Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Some Surprising Preferences of the Rich and Famous Travelers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Some Surprising Preferences of the Rich and Famous Travelers

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THE TRAVEL preferences of Americans with lots of bucks aren't always what you might think. American Express surveyed 3,000 of its Platinum Card holders across the country (their average personal income is $130,000) and found the following:

When flying for personal travel, 51 percent chose coach over first class (23 percent) and business class (19 percent).

Of international destinations visited for the first time last year, more of those surveyed visited Canada than any other country. Mexico was second, followed by Italy, France and China.

Of international destinations they plan to visit within a year, however, England ranked first. Next came France. New York topped domestic destinations, followed by Florida.

Members cited room size and decor as the most important feature in choosing a hotel room (25 percent), winning easily over room rates (17 percent).

In renting a car, 26 percent chose express rental programs as the most important feature, followed by make and model (20 percent). Here's good news for them: Budget Rent A Car has begun to offer Jaguars.

Speaking of Big Bucks: The annual "Around the World" tour by supersonic Concorde will take place Oct. 5-28, with visits to Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Kenya and France. The cost: $48,800 per person. If you've been saving your pennies and want more information, call Intrav at (800) 825-2900. Camp Notes:

Modern or rustic? It's your choice in Pennsylvania. Of the 114 state parks, 28 are equipped with cabins for year-round rental. Find cathedral ceilings, carpeting, electric heat in the modern ones that rent for $225 to $300 per week (the two-bedroom sleeps six, three-bedroom sleeps eight). For a fireplace or wood stove - and outdoor plumbing - try the rustic cabins for $75 to $200 per week (two to eight persons). Activities and attractions will vary with each park. For reservations or information, call (800) 63-PARKS.

Wagon-train, not by horse, but by RV. A 14-night motor home vacation provides a 32-foot class-A motor home that you drive while traveling with a group on a fully escorted tour. …

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