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There's a major fare war going on between Continental and USAir. It's a true St. Patrick's Day massacre, with Continental offering fares between Phoenix and many East Coast cities for $94 one-way with no round-trip purchase required. Same deal for coast-to-coast (and shorter hops) to/from Charlotte and Pittsburgh at $74-$94 one-way. Travel is valid through Feb 10, 2007, but seats are hard to find on some routes (they do exist).

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You'll also find big fare reductions for Cleveland, Newark, Pittsburgh and Houston on USAir, but in most cases these fares are for shorter routes, such as Cleveland/Portland ME for $74 one-way. In some cases, such as Pittsburgh/Seattle, even though Northwest has a fare $10 less than Continental's $94 one-ways, seats are easier to find on Continental and CO's fares can be bought one-way whereas Northwest requires a round-trip purchase.

The same is true for Philadelphia to Charleston WV to name another example at random. Northwest has a $138 round-trip fare, but seats are scarce; CO's $188 round-trip has more seats. USAir's fare on that route is $423 round-trip! And United's is $433! See a selection of fares with deep links directly to the fare bookings on Travelocity on the Airfarewatchdog Top 30 page. We expect this sale to last at least a few more hours, but there¿s no telling exactly when one airline will cry "uncle."

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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