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Bargain of the week

Philadelphia return for pounds 169. Belfast or Birmingham to Barry White's home-town for less than two pence a mile. Or, indeed, Newcastle or Norwich to New York for the same figure. If you can book by tonight, you could secure one of the best transatlantic air fares ever, travelling from one of 17 airports in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to one of two great cities. Minimum stay: one Saturday night; maximum: one month.

The airline behind the deal is KLM. Between 15 January and 15 March next year, you can fly to either city from: (deep breath) Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, East Midlands, Humberside, Leeds/Bradford, London (City, Gatwick, Heathrow or Stansted), Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich, Sheffield, Southampton and Teeside. You have to change planes at Amsterdam.

To give you some idea of how good a deal this is, the normal Belfast- to-Amsterdam fare alone is pounds 236. Tickets to New York are available at around pounds 170, but to Philadelphia, fares on direct flights are running at around pounds 270 through discount agents.

Travellers from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow can also take advantage of the offer, but, strangely, Scots have to pay pounds 20 more.

For travellers based in the south-east, by booking through a discount agent and flying from Gatwick on KLM's partner, Northwest, you can save an extra fiver (this being the tax normally payable at Amsterdam).

You must book by 9pm tonight through a travel agent, direct with the airline on 0990 074 074 (though this line has been overloaded this week), or on the Web at www.klmuk.com before midnight tonight.

Trouble spots

Around 150 nations will be trying to sell themselves to the travel trade at the World Travel Market, which begins in London on Monday. Here is the latest Foreign Office advice about some of them:

Israel: British nationals will be aware of the recent rise in tensions in the region. We advise against all non-essential travel to Israel and the Occupied Territories.

Chile: We advise against all non-essential travel to Chile. Although street violence has abated over the past week, feeling against Britain and British nationals is likely to remain high, and could increase, for as long as Senator Pinochet is in Britain. The situation is volatile and could change very swiftly. In such circumstances, British nationals and British commercial interests could become targets for spontaneous attacks.

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