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Montana Sale from Alaska Airlines

Take off for Montana this fall/winter, with the current sale from Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com). Fares are valid for travel every day of the week except Fridays and Sundays, from Oct. 19 through Jan. 31. Tickets must be purchased at least 14 days prior to your departure.

Avoid the following blackout dates: Nov. 23-24, 27-29, and Dec. 16-Jan. 4 for these round-trip fares:

Barbados Sale from American Airlines

Save on travel to Barbados with the current sale from American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com). Fares are valid for travel to Barbados on Mondays, Thursdays, or Saturdays. Travel from Barbados Sundays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Travel between Dec. 16, 2010-Dec. 16, 2011, although blackout dates exist Dec. 17-24 and 26-28, 2010 for travel from the U.S. and Jan. 1-4, 2011 for travel to the U.S. There is a two-night minimum stay requirement and travel must be through Dallas. Tickets require a 21-day advance purchase or within 1 day of making reservation and must be purchased no later than 11:59 p.m. Central time Nov. 30.

Round-trip fares with taxes include:

Web Specials from Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) has released their latest batch of Web Specials. Rules and restrictions vary by route, though most are valid for travel from Oct. 18 through Nov. 1. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. Some markets may not operate daily service. All fares require immediate purchase.

Visit AlaskaAir.com for more info. Round-trip fares include:

KLM World Deals

From KLM (tel. 800/374-7747; www.klm.com), save on flights to Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Sale fares are valid for departures from Oct. 24, 2010 through March 31. Avoid the blackout period between Dec. 16, 2010 and Jan. 9, 2011. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 21, 2010 and require a minimum 14-day advance purchase. A minimum Sunday night stay is required and a maximum stay of 3 months is permitted. Sale details at KLM.com.

Round-trip fares include:

Europe to U.S. less than U.S. to Europe?

Q: My family and I travel frequently between New York and Zurich, Switzerland and have noticed that fares from Zurich to New York are much lower than those from New York to Zurich. Why is this and is there a way to "game" the system? Can I buy a round-trip fare from Switzerland to the U.S. while I'm physically located in the U.S.?

A: Read on.

Additional reporting by Peter Thornton and 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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