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August Fares to Barcelona & Madrid

We wouldn't call it cheap, but the current Spain sale from American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) is the least expensive on offer for late summer travel to Barcelona and Madrid. Travel is valid from Aug. 1 through Aug. 23. Return by Feb. 19.

All tickets must be purchased by June 6. Other carriers are matching on some routes. Round-trip fares include:

For a complete list, visit our fare pages for Barcelona and Madrid.

Flight Deals from Alaska Airlines

Here's the latest batch of weekly Flight Deals from Alaska Airlines' (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com). 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:

From Frontier: New Nonstop Service to Colorado Springs

Frontier (tel. 800/432-1359; www.frontierairlines.com) is boosting service to Colorado Springs with nonstop flights from both San Diego and Orlando. Look for flights to/from San Diego to begin Sept. 18, with Orlando starting Nov. 15.

Intro fares are available for travel through Jan. 5. Avoid blackout dates: Nov. 20 and 24 and Dec. 20, 22, 27 and 29. A 14-day advance purchase is required.

Tickets must be booked by 11:59pm ET, June 8.

For a complete list, see our fare page for Colorado Springs.

Best Offers from Icelandair

If you're put off by the cost of summer travel, plan a vacation for fall/winter with Icelandair's (tel. 800/223-5500; www.icelandair.com) current Best Offers.

Travel dates will vary by departure city. From Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., and Seattle, travel from Nov. 8 through Dec. 13. From Minneapolis, travel from Oct. 1 through Oct. 13. Fares require a Saturday night minimum stay, with a maximum stay of 30 days from arrival. Valid for travel any day of the week.

Round-trip fares include:

From the Mailbag: Summer Fares to Germany

Q: I am stationed in Germany and my family is in Virginia. They (4 adults) make two trips a year to visit me (summer and winter) but the airfare is a killer. They can fly from Norfolk, Richmond, Newport News, D.C., or Raleigh. Many options for destination airport: Frankfurt, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, or even Paris.

Summer travel dates are very flexible -- mid-July to late August. Any help for an old soldier trying to keep the team together?

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.