Australia Sale from V Australia

There's more to Australia than just Sydney and Melbourne. Hit the waves on the Gold Coast near Brisbane, Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, or go far, far away to the west coast city of Perth. Travelocity and V Australia (tel. 800/444-0260; are offering discounted flights to the land down under. Outbound travel is valid daily from August 1 through August 31, 2010. Maximum stay is 12-months. Tickets must be purchased no later than 11:59 p.m. Central Time, July 1, 2010.

Fares include:

Frontier Sale to/from Alaska

Save on travel to/from Alaska with the North to Alaska sale from Frontier Airlines (tel. 800/432-1359; This offer is valid through October 10 for travel to/from Anchorage, and through September 11 for travel to/from Fairbanks. Service may not be available on all dates. Tickets require a 7-day advance purchase. All bookings must be made by 11:59pm, Eastern Time, June 18.

Fares include:

Weekly Web Specials from Alaska Airlines

The newest batch of web specials from Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; features fares as low as $98 round-trip, before taxes. Travel dates and restrictions vary according to route. Seats are limited and these fares could vanish at any time.

Fares include:

Atlanta Sale from Delta Airlines

Save on travel to/from Atlanta with the latest sale from Delta Airlines (tel. 800/221-1212; Fares range from $98 to $318 round-trip, and all travel must be completed by November 17. Tickets require a 10-day advanced purchase as well as a Saturday night stay.

Avoid travel on blackout dates June 25, 27, July 2, 5, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, and August 1, 6, and 8.

All purchases must be made by June 29, and fares include:

New Fees for Early Boarding, But Will You Pay?

Would you pay extra to board your flight sooner and "gain more time to store carry-on luggage"? That's what American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; now offering, for an additional fee, of course. Their new Boarding and Flexibility Package allows passengers to board flights earlier (in "Group 1", just after first, business, and elite frequent flyers). The package also allows you to standby for an earlier flight without paying AA's new $50 same day change fee, and it allows itinerary changes for $75 rather than the normal $150.

Look for this offer to be available in all markets, on all routes. Costs will vary depending on the length of flight.

Of course, Southwest Airlines already offers an early boarding option for $10 each way.

First Annual Airfarewatchdog Consumer Survey Results

Have you ever drooled on the shoulder of a stranger at 30,000 feet? Or fallen asleep with your mouth wide open? We sure have, and it looks like we're not alone. Many of our readers listed these as their most embarrassing travel moments in Airfarewatchdog's first annual consumer survey. Flyers were also very concerned about paying fees. Given the opportunity, 68% of respondents said they would fly at an inconvenient time of day with an additional connection in order to avoid fees.

And according to our readers, which airline has the friendliest flight attendants? And the rudest? Find out over in the Airfarewatchdog blog.

Additional Reporting by Tracy W. Stewart and Peter Thornton

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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