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From Alaska Airlines: Fares to Go

The Fares to Go sale from Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) is valid for travel Tuesdays through Thursdays, from Aug. 25 through Nov. 17. Fares start at $79 one-way.

All tickets must be purchased by July 12. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights.

Round-trip fares include:

$100 Promo Code to New Zealand -- or a Free Trip!

Think you know a thing or two about the nutritional value of a kiwi? Air New Zealand and Zespri Kiwifruit are quizzing folks on the wonders of kiwi, and -- oh yeah -- giving away a free trip to New Zealand. Heck, even if you don't win, your entry alone gets you a $100 discount promo code, good for travel from the U.S. to New Zealand, aboard Air New Zealand.

Just enter promo code Kiwi100 at time of purchase. Discount will be taken from the base fare. The contest ends Oct. 31. This offer is valid for departures through Nov. 30. All travel must be complete by Dec. 9. This deal cannot be applied to multi-stop itineraries.

Midwest to Serve Hartford, San Antonio & Austin

Midwest Airlines (tel. 800/452-2022; www.midwestairlines.com) will add three new cities to its roster this fall: Hartford, San Antonio, and Austin. Passengers can fly nonstop from Milwaukee to Hartford and San Antonio, as well as nonstop from Kansas City to Austin. Of course, these new cities are available at special introductory fares, valid for daily travel through Feb. 9.

Fares require a 14-day advance purchase, and a 3-day minimum stay. Avoid blackout dates on Nov. 23, 27, 28, Dec. 26, 27, Jan. 2, and 3.

Service to/from Hartford begins Sept. 27, Austin begins Nov. 18, and San Antonio begins Nov. 19.

All tickets must be booked by 11:59pm ET, Sept. 30. Round-trip fares include:

Iceland Express Sale for Late Summer/Early Fall

Save on late summer/early fall travel to Europe with the current sale from Iceland Express (www.icelandexpress.com). Fares are valid for travel from Sept. 1 through Oct., with some seats available in peak summer, July and August.

Seats are limited and may not be available on all dates. Sale lasts from July 2 "until it's all sold out." Stopovers in Iceland are permitted. Round-trip fares include:

Nationwide Sale from American Airlines

American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) new nationwide sale is good for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, through Nov. 16. Fares must be purchased at least 10 days before departure, or within one day of making a reservation, whichever comes first.

A Saturday-night minimum stay may be required. Seats are limited and may not be available on all dates.

Round-trip fares include:

Have Mechanical Issues Delayed Your Flight from Europe? You're Covered by EU Law

As many folks are heading home from their summer trips to Europe, we'd like to remind you that passenger protections are a tad different in the EU. How so? Here's a timely tip from our mailbag:

"Our Delta flight was delayed recently in Rome overnight due to a mechanical problem with the landing gear on our flight. They had to actually bring an airplane over from the U.S. Our rebooked flight the next day was delayed 2½ hours waiting for them to fly the crew in from Venice. When we arrived at JFK actually fairly on time, we were again delayed because they had a security breach at our gate. What are the odds? Needless to say, we also missed our connecting flight in New York, and they put us up once again.

My husband lost two days of work and I lost one.

In Rome, they gave us the EU's form to fill out and submit online for reimbursement of up to €600. We submitted it seven days after our return home on May 26 and have heard nothing. I can't find where to contact them.

It's a little confusing because when you read your rights, it says the U.S. is not part of the EU compensation agreement, but it also states that they compensate for flights from Europe.

Can you tell me if we actually qualify, or are we just not hearing because they have no intention of reimbursing us? The problem is I purchased four tickets with one credit card, so my sister and brother-in-law were also on the same itinerary. They should reimburse everyone individually but will they?" Find out!

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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