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Soldiers can fly cheap

One of the benefits of serving in the military is great travel opportunities _ and not just to distant battlefields.

Active military members and some U.S. Defense Department employees are eligible for dirt-cheap flights and accommodations on a space-available basis, so-called Space-A travel.

The 11th edition of the Worldwide Space-A Travel Handbook lists flight, lodging and dining information for military facilities worldwide. Maps and extensive appendix will help any soldier hit the road.

The handbook costs $25, plus $3 shipping, and includes six bimonthly newsletters with updated information.

To order, call (888) 277-2232; see the Web site at http://; or send a check for $28 to: 2-10-4 Publications, P.O. Box 55, Hurst, TX 76053-0055.

Ski and stay

The Berkshires' CataMount Ski Area (breaching Hillsdale, N.Y., and Egremont, Mass.) now offers ski-and-stay packages. At Swiss Hutte, a few hundred yards from the slopes, rates start at $255 per couple daily Sunday-Thursday, $300 daily Friday-Saturday including lodging, dinner, breakfast, service charges, gratuities and lift tickets for two. Call CataMount at (518) 325-3200 or (413) 528-1262.