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Super Unadvertised Sale to Belize, Costa Rica, and Guatemala

Are you looking for someplace warm to visit this winter? Ever want to explore Costa Rica, Belize, or Guatemala? Normally those destinations are outrageously expensive, like $700 round-trip or more plus taxes. But right now, you can fly on American from US Air hub cities for about half the normal fare thanks to a sudden, unadvertised fare war between American and USAir.

USAir (tel. 800/428-4322; www.usair.com) has reduced fares to Belize City (BZE), Guatemala City (GUA); San Jose Costa Rica (SJO); and Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) pretty much system-wide. This is an unadvertised sale. Travel at the lowest fares is valid Monday-Thursday; from now through June 15. The extra icing on the cake? There's no advance purchase! Fares are slightly higher weekends. The USAir¿fares are good, but the real deals are American's (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) retaliatory fares from Charlotte, Phoenix, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. AA's fares are 50-60% off normal levels, again with no advance purchase. Fares from Philadelphia, Charlotte, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh before taxes (which add about $60) include:

  • Liberia, Costa Rica $315
  • San Jose, Costa Rica $309
  • Guatemala $303
  • Belize $292 (Northwest has an even better deal from Charlotte at $293 with travel through January 2, 2007)

Blowout Sale to São Paulo, Brazil

Delta (tel. 800/221/-1212; www.delta.com) has reduced fares to São Paulo system-wide for travel June 18-28, Monday-Thursday. For example, Boston to São Paulo is $570 round-trip plus taxes, which is about $100 less than other airlines. As with the US Air Central America sale, Delta's fares are very good; but United's retaliatory,¿we-will-cause-you-pain fares from Delta's hubs are off the hook: $355 round-trip from Atlanta, Cincinnati and Salt Lake City, and of course, to add insult to injury they're for travel through Jan 2¿2007, any day of the week. Clearly, United is very, very mad. This is amazing. Note: Rio is just $154 round-trip from São Paulo, so if Rio is really where you want to go then buy two separate fares.

George Hobica is a syndicated travel journalist and blogger whose website, www.airfarewatchdog.com, tracks unadvertised airfare wars and other fare sales.

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