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American Airlines Sale to Buenos Aires

If the thought of waltzing around Europe this summer leaves your wallet in tears, maybe a little Argentine tango is more your speed. American (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) is having a sale on summer travel from select cities to Buenos Aires, good for travel through July 22. All purchases must be made by June 13, and fares include:

Midwest Sale on Fall Travel

Get a jump on your fall travel plans with the latest sale from Midwest Airlines (tel. 800/452-2022; www.midwestairlines.com). You'll find the lowest fares of the sale are for travel to/from Milwaukee. All fares must be purchased by June 9, and are good for travel from September 3 through November 15.

Air Canada WebSaver Deals

We've found some great deals on summer travel included in Air Canada's (tel. 888/247-2262; www.aircanada.com) latest batch of Web Savers. These fares are available for purchase only through Air Canada's site, and are good for travel through August 31. Tickets must be purchased by June 12, and fares include:

And for folks traveling between Toronto and Los Angeles, we suggest skipping the fare included in Air Canada's Web Savers for this route in favor of the much lower one offered by WestJet:

American Airlines Tokyo Sale Encore

Did no one bite the first go around? Whatever their reason, American (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) has extended their Tokyo sale, originally set to expire at the end of last month, to June 17. Outbound travel must begin by August 17, and fares include:

For a complete listing of these fares, be sure to check out our Tokyo page.

How Airline Cutbacks Will Affect Your Travel

If you've been watching the news, you already know that airlines are planning pretty substantial reductions in flights, fleets, and personnel. There's talk that Spirit Airlines may lay off or displace up to 60 percent of its flight attendants and as many as 45 percent of its pilots in two months, as it struggles to cope with soaring jet-fuel prices.

Nothing is definite, but with the cutbacks in staffing there might be cutbacks in routes and flights. If you're a Spirit customer, or have plans to fly them this year, this is a situation you'll want to watch closely. Spirit lost $16.7 million in the fourth quarter, on $187.1 million in revenue, according to the Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

And Continental is the latest airline to announce big reductions. Its mainline fleet of about 375 planes will shrink to about 344 by the end of next year, a reduction of 8 percent. They'll also cut 3000 jobs. United may cut back as much as 18 percent; American has announced a 12 percent cut. Delta will reduce capacity by at least 10 percent. A recent article in USA Today shows where many of these cuts will land.

So just how will all these major cuts affect you? Get the full story here in the Airfarewatchdog blog.

Your Round-Trip Airfare is Only the Beginning...

When American Airlines announced a fee of $15 for the first checked bag, the staff here at Airfarewatchdog.com gasped collectively, as did most of you. European travelers, however, if they paid attention to the news at all, shrugged. After all, they are used to such things on their discount carriers, such as Ryanair, which charge for everything except to use the emergency oxygen masks, to make up for the fact that the fare was next to nothing, or, in some cases, literally nothing. The greatest surprise in this current climate of high fuel prices and tough economic scenarios is perhaps not how fee-happy domestic airlines have become -- it's that it took them so long to get there. Then again, air travel in the vast United States has always been a little different

while other countries have socialized their health care systems, Americans have come to expect an almost socialization of airfares, and we're addicted to paying less, adjusted for inflation, year after year. Generally, the airlines are only too happy to indulge us

as long as they can, and as long as they know that the government will be there to bail them out when times get rough, as it did after 9/11. But what now? Nobody's indulging anyone. Things have gotten fierce. So fierce, that a simple flight from A to B is starting to seem a bit like a cruise. Sure, you paid a base price, but whoa, those extra charges on board that pop up out of nowhere! That's considered normal at sea -- maybe it's time you considered it normal in the air. Relax, though, the upsell opportunities for a cruise line are limitless. Not so much in the sky. After all, how much money can they make off of you sandwiched in your tiny seat in a flying tuna fish can? We'll show you how much. Check out these five sample scenarios.

Additional Reporting by David Landsel and 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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