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London Falling

Okay, so we've seen some real deals to London this fall from Air Canada (tel. 888/247-2262; www.aircanada.com), and this week it seems that every airline and his brother is scrambling to compete. Entering the race, we have Virgin Atlantic (tel. 800/821-5438; www.virgin-atlantic.com) with their Hop the Pond sale, along with some U.K. deals from Delta. Continental has also piped up and lowered fares to Birmingham, Bristol, and Manchester by $100. Even the fare on American's new Stansted route, which begins next month, has been reduced by a C note. Air Canada responded by knocking their fares down even less. Who will win this fare war? Well, you do, of course! Here's the round-up:

$50 Off JetBlue

The experts are reporting that airline traffic is going to decline this fall, and it looks like JetBlue (tel. 800/538-2583; www.jetblue.com) is trying to drum up business with what quite frankly is a fantastic offer.

Register for this promotion, and you'll get a $50 discount coupon on JetBlue if you book a roundtrip flight online by September 18 and travel by October 15. The $50 coupon is good for travel between Deember 1, and February 13, except December 19 to January 7 (naturally). It may be used on round-trip or one-way fares.

But here's where the deal gets sweeter:

You'll get 20 bonus TrueBlue frequent flyer points for every roundtrip flight you fly during the promo period Dec. 1-Feb. 13). It takes 100 points to get a free roundtrip on JetBlue, and you'll also accrue the usual points for each flight.

Alaska/Horizon Sale

Folks heading down to Cal-i-forn-i-a from Boise and Spokane, or vice versa, should check out this sale from Horizon/Alaska Airlines (tel. 800/426-0333; www.alaskaair.com). Sample fares include:

And Speaking of Alaska Airlines...

They're offering 20% off travel between select cities along the west coast, for travel September 25 through November 15. All you have to do is type in the following jibberjabbery code when you purchase your ticket online at www.alaskaair.com: ECO5307

Easy enough, don't you think? Round-trip sample fares include:

LTU and Friends

Though we aren't quite down to the Crazy Eddie's everything-must-go fares from last winter (Remember? Cologne was $230 round-trip from New York!), you'll still find some great deals to Germany for fall. Take a look at these new sale fares to Dusseldorf from LTU International (tel. 866/266-5588; www.ltu.com):

And to elsewhere in Germany:

Secrets of Southwest

Did you have a lovely holiday weekend? We do hope so. And while you were out flipping burgers and splashing in the pool, here we were working. As we've said time and time again, we use real people, not computer programs, to evaluate fares. And that's one reason why we list and compare fares on Southwest Airlines (now the largest domestic carrier in the US based on passengers flown) and the other guys, who are all about computer programs, don't. Why is that? Get the full story on the Airfarewatchblog.

Additional Reporting by Tracy W. Stewart and Bo Borre

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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