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Sun Country's Summer-Vacation-Was-Not-Enough Sale

Sun Country's (tel. 800/752-1218; www.suncountry.com) Summer Vacation Was Not Enough sale is good for travel to/from both Minneapolis and Lansing, through Dec. 14. Fares are valid for travel into or out of Dallas, Harlingen, Orlando, Ft. Myers, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, San Francisco, or San Diego. Tickets require a 7-day advance purchase.

Check www.suncountry.com for schedules as service may vary.

Blackout dates are Oct. 18-20, 23-24; Nov. 18-28. All tickets must be booked by 11:59pm CT, Aug. 23.

Round-trip fares include:

Hawaii Sale from Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines' (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) Hawaii Sale is good for travel between Sept. 12 and Dec. 13. All tickets must be purchased by Aug. 22.

Sale fares available for travel Monday through Thursday. Fares are available daily on flights between Oakland and Kona or Lihue, as well as San Jose and Kona or Lihue. No advance purchase is required.

Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days.

Round-trip fares include:

For a complete listing, visit our fare page for Honolulu.

Fall Biz-Class Sale from OpenSkies

Get a jump on fall travel to Paris with OpenSkies (tel. 866/581-3596; www.flyopenskies.com). The all-biz-class carrier is offering seats for $1,630 round-trip, departing from Newark, and $1,430 from Washington, D.C.

Travel is valid from Sept. 6 through Dec. 11.

All bookings must be made by Aug. 28.

Also from OpenSkies: book your business class seat along with first-class rail connection to Bordeaux, Le Mans, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Metz/Nancy, Nantes, Poitiers, Reims, Rennes, Strasbourg, Tours, and Valence. Fares range from $1,076 to $1,111 for Biz Seats from New York, and $1,094 to $1,198 from D.C. Flight-rail itineraries include private shuttle service from Orly to Massy TGV Station.

For more info, visit www.flyopenskies.com.

Frontier's New Service from Kansas City to Houston & Las Vegas

Starting Nov. 1, look for Frontier's (tel. 800/432-1359; www.frontierairlines.com) new service between Kansas City and both Houston and Las Vegas.

Special intro fares between KC and Houston start at $59 each way, available for travel from Nov. 1 through Feb. 15. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm ET, Aug. 29. Avoid blackout dates on Nov. 23, 26, 27, Dec. 23, 26, and Jan. 2.

Intro fares between KC and Vegas start at $89 each way, also for travel from Nov. 1 through Feb. 15. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm ET, Aug. 29. Same blackout dates apply.

Round-trip fares include:

Buy a Mile on US Airways, Get Another Mile Free

Usually, we're not so big on buying miles. But what if your airline gives you a 100% bonus?

That's what's happening on US Airways. Through Sept. 15, buy 50,000 miles for $1,375 and you get an additional 50,000. You only need 90,000 miles to fly to Asia round-trip from the U.S. in business class, for example, on airlines in the US Airways-affiliated Star Alliance. Needless to say, you'll also have to pay taxes on the "free" ticket, which could set you back another $100-$500 or so, depending on your destination. And you might have trouble finding the exact dates you prefer, since free seats are capacity controlled. But you still come out on top, saving quite a bit on travel in business class.

Note that your Dividend Miles account must be at least 12 days old to qualify. The offer also extends to gifting miles.

From the Mailbag: Mechanical Issue or Not Enough Passengers?

Q: I was booked on flight from Dallas to Birmingham, Alabama, and it was canceled. When I asked a counter agent why, they said it was because there were not enough passengers for the flight. We were rebooked on next flight, six hours later. When I contacted the airline's customer relations department, they stated that the flight was canceled due to mechanical problems, and they gave me an eVoucher for $200. I also asked for an earlier return flight, and had them waive the change fee of $150. My question: could an airline cancel a flight just because there aren't enough passengers, and do you think the customer relations people were loathe to admit it and changed the cause to mechanical problems?

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.

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