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Europe Sale from American, British Airways & Iberia

Start planning your next European getaway with the current sale from American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) and partner carriers, British Airways and Iberia. Travel between the U.S. and Europe is valid Mondays through Thursdays, and between the U.S. and U.K. on Mondays through Wednesdays, from Aug. 26 through March 31. You'll find the lowest fares available for travel during fall and winter.

Prices are not valid for travel Dec. 24 through Jan. 4.

A Saturday-night minimum stay is required, with an allowed maximum stay of 180 days.

Tickets must be booked by July 25.

Round-trip fares include:

New Nonstop Service to Brisbane from Hawaiian Airlines

Starting Nov. 27, Hawaiian Airlines (tel. 800/367-5320; www.hawaiianair.com) will become the only U.S. carrier to offer nonstop service between Honolulu and Brisbane, Australia. Flights will operate 3 times a week, departing Honolulu on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and from Brisbane on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

Special intro fares are available for travel from Nov. 27 through Dec. 31. Tickets must be booked by July 16.

Round-trip fares include:

Major Sale to the Caribbean & Latin America from Delta

You'll find lots of great low fares to the Caribbean and Latin America included in the current sale from Delta Air Lines (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta.com). Fares are valid for fall travel, from Sept. 12 through Nov. 14.

Tickets require a 21-day advance purchase, as well as a Saturday-night minimum stay. No blackout dates! Purchase by July 16. Other airlines may be matching along some routes.

Round-trip fares include:

Summer/Fall Sale from American Airlines

From American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com), save on summer/fall flights. This offer is valid Mondays through Saturdays, from Aug. 21 through Oct. 4.

Blackout dates are Aug. 31, 2012; Sept. 3, 16, 23, 30.

All tickets must be booked 11:59pm, CT, July 20.

Round-trip fares include:

Air Berlin's New Nonstop Service from Chicago

Hot on the heels of their recent expansion in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Air Berlin (tel. 866/266-5588; www.airberlin.com) will soon begin new nonstop service between Chicago O'Hare and Berlin. Flights will operate three times a week, from March 23 through April 31, and later jump to five times a week, on May 1, just in time for summer.

We checked fares travel in both early April and mid-May and turned up round-trips for $1,069 including all taxes. Stay tuned for further intro specials as spring approaches.

From the Mailbag: Sunny Stats for Airlines

Q: The Transportation Department recently released their on-time arrival data, and airlines have been boasting in the last several months about being on time more often and not losing as much baggage. But arenÂ?t they just benefiting from the lack of major snowstorms and thunderstorms? ArenÂ?t they also padding their schedules?

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.