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Summer Sale from AirTran

AirTran's Summer Sale is valid for domestic travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from July 10 through Nov. 14. International travel is valid from Aug. 21 through Oct. 4.

All bookings must be made by 11:59pm PT, June 25.

Travel to/from Allentown, PA, White Plains, NY, Lexington, KY, Harrisburg, PA and Sarasota, FL not available after August 12. International Blackout Dates Apply: This sale is not valid to/from Cancun, Mexico or Montego Bay, Jamaica, Aug. 21 through Sept. 2.

Round-trip fares include:

7-Day Sale from Southwest

The latest sale from Southwest (tel. 800/435-9792; www.southwest.com) is valid for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from July 9 through Nov. 14. Sale fares may not be available on all flights, such as those that operate during peak travel periods. Sale fares not available to/from Washington-Dulles.

All bookings must be made by 11:59pm PT, June 25.

Round-trip fares include:

Early Bird Sale from Lufthansa

We're crossing our fingers for lower fall fares, but in the meantime, the Early Bird Sale from Lufthansa (tel. 800/645-3880; www.lufthansa.com) is the best on offer for these routes. Fares are valid for departures from Aug. 26 through Dec. 12. All travel must be complete by Jan. 12.

Tickets must be booked by July 11. A 14-day advance purchase and Saturday night stay are required. Tack on a $70 charge for weekend travel.

Other carriers are matching for some routes. Round-trip fares include:

US & Canada Sale from America

American Airlines' (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) is offering lowered fares for late summer/early fall travel within the US and Canada. Flights are valid for daily travel, from Aug. 13 through Nov. 14.

Tickets require a Saturday-night stay, with an allowed max of 30 days. No blackout dates!

Book by June 25. Round-trip fares include:

Worldwide Fall Sale from American Airlines

The Worldwide Fall Sale from American Airlines' (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) is valid for travel Mondays through Thursdays, August 15 through November 15. Travel to Europe is valid from August 26. For travel to the UK, fly Mondays through Wednesdays. All travel must be complete by Nov. 15.

A Saturday-night minimum stay is required for Europe, and a 3-day minimum stay is required for all other destinations. A 30-day maximum stay is allowed.

Be sure and grab your ticket by 11:59pm CT, June 25. Round-trip fares include:

From the Mailbag: Compensation for Mechanical Failures?

Q: What is the Department of Transportation policy governing airline delays due to mechanical failure? We were stuck at the New Orleans airport for more than 10 hours when our plane had an engine problem and would like compensation.

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.