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Alaska Airlines' New Service to Kansas City

Starting March 12, Alaska Airlines' (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) will begin daily service between Seattle and Kansas City, Missouri.

Flights depart Seattle at 8:45am and arrive in Kansas City at 2:15pm. From Kansas City, flights depart at 3:05pm, arriving in Seattle at 5pm.

Special intro fares are valid for travel Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from March 12 through May 23.

Tickets must be booked by Oct. 18.

Round-trip fares include:

Europe Sale from Aer Lingus for Fall/Winter

Aer Lingus (tel 800/223-6537; www.aerlingus.com) is offering discounted fall/winter fares to Europe from New York, Boston, and Chicago. Fares are valid for Monday through Thursday travel, from November 6 through March 31. Tickets require a Saturday night minimum stay, as well as a 7-day advance purchase.

Blackout dates will vary by route, but you can bet peak holiday dates are excluded.

All tickets must be purchased by 7pm ET, October 27.

Round-trip fares include:

For more, visit our fare pages for New York, Boston, and Chicago.

Virgin America's Fares to Fly By

Virgin America's (tel. 877/359.8474; www.virginamerica.com) latest batch of Fares to Fly By is valid for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, from Oct. 18 through Nov. 8, with a slight hike in price (along most routes, at least) for travel from Nov. 9 through Feb. 15.

Service to Palm Springs runs Dec. 15 through Feb. 15, from San Francisco and New York, while service to Puerto Vallarta runs from Dec. 2 through March 14, from San Francisco and Seattle.

Steer clear of blackout dates. For travel to/from Puerto Vallarta, blackout dates are Dec. 16, through Jan. 4, Feb. 17, and Feb. 20. For travel to/from Palm Springs, blackout dates are Dec. 16-17, Dec. 23-24, Dec. 26, and Jan. 2. For all other routes, blackout dates are Nov. 18 through Nov. 29 and Dec. 16 through Jan. 4.

Fares require a 7-day advance purchase. All tickets must be booked by Oct. 14.

Round-trip fares include:

Fall Fares from Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines (tel. 800/742-3333; www.singaporeair.com) is having a nice little sale on fall travel to select destinations, including Moscow, Frankfurt, Seoul, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, and Jakarta.

Outbound travel periods will vary slightly by route, but most are for early October through early December. Fares must be purchased by Oct. 21. You'll find United and American are matching fares along certain routes.

50% Off Promo from Direct Air

Take 50% off fall flights on Direct Air (tel. 877/432-3473; www.visitdirectair.com) with their latest promo deal. All bookings must be made by 11:59pm, Oct. 16. Just enter promo code YLXEM at time of purchase and don't forget to use their flexible date search to get the lowest fare!

Round-trip fares include:

For more fares, visit our city pages for Myrtle Beach, Niagara Falls, Newark, Lakeland, Pittsburgh, Plattsburgh, Columbus, Worcester, and Springfield.

From the Mailbag: Take an Inch, Gate Check a Mile

Q: I just bought a 21x15x8.5-inch carry-on. While most airlines seem to allow a total of 45 inches, I'm reading some airline's carry-on sizers (such as AA) are 22x14x9. Will my extra inch on one side get me in trouble or am I worrying too much?

A: Read on.

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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