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Jetblue Countdown Sale

Jetblue Airways (tel. 800/538-2583; www.jetblue.com) is having a three day sale on many of its routes, with fares that are about $10 lower than even their normally quite reasonable fares. Below are some one-way samples, not including taxes and fees. Click on the links for more information.

A seven or 14-day advance purchase is required. Travel seven days a week, subject to availability. Weekend travel tends to be higher, and these are just the lowest possible fares, not the fare you'll necessarily find for every flight during the travel period, which is through November 15, 2006. Purchase your ticket by August 17, 2006

Airtran Two-Day Sale

AirTran (tel. 800/247-8726; www.airtran.com) is having a two day sale on flights to and from Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Indianapolis and Philadelphia with fares starting as low as $39 one-way (round-trip purchase not required). Here are some sample one-way fares before taxes and fees:

  • Baltimore to/from Charlotte: $49
  • Baltimore to/from Jacksonville: $59
  • Boston to/from Newport News: $49
  • Boston to/from Rochester: $39
  • Chicago to/from Minneapolis: $39
  • Chicago to/from Newark: $59
  • Dallas to/from Chicago: $69
  • Dallas to/from White Plains, NY: $89
  • Indianapolis to/from Atlanta: $69
  • Indianapolis to/from Tampa: $69
  • Philadelphia to/from Boston: $39
  • Philadelphia to/from Sarasota: $59

For the lowest fares, travel through November 15, 2006. Fares are not valid on Fridays or Sundays. A 7-day advance purchase is required. Tickets must be purchased on airtran.com by 11:59 PM EST on August 16, 2006. These fares can only be purchased online.

USA3000 $10 Discount

USA3000 (tel. 877/872-3000; www.usa3000.com) already has some amazingly low fares on the routes they service, and these fares do not show up in most popular third-party search engines such as Travelocity and Orbitz. To make things even better, they are offering a $10 discount on all flights booked by August 22, 2006 for travel between August 15, 2006 and December 15, 2006. USA3000 serves the Caribbean and Florida from Baltimore, Chicago O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Newark, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, or St. Louis. This airline sells all its fares one-way. To redeem, type in the promo code FUN in the yellow box when booking online at www.usa3000.com.

AA to Japan

American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) is offering a sale on travel to Japan. Seats are very easy to find. Below are some sample fares including taxes and fees:

Depart September 12, Return September 22

  • Las Vegas to Tokyo: $758 vs. $835 on United
  • Chicago to Osaka: $884 vs. $870 on United

Depart October 16, Return October 23

  • Dallas to Osaka: $910 vs. $990 on United
  • New York to Tokyo: $889 vs. $986 on United

As you can see, most of these fares are the lowest available with United following closely behind. Travel outbound through October 22, 2006. Return travel must be completed by January 20, 2007. Fares shown are valid for travel Monday through Thursday while higher fares apply for travel Friday through Sunday. Purchase your ticket by August 17, 2006.

20 Percent Off Select Alaska Airlines Flights

Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/252-7522; www.alaskaair.com) is offering a 20 percent discount on flights between Denver or Dallas/Ft Worth and Alaska or Canada. To receive the discount, enter e-certificate code EC04506 when making reservations. Travel between September 13, 2006 and November 15, 2006. This offer expires August 20, 2006. And you can book only on Alaska's website.

Atlanta to Belize City, Cozumel, and the Caribbean

Delta Air Lines (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta.com) has discounted some International Routes from its Atlanta hub. Seats are difficult to find. Here are some sample fares including taxes and fees:

Depart August 21 Return August 24

  • Atlanta to Belize City: $567 vs. $455 on American
  • Atlanta to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos: $459 vs. $438 on US Airways

Depart October 8, Return October 22

  • Atlanta to Cozumel: $436 vs. $549 on American
  • Atlanta to St Maarten: $504 vs. $548 on American

The savings vary depending on when you travel. Other airlines have better deals for late August travel, but Delta has the lowest fares in October. Depart between August 15, 2006 and October 18, 2006. Complete travel by November 17, 2006. Fares shown are valid for travel Monday through Thursday. Other travel days are available at additional cost. Book your ticket by August 23, 2006.

The New Carry On Rules

By now you've all heard about the new restrictions on what you may bring into airline cabins, although the rules seem to be modified a bit day by day. But how to cope with them and how will they affect your travel? There's good and bad in this. Most likely, people will be checking more luggage, which means longer lines and waits at the check in desks before you get to security. It also means more lost and pilfered bags. But travelers are reporting that with fewer people carrying bags into the cabin, the boarding procedure is faster and easier, and security personnel have fewer bags to examine, so that process may go more smoothly as well. On the negative side, airlines will have to hire more personnel at check in desks and in baggage handling, already a creaky enterprise at most carriers, and travelers who normally breeze off the plane with their rolling suitcases now must add 30-45 minutes or longer waiting for their bags at the carousel. If you still want to carry on your luggage but don't want to buy new liquids and gels each time you arrive in a new city, then simply use FedEx (air or ground), UPS, or the US Post Office and send these items ahead to your hotel, grandma's house, or branch office; send them back the same way when your trip is done. But if you're old enough, you remember that in the glory days of travel, back when 707's and Lockheed Constellations ruled the skies, before laptops and Blackberries and iPods were essential accessories, all you brought on board was a little cabin bag emblazoned with the airline's logo (I collect them on eBay as a matter of fact) in which you'd place some chewing gum perhaps, your Instamatic and some film, a paperback, sunglasses, that sort of stuff. Perhaps that's what we're reverting back to. And if the airlines clean up their collective baggage handling act, then perhaps it won't be a bad thing.

Additional Reporting by David Shan

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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