Fall Fares to Europe from Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus (tel. 800/223-6537; is offering discounted fall fares to Europe from New York, Boston, and Chicago. Fares are valid for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday travel, from Sept. 5 through Dec. 16. Add an additional $15 to each leg for travel on Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday. You'll find their lowest fares available later in the season, with the highest of the sale fares for travel in early September.

All tickets must be purchased by 7pm ET, August 12. Round-trip fares include:

Florida & Gulf Coast Sale from American Airlines

Save on flights to/from Florida and the Gulf with the current sale from American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; Travel to Florida is valid on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, from Sept. 7 through Nov. 15. Travel from Florida is valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

Round-trip fares require a Saturday night minimum stay. All tickets must be booked 14 days prior to departure. All purchases must be made by 11:59pm CT, Aug. 13.

Hawaii Sale from Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines' (tel. 800/426-0333; Hawaii Sale is good for travel from Aug. 23 through Nov. 10, with fares starting at $149 one-way. All tickets must be purchased by Aug. 15.

Round-trip fares include:

Travel between Maui and Portland is valid from Aug. 2, 2010, to Nov. 10, 2010. Travel between Honolulu and Portland is valid from Sept. 20, 2010, to Nov. 10, 2010. Travel between Maui and San Diego is valid from Oct. 1, 2010, to Nov. 10, 2010. Service between Oakland/Kona and San Jose/Maui operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Service between Oakland/Maui and San Jose/Kona operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Service between Anchorage and all Hawaii cities operates on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Service between Portland/Honolulu begins Sept. 20, 2010. Service between San Diego/Maui begins Oct. 1, 2010. Sale fares between Vancouver and Honolulu or Maui must travel via Portland. Sale fares between Maui and Oakland, San Jose, San Diego, or Sacramento must use nonstop flights. Sale fares between Kona and Oakland or San Jose must use nonstop flights. Sale fares between Portland and Maui or Honolulu must use nonstop flights.

New Carry-On Fees for Spirit Airlines

If you're the sort of flyer who avoids checked baggage fees by stuffing a carry-on to capacity, you may want to rethink your packing strategy. At least if you're flying Spirit Airlines (tel. 800/772-7117;, that is. As of this week, the budget carrier began charging a fee for carry-on baggage. Passengers are allowed one free personal item/bag which must fit underneath a seat (16" x 14" x 12"). Items such as umbrellas, cameras, infant diaper bags, assistive devices, outer garments, car seat/strollers, reading material, and snacks do not count towards the carry-on baggage allowance. Any carry-on baggage beyond this must be stored in the overhead bin (22" x 18" x 10"), one item per purchased seat, with fees ranging from:

  • $20 for $9 Fare Club members (online check-in)
  • $30 for online or phone check-in for non-members
  • $45 for check-in at gate

Now it's entirely possible to shell out more for the transport of your carry-on than for the actual seat. But before you go clutching your pearls in outrage, try and see the silver lining here. With fewer folks dilly dallying in the aisles as they struggle with bags in the overhead, boarding and take off should be a tad quicker. Or that's the idea, anyhow.

Will other carriers soon follow? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, you can review Spirit's new baggage policy here.

Luggage Shipping: Hands-Free, Fee-Free Travels

Speaking of: With the introduction of yet another fee for baggage, we can't help but once again consider shipping baggage ahead as a way to save not only money but also time at the airport. How about you? Have you ever shipped your luggage in advance using UPS, FedEx, or the postal service? If so, would you do it again? We'd love to hear about your shipping experience on our latest poll. And be sure to stop by our Facebook page.

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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