If you don't mind a little nip in the air, Britain is bidding for winter visitors with a $399 round-trip air fare, LAX to Gatwick Airport. Can't beat that. In effect now through May with the exception of Dec. 16-23. For an extra $100 the airline provides a package that includes hotel, continental breakfasts, airport transfers, sightseeing. This is a one-week plan. Or, fly Nov. 11, 18 or 25 and you can delay your return until May 4. Flights aboard wide-body 747s operated by Dollarstretcher, a subsidiary of British Airways. Contact Dollarstretcher at (213) 820-3535.
It's chilly in the Netherlands, too, but you can get out of the cold and into a warm automobile for as little as $4.99 per person (two passengers traveling together) with KLM (taxes extra). Pick up the car at Amsterdam Airport or at the Avis office in downtown Amsterdam. Offer is good through April 30. To qualify, cars must be booked through KLM before leaving the United States. In addition, KLM and Avis have a one-night hotel package that includes discounts on diamonds. For their "Dutch Treat" brochure, write to Avis Fulfillment Center, European Fly/Drive Department, CN16550, Trenton, N.J. 08650. Request Brochure AS-722.
For travelers wishing to get away for the holidays, hotels in several cities are luring guests with discounts. The Las Vegas Hilton is dangling a rate of $13.95 per person (double occupancy) or $22.50 single, Dec. 14 through 18 and Dec. 21-25. (Tax is extra.) Besides accommodations, the package includes free admission to the Hilton Showroom (Vic Damone). A couple of drinks. Minimum bookings: Two nights. Contact your travel agent.
In San Francisco both the Villa Florence on Union Square and the Galleria Park are promoting a $69-a-night holiday rate. The Villa Florence package includes shopping certificates in the Union Square area and complimentary drinks at a nearby restaurant. Valid Nov. 15-Jan. 15. Contact Villa Florence, 225 Powell St., San Francisco 94102 or call toll-free (800) 243-5700 in California, (800) 553-4411 nationwide. Guests at the Galleria Park will receive sample gifts from shops on Union Square, including Nieman Marcus. Offer is good Nov. 14-Jan. 18. Call toll-free (800) 792-9855 in California. Outside the state dial (800) 792-9632.
Meanwhile, holiday discounts are being booked by dozens of hotels in Washington, D.C. For a copy of "Holiday Hotel Packages" write to The Washington, D.C., Convention & Visitors Assn., 1575 Eye St. N.W., Suite 250, Washington, D.C. 20005.
Colorado for Skiers
A 100-page guide to Colorado ski resorts is offered free by the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. Color photos. Details on more than 800 hotels/attractions throughout the state. Skiers will find travel maps and information on specialty lodges/restaurants. Also addresses, telephone numbers of resort associations. Covers Aspen, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Keystone, Purgatory, Snowmass, Steamboat Springs, Telluride, Vail, Winter Park. Write to the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Department S, 225 W. Colfax, Denver, Colo. 80202.
San Diego's Sheraton Harbor Island East Hotel has put together a family package with tickets to Sea World and the San Diego Zoo. Comes to $99 a night for up to four persons (value of the tickets alone is $84). A two-night minimum is requested. Additional nights figure out to $70. Offer is good Nov. 15 through Jan. 10. Tax is extra. The hotel features two swimming pools, a Nautilus health club, tennis, etc. Call toll-free (800) 325-3535. Ask for the Zoo/Sea World Christmas package. (Reservations required.)
England--Bob Bevacqua, Newport Beach: Recommends Northlands Farmhouse, Ketches Lane, Sheffield Park, East Sussex, TN22 3RX, phone (0825) 790958. "Charming 16th-Century farmhouse just 25 minutes from Gatwick Airport. Centrally heated, oak beams and Inglenook fireplaces. Hosts Mr. and Mrs. Tony Frank extremely helpful. Rates from 10 per person per night with hearty English breakfast."
England--Victoria Mee, Newport Beach: "Haydon House Hotel, Haydon St., Basford, Stoke-on-Trent. Charming and restful stop, gracious dining room, bar and afternoon sun room for tea. Lace curtains, porcelain soap dishes. $36 to $49 double, with flats and suites available from $82."
England--R. V. Ory, Studio City: "B&B well located at Hamstead Heath. Quiet, near tube and buses to central London. Charming family restaurants and shops around corner. Contact A. vanderMeer, 2 Kemplay Road, London NW3 ISY, London, England, phone 435-8679."
England--Joe Wenkanos, Ventura: "Elegant English B&B with panoramic view of city of Bath. Full hearty breakfast. Rates 25 to 32 for double room. Esholt House, Mount Road, Landsdown, Bath BA1 5PW, phone (0225) 312553."