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American Airlines Sale for Winter/Spring

The current sale from American Airlines' (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) includes some great fares for travel to smaller markets that tend to be a tad pricy. Travel is valid for daily travel through June 6.

Tickets require a Saturday-night minimum stay. Avoid blackout dates: March 9-11, 16-18, 23-25, 30-31; April 1, 6-9, 13, 15; May 13, 20, 24-25, 28; June 3-4.

Fares must be booked 10 days prior to departure. Purchase by 11:59pm CT, February 16.

Round-trip fares include:


Flight Deals from Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) has released their latest batch of Web Specials. Valid travel dates vary by route, so check our fare details for more info. Seats are limited and may not be available on all flights or all days. Some markets may not operate daily service. All fares require immediate purchase.

Round-trip fares include:

AirTran's Weekly Sale

The current sale from AirTran (tel. 800/AIR-TRAN; www.airtran.com) is valid for domestic travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from Feb. 21 through June 6.

Avoid blackout dates for international travel on April 13 and 14. Bermuda, Punta Cana, DR, and Cancun, Mexico, are excluded from this offer.

Tickets must be booked by 11:59pm PT, Feb. 16.

Round-trip fares include:

"Ready … Set …Go" Sale from Southwest

From Southwest (tel. 800/435-9792; www.southwest.com), their Ready … Set … Go sale is valid for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from Feb. 21 through June 6. Sale fares may not be available on all flights, such as those that operate during peak travel periods. As is always the case, you'll have better luck searching for off peak flights.

Tickets require a 10-day advance purchase.

All bookings must be made by 11:59pm PT, Feb. 16.

Round-trip fares include:

From the Mailbag: Keep Calm and 1 Carry-on

Q: Is Heathrow the only international airport that prohibits you from carrying more than one bag onto a plane? Even if your one piece of carry-on luggage is accompanied by nothing more than a tiny purse (let alone a normal-sized briefcase), they make you check your bag. It seems outrageous.

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.