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Alaska to Hawaii on Sale

Alaska Airlines' (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) Hawaii Sale is good for travel Monday through Thursdays between June 10 and Aug. 21. All tickets must be purchased by May 11.

Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. Travel between Bellingham or Anchorage and Honolulu must be nonstop. All other sale fares must connect through Anchorage.

Round-trip fares include:

May Sale from Frontier

Save on May travel with the current sale from Frontier (tel. 800/432-1359; www.frontierairlines.com). Fares are valid for travel 7 days a week through May 25. Tickets require a 7-day advance purchase, and must be booked by 11:59 pm ET, May 18. Sale fares are limited and may not be available on all dates, especially during peak travel.

Round-trip fares include:

Mazatlan on Sale from American Airlines

Save on flights to Mazatlan, Mexico, with the current sale from American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com). Fares are valid for outbound travel from June 9 through Sept. 7. All travel must be completed by Sept. 9. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm CT, May 15. A 2-night minimum stay is required.

Other airlines may be matching. Round-trip fares include:

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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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