage of this offer, guests must stay a minimum of three consecutive nights and must be a U.S. or Canadian resident (valid government ID required upon check-in). The package is available through August 31, at participating properties. Rates are subject to current exchange rates and room availability; exclusive of taxes.

For terms and conditions and to make a reservation, guests can visit or call 1-800-SOFITEL (763-4835).

Christmas on the Danube


­­Gate 1 is offering a selection of Christmas Cruises on the Danube. Clients can begin in either Vienna or, for the reverse itinerary, in Nuremburg. The special also offers dinners on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on board the ship.

­ The price is as low as $919 for 8 days/6 nights, or $1,599 with airfare from New York (including transfers to the ship). Clients can choose from two ships—the MS Royal and MS Symphony—and vacations from 8 to 10 days, departing December 17 or 19. Cabins can be upgraded, beginning at $130 per person. Single cabin price is $1,570 cruise only, $2,250 with airfare, which is based on New York departures to Vienna with return from Munich.

Clients can add on two days Prague or Budapest (from $1,139 cruise/land, $1,689 air and land/cruise) or four days Budapest and Prague (two days in each city, from $1,389 land/cruise only, $1,959 air inclusive).

For more information, call 800-682-3333 or visit

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