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Unadvertised ATA Sale

ATA (tel. 800/435-9282; www.ata.com) has discounted its fares without any advertising as far as we can see, resulting in some great one-way fares on many of its routes. Below are some sample one-way fares before taxes and fees:

Travel Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday through December 15, 2006. This sale is unadvertised and may end at any moment so act fast.

United Sale to Germany

United Airlines (tel. 800/241-6522; www.united.com) is having a really good unadvertised (the good ones always are) sale to Germany, and its codeshare partner Lufthansa has some even better fares in some cases. Because it's unadvertised, there's no telling when it will disappear, but we expect if you act fast you'll find seats. The lowest fares are for travel Monday to Wednesday for travel starting in November. We suggest using a flexible date search on Orbitz.com to find seats at the sale fares. Sample fares including all taxes and fees:

Depart November 6, return November 13

  • Las Vegas to Munich: $390 round-trip vs. $459 on Lufthansa or $1,364 on USAir
  • Las Vegas to Frankfurt: $399 round-trip vs. $595 on Delta

Depart November 13, return November 20

  • Boston to Frankfurt: $389 round-trip (some flights code shared with Lufthansa) vs. $382 on Lufthansa nonstop
  • San Francisco to Munich: $414 round-trip nonstop vs. $509 on Northwest

Midwest Airlines Sale in to/from the Midwest

Lovely little Midwest Airlines (tel. 800/452-2022; www.midwestairlines.com), the one with many flights featuring all-first-class seating, is having a sale, with many flights nonstop. Travel October 13 through December 19, except Sundays; stay over a Friday or Saturday night; book at least 3 days ahead of travel but no later than October 16.

Some sample round-trip fares before taxes:

EOS 50 Percent off Business Class to London

Eos Airlines (tel. 800/598-2149; www.eosairlines.com) is offering a 50 percent discount on its flights from New York JFK to London Stansted. Those of you who have flown EOS already know that it's one of best airlines in the skies. Book this offer by October 16, 2006. EOS has four fares, which keeps things pretty simple. The lowest is $3,150 RT with a 42-day advance purchase; the highest is $6,850 RT. The 50 percent offer applies only to their 21-day advance purchase fare, which is normally $4,200 RT. So you'll pay an extremely reasonable $2,100 with the discount. You'll also get a day room at Stansted Airport and a rail ticket to London, but no frequent flyer points. Taxes add about $130 to these fares. All travel must be completed by February 18, 2007.

Alaska Airlines West Coast Sale

Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/252-7522; www.alaskaair.com) is offering yet another sale, this time a 20 percent discount on flights between Canada and Washington State or California and Montana. To receive the discount, enter e-certificate code EC05306 when making reservations at www.alaskaair.com. Travel between October 25, 2006 and December 20, 2006. This offer expires October 15, 2006. These fares are good and available only on Alaska's site.

US Airways Syracuse Sale

US Airways (tel. 800/428-4322; www.usairways.com) has discounted fares to and from Syracuse. These fares are valid for travel through next year. There is no specified expiration date to this sale so it may end at any moment. Below are some sample round-trip fares before taxes and fees.

AA's So-So Sale to Canada

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

Depart October 25, Return November 1

  • Chicago to Vancouver: $465 vs. $439 on Air Canada
  • Dallas to Toronto: $352 vs. $321 on Northwest

Depart November 5, Return November 12

  • Miami to Ottawa: $409 vs. $340 on US Airways
  • Philadelphia to Montreal: $359 vs. $323 on United from Newark

As you can see these fares are all being beaten on other airlines, so this isn't much of a sale, which is often the case with the larger sales on the larger airlines. Travel Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. Other travel days are higher. Blackout dates are November 23-26, 2006. Fares are valid through December 15, 2006. A 14- day advance purchase is required.

Sale to Taipei

Malaysia Airlines (tel. 800/522-9264; www.malaysiaairlinesusa.com) has launched a sale to Taipei from Los Angeles. Here are some sample fares including all taxes and fees:

Depart November 5, Return November 12

  • Los Angeles to Taipei: $727 vs. next lowest $809 on China Airlines

This is another one of Malaysia's great deals, especially since Malaysia is such a super airline and it flies this route nonstop. Travel between October 1, 2006 and November 30, 2006 or between January 16, 2007 and May 31 2007. Purchase your tickets by October 31, 2006.

SAS Stockholm Sale

Scandinavian Airlines (tel. 800/221-2350; www.flysas.com) is offering a low fare on travel between Newark and Stockholm. Below are some sample fares including all taxes and fees. All comparisons were made using Orbitz.com

Depart October 17, Return October 23

  • Newark to Stockholm: $523 vs. $533 on United/Lufthansa

Depart between October 11, 2006 and November 3, 2006. Travel must be on SAS operated non-stop transatlantic flights. A Saturday night stay is required. All travel must be completed by November 5, 2006. Purchase your ticket by October 14, 2006.

Freeport, St. Maarten, & Stuttgart

Delta Air lines (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta.com) has discounted fares from Atlanta to Freeport, St. Maarten, and Stuttgart. Seats at the sale price are difficult to find. Below are some sample fares including all taxes and fees:

Depart October 24, Return October 31

  • Atlanta to Stuttgart: $535 vs. next-lowest $543 on Lufthansa
  • Atlanta to Freeport: $255 with Airtran matching

Depart November 30, Return December 7

  • Atlanta to St. Maarten: $364 vs. $378 on American
  • Atlanta to Freeport: $275 with Airtran matching

As you can see, most of these fares have been matched by other airlines. However, Delta offers nonstop service to all of these destinations. For Stuttgart, travel may begin October 9 through October 29, 2006 and must be completed by November 29, 2006. For Freeport and St. Maarten, travel must be completed by December 15, 2006. Purchase your tickets by October 22, 2006.

Delta Airlines to Install Lie Flat Beds

US-based airlines flying internationally have been slow to catch up with European and Asian carriers in providing completely horizontal "bed-like" business class seats. But that's about to change. Delta is first out of the gate with its announcement of fully horizontal seating in its BusinessElite cabins. The new seats will appear in "early 2008" according to the airline, when it takes delivery of two new Boeing 777 Long Range jets. Even in economy, however, Delta is making substantial investments by adding new all-leather seats on some aircrafts, along with a new high tech entertainment system. And speaking of business class on Delta, if you book 50 days ahead and stay a minimum of 7 days, fares can be surprisingly reasonable. Some examples (all one-way, round-trip purchase required, taxes not included):

  • Atlanta to Madrid: $1,279
  • Atlanta to Zurich: $1,269
  • New York to Moscow: $1,389

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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