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Hawaii Sale from Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines' (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) Hawaii Sale is good for travel between Aug. 22 and Oct. 31. All tickets must be purchased by May 11.

Fares available for travel Monday through Thursday on flights between Bellingham and Honolulu, San Diego and Maui, Anchorage and Honolulu, Oakland and Maui, San Jose and Maui, and Sacramento and Maui. All other fares available daily. No advance purchase is required.

Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days.

Round-trip fares include:

For a complete listing, visit our fare pages for Honolulu, Kahului-Maui, and Kona.

AirTran's "Sand in Your Suit" Sale

AirTran's (tel. 800/AIR-TRAN; www.airtran.com) "Get Some Sand in Your Suit" Sale is valid for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Nov. 15.

Fares require a 10-day advance purchase. Avoid blackout dates on June 24, 26, and 30; July 1-3, 5, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, and 31; and Aug. 5, 7, and 14.

Travel to/from Aruba, Montego Bay, Nassau/Paradise Island and San Juan is valid Aug. 20 through Nov. 15.

Tickets must be booked by 11:59pm ET, June 28.

Round-trip fares include:

EVA Airways Sale: Seattle to Southeast Asia

Fly from Seattle to Southeast Asia this fall, as part of EVA Airway's (tel. 800/695-1188; www.evaair.com) current sale. Fares are valid on weekdays, for outbound travel through Nov. 30, with a two-month maximum stay.

All round-trip fares must be purchased by June 20 and include:

Jackson Hole, Vail, Montrose on sale from American Airlines

American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) is having a little summer sale to/from Jackson Hole, Vail, and

Montrose. It's rarely cheap to fly to these places, and while some of these may be a tad higher than previous "ski-town" sales we've seen from American, they're still currently the best on offer. Sale fares are valid for travel to Vail, Jackson Hole and Montrose Sunday through Wednesday and from Vail, Jackson Hole and Montrose Tuesday through Friday.

Fares are not valid for travel to Montrose: July 3. Fares are not valid for travel from Montrose: July 5-6. A 2-night minimum stay or a Sunday-night stay is required.

Tickets require a 7-day advance purchase. Round-trip fares include:

From the Mailbag: Same-day change fee policies vary by airline

Q: I ended my visit to another city earlier than I expected and wanted to take an earlier flight back home on the same day as originally scheduled (my original flight was to depart at 5 pm but I attempted to take a noon flight). However, United wanted to charge me the same change fee ($150) that I would pay had I changed the day or week of my flight. I thought I could go standby for an earlier flight for free, or at least that used to be the policy. Do all airlines charge to standby for an empty seat on an earlier flight on the same day?

A: 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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