China Airlines Sale: New York to Asia

China Airlines (tel. 800/227-5118; has some swell fares from New York to Southeast Asia this fall. Deals to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Phnom Penh are valid for outbound travel October 2 through November 30. All tickets must be booked by October 30. Taipei stopovers are allowed for an additional $100 each stop. Want to travel over a weekend? Add a weekend surcharge of $30 each way.

Travel to Manila is good from November 1 through November 24. Tickets must be purchased by November 2.

Air Canada Sale through Mid-December

Book by October 9 to take advantage of the latest fall sale from Air Canada (tel. 888/247-2262; Fares are valid for travel through December 13 and require a 14-day advance purchase. Fares include:

Central America Sale from American Airlines

The Central America sale from American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; is valid any day of the week, for outbound travel by January 9. Fares require a 28-day advanced purchase, as well as a 2-day minimum stay, with a maximum stay of 3 months. Trips must be completed by February 8.

Interested? Purchase your fare by 11:59pm CT, December 12. Fares include:

Aloha Adventure Sale from United

Fall schmall. Put away the rake and take off for Hawaii, via United's (tel. 800/241-6522; current Aloha Adventure sale. Travel any day of the week through December 17, except forÂ? blackout dates November 19-22 for westbound flights, and November 27-December 1 for eastbound flights.

Fares require a 14-day advance purchase, as well as a 3-night minimum stay, or a Friday/Saturday night stay, with a maximum stay of 60 days.

Purchase by October 11.

From American Airlines: Miami to the Bahamas, on Sale

Fly from Miami to the select destinations in the Bahamas for $240 round-trip (before taxes), for travel from November 19 through January 31. Fares are valid for daily travel (depending on flight schedules), minus blackout dates December 18-24, 26-28 from Miami, and January 2-4 to Miami.

All fares require a 3-day advance purchase, and must be booked by December 15.

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Southwest Winter Sale

The current sale from Southwest (tel. 800/435-9792; is good for travel through February 11, valid every day of the week except Fridays and Sundays. Seats are limited and you'll find the pickings especially slim (or totally unavailable) during peak holiday travel, November 24-December 1, and December 17-January 3.

Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase and must be booked by October 15, 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Fares include:

Seoul Sale from Singapore Airlines

Fly from San Fran to Seoul, South Korea for $580 round-trip, nonstop, including all taxes, as part of a special promo dealio from Singapore Airlines (tel. 800/742-3333; This offer is good for outbound travel from October 12 through November 20. Travel must be completed by December 31. Sale ends October 24.

Alaska Airlines Fall/Winter Sale

Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; is having a sale on fall/winter travel, valid October 17 through February 11, on Monday through Thursday, as well as Saturday. Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase. Beware of blackout dates November 20, 21, 25, 28-30, December 18-21, 23, 26-28, and January 2-4.

Sale ends October 15.

Fares include:

Upgrading with Miles a Wild Fare Chase?

Using your frequent flyer miles to upgrade can be really confusing, impossible or not worthwhile. Confusing because the airlines have different rules, which seem to change at a whim; impossible because often there are no seats available for upgrading on popular routes, even if you plan months ahead; and not worthwhile because airlines often require that you buy one of their more expensive fares to be eligible and, to add to the insult, now levy expensive co-pays of up to $1,000 round-trip, plus miles, to sit up front (that's in addition to the other frequent flyer fees they charge).

Even so, sometimes the effort is worthwhile. Find out how to make those mileage upgrades a little easier over on our blog.

Additional Reporting by Tracy W. Stewart

George Hobica is a syndicated travel journalist and blogger whose website,, tracks unadvertised airfare wars and fare sales, including the most helpful and always updated Top 50 Airfares.

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