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Cathay Pacific Deal of the Month Extended

Missed out on the Cathay Pacific (tel. 800/233-2742; www.cathaypacific.com) Deal of the Month? Well, you can stop kicking yourself because they've now extended it through October 31. In case you didn't catch it the first go around, the deal entails travel from Los Angeles, San Fran, and New York to China (Beijing, Changsha, Dalian, Guilin, Hangzhou, Kunming, Nanjing, Ningbo, Qingdao, Sanya, Shanghai, Shenyang, Wuhan, Xiamen, and Xian), starting at $1,014 (for Monday-Thursday travel) and $1,068 (for Friday-Sunday travel) before taxes. This sale is good for outbound travel through November 30, and round-trip fares (with taxes) include:

Japan and China Sale from American Airlines

American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) is currently offering sale fares to Japan and China, and although it isn't necessarily the lowest fare from every market, there are certainly some real deals to be had here. Fares must be booked by October 17 and include:

This sale is good for outbound travel through November 30, and all travel must be completed by December 30.

Alaska Airlines Web Specials

Though the latest batch of web fares from Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com) does not include a single fare to recent hotspot Wasilla (maybe because, well, they don't fly to Wasilla), don't be sad. There are plenty of other great fares, such as:

Fares are good for travel between October 13 and November 9, or October 28 through December 17. Click our fare detail links for details.

Thailand Last-Minute Getaway

Live in the New York or Chicago area and feel like zipping off to Thailand this fall? Korean Air (tel. 800/438-5000; www.koreanair.com) just so happens to have some snazzy last-minute offers to both Bangkok and Chiang Mai. And by last-minute, they mean departing before November 30. All tickets must be purchased by October 31, and fares include:

Southwest Sale to/from Denver

Book by October 20 to take advantage of this sale from Southwest Airlines (tel. 800/435-9792; www.southwest.com) on travel to/from Denver. Fares start at $49 one-way, before taxes, and are good for travel through March 6, 2009. Blackout dates are November 25 through December 2, and December 19 through January 4, 2009. Here's a round up of some of the better fares in the sale:

Save $10 on Flights to NYC on American

American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) is running a sale on flights to New York City. Save $10 on a roundtrip ticket when you book through this link on AA.com.

This deal requires a 7-day advance purchase, and a 3-day minimum stay. Travel is valid through December 10, 2008, and fares are not valid November 22, 25-26, 29-30 and December 1, 2008.

To take advantage of this deal, you must purchase your tickets by October 15th.

Southwest Coming to Minneapolis

When Delta merges operations with Northwest later this year, it's unlikely that the combined airline will operate six hubs, especially since some of them are relatively close to each other.

Which ones will go? Atlanta or Memphis? Detroit, Cincinnati or Minneapolis? Will they keep Salt Lake City? Whatever happens, Norwelta will cut some routes, and there will be room for other airlines to nose into these hubs, and Southwest, not surprisingly, is the first to make a move. Beginning in March, the Dallas-based low cost carrier will begin service between Chicago Midway and MSP, which will bring low cost connecting service to cities Southwest serves from Midway. Minneapolis desperately needs another low cost airline, especially if Sun Country, which is experiencing financial difficulties, doesn't survive.

All About Consolidator Airfares

They're cheap! They're elusive! And the airlines don't like to talk about them (we asked). What are we talking about? No, not those little pony cans of grape Shasta (although, you're absolutely right, those are hard to find!). We're talking about consolidator fares. Click here for part one in our story.

Top Tips for Flying with the Kids

Remember when we asked you guys for tips on keeping the kids in check during those long holiday flights? Well, you had a ton of great advice. We've narrowed down the best of your tips below, so read up:

1. Have a discussion on expected behavior prior to the trip, as well as a little refresher before boarding.

2. A bag stuffed with essential treats. In our case, that would be Teddy Grahams.

3. Pack plenty of books, stickers, paper, crayons, magazines, and anything else that can be read, or incorporated into an easy mess-free craft project. Remember, obviously, no scissors.

4. Fresh out of craft ideas? Here's an easy one! Bring a fine point Sharpie marker and allow your children to -- just this once -- add moustaches to all the faces in the in-flight magazine. Or blackened teeth. Or both! Hey, go wild (quietly, and to yourself)!

See what made the rest of the list here in the blog.