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tvl BRIEFS Airline means business with comfortable seating

By Joseph Siano

New York Times News Service

Through departures on Sept. 15, TAP Air Portugal is offering a chance to get more comfortable seating to Europe for something less than the usual premium.

It is selling round-trip business-class tickets from Newark Liberty Airport for $1,699 to Lisbon, Oporto and Faro and for $1,749 to other European cities, including London, Paris, Amsterdam and Rome. Amenities include access to the Virgin Atlantic lounge at Newark as well as lounges in European airports. Airport taxes, surcharges and security fees are extra; (800) 221-7370 or www.tapusa.us.

PLAN AHEAD AND SAVE: The Lowndes, a 78-room hotel in Knightsbridge, says it will take up to 50 percent off its standard rates for bookings made at least 30 days ahead. Rates start at $247, at $1.90 to the pound. The offer is good through Dec. 31, any day of the week, when booking with a credit card. Taxes are extra, and any cancellation within 14 days brings a one-night charge. The hotel is across from the Carlton Tower, whose facilities -- including a heated indoor pool and a health club -- are open to Lowndes guests. Information: www.lowndeshotel.com.

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ANNIVERSARY PRESENT: The Grand Teton Lodge Co., which operates the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, is marking the 75th season of the park with a promotional rate during the final weeks the lodge is open, Sept. 15 to Oct. 5, before closing for the season.

For $75 a person a night, based on double occupancy, it includes a night in a standard cottage room in Jackson Lake Lodge, but the main added value on this deal is a full hot breakfast and a bus tour of the park.

Information: (800) 628-9988 or www.gtlc.com.

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