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Holiday Sale from AirTran

Yep, it's time to make arrangements for holiday flights. And as long as you steer clear of peak dates, you'll find some pretty decent fares featured in AirTran's (tel. 800/AIR-TRAN; www.airtran.com) Holiday Sale. Travel is valid for travel from November 16-28, and again from December 18, and again from December 13 through January 2.

Avoid blackout dates November 21 & 24-26, and December 21 & 22.

All bookings must be made by 11:59pm PT, November 1. Other airlines may be matching along some routes.

Sample round-trip fares with all taxes added include:

Winter Sale from Southwest

One of many sales released this week from Southwest (tel. 800/435-9792; www.southwest.com), this one is valid for travel 7 days a week, from November 27 through December 20. Sale fares may not be available on all flights, such as those that operate during peak travel periods. Sale fares not available to/from to/from Dayton, OH; Washington (Reagan), D.C.; Washington (Dulles) D.C.; West Palm Beach, FL; Ft. Myers, FL; Seattle.

Tickets must be booked by November 1, 11:59pm PT.

Sample round-trip fares with all taxes added include:

New Weekly Sale from AirTran

Another one worth checking out from AirTran (tel. 800/AIR-TRAN; www.airtran.com) , their weekly sale includes some very reasonable Coast-to-Coast deals. Travel is valid for travel through March 6, any day of the week except Sundays.

Avoid blackout dates: November 15-21 & 23-26, December 20, 2012, through January 6, 2013, and February 15-18, 2013.

Tickets require a 10-day advance purchase. All bookings must be made by 11:59pm PT, November 15.

Sample round-trip fares with all taxes added include:

California Sale from Frontier

Frontier's (tel. 800/432-1359; www.flyfrontier.com) current California Sale is valid for Tuesday/Wednesday travel from November 27 through February 13. Tickets require a 21-day advance purchase.

Some markets do not offer daily connections. Due to schedule changes, markets may not connect throughout the valid travel period.

Tickets must be booked by 11:59pm November 1.

Other airlines (United, US Airways, Delta . . . ) matching along many routes.

Sample round-trip fares to/from California with all taxes added include:

Flight Deals from Alaska Airlines

Here's the latest batch of weekly Flight Deals from Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com). 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.

Sample round-trip and nonstop fares with all taxes added include:

From the Mail Bag: Why Not Allow Name Changes?

Q. I would like to know how the airline industry gets away with not allowing passengers to change the name on a ticket. No other industry has anything in place like this. They use the "security" excuse" which is BS.

A. Read on . . .

* Additional Reporting by Tracy 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.