Ireland Sale from Aer Lingus

Save on fall/winter flights to Ireland with the current sale from Aer Lingus (tel. 800-223-6537; Travel dates vary by route, ranging from early November through mid-December, and again from early January through late February.

Sale fares are not available during peak December holidays. As is often the case, weekday fares are the cheapest, with fares about $30 higher for travel Friday through Sunday.

Tack on an additional $20-$40 surcharge for tickets booked via telephone or at the airport counter.

All bookings must be made by Sept. 17. Round-trip fares include:

Rarotonga Sale from Air New Zealand

Is Rarotonga as much fun to visit as it is to say? I'm going to guess yes, but feel free to find out on your very own. Air New Zealand (tel. 800/262-1234; just so happens to have a sale to the Cook Islands, good for travel next spring, departing March 31 through May 26.

Passengers can also register to receive a $100 NZD gift card to put toward fruity tropical drinks or whatever your little heart desires. All tickets must be booked by Sept. 30.

Round-trip fares include:

For a complete listing, visit our Rarotonga fare page.

From KLM: Pack & Go Sale for Canada

KLM's (tel. 800/374-7747;

Pack & Go deals include discounted fares from Canadian cities to select destinations in Europe and elsewhere. Travel dates may vary by route, though most are valid for travel through early May, excluding peak travel periods and winter holidays.

Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 18. Other airlines may be matching along some routes.

Round-trip fares include:

Best Offers from Icelandair to Europe

Save on travel to Scandinavia, Iceland, and the UK with the latest Best Offers from Icelandair (tel. 800/223-5500;

Depart from New York, D.C., Seattle, Boston, and Denver, traveling any day of the week from Nov. 18 through Dec. 8. Tickets require a Saturday night stay, with an allowed maximum stay of 30 days.

Round-trip fares include:

Be sure to visit our city pages for Reykjavik, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Bergen for a complete list of current deals.

From the Mailbag: "Premium" Seating

Q: I just did advanced check-in on US Airways, 20 hours ahead of departure, from my home computer. I could select seats on the first leg of my trip, but not the connecting flight. Only a few "premium seats" at $10 and "emergency row" seats. When I tried to select one of the latter, I got a note that they were only available for Â?premiumÂ? frequent fliers. So I forked over $10, but does this mean I would not have gotten a seat without paying on this flight, for which I made a reservation a month ago? Or would they give me a free seat on check-in?

A: Read on.

Additional reporting by Tracy W. Stewart

George Hobica is a syndicated travel journalist and blogger whose website,, tracks unadvertised airfare wars and fare sales, including the most helpful and always updated Top 50 Airfares.