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Major Delta Sale for Spring Travel

From Delta (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta.com) comes a blowout for spring, with fares starting at $118 round-trip, before taxes. This sale is good for travel from April 12 through May 27. Fares require a 14-day advance purchase, as well as a Saturday night stay. You'll find other airlines are matching these sale fares.

All tickets must be purchased by March 22. Round-trip fares include:

AirTran Sale for Travel Through November

AirTran's (tel. 800/AIR-TRAN; www.airtran.com) latest weekly sale features fares starting at $44 one-way. This sale is valid for travel through November 16, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Stay clear of blackout dates April 2, 3, May 28, 31, June 18-20, 25-27, July 2, 3, 5, 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-31, and August 1, 6-8.

Travel to Florida, San Juan, Aruba, Montego Bay, and Cancun is valid from April 6.

Round-trip fares require a 10-day advance purchase and must be booked by 11:59 p.m. ET, March 25.

Say What? Sun Country's Seasonal Service to London?

What's this? Minneapolis-based budget carrier Sun Country (tel. 800/752-1218; www.suncountry.com) is offering seasonal summer flights to London?! As in, England? Well, apparently so! As of June 11, Sun Country will begin weekly service between Minneapolis and London-Stansted, departing MSP on Fridays and returning from STN on Sundays, through August 15. Be warned though, at $936 round-trip including taxes (or $399 one-way, before taxes), fares do not come cheap. Still, for peak summer travel, their fare beats out the lowest peak summer fare offer from Orbitz, which is $1,398 on Delta. Neither are quite as budget as we'd hoped. But stay tuned! It's early yet, and who knows where summer fares will go!

Spring Fare Sale from Sun Country

Sun Country's (tel. 800/752-1218; www.suncountry.com) Spring Sale is good for travel to/from Minneapolis between April 5 and June 9. Fares are valid for Saturday through Wednesday for travel from Minneapolis, and Tuesday through Saturday for travel to Minneapolis. Avoid blackout dates on May 28 and May 31. Fares require a 14-day advance purchase.

These fares tend to sell out pretty quickly, with the Los Angeles routes going first, so we suggest you book quickly. Sale ends 11:59 p.m. CT, March 24. Round-trip fares include:

Idaho Sale from Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) has some pretty good deals on spring travel between Idaho, Washington, and California. Fares are good for travel from March 26 through June 10, every day of the week except Fridays and Sundays, and require a 14-day advance purchase. All tickets must be purchased by April 30. Round-trip fares include:

"Members-Only" Airfare Deals

You've probably clipped cents-off coupons from your Sunday newspaper to buy stuff like toothpaste, but did you know that you can also use "coupon" deals to cut the cost of your next vacation?

It's time to get on the promo code and "members-only" bandwagon, frugal flyers. Recently, United Vacations offered a coupon code deal with $700 off vacation packages from the U.S. to Canada, for two people traveling together. Turns out there was some kind of glitch, and it also worked for one person traveling alone. So you could have flown from San Francisco to Vancouver and stayed three nights in a four-star hotel, including airfare and all taxes, for about $98. So how do you go about landing such a deal? Find out how in the Airfarewatchdog blog.

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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