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Mexico Sale & New Chicago Service from Volaris

Beginning in November, look for new service from Mexican low cost carrier Volaris (tel. 866/988-3527; www.volaris.mx) between Chicago Midway and Zacatecas, Mexico City, and Morelia.

Special intro fares are available for travel from Nov. 10 through 20. Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 12.

Other routes are also on sale. Round-trip fares include:

Extended: Atlanta Intro Fares from Southwest

Beginning Feb. 12, look for new serviceSouthwest Airlines (tel. 800/435-9792; www.southwest.com). Special intro fares are available for travel from Feb. 12 through April 9.

All tickets must be purchased by 11:59pm PT, Sept. 12.

Round-trip fares are reversible and include:

Worldwide Sale from Air Canada

Air Canada's (tel. 888/247-2262; www.aircanada.ca) worldwide sale is valid for travel from Sept. 22 through Sept. 15, and from Jan. 9 through March 7. Travel days may vary along certain routes.

Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase. All bookings must be made by 11:59 ET, Sept. 15.

Round-trip fares include:

A Dozen New Airline Regulations We Need Now

Every day, I receive e-mails from disgruntled fliers who feel like they've been wronged by the airlines. Some of these complaints I have less sympathy for, frankly, such as the guy who put $5,000 in cash in his checked luggage and was shocked to discover it had been stolen (you know you're not supposed to put anything valuable in checked bags, right?). But other airline shenanigans I hear about raise my blood pressure. A few less than kind readers of this column have accused me of being a "shill" for the airlines, but honestly, I'm not. And although the U.S. DOT has recently come up with some new regulations that take the airline industry to task, such as the tarmac delay rule and upping the compensation for involuntarily bumped passengers, I think we need some other rules to protect passengers. And before someone says, "Yeah, but these regulations will cost the airlines more and they'll increase fares," I say maybe people would fly more if we had some of these protections in place. Southwest Airlines, for example, doesn't charge a ticket change fee and it's doing quite nicely, thank you.

Here are 12 new regulations I'd like to see the DOT impose.

From the Mailbag: Going So Soon, Dear?

Q: Why is it that these sale fares are always so short term? Most end long before the time period I need to travel.

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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