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American Airlines: Select U.S. Cities on Sale

From American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com), save on summer flights through Sept. 30. Travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase, as well as a 3-night minimum stay.

All tickets must be booked 11:59pm, CT, June 15. Round-trip fares include:

50% Off Mexico with Volaris Promo Code

Save 50% on your next flight with Mexican low cost carrier Volaris (tel. 866/988-3527; www.volaris.com.mx). Just enter your trip details and click 'Promo code and coupon' to enter promo code VOL50 along with coupon number FFU52Q3, and click 'Activate' to apply discount.

Offer is valid for travel Nov. 1 through Feb. 29. All tickets must be booked by June 13.

Round-trip fares include:

Good Value Business Class & London Hotel Deals on British Airways

We normally don't analyze air/hotel packages, but this caught our eye: Seven nights at a luxury London and business-class British Airways (tel. 800/247-9297; www.ba.com) flights for a peak July trip for $3,846 per person (round-trip from New York including all taxes; airfare from other cities is equally amazing).The hotel is the recently-renovated Savoy (a Fairmont Hotel), one of our favorite grand hotels. Now, anyone who buys business-class airfare knows that you can easily spend more than $3,800 on airfare alone; this hotel plus air deal includes seven nights, with tax, at the Savoy, where rooms sometimes go for well over $500 per night. There are lots of other low fares and 50% off hotel deals in this sale, which ends June 16, subject to prior sale of course. Travel is from June 28 to Sept. 3, 2011.

Fall Biz-Class Sale from OpenSkies

Get a jump on fall travel to Paris with OpenSkies (tel. 866/581-3596; www.flyopenskies.com). For about what you might spend to fly economy on many airlines, all-biz-class carrier OpenSkies is offering seats for $1,598 round-trip, departing from Newark, and $1,398 from Washington, D.C.

Travel is valid from Sept. 6 through Jan. 10.

All bookings must be made by June 30.

Buy 1, Get 1 Free from Direct Air

Buy one flight, get one free from Direct Air (tel. 877/432-3473; www.visitdirectair.com). Book a ticket for travel through June 12, and just enter promo code JUNE241. Of course, that freebie flight does not include taxes and fees but it's a good deal all the same

Book at www.visitdirectair.com. Offer ends 11:59pm, June 12.

Not familiar with DirectAir? Check out their route map.

Alaska Web Specials

Alaska Airlines' (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) latest round of Web Specials start at $99 one-way. Rules and restrictions vary by route.

Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase, except for travel to Hawaii, which requires no advance purchase. Travel from June 20 through July 1, or Aug. 1 through Aug. 21, depending on route. Round-trip fares include:

From the Mailbag: Fuel Surchages Don't Add Up

Q: I have a question on the fuel surcharge that airlines charge. I was booking tickets to travel in July on Spirit Airlines from Chicago to Myrtle Beach. On the return flight, there are two options listed: one is a non-stop and the other has a stop in Atlantic City. For the non-stop flight there was a fuel surcharge of $40. However, the route with the stop over had no fuel surcharge. Is there a reason for this? Logically it seems the surcharge would be at least the same (if not more since the route has to fly a longer distance to reach the same destination). Is it just a clever scheme to get more people to fly a route that might have a lower capacity? Finally, do you know if other airlines practice this as well?

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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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