Living: Flying in Confusion

Yes, sir, you want to go to Europe? First class? Economy? Standby? Leave Friday? Return Sunday? Less than three weeks? Round trip to and from the same city? Stopovers? Do you want a hotel as part of the deal? Or a car?

These are not frills; they are some of the variables in the main expense of a trip abroad, and variable is a mild word for all the complicated deals being offered in the deregulated air-travel marketplace. To fly from New York City to just one specific city, Athens, by just one specific airline, TWA, the 18 different possibilities range...

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