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Last Minute July 4th Sale from Alaska Airlines

Save on 4th of July travel with the current sale from Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com). Tickets must be purchased at least three days prior to departure. Travel is valid July 3-5.

Travel between the following cities must be nonstop: LAS/SEA, RNO/SEA, PSC/SEA, BOI/SEA, GEG/PDX, GEG/SEA, BOI/PDX, PDX/RDM, EUG/SEA, MFR/PDX, BOI/SJC, BUR/PDX, BUR/SEA, LAX/PDX, LAX/STS, OAK/PDX, OAK/SEA, ONT/PDX, ONT/SEA, PDX/SAN, PDX/SFO, PDX/SJC, PDX/SMF, PDX/SNA, SEA/SFO, and SEA/SJC.

Sale ends July 1. Round-trip fares include:

Peak Summer Biz Class Sale from British Airways

If you've been eyeing summer fares to the U.K. but have yet to commit, you might want to consider the current sale from British Airways (tel. 800/247-9297; www.ba.com). Business-class seats are going for $2,012 round-trip, even for West Coast departures. That's really not much of a leap from what you might even pay for a seat in economy along some routes.

Heck, even if you were planning to use miles to book a biz seat, you'd spend about $1,000 in taxes and surcharges. Makes more sense to hang on to your 80,000 Avios points, spend the $2,012 and earn additional miles.

Sale fares are valid for travel from July 16 through Sept. 2. Tickets must be booked by July 3.

You'll find other discounts available for Business-class travel to Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Barcelona, Dubai, Cape Town, and Mumbai.

This offer is valid for departures from New York (JFK and Newark), Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, and San Diego.

OpenSkies Newark/Paris Sale for Winter

The all Biz Class carrier OpenSkies (tel. 866/581-3596; www.flyopenskies.com) is offering discounted Eco Class fares from Newark to Paris for travel in winter. Travel is valid Sundays through Thursdays, from Jan. 14 through March 3. We even found seats available during the week of Valentine's Day.

Tickets require a Saturday night minimum stay, and a 7-day advance purchase.

Flights must be booked by July 31. For a complete list of deals to Paris, see our fare pages for CDG and Orly.

St. Kitts Sale from American Airlines

From American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com), save on fall flights to St. Kitts. Sale fares are available for daily travel, departing from Sept. 5 through Oct. 27. All travel must be complete by Oct. 31. Tickets require a Saturday night minimum stay. All bookings must be made by 11:59pm CT, July 1.

Round-trip fares include:

Late Summer/Fall Sale from NYC to Sao Paulo

American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com), is offering discounted fares between New York and Sao Paulo for late summer/fall travel. This offer is valid through July 9, for daily travel from Aug. 15 through Dec. 15.

Tickets require a Saturday night stay, with an allowed maximum stay of 90 days.

Other airlines, such as Air Canada, are matching. Round-trip fares include:

From the Mailbag: Tall People Planes

Q: I'm 6'1" tall and will be flying from New York to San Francisco soon. Which airline should I fly on? JetBlue, Virgin American, Delta, US Airways, United, or American?

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.