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Spring Sale from Air France

Air France (tel. 800/237-2747; www.airfrance.com) is offering discounted fares to Europe for spring. Sale fares are valid for outbound travel April 2 through May 17.

Tickets require a 7-day advance purchase and must be booked by April 9.

Tack on an additional $20-$30 for weekend travel. A minimum Saturday night stay is required and a maximum one-month stay is permitted.

Round-trip fares include:

American Sale to Europe for Spring/Fall

Another sale to Europe, this time from American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) and OneWorld partners, British Airways, and Iberia. Departures are valid Monday through Thursday, from April 3 through May 21, and again from Aug. 24 through Oct. 27. All travel must be completed by Oct. 31.

Tickets require a 7-day advance purchase and a Saturday night minimum stay. All tickets must be booked by April 10.

Round-trip fares include:

Mexico Sale from Alaska Airlines

Save on spring/summer flights to Mexico with the current sale from Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) Travel dates will vary by destination.

No advance purchase required. All tickets must be booked by April 5.

Travel between San Diego and Puerto Vallarta is valid Fridays through Sundays. All other travel to or from Los Cabos or Puerto Vallarta is valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from April 16 through June 14. Travel to or from Mazatlan is valid daily from April 16, through April 29, and then Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from April 30, through May 13, and then Mondays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from May 14, through June 28. Travel to or from Ixtapa is daily from April 16, through April 29, and then Tuesdays and Fridays from April 30, through June 28. Travel to or from Manzanillo is valid on Saturdays from April 16, through June 28, and then Wednesdays on April 18 and April 25.

Round-trip fares include:

For a complete listing of current deals, visit our fare pages for Ixtapa, Mazatlan, Los Cabos, and Manzanillo.

American Sale to Central America & Panama

American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) is offering discounted fares to Central America and Panama, valid for travel Monday through Thursday, departing between April 15 and May 26. All travel must be complete by May 31.

All tickets must be booked by 11:59pm CT, April 2. Tickets require a Saturday night stay, with an allowed maximum stay of 90 days.

Round-trip fares include:

For a complete list of current deals, visit our fare pages for Belize City, Guatemala City, Panama City, Tegucigalpa, and San Salvador.

From the Mailbag: Gone Today, Here Tomorrow … or Something Like That

Q: Do airlines decrease and increase the number of seats available at advertised sale prices? I ask because last week I saw a sale advertised on an airline website and went to find seats for my dates of travel but was unsuccessful. However, the next day my cousin, who was making the same trip to attend a wedding, found seats at the sale fare on the exact same flights I searched the day before.

A: Read on.

Additional reporting by Tracy W. Stewart

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