Fall Fare Sale from AirTran

AirTran's (tel. 800/AIR-TRAN; latest sale is valid for travel on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, through Dec. 15. Avoid blackout dates around the Thanksgiving holiday, November 23, 24, 27, 28, and 29. Fares require a 10-day advance purchase and all tickets must be booked by 11:59pm ET, Aug. 24.

Round-trip fares include:

Labor Day Sale to/from Minneapolis

Save on Labor Day weekend trips to/from Minneapolis with the current sale from Sun Country (tel. 800/752-1218; Fares start at $79 one-way, for travel to/from Minneapolis on September 4 or 5 only. Given the time restrictions, you may find this sale to be more useful for one-way trips, though a quickie round-trip may suit some folks just fine.

All fares must be booked by 11:59pm CT, August 13. Round-trip fares include:

20% Off Porter Airlines to/from Canada

Save 20% on your next trip with Porter Airlines (tel. 888/619-8622; Just enter promo code PICK20 at time of purchase. Offer is for online bookings, for travel through December 15.

All purchases must be made by Monday, Aug. 16. Round-trip fares include:

Delta Sale to/from Atlanta

Save on travel to/from Atlanta, with the current sale from Delta Airlines (tel. 800/221-1212; This offer is good for travel through Dec. 15, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Avoid blackout dates around the Thanksgiving holidays, on Nov. 23, 24, 27, 28, and 29. Fares require a 10-day advance purchase, as well as a Saturday-night stay.

All tickets must be purchased by Aug. 24. Round-trip fares include:

2-for-1 deal to South Africa

If you've ever wanted to visit South Africa, now may be a good time. South African Airways (tel. 800/722-9675; and American Express have put together a twofer offer that works out to $1,990 round-trip, including tax, per couple.

Not surprisingly, you've got to pay with an Amex card. Travel period is Sept. 13, 2010-March 31 2011, and you'll fly from either Washington IAD or New York JFK in economy class. Book by Sept. 8, 2010.

Are You an Annoying Passenger?

Let's see... when last we saw an evacuation chute make the news, it was being put to use in the icy winter waters of the Hudson. Remember that? And here we are again, another dramatic exit by emergency chute. Only this time, minus the emergency. Just a flight attendant, holding a beer, going down a slide.

So why is America so quick to call Steven Slater a hero? Though he didn't save anyone, his dramatic stand against bad manners obviously resonates with people. While most folks will agree that, yes, he overreacted here, there seems to be little doubt among the online community that the passenger that drove Mr. Slater over the edge is just as much -- if not more -- out of line in her behavior.

And why is this reassuring? Because this outpouring of support seems to indicate that most people can spot annoying behaviors when they see them. If only we could say the same for everyone we've encountered during our travels, not only on the plane but in the airport as well. Are you an annoying traveler? Nobody is perfect, but here are a few guidelines to help keep your behavior in check.

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.

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