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Virgin America Fares to Fly By

Virgin America's (tel. 877/359.8474; www.virginamerica.com) latest Fares to Fly By start at $59 one-way, before taxes. Offer is good for travel from Aug. 24 through Nov. 17, minus Labor Day blackout dates Sept. 3 and 6. Fares require a 14-day advance purchase. All tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm PDT, July 26.

Round-trip fares are not valid for travel on Fridays or Sundays.

Southwest Flights from $49 One-Way

Fly for as little as $49 one-way, before taxes, thanks to the latest sale from Southwest Airlines(tel. 800/435-9792; www.southwest.com). Fares are valid for travel from Sept. 7 through Nov. 24, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Avoid blackout date Nov. 24.

All fares must be booked by 11:59pm PT, Aug. 5. Round-trip fares include:

50% off Promo Code on Allegiant Airlines

Wow, this is super, and no word on how long it's valid for, but use promo code 50% off in the promo code box at Allegiantair.com and you will get 50% off your flight. Just be sure avoid extra fees and "upsells"; buy your ticket at the airport and not online to avoid the "convenience" fee; don't check bags. We found seats on the Allentown/Myrtle Beach route for half-off, but the code doesn't work on all routes or dates.

Airfarewatchdog, by the by, is the only airfare alert service that includes Allegiant Air (tel. 702/505-8888; www.allegiantair.com). Their fares do not appear on Kayak, Orbitz, etc., or via ITASoftware.com.

Best Travel Deal: Bali & Singapore, 5-night air/hotel package, from $1,410 including tax

This is an amazing deal, simply put. You could easily spend more just for airfare alone. Indeed, fares to Bali are running almost $1,400 with taxes on Cathay Pacific. Flights on Singapore Airlines (tel. 800/742-3333; www.singaporeair.com) are much higher. So for the same price, you get Singapore and 5 nights' hotel. Needless to say, capacity is limited so act fast. This deal will "go live" on July 26, 2010 -- so jump when it does. Similar deals are available now, but not in the same hotels.

This July marks Singapore Airlines' 30th anniversary of service to Los Angeles. To commemorate this milestone, Singapore Airlines Vacations is offering a vacation package to passengers booking by Aug. 31, 2010 with the opportunity to explore Singapore and Bali departing from all U.S. gateways, starting at just $1,299* per person.

The package is available from Sept. 1-Nov. 30, 2010 and Jan. 1-Mar. 31, 2011, starting at $1,299 from LAX, SFO, NYC, and Houston (IAH). An airline fuel surcharge of $404 is included in the price. Hotel and seat availability are limited. Offer includes:

  • Round-trip economy-class flights on Singapore Airlines
  • Round-trip airport and hotel transfers
  • 2 nights in Singapore at the five-Star SwissĂ´tel The Stamford
  • 3 nights in Bali at the five-Star Nusa Dua Beach Hotel
  • Breakfast daily in Bali
  • Half-day city tour in Singapore; full-day tour in Bali with lunch
  • Complimentary "Hop-On Bus" pass in Singapore

All packages can be booked by visiting www.singaporeairlinesvacations.com.

Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, and New York departures are Monday or Thursdays only; Houston (IAH) departures are on Thursdays only. Rates quoted are per person in U.S. dollars based on double occupancy. Economy-class rates are valid for select travel dates. Rates, terms, availability and itinerary are subject to change without notice and may not be available on all flights or dates. Certain restrictions apply. Gratuities, transfers and excursions are extra unless otherwise indicated. Taxes of $110 are not included. Rates not valid for Singapore stay Sept. 23- 26, 2010.

Prevent Miles from Expiring

Wondering how to keep the miles you've earned from a carrier you rarely use but might redeem one day? Well, here's a little something on the subject from our mailbag: "I need to preserve some United Airlines MileagePlus frequent flyer miles that are due to expire soon, but I don't have a United credit card and I don't plan to fly on them or on a partner airline any time soon. Any suggestions?" Yes! See our Q&A page for more.

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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