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AirTran Sale for Summer/Fall Travel

AirTran's (tel. 800/AIR-TRAN; www.airtran.com) weekly sale is valid for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, through November 17. Avoid blackout dates on July 24, 25, 31, and August 1, 7, and 8. Fares require a 10-day advance purchase and all tickets must be booked by 11:59pm ET, July 27.

We're especially into their Key West sale fares, by the way!

Fares include:


Maui Sale from Hawaiian Airlines

Save on nonstop travel to Maui with Hawaiian Airlines (tel. 800/367-5320; www.hawaiianair.com). Fares start at just $308 round-trip, before taxes. Travel dates vary by route. For Seattle and Portland departures, travel through November 18. For Oakland, travel through September 6. For San Diego departures, travel through August 24.

Fares must be booked by July 16, and include:
From Delta: Systemwide Sale on Fall Travel

The new fall travel sale from Delta Airlines (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta.com) features both domestic and international fares, ranging from $88 to $1,218 round-trip. Sale is valid for travel from August 17 through November 17, with the exception of Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, and Sydney, which are valid from September 1 through November 17. Fares require a 21-day advance purchase, as well as a Saturday night stay.

Blackout dates will vary by route:

To Rome: September 13-28, 2010. To Madrid: August 30-September 4, 2010. To Milan-Malpensa: August 27-September 2, 2010. From Salt Lake to Paris-DeGaulle: August 25-30, 2010. From Miami to Paris-DeGaulle: August 18-September 2, 2010, September 6-12, 2010 and October 21-25, 2010. From Paris-DeGaulle to Miami: October 6-11, 2010 and October 14-18, 2010. From Rome: September 22-October 6, 2010. To Seoul: November 1-17, 2010. To Shanghai: September 1-5, 2010. To Beijing: September 1-10, 2010. To Sydney: September 14-21. From Bermuda: October 18-24, 2010. From Hong Kong: September 1-8, 2010. From Seoul: September 15-21, 2010. From Shanghai: September 1-13, 2010 and October 27-November 1, 2010. From Sydney: September 14-21, 2010. For Domestic Travel: None.

All purchases must be made by July 29. Fares include:
Preserve Frequent Flyer Miles with Online Shopping and Earn Bonus Miles!

In addition to making frequent flyer miles harder to spend, airlines are expiring miles, if there's no activity in your account, faster than ever.

But one easy and painless way to make sure there's activity in your account is to do some online shopping using the airlines' "shopping malls." Even if you spend just a few bucks, you'll keep your miles safe for at least another year. And in addition, you can add some serious miles to your account.

For example if Continental is offering four miles for every dollar spent with the Apple Store, one of their shopping partners and you buy a $2,500 iMac computer, you get 10,000 miles. That's a huge bonus. And there are often bonus offers on top of the bonus miles. United might offer an additional 2,000 miles if you spend over a certain amount.

Generally, these online shopping partners offer at least one mile per dollar spent, but sometimes they award 10 miles or more. And if you use your airline-affiliated credit card, you get an extra mile, but the credit card miles pale in comparison to the shopping miles you can earn.

Scores of well known retailers participate in these airline malls, including Brooks Brothers, Circuit City, The Container Store, Dell Computer, Drugstore.com, Sears, Target, and Wal-Mart, to name but a few.

Keep in mind that although the airline shopping sites listed below work with many of the same retailers, American might be offering 4 miles with a particular retailer while Delta could be offering just half that, so you've got to shop around while you're shopping around.

Please visit the Airfarewatchdog blog for our handy list of airline shopping malls.

Updated: Airline Baggage Fees

Are you guilty of stuffing your bags to maximum capacity? Hey, no shame there. Though if you're the heavy packer sort, you might want to familiarize yourself with airline baggage fees. After all, a cheap fare is pretty useless if you have to tack on a hefty charge for additional and overweight/oversized luggage.

For a look at current domestic and international baggage fees, swing by the AirfareWatchdog blog.

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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