TRAVEL: Pay Now, Go Later-and Cheaper

With the ink barely dry on the 1977 brochures, the outlook for spring/summer air travel is becoming clear. Flying is in for a big boost. One major reason: the new ticketing arrangement called Advance Booking Charters, which enables passengers to get low-cost round-trip air transportation with fewer restrictions than on any of the previous charter plans. Authorized by the Civil Aeronautics Board last October, ABCs are now being pushed aggressively by both scheduled and nonscheduled airlines, notably by Britain's ebullient charter operator Freddie Laker (see box).

A bonanza for budget-conscious vacationers, ABCs...

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