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Delta's Latest Sale

Delta Airlines (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta.com) is having a sale covering many cities it serves in the continental U.S. Fares start at $138 round-trip, and other airlines are matching. The fares are readily available, and a majority of them are pretty good (such as between Cincinnati and Tampa or West Palm Beach for $198 or Salt Lake City and San Jose for $158). However, you can find lower fares on certain routes, even on Delta, with longer travel periods (Salt Lake City to/from Los Angeles is $158 in the Delta sale versus $138 on Travelocity via Delta and travel through December 14). Travel at the sale fares is from October 10 through November 17 (although on Monday soon after the sale was released you could buy these fares clear through August 2006 on third-party sites such as Travelocity and Orbitz; that "glitch" has been fixed). A 3-night minimum stay is required when travel begins on Sunday through Thursday; a Saturday-night minimum stay when travel begins on Friday or Saturday. Tickets must be purchased by October 11.

Unadvertised United Sale between Ski Country and California

United (tel. 800/241-6522; www.united.com) seems to have lowered fares between smaller California cities and its ski destinations in Colorado and Wyoming. This appears to be an unadvertised fare reduction, and there's no telling how long it will last.

Burbank to/from Durango, Jackson Hole, Montrose, Steamboat Springs and Vail is $198 round-trip for Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday travel through November 16. Fares other days are just $20 higher. The same fares apply from Chico, Ontario, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara and other smaller airports in California. If these fares still seem pricey, consider: Alaska and Delta are charging $352 round-trip on the Santa Barbara/Jackson Hole route compared to United's $198. And Los Angeles to Jackson Hole is $319 round-trip on Alaska or $340 round-trip on United, so by traveling via these smaller airports you can save a bundle.

Big Sale on AirTran

AirTran (tel. 800/247-8726; www.airtran.com) is having a sale to celebrate its 100th new Boeing plane (an odd reason to have a sale, but we're not about to complain). This sale covers pretty much every city it flies to/from, and starts from $39 one-way. The fares are easy to find, and in most cases they're the lowest available as of this writing. Round-trip purchase not required. Travel Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday through February 1 with a 10-day advance purchase required. Blackouts on November 22, 23 & 26-28; December 21 through January 3 and January 16. Tickets must be purchased by October 18. Delta and other airlines are matching on select routes, sometimes only with a round-trip purchase, but they might not always offer the same one-way fares.

Southwest's Sale for San Diego

Southwest (tel. 800/435-9792; www.southwest.com) is offering its weekly sale, and this week it's San Diego, with fares ranging from $34 one-way (to/from Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson) to $109 one-way (to/from Omaha, Raleigh and St. Louis). Some really good ones include $99 one-way fares to/from Buffalo, Cleveland, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Fares are readily available, and most of them are good, although the coast-to-coast fares aren't the lowest available right now, especially if bought on a round-trip basis. Round-trip purchase not required, but a 21-day advance purchase is, for travel through February 3, 2005. Tickets must be purchased by October 6.

Huge Sale Between Denver and Over 50 Cities on Frontier

Frontier Airlines (tel. 800/432-1359; www.frontierairlines.com) is having a huge sale between Denver and 53 cities in the U.S. and Mexico, ranging from $59 up to $149 one-way. The fares are still easily available, but most you can find for less on Travelocity and elsewhere (albeit only by a few dollars). A 10-day advanced and round-trip purchase is required. Travel Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday through January 11. Blackouts on November 19, 22, 23 & 25-29; December 17, 21-23, 26-28 & 30- 31; January 1-2 & 6-7. Tickets must be purchased by October 6.

Introductory Sale Between Orlando and Five Cities

Delta Airlines (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta.com) is having an introductory sale between Orlando and Baton Rogue ($168 round-trip); Dallas ($138); and Kansas City, Oklahoma City and Tulsa ($198). The fares to/from Oklahoma City and Tulsa are good, but you can find lower fares for the other three cities elsewhere. Travel between November 1 and December 15, except between Kansas City and Orlando, which begins on or after December 1; travel must be completed by February 14. A 3-night minimum-stay is required when travel begins on Sunday through Thursday; a Saturday-night minimum stay is required when travel begins on Friday or Saturday. Tickets must be purchased by October 11.

Southwest Reno One-Ways

Southwest Airlines (tel. 800/435-9792; www.southwest.com) is offering some particularly good fares to and from Reno, Nevada, especially for one-way trips. Other airlines do not appear to be matching the one-way fares, although their round-trips are in some cases comparable.

For example Albany to Reno is $89 one-way at Southwest.com for all travel except on Sunday and Friday; other airlines are charging $142 one-way, but among the other major carriers only American sells the route at $188 round-trip (Delta has it for $270 round-trip currently).

Here are the other Southwest one-ways priced under $100 to (or from) Reno:

  • Baltimore $89
  • Buffalo $99
  • Chicago Midway $89
  • Columbus $99
  • Hartford $99
  • Norfolk $99
  • Raleigh $99
  • Tampa $99

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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