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Atlanta Intro Fares from Southwest Airlines

Beginning February 12, look for new service to/from Atlanta on Southwest Airlines (tel. 800/435-9792; www.southwest.com). Special intro fares are available for travel from February 12 through March 9.

All tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm PT, September 5. Seats are limited. Fares may vary by destinations, flight, and day of week and won't be available on some flights that operate during peek travel periods.

Fares are reversible and include:

Alaska Airlines' Fall Fare Sale

From Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com), their Fall Fare sale features fares as low as $59 one-way, before taxes. Travel is valid on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, from September 7 through December 14. Travel to/from the state of Alaska is valid from September 27 through December 8.

Tickets must be purchased at least 14 days prior to departure. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. Some markets may not operate daily service. All purchases must be made by August 29.

Fares include:
Last Chance: Fall Biz-Class Sale from OpenSkies

The fall sale from OpenSkies (tel. 866/581-3596; www.flyopenskies.com) is set to expire August 28. Currently, the all-biz-class carrier is offering seats for $1,630 round-trip, departing from Newark, and $1,430 from Washington, DC.

Travel is valid from September 6 through December 11. All bookings must be made by August 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 DC. Flight-rail itineraries include private shuttle service from Orly to Massy TGV Station.

For more info, visit www.flyopenskies.com.

From Cathay Pacific, Chicago-Hong Kong Intro Deal

Starting September 1, Cathay Pacific's (tel. 800/233-2742; www.cathaypacific.com) will fly daily nonstop service from Chicago O'Hare to Hong Kong.

From O'Hare, flight CX807 departs at 3:25pm, arriving next day in Hong Kong at 8:00pm. From Hong Kong, flight CX806 departs at 11:45am, arriving in Chicago at 1:45pm.

Intro fares are available for travel from September 1 through November 30, including Chicago to Hong Kong $1,023 round-trip, incl. all taxes.

US Airways' Bonus Buy for Miles

Available through September 15, US Airways (tel. 800/428-4322; www.usairways.com) is offering a bonus of up to 100% on miles purchased. 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 US 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 Mail Bag: Pack Light, Pay Less

Q. I can't get over all the fees on Spirit Airlines. These taxes and fees are already half of my fare. They even charge you for a carryon! How can a checked bag cost less then a carryon? Is there any way to get around paying for carry ons? And what exactly constitutes a "passenger facility fee?"

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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