The Tactical Traveler

FOR APRIL 12, 2000


This week: Web-only hotel and airfare deals; Legend Airlines launches flights from Dallas/Love Field; airlines add international flights; Hong Kong hotels cut rates for spring; a new 90-minute multi-media cruise in Boston; Virgin Atlantic launches first-ever flights between Las Vegas and London; a $1 million prize in a Lake Powell fishing contest; and more.

COST-CUTTERS: The Web Deals Keep on Coming
When long-time code-share partners Delta Air Lines ( and Swissair ( went their separate ways earlier this year, Delta launched its own route between its international hub at Kennedy Airport in New York and Swissair's hometown of Zurich. But rather than promote the route with an introductory fare deal, Delta has turned to a web-only offer: $295 roundtrip for midweek flights or $345 on the weekends. Tickets must be purchased at Delta's website by Friday, April 14, but travel is valid through June 15. Meanwhile, the Best Inns ( chain has its own web-only deal: rooms for $39 a night or suites for $49 for reservations booked on the Internet. The prices are valid until April 30.

BEST OF THE WEB: A New Airline, An Old Controversy
A start-up carrier called Legend Airlines ( launched flights last week from Love Field in Dallas to Las Vegas, Washington/Dulles, and Los Angeles and therein lies one of the oddest tales in American commercial aviation. It took more than three years and a bewildering clutch of lawsuits before Legend could use Love Field ( The battle surrounds a peculiarly Texas legal quirk called The Wright Amendment and partially explains why Legend flies DC-9 jets with just 56 seats configured 2-by-2 in 14 rows. If you have an agile legal mind and lots of free time, surf the archives of the Dallas Business Journal ( for a blow-by-blow account of Legend's birth and the old controversy over Love Field.

ROUTE MAP: New Flights Around the World
Just in time for the Summer Olympics in Sydney, the Australian airline Qantas ( is adding daily service for Canadian flyers. Effective July 3, the airline will begin four weekly roundtrips from Toronto and three weekly roundtrips from Vancouver. All flights will operate with B-767 jets and an intermediate stop in Honolulu. JetBlue Airways (, the new, all-coach airline based at New York/Kennedy, adds two daily roundtrip flights to Orlando on June 21. All fares are one-way and range from $79 to $159. Virgin Atlantic ( launches the first-ever flights between Las Vegas and London on June 8. The twice-weekly B-747 nonstops to Gatwick Airport depart on Thursdays and Sundays. Introductory fares are $599 roundtrip for departures through July 15.

A unique maritime-heritage tour of Boston is scheduled to debut May 6 when a 90-minute multi-media cruise begins plying the waters of Boston Harbor. A collaboration between Boston Harbor Cruises ( and the Boston History Collaborative, the cruse features on-board theater performances, sea shanties and video vignettes. Tickets for the "Boston at Sea" cruise are $25 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for children under 12. For more information, call 617-227-4321. Fancy yourself a expert angler? Then head for Lake Powell ( between Arizona and Utah from May 1 to 20. Twenty striped bass have been tagged and anyone who catches one of 19 of the bass receives a vacation package. But catch the special bass and you'll win $1 million. The contest is free to all comers, but registration is required and you must have a valid Utah or Arizona fishing license. Cape May, the popular New Jersey seaside resort, is considering a proposal to charge visitors for beach access. Ninety percent of the beachgoers in the town are tourists and vacationers.

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