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Delta Monroe Sale

No, no, not that actress from Designing Women. You're thinking of Delta Burke. We're talking about Delta Airlines and Monroe, Louisiana. You see, before making the move to HQ in Atlanta, Delta Airlines (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta.com) was initially based in Monroe. And, to celebrate their 80th anniversary, Delta is selling tickets to/from Monroe at $80 each way. Sure, the Monroe Wikitravel page features a completely blank 'Do' section, and the only real draw listed seems to be the Pecanland Mall -- but hey, surely you can find something to do. If not, Shreveport and New Orleans are just a car ride away!

Singapore Airlines 30th Anniversary Sale

And Delta isn't the only one celebrating a milestone birthday. As part of their 30th Anniversary in the USA promo, Singapore Airlines (tel. 800/742-3333; www.singaporeair.com) is offering some great fares for travel to (would you believe) Singapore from select U.S. cities. Fares must be purchased by April 30, for outbound travel between now and May 31, with a maximum stay of 6 months. Round-trip fares include:

United Fly Away Sale

The Great Fly Away sale from United Airlines (tel. 800/241-6522; www.united.com) is good for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday travel through June 17. All fares must be purchased by April 5 and require a 14 day advance purchase. Also required: A 3 night Friday or Saturday night stay, with a 30-day maximum stay. Fares include:

Midwest Spring Summer Sale

The new summer sale from Midwest Airlines (tel. 800/452-2022; www.midwestairlines.com) is good for Tuesday-Wednesday travel from April 20 all the way through September 30. All fares require a 21-day advance purchase and, in some cases, a one-night minimum stay. Sale ends April 8 and round-trip fares include:

JetBlue Sales

You're probably kicking yourself for missing Thursday's $14 coast-to-coast sale. Those fares sure didn't stick around for long, and -- did you notice? -- they were only available through JetBlue's own site. Not on Kayak, not on Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz, or the other APTCO-powered fare comparison doohickeys. Nope.

Also from JetBlue (tel. 800/538-2583; www.jetblue.com), their spring sale is still up and running through April 8. Travel dates vary between cities, but the majority are good on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays between April 29 and June 17. Fares include:

Passenger Rights, Such as They Are

The sad fact is that the US airline industry is required to offer relatively few passenger rights when something goes wrong. In other countries, airlines have to step to the plate when passengers are stranded, delayed, or otherwise mistreated. Yes, the US DOT did recently increase compensation for bumped passengers and lost luggage, but we've got a long way to go. So what's a passenger to do when something goes wrong? We're so glad you asked.

Airfares May Soon Change More Often than Ever

Big changes may be coming to the process of buying airfares. That's because ATPCO, the folks who act as the airfare intermediary between the airlines and you, the consumer, via airfare distribution systems such as Travelocity, Expedia, and your local travel agent, will soon be implementing real time, instantaneous airfare updates, according to a person who is familiar with the matter. What's that mean for you? Find out.

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.

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