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may 11

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Fly to Germany on a $500 round-trip airfare (after taxes). The little-known German airline LTU International Airways is holding a fare sale for departures this month from Ft. Myers, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York City. For example, round-trip flights departing this month between New York City and Munich start at $318, plus taxes of about $120. Or fly between Miami and Berlin for round-trip fares starting at $368, plus taxes of about $150. Details here. One downside of LTU is that its departures are infrequent. For instance, it flies merely twice a week from Las Vegas to Germany. Its fares also do not show up in the search results of many online travel websites, such as Kayak.com, so you may want to comparison shop at LTU.com when researching a trip to Germany. (Related note: You can read about Germany's Fairy-Tale Castle Hotels by clicking here.)

Freebies in Delaware. On Saturday, May 19, residents can flash their driver's license or student ID to get free access to any of 48 attractions in the state, such as Monster Racing Excitement at the Dover Speedway, Governor Ross Mansion, Fenwick Island Lighthouse, and the Museum of Small Town Life. Alas, the state's prime jewel, Longwood Gardens, isn't participating and will charge $14 per ticket as usual. Editor's Note: There's a good reason why Longwood Gardens isn't participating. It's in Pennsylvania, not Delaware. I regret the error, and thanks to reader Mike for pointing out the mistake.

Memorial Day bed and breakfast deals. You'll find packages for stays in California, Connecticut, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Ohio by clicking here. For other deals in these and other states, visit the excellent website BnBFinder.com. Hint: Click on its "Specials" page to find its most surprising deals.

Jump-start your trip-planning for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing...

Sales of event tickets don't start until September from the official source, CoSport.com, but tour companies are already planning their travel itineraries. Only one company is expected to be able to sell tour packages that include tickets, and that's Cartan Tours, which has debuted its 32-page brochure of packages. Find it here. (A tip: Despite its confusingly-worded instructions, you don't have to submit your personal information to see the brochure. Just click "next" on this website page.) The rates don't exactly shout "budget travel." The starting price for an air/hotel package, not including tickets, is $5,395 per person, plus taxes, which includes a four-night stay at a Courtyard by Marriott in Beijing.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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