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JetBlue Announces New Service to Anchorage, Alaska

JetBlue is adding another city to their roster... its 65th city, in fact. Starting May 26, the airline will begin seasonal daily nonstop service to Anchorage, Alaska, from Long Beach, California. Grab a seat now at a special introductory price of $119 each way. Act fast -- the offer is good through Friday, Oct. 29. Valid for travel from May 26 through June 22, Mondays through Thursdays.

Round-trip flights will depart Long Beach at 7:40pm and arrive in Anchorage at 11:57pm. From Anchorage, round-trip flights depart at 1:10am and arrive in Long Beach at 7:33am.

Family Ties Sale from Direct Air

Save big on family travel with the Family Ties Sale from Direct Air. Purchase a flight voucher for just $159 round-trip, incl. all taxes and fees, valid for travel along any Direct Air route. Purchase up to 20 vouchers, transferable to any friend or family member. Vouchers are good for travel from Nov. 18 through Oct. 31, 2011. No blackout dates!

Purchases include Family Value Pack membership, which entitles you to:

  • Free Membership in the Way2Go Discount Club (a $39 value!)
  • Free seat selection at the time of booking
  • Pre-boarding on all flights
  • Free Golf Bag Transport (each golfer traveling on a Family Ties ticket will receive a free golf bag!)
  • 50% off First-Class upgrades if purchased within 48 hours of departure or at the ticket counter on the date of departure
  • Hotel discount offers in all destinations
  • Car rental discount offers in all destinations
  • USave special Direct Air Family Pack Discount in Myrtle Beach, SC: 3-day Van Rental for $159 including all taxes or a 3-day Mid-size Car Rental for $99 including all taxes. Must be booked and paid 30 days in advance; other restrictions may apply

Fall/Winter Sale from AirTran

This week's AirTran sale is valid for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, through Feb. 9. Avoid holiday blackout dates on Nov. 23, 24, 27-29, Dec. 17-Jan. 4.

Round-trip fares require a 10-day advance purchase, and all tickets must be booked by 11:59pm ET, Nov. 9.

Round-trip fares include:

Alaska Airlines' Web Specials

Alaska Airlines has released their latest batch of web specials. Fares start at $89 one-way. Travel periods vary by route, though most are valid from Nov. 5 through Nov. 19.

Seats are limited and may not be available for all dates. Round-trip fares include:

Delta Sale to/from Atlanta

Delta's sale to/from Atlanta is valid for travel through February 9. Avoid blackout dates on Nov. 23-24, 27-29, Dec. 17-31 and Jan. 1-4.

Round-trip fares require a 10-day advance purchase, as well as a Saturday night minimum stay. All bookings must be made by Nov. 9.

Flights are nonstop. Round-trip fares include:

How Much are Your Frequent-Flyer Miles Really Worth?

How much are your frequent-flyer miles really worth? Should you even bother collecting them? The answer depends in large part on the kind of flyer you are, and how you earn and spend your miles.

We've seen frequent-flyer gurus estimate that miles are "worth" anywhere between one-half to six cents per miles, when one calculates how much in "fare value" miles will buy. To test that, we looked at five route and fare class scenarios to compare how much each would cost if we were to buy the flight using our hard-earned cash versus using miles. And what did we find? Find out on Airfarewatchdog.com.

Peak Holiday Fare Availability

Frustrated by holiday fares? You're not alone. Here's a little something from the Airfarewatchdog mailbag.

Q: I'm trying to find a good fare to return home for Christmas, but not having much luck. I'm pretty flexible, and can depart Dec. 22, 23, or 24, and return Dec. 28. You have a fare of $158 round-trip, with no blackout dates, that covers these dates during Christmas, but I cannot book it. Whenever I follow the links and attempt to book the fare on Travelocity, they show my dates as available on their calendar, but when I click on them they are X'ed out as unavailable. What is up with this?

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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