Amtrak has arranged new benefits for its passengers to Atlantic City, N.J. round-trip transfers from the rail station in Atlantic City and reduced room-rate packages. Information: (800) USA-RAIL.

Travel Warnings:The State Department recently issued a warning on travel to India advising that "because of continuing tensions and disturbances" Americans should "exercise extreme caution" in northern and eastern India, including New Delhi and environs, Punjab and the India-Pakistan border. It advised deferring travel to Kashmir and Rajasthan.

Visitors should note that curfews have been imposed in Agra (site of the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur (the "Pink City"). And Americans are advised not to take flights to or from Srinagar "because of the possibility of terrorist acts."

Free Flight:

A number of airlines have announced domestic winter travel discounts in which a companion flies free with the purchase of one discount fare. Continental introduced the fare, and other airlines American, Delta, Northwest and TWA have been advertising matched fares.

To qualify, reserve (and pay) by Friday for travel no later than Feb. 28. But note that fares are not at summer's lows. A typical "discount" fare to San Francisco was quoted at $495; Denver was $424.