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Caribbean Sale from American Airlines

American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) is offering discounted fares to the Caribbean. Sale fares are valid for daily through Feb. 14. All tickets must be booked by 11:59pm CT, Sept. 13.

Tickets require a Saturday night minimum stay. Avoid blackout dates around the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's holidays.

Round-trip fares include:

U.S. Flight Deals from American Airlines

Also new from American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com), their U.S. Flight Deals are good for travel through March 17. Fares are valid on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Tickets require a 7-day advance purchase, and must be booked by 11:59pm CT, Sept. 11.

Avoid the following blackout dates: Nov. 16-17, 20-21, 24-26, Dec. 19-24, 26-30, Jan. 2, 5-7, and Feb. 14-15. Other airlines (Delta, United) may be matching along some routes.

Round-trip fares include:

Frontier's Go See Do Sale

From Frontier (tel. 800/432-1359; www.flyfrontier.com), their Go-See-Do sale is valid for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, through March 17.

Tickets require a 7-day advance purchase. Blackout dates of Nov. 20, 21 and 24-26, Dec. 20 through Jan. 7 and Feb. 14, 15 and 18 apply. Some markets do not offer daily connections. Due to schedule changes, markets may not connect throughout the valid travel period.

Tickets must be booked by 11:59pm ET, Sept. 11. Other carriers (Delta, United) may be matching along some routes.

Round-trip fares include:

From the Mailbag: Seat Saving v. Early Boarding

Q: I recently paid $10 each for my wife and me to do the early boarding on Southwest. However, when we tried to take two seats together, another passenger was apparently holding 5 seats for his friends (guess he didn't think the other friends should have to pay the $10 fee). What should I have done to avoid causing an uproar that would have gotten us kicked off the plane (assuming I was willing to endure the glares and comments of him and his friends during the flight)?

A: Find out.

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.

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