Family Ties Sale from Direct Air

Direct Air (tel. 877/432-3473; is back with another Family Ties Sale, good for travel during the holidays or after. Purchase a flight voucher for just $169 round-trip, including all taxes and fees, valid for travel along any domestic DirectAir route. Purchase up to 20 vouchers. You're not required to provide the names of passengers at time of purchase, so tickets are transferable to any friend or family member. Vouchers are good for travel from Nov. 28 through Oct. 31, 2012.

As with their previous Family Ties sales, purchases include the $60 Family Ties Passport membership, and a $109 round-trip airfare including all taxes (equaling the $169 voucher). Passport Membership benefits include complimentary coach seat selection, 50% off First-Class upgrades within 48 hours of departure (when available), pre-boarding, and reduced change/cancellation fee of $50 per person. However, members are still subject to baggage fees.

In case you're unsure, Direct Air cities include Springfield, IL, Rockford, Kalamazoo, Toledo, Columbus OH, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Niagara Falls, Plattsburgh, Worcester, Newark, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Melbourne, Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda, and Boca Raton/The Palm Beaches area.

You'll find a step-by-step guide on booking this deal here.

British Airways Winter Sale & Free Hotel

What's better than a good airfare? A good airfare that includes a free place to stay. Don't know anyone in Europe that has a spare bed or couch to crash on? That's OK. British Airways (tel. 800/247-9297; is having a sale that includes up to two free nights in a hotel. Just purchase a round-trip flight on for travel now through Dec. 16, 2011 or between Dec. 25, 201-April 1, 2012 and you will receive one free night in select hotels when booking the hotel in the same transaction. If you are traveling with a companion and buy two round-trip tickets, it comes with two free nights (double occupancy).

A Saturday night min. stay is required and you may stay a maximum of six months. Cheapest fares will be found Mon-Wed with a $50 surcharge for weekend travel. Many restrictions apply, especially around the holidays. For more details, go to This offer expires Nov. 15.

Sample round-trip fares include the following (with a one-night hotel stay):

For more fares, visit our pages for London, Edinburgh, Manchester, and Budapest.

Last Chance: AirTran's Go-Somewhere-Your-Office-Isn't Sale

AirTran's (tel. 800/AIR-TRAN; current sale expires soon. Fares require a 10-day advance purchase and are valid for travel any day of the week if available from Nov. 14 through Feb. 14, 2012. You must purchase by Nov. 14, 2011, 11:59 pm EST. Peak holiday travel is blacked out: Nov. 20, 23 and 26-28, Dec. 22-Jan. 3, 2012.

Sample round-trip fares include:

Last Chance: Southwest's Countdown to Savings Sale

From Southwest (tel. 800/435-9792;, their Countdown to Savings sale features seats going for as low as $59 one-way on some routes. Travel is valid any day of the week, from Nov. 14 through Feb. 14, 2012. Tickets require a 10-day advance purchase. Blackout dates apply: Nov. 20, Nov. 23, Nov. 26-Nov. 28, and Dec. 22-Jan. 3, 2012. Sale expires Nov. 14, 2011 11:59 pm PST.

Sample round-trip fares include:

From the Mailbag: Around-the-World Ticketing

Q: My family and I are considering a volunteer experience in Africa. I have read about "round-the-world" or RTW fares and "OneWorld" tickets that would allow us to add intermediate stops on the trip without massive costs. Where can I find more information?

A: Read on.

Additional reporting by Tracy W. Stewart, Peter Thornton, and Ricky Radka

George Hobica is a syndicated travel journalist and blogger whose website,, tracks unadvertised airfare wars and fare sales, including the most helpful and always updated Top 50 Airfares.

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