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Virgin America Sale

Virgin America (tel. 877/359-8474; www.virginamerica.com) is having a sale on summer/fall travel, with fares ranging from $49 each way to $119 each way. We've found Southwest, Northwest, and other airlines are matching on select routes. This sale is valid for travel from August 18-November 18 and fares include:

All bookings must be complete by August 11. For more info, visit the Virgin America site.

Fall Sale from Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines (tel. 800/742-3333; www.singaporeair.com) is having a sale on fall travel to select destinations, including Singapore, Denpasar, Tokyo, Manila, Phnom Penh, Jakarta, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi.

Fares must be purchased by August 7 and include:

JetBlue Beating Their Own Sale Fares

JetBlue (tel. 800/538-2583; www.jetblue.com) may share their fares with the O.T.A.'s, even discounted sale fares like their current But Wait, There's More! Sale. But does that mean the sale price you see on Orbitz or Kayak is the same you'll find on JetBlue's site? Uh, no. Not always.

Take, for example, Boston to Buffalo. We checked this route on both Kayak as well as Orbitz, and found it listed for $119 round-trip with taxes, as part of the current JetBlue sale. Not bad, but when we check the same dates, same sale on JetBlue, we get a fare of $79 round-trip, including taxes. JetBlue is beating their own sale price by $40! See? Yet another case of airlines saving their best fares for their own site.

We've also found other airlines are matching and even beating JetBlue on a few particular routes, but here's a quick rundown of our top fares from this sale:

This sale is good for travel on Mondays through Thursdays, as well as Saturdays, from September 8 through December 16. Fares require a 14-day advance purchase and must be booked by August 5, 11:59pm MT. Avoid blackout dates around Thanksgiving, November 24 through November 30.

Spirit Sale, Even for Fare Club Nonmembers

Spirit Airlines (tel. 800/772-7117; www.spiritair.com) is having one of their wacky sales again, with fares starting at $8 each way. Of course those $8 fares are for Spirit's $9 Fare Club members, but there are still plenty of other great fares included in this sale for nonmembers. These fares are good for travel between August 18 and November 17, Monday through Thursday, as well as Saturday, with an additional set of slightly higher sale fares for travel on Friday and Sunday. All fares must be booked by 12:59pm ET, August 4, and include:

Finally! Some Relief From Those Frequent Flyer Fees

A change to frequent flyer policy that won't totally enrage and annoy you?! Well I'll be a monkey's cankle!

United has announced that they will scrap (yes, we repeat, SCRAP) the fee for Mileage Plus Award tickets booked less than 21 days in advance.

And, hot on the heels of United's announcement to drop fees for "last minute" awards tickets, Delta chimed in with changes to their own frequent flyer SkyMiles rewards.

First up, passengers who earn 125,000 miles (or fly 140 segments per calendar year) will receive Diamond Medallion Status, membership to Delta Sky Club, 125% mileage bonus for select purchases, and fee waivers for baggage and award tickets. Platinum and Gold Medallion members are also exempt from booking fees via telephone, online, or in person.

Delta has also applied a rollover policy to account miles, allowing members to retain whatever miles earned above their particular Medallion status at the end of the year. There's no limit on how many miles you may rollover, so go wild.

For more info on Delta's SkyMile Medallion program, visit Delta.com.

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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