American's New Service to Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario

From American Airlines' (tel. 800/433-7300; and American Eagle, look for new service to/from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. Flights begin June 14, with special intro fares available for daily travel through Aug. 31.

Seats are limited and may not be available on all dates/on all flights. Tickets must be purchased at least 14 days prior to departure, or within 1 day of making reservations, whichever comes first, but no later than 11:59pm CT, June 22.

Round-trip fares include:

Unadvertised China Eastern Sale

We're seeing some guh-reat unadvertised sales to China and other destinations in Asia, departing from New York, Los Angeles, and Vancouver on China Eastern Airlines (tel. 800/200-5118; Travel dates are for fall, and vary by route, so be sure to check our fare details below for more info.

Round-trip fares include:

For a complete listing, visit our fare pages for New York, Los Angeles, and Vancouver.

Flight Deals from Alaska Airlines

If your travel plans for spring/summer call for flights around the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, Alaska, and Hawaii, you'll find good deals among Alaska Airlines' (tel. 800/426-0333; weekly Flight Deals. Travel dates vary by route, so check our fare details for more info. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. Some markets may not operate daily service.

Round-trip fares include:

Peak Summer Fares to Spain

If you have your heart set on a summer trip to Spain, American Airlines' (tel. 800/433-7300; has a sale to both Barcelona and Spain, with other airlines matching. Fares may seem a tad on the high side, but keep in mind we're talking peak summer travel. Fares are valid for travel Sunday through Thursday, between May 22 and Aug. 23. All travel must be completed by Feb. 19.

Tickets require a Saturday-night minimum stay, and must be booked 14 days prior to departure. Sale ends 11:59pm CT, May 14.

Round-trip fares include:

For a complete list of current deals for both spring and summer travel, visit our fare pages for Barcelona and Madrid.

From the Mailbag: Seats Blocked Out Online, Available by Phone?

Q: Do airlines block out a large section of seats to make it appear there are fewer seats remaining? When Alaska Airlines cancelled the final leg of our trip, we reviewed the airline website for flights returning a day before and after our original return date. None of the alternate flights offered adjoining seats. Yet, when we called Alaska, they immediately assigned us two seats together in a section that appeared to be completely filled on their website. How likely is it that we will be reassigned seats?

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.