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Northeast Sale from Southwest

From Southwest (tel. 800/435-9792; www.southwest.com), save on travel to/from destinations in the Northeast. This sale is valid for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through Dec. 13.

Fares require a 10-day advance purchase. All tickets must be booked by 11:59pm PT, Sept. 19. Avoid blackout dates Nov. 17-28.

Round-trip fares include:

Southwest Sale for Fall Travel

Another sale from Southwest (tel. 800/435-9792; www.southwest.com), this one for fall travel with one-way fares starting at $59.

Sale fares are valid for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, through Dec. 14.

Avoid blackout dates Nov. 17-28.

Tickets require a 10-day advance purchase. All bookings must be made by 11:59pm PT, Sept. 22. Round-trip fares include:

AirTran's Go-Somewhere-Your-Office-Isn't Sale

AirTran's (tel. 800/AIR-TRAN; www.airtran.com) Go-Somewhere-Your-Office-Isn't Sale is valid for travel on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from Sept. 23 to Dec. 14. Lowest days for international, including Puerto Rico, are Mondays and Tuesdays. Fares require a 10-day advance purchase. Avoid blackout dates Nov. 17-28.

Tickets must be booked by 11:59pm ET, Sept. 22.

Round-trip fares include:

Mexico Sale from Alaska Airlines

Save on flights to Mexico with the current sale from Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com). Travel is valid 7 days a week, from Sept. 9 through Nov. 7.

Flights may not operate daily between some routes. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days.

No advance purchase required. All tickets must be booked by Sept. 20.

Round-trip fares include:

From the Mailbag: More Layover, Less Stress

Q: I've heard a lot in the last few days about backups being caused by heightened security measures at airports and the lack of consistency and transparency about what rules are applied where. I'm booked on a two-leg international flight with the stopover in San Francisco. I'm not worried about the security lines for my outbound flight, because I can get there in plenty of time, but on my return flight when I will change planes in San Francisco, I'll have to collect my luggage, go through customs, and then recheck my bags and go through security again to continue on to my final destination. The layover is about 2½ hours, which I assume would be long enough if there are no problems, but I'm worried I'm going to get held up somewhere and miss my flight. In that case, whose responsibility is it? Will the airline (United) rebook me for a later flight? Should I assume the worst ahead of time and try to change to a flight with a longer layover now?

A: Read on.

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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