Europe Sale from Air France

Air France (tel. 800/237-2747; is offering discounted fares to Europe for winter/spring travel. Fares are valid for outbound departures through April 1.

Trips require a minimum Sunday night stay, with an allowed maximum of 30 days. All fares must be purchased by 11:59pm ET, Feb. 9.

For weekend travel, tack on an additional $20-$30 surcharge.

Round-trip fares include:

New Zealand on Sale

Still on offer from Air New Zealand's (tel. 800/262-1234; , their Fantastic New Zealand sale is valid for travel 7 days a week, from May 1 through June 8, and again from July 24 through Sept. 19.

Tickets must be purchased by Jan. 31.

Round-trip fares include:

Last Call: Air Canada's 25% Off Promo Code

Take 25% off your next Air Canada's (tel. 888/247-2262; flight from Toronto, with their latest promo code deal. Just enter promo code YTZPROMO23JAN12 at time of purchase. Offer is valid for travel through June 15 only on Tango fares. Book by midnight, Jan. 27.

This sale is valid for travel from Toronto to Montreal, Bagotville, Frederiction, Halifax, Saint John, Wabush, Baie Comeau, Bathurst, Gander, Moncton, St. Johns, Iles De La Madeleine, Charlottetown, Gaspe, Quebec, Sydney, Mont Joli, Sept-Iles, Deer Lake, Goose Bay, Rouyn-Noranda, and Val D'Or.

Round-trip fares include:

For a complete list of fares, visit our Toronto page.

Taxes in Airfare Ads

If you're an airline, January 26, 2012, is a day that will go down in infamy. That's the day that airlines will no longer be able to e-mail you with a subject line reading "Europe sale from $169!" or place an ad in your local newspaper with a headline like "Worldwide sale from $59!" Thanks to new U.S. D.O.T. rules, airlines will now have to include "all mandatory taxes and fees in the advertised fare." So what does this mean to consumers?

Instead of that $169 "come on" price that's really just the one-way fare before taxes, government fees, and fuel surcharges kick in on a ticket that actually requires a round- trip purchase, you'll now see a price more like $900 -- the full round-trip fare including taxes, fuel surcharges, and government fees. (Theoretically, if a fare can be purchased just one-way you'll see the one-way price including those extras.) And to make things even more interesting, you may see a range of tax-included fares on the same route, although how this will work is still up in the air. For instance, a nonstop flight from New York to LA will have a different tax than one connecting in Dallas or one stopping in Salt Lake City. That's because every time a plane lands and takes off, airports add their own fees, which vary from airport to airport. You'll find more on the wild world of airfare tax transparency here.

From the Mailbag: Reservation Issues at Virgin America

Q: I believe Virgin America is on a slippery slope right now. Since switching their reservations system, service has been awful. It has been some time now since the switch and yet the problems are apparently not resolving. My personal experience: It took me three tries to book a one-way reward flight, including intervention by customer service when the website hung up at "pending." I had to abandon the first call I made about 20 minutes into waiting, the second attempt was met with an automated "we're sorry but we can't accept your call because we're so busy; please try later," and the third reached a person after roughly 30 minutes. What's going on here?

A: Read on.

Additional reporting by Tracy W. Stewart

George Hobica is a syndicated travel journalist and blogger whose website,, tracks unadvertised airfare wars and fare sales, including the most helpful and always updated Top 50 Airfares.