Peak Valentine's Sale from Delta

Here's a nice little Valentine's sale from Delta (tel. 800/221-1212;, good for travel Feb. 10-15, valid any day of the week. Yes, some routes may seem a tad high at first glance, but we usually see carriers jack up their fares over Valentine's Day. So if you're looking to surprise your out-of-town honey (or meet a new one) this Feb. 14, these are the lowest fares on offer along these routes. Fares require a Saturday night stay, as well as a 10-day advance purchase.

All purchases must be made by February 1. Round-trip fares include:

The Big Game Sale from AirTran

AirTran's (tel. 800/AIR-TRAN; latest sale is valid through May 24, with the exception of destinations in Florida, which are valid for travel through March 16. You'll find the lowest fares available for travel on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. For trips to the Caribbean, Bermuda and Mexico, travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Avoid blackout dates: Feb. 18-19, 21; April 21-25 and 30; May 1, 2011 for domestic travel, and Feb. 19 and 20; March 12, 13, 18-20 and 26; April 2 and 23, for Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. Tickets require a 10-day advance purchase and must be booked by 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 8, 2011.

Round-trip fares include:

Domestic Sale from American Airlines

American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; is matching the above AirTran sale, with deals on travel throughout the US. Travel is valid Monday-Thursday, through May 24. Avoid blackout dates on Feb. 21, March 14, April 21, and 25. Fares may require a minimum Saturday-night stay, as well as a 10-day advance purchase.

Sale expires 11:59pm CT, Feb. 8. Round-trip fares include:

Florida Sale from American Airlines

Reached your fill of winter weather? Double layers, numb noses, street slush -- blech! For those in need of a mid-winter thaw, there's always Florida! And it just so happens that American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; has discounted select destinations in Florida for travel through March 16.

This offer is valid for travel Monday through Thursday. Tickets require a 10-day advance purchase, as well as a minimum Saturday-night stay. Blackout dates are Feb. 21 and March 14.

All purchases must be made by 11:59pm CT, Feb. 8.

Going Once, Going Twice: Mexico on Sale

Save on travel to Mexico with the current sale from American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; Fares are valid for travel Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, through April 13. A minimum stay of two nights is required, with an allowed maximum stay of one year.

Round-trip fares require a 14-day advance purchase. All tickets must be booked by 11:59pm CT, Jan. 28.

From the Mailbag: Early Boarding Without Paying for It?

Q: Can you tell us how the group numbers for boarding are assigned? We purchased tickets several months in advance and do an online check-in as soon as allowed, and we still get put in the last boarding group. Is there any way around this without having to pay for the privilege of boarding early?

A: Find out here.

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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