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Senior-citizen annual fare on the way from an airline

Eastern Airlines has announced a special annual fare for senior citizens designed to help the company compete with the cut-rate fares of airlines started under deregulation.

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The plan will enable those 65 and older to fly anywhere on Eastern's route system in the continental United States and Puerto Rico for an annual charge - set now at $999, but scheduled to jump to $1,199 Jan. 1.

The fare comes with a list of restrictions, including travel to the same destination only three times during the year; travel limited between noon Monday and noon Thursday; minimum stays; and restricted travel during holiday periods.