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Delta's New Nonstop Service from New York LaGuardia

Beginning in January, Delta Airlines (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta.com) will expand from New York's LaGuardia with new nonstop service and special introductory fares. Travel dates will vary by route, so be sure to check our fare details for specifics. Tickets must be purchased by Jan 5.

Special round-trip fares include:

See fare details for dates of travel. Other airlines may be matching on some routes.

Frontier Sale for Winter/Spring Travel

The current sale from Frontier's (tel. 800/432-1359; www.frontierairlines.com) is valid for travel through March 7, Monday through Saturday. Avoid blackout dates: Dec. 22-23, 26-28 2011 and Jan. 1-3, 7 and Feb. 17 and 20. Tickets require a 14-day advance purchase.

Round-trip fares include:

Aer Lingus Sale to Europe

Aer Lingus (tel. 800/223-6537; www.aerlingus.com) is offering discounted fares to Europe for winter/early spring from New York, Boston, and Chicago. Fares are valid for Monday through Thursday travel, from Jan. 10 through March 31. Tickets require a Saturday night minimum stay. Travel to/from Chicago is valid Jan. 12-March 20.

All tickets must be purchased by 7pm ET, Jan. 4.

Round-trip fares include:

For more, visit our fare pages for New York, Boston, and Chicago.

Direct Air Family Ties Sale & 50% Off Promo Code

Direct Air (tel. 877/432-3473; www.visitdirectair.com) is back with another Family Ties Sale, for travel from Jan. 10-Oct. 31, 2012. Purchase a flight voucher for just $169 round-trip, incl. all taxes and fees, valid for travel along any domestic Direct Air route. Purchase up to 20 vouchers. Booking begins Jan. 10. You're not required to provide the names of passengers at time of purchase, so tickets are transferable to any friend or family member.

As with their previous Family Ties sales, purchases include the $60 Family Ties Passport membership, and a $109 round-trip airfare including all taxes (= 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, and Ft Myers/Punta Gorda.

Also from Direct Air: Take 50% off with their latest promo deal. Just enter promo code SAVE50 at time of purchase and don't forget to use their flexible date search to get the lowest fare! Sale ends Dec. 25.

Of the 50% off promo sale, round-trip fares include:

From the Mailbag: Fare-Drop Refunds

Q: My wife purchased a round-trip airfare a month ago on Frontier Airlines. Today, I received an alert that the same itinerary is now $100 lower. She bought a "classic" fare (which is a discounted non-refundable fare), and they refuse to let her cancel and rebook at the lower fare. She can cancel the classic fare, but the $100 fare difference if she rebooks becomes a credit for future use. (There is no fee for cancelling the fare, but only the "classic plus" fare type is refundable). I know there is a lot of variability in this area these days and some airlines will refund if a lower fare is booked. Which airlines will give a full refund if a fare goes down between the time you buy it and the time you depart?

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.