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Northwest Airlines (tel. 800 to 447-4747; www.nwa.com) and its partner KLM have launched an unadvertised sale for Europe during Thanksgiving week, and the fares are quite spectacular, especially to German destinations. The Airfarewatchdog.com team has been tracking these fares, which were published earlier in the day, rescinded, and then re-published; right now they look to be stable. Here's the deal: travel outbound November 20-24 and return November 24-26 (although most returns on the 26 seem to be sold out, so plan on coming back on the 25th). American Airlines (tel. 800 to 433-7300; www.aa.com) has the same dates to Europe from, chiefly from its Dallas and Miami hubs, for about $100 more.

Some sample fares (all xxx and before taxes, which add about $100)

  • Dallas to Munich from $293 (next lowest $387 on American, same travel dates)
  • Detroit to Stuttgart $282 (next lowest fare $449 on Lufthansa and other airlines)
  • Miami to Munich $283 (next lowest $367 on American)
  • Milwaukee to Düsseldorf $295 (next lowest $500 and up on other airlines)
  • Minneapolis to Paris $298 (next lowest $377 on American)
  • San Francisco to London Gatwick $314 (next lowest $468 on several airlines)
  • Washington, D.C. to London Gatwick $294 (next lowest $398 on USAir and other airlines)

Dozens of other routes are included. Although they're readily available in most cases, you'll have less frustration finding seats if you use a flexible date search on Travelocity.

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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