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Alaska's Rake in the Savings Sale

From Alaska Airlines' (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com), the Rake in the Savings sale features fares as low as $79 one-way, before taxes. Travel is valid Mondays through Thursdays, as well as Saturdays, from Sept. 7 through Dec. 14. Travel to/from the state of Alaska is valid from Oct. 3 through Dec. 14.

Tickets must be purchased at least 14 days prior to departure. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. Some markets may not operate daily service. All purchases must be made by Sept. 27.

Round-trip fares include:

KLM's Pack & Go Sale for Fall/Winter Travel

From KLM, their Pack & Go sale features fares between US cities and destinations in Europe. Travel is valid for weekday travel, Monday through Thursday, from Oct. 29 and Dec. 14, and again from Jan. 5 through March 26. Tack on an additional $25 for travel on weekends.

Fares require a Saturday night stay, with an allowed maximum stay of 1 month (with exception to UK fares which allow for up to a 12-month stay). Ticket changes are allowed for a fee of $250.

You'll find other carriers matching along particular routes. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 28.

Round-trip fares include:

15% Off Promo Code from Air Canada

Take 15% off domestic and international travel with Air Canada (tel. 888/247-2262; www.aircanada.com) current promo code offer. For travel within Canada and to the U.S., enter promo code FLYDEC15 when booking to apply discount. Offer is good for travel through Dec. 15. Tickets must be booked by midnight, Sept. 25.

Round-trip fares include:

For travel elsewhere in the world, enter promo code FLYFEB29 when booking to apply discount. Tickets must be booked by midnight, Sept. 25.

Round-trip fares to Hong Kong include:

Virgin America's "Get Some Playtime" Palm Springs Intro Sale

Virgin America (tel. 877/359-8474; www.virginamerica.com) is bringing its stylish, low-fare service to Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) as of Dec. 15, 2011: with tickets on sale now for its new nonstop seasonal flights from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to PSP and same-plane through-flights from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to PSP.

Known for its reputation as "Hollywood's Playground," an enviable desert climate, world-class resorts and golfing, shopping, special events and modern and mid-century architecture, PSP will be the 16th destination in the airline's growing network. As the only California-based airline, Virgin America will bring its unique brand of low-fare competition to the PSP market with a seasonal daily flight schedule operating from Dec. 15, 2011-April 30, 2012. Virgin America will offer daily nonstop intra-California flights from SFO to PSP and daily same-plane through-flights from New York to PSP.

"We work hard to deliver a high-caliber airport to all of our tenant airlines and we are confident that Virgin America and its guests will be very pleased with the service provided at PSP Airport," said Thomas Nolan, Executive Director of the PSP Airport.

In honor of its newest destination, Virgin America is offering a system-wide "Get Some Playtime" fare sale. Tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm PDT on Sept. 23, 2011. Main Cabin short-haul fares start from $49 and new SFO-PSP fares start from $99 and JFK-SFO-PSP fares from $199, one-way and before taxes.

Round-trip flights include:

San Francisco to Palm Springs $198

From the Mailbag: Close-in Fees & Other Recent Shake-ups

Q: I recently checked into booking a mileage ticket on United (www.united.com). It seems that United is constantly sending me opportunities to "spend" the thousands of miles I've accumulated. To my surprise, a $50 fee was added because one of the flights was booked fewer than 21 days out. When did this happen? I have been at the "Premier Exec" level in United's frequent-flier program for many years, dropping to "Premier" this year. At this point, it seems it's little to no advantage to spend my travel dollars with United, let alone any other airline, out of loyalty.

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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