Travel Smarts

ROAD NOTES

Brand-name gourmet coffees and beers are finding their way onto hotel and airline menus. Both United Airlines and most Westin Hotels now serve only Starbuck's coffee, and Continental Airlines serves Pete's Wicked Ales as official in-flight specialty beers.

Holiday Inn's "Europe for Less" summer rates are still available through September 7; rates are $99 to $129 in most major cities.

You can earn 500 Delta SkyMiles when booking a rental car from Avis-but you must make advance reservations and show proof of a Delta flight within 24 hours.

Earn 500 miles per transaction by booking flights through Northwest's online reservation service, WorldNetwork, on CompuServe through March 31, 1997. Contact CompuServe at (800) 621-1258 for free software.

US Air Frequent Travelers must now request award certificates by calling the US Air reservations line (instead of the frequent traveler service center). Travelers get tickets mailed directly to them, instead of waiting for a certificate from the service center and redeeming it for the ticket.

British Airways now offers passengers delayed in the United States a prepaid phone card good for a short call anywhere in the world.

Continental Airlines has expanded its nonsmoking policy to include all flights other than those between Newark and Paris or Madrid, Houston and Paris, and Honolulu and Tokyo. Lufthansa has gone smoke-free on intra-European flights of 90 minutes or less and all intra-German flights.

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This article was originally published in the August 1996 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Travel Smarts.

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