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Air France Adds Premium Economy for NYC-Paris Route

Considering that a couple of years ago fares to Paris were sky high in cramped economy seats, and that even now if you choose the wrong travel dates you could pay over $1000 round-trip for said seats, it's pretty cool that Air France (tel. 800/237-2747; www.airfrance.us) is having a sale on what looks like some pretty plush new seats in their new premium economy cabin on this route.

Fares start at $591 each way plus about $120 in taxes.

The fare is valid for departures October 25 through December 19, 2009 and for departures December 25, 2009 through March 31, 2009. There is a 21 day advance purchase for this fare. A minimum Sunday night stay is required and a maximum 1 month stay is permitted.

China Airlines Sale for California

Fly from San Fran to select cities in Southeast Asia, as part of the latest sale from China Airlines (tel. 800/227-5118; www.china-airlines.com). Travel is valid for weekdays, from October 2 through November 30 to Bangkok, Phom Penh, Bali, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, or Hanoi. Add an additional $30 each way for travel on weekends. Stopovers in Taipei are an additional $100. Tickets must be booked by September 30.

Also from China Airlines, San Fran to Delhi, India is on sale for fall winter travel. The lowest fares are available for travel September 17 through November 30, with higher sale fares available from December 1 through December 7. Taipei stopovers are allowed for an additional $100, or $150 in high season. All purchases must be made by September 30.

Meanwhile, from Los Angeles, China Airlines has a similar batch of fall fares to Asia. These are valid for travel September 16 through November 30. Tickets must be purchased by October 15.

Asiana Sale for Fall

Yes, another fall sale to Asia, this one from Asiana Airlines (tel. 800/227-4262; www.flyasiana.com). Departure cities include New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Travel periods vary according to departure city, though most departures are valid through late November/early December. See fare details below:

Chicago Sale to Turkey, Middle East, & Eastern Europe

Turkish Airlines (tel. 800/874-8875; www.turkishairlines.com) has some pretty snazzy fares to Turkey, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, for travel from November through March. These fares have no expiration date, and could vanish or sell out anytime, so we suggest pouncing on 'em while you can.

Cayman Islands Sale for Florida

Cayman Airways is offering discounted flights from Miami and Tampa to Grand Cayman for fall. Sale fares are valid for travel on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. All travel must be complete by December 10, and tickets must be purchased by September 28.

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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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