Virgin America's New Service to/from Newark + Intro Sale

As of April 2, Virgin America (tel. 877/359.8474; will begin new service to/from Newark Liberty EWR. Nonstop flights operate three times daily from both Los Angles LAX and San Francisco SFO.

Intro fares start at $298 round-trip (or $149 one-way), for travel from April 2 through June 5. Additional sale fares are available along other routes, including New York to/from Palm Springs for $290 round-trip, for travel on Saturdays from January 12 through March 20.

Additional sale fares available for Tuesday/Wednesday travel from January 7 through March 20. Tickets require a 21-day advance purchase. Slightly higher sale fares available for travel on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Tickets must be booked by December 14. Round-trip, non-stop fares with all taxes added include:

Winter Deals to Africa & the Middle East

Liven up your ho-hum winter with a trip to Africa or the Middle East. From KLM (tel. 800/374-7747;, sale fares are valid for travel from December 24 through January 1, and again from January 5 through March 20.

Fares require a minimum Saturday night stay, with an allowed max of one month.

All tickets must be booked by December 16. Round-trip fares with all taxes added include:

For winter travel to Nairobi and Cape Town, we spotted lower fares with Turkish Airlines, Emirates, and South African Airways.

Denver Deals from Frontier

From Frontier (tel. 800/432-1359;, save on travel to/from Denver through May 15, Mondays through Saturdays.

Avoid blackout dates: December 21-23 and December 26, 2012 through January 6, 2013; and February 14-15 and 18; and March 15-17, 22-24, and 28-31; and April 5-8, 2013

Other carriers (United, AirTran) may be matching along some routes.

Round-trip, non-stop fares with all taxes added include:

AirTran Sale Ends This Week

AirTran's (tel. 800/AIR-TRAN; current sale is valid for travel any day of the week from January 7 through May 15. Travel to/from Florida is valid only on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.

Avoid blackout dates: February 15-18, March 8-15 & 22, and April 1 & 5, 2013. Valid for travel to and from Florida February 15-18, March 7-23 & 28, and April 1 & 5.

All bookings must be made by 11:59pm PT, December 13.

Round-trip fares with all taxes added include:

Last Days: Southwest Sale Ends Thursday

The current sale from Southwest (tel. 800/435-9792; is valid for Monday through Saturday travel, from January 7 through May 15. Sale fares may not be available on all flights, such as those that operate during peak travel periods. Avoid Blackout Dates: February 15-18, March 7-23, March 28-April 1, and April 5, 2013

Tickets must be booked by December 13, 11:59pm PT.

Round-trip fares with all taxes added include:

From the Mail Bag: Missed The Boss!

Q. I had a seat on Alaska Airlines to Oakland leaving Portland at 2:45 p.m. and arriving Oakland at 4:47 p.m. I was flying down for a Bruce Springsteen concert. If you're not a fan, you could be forgiven for saying, "Oh, a concert." But this is an important part of my life. I have seen about 200 shows over 35 years. Tickets are very hard to come by.

I was meeting friends from London, Barcelona, Indianapolis, Boston, New York and throughout California. People I only get to see on such occasions. The only reason for this flight was to see this show and be with those friends for the experience. I paid $360 for my seat. At 2:45 they announced the plane would be delayed. The flight was canceled and I missed the concert, which was to begin at 8 p.m. I'm sure Alaska will throw me a bone, like some miles. But what am I entitled to in this situation?

A. Read on . . .

Additional Reporting by Tracy 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.