Air, Car Discounts Cover Many European Cities

Air Littoral, a French commuter airline, has introduced two new travel passes.

The passes permit unlimited flights on most of the carrier's service to 23 cities throughout France. The only exceptions are some peak-time flights called "Red Flights." A seven-day pass costs $199, while a 10-day pass is $249. Passes must be used on consecutive days. Rates are good until the end of March.

Among the cities Air Littoral serves are Paris, Marseilles, Nice, Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Brest, Clermont, Perigueux, Pau, Grenoble, Agen, Bergerac, Le Puy, Vichy, Angouleme and Beziers.

Passes have to be bought in the United States. Contact travel agents or Air Promotion Systems, the line's U.S. representative, at (800) 677-4277 or (213) 670-7302.

Air Inter, another domestic French carrier, has a more flexible seven-day "Le France" pass that permits you to choose any seven days to fly within a month. This pass costs $210. Air Inter serves 36 cities in France, including Paris, Nice, Marseilles, Lyon, Biarritz and Toulouse.

In general, Air Littoral serves smaller cities than Air Inter.

Air France, in conjunction with Kemwel Rental Car, is offering a special rate of $39 for one-week car rentals in Europe. To qualify, two passengers have to purchase round-trip, transatlantic flights from any U.S. city served by Air France.

The offer, good until March 31, includes unlimited mileage, value-added tax and full collision-damage insurance with no deductible.

Cars can be picked up at such Air France gateways as Paris, Nice, Rome, Venice, Milan, Geneva, Zurich, Madrid, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brussels and Athens. To avoid a drop-off charge, you have to return the car to the same Kemwel station where you picked it up..

If you want to drop the car off at a different station in the same country, figure on a $50 charge. And if you want to give the car back in another country, the rate is $175.

Car reservations must be made at least seven days before departure from the United States.

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