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Cheap travel: Fresno for $216, Aspen for $164 and more on United

Posted by: Updated: November 4, 2009 - 5:34 PM

By Troy Melhus

I'm sure you may have your reasons to take a cheap, last-minute flight to Fresno, Calif., which sits smack in the middle of the Golden State.

Whether you'd want to head to Fresno for family, its proximity to Yosemite, or to just check out some future coastline property, United Airlines is offering flights to the central California town for just $216 this weekend as part of its weekly E-Fares.

And Fresno is hardly the only destination on short sale. United is offering more than a dozen last-minute destinations up for grabs, including Aspen ($164), El Paso ($164), Syracuse ($166) and more.

All the details can be found at

United isn't just limiting itself to this and next weekend.'s Travel Ticker notes that United is offering sale fares from the Midwest starting at $61 each way, through next Thursday.

Not to be outdone, Frontier is also offering a Midwest fare sale, starting at $69 each way, through Nov. 10.

And AirTran is offering a sale fare as well, with flights across the country starting as low as $44 one-way (Milwaukee).

If International is more your flavor, US Airways is also offering a last-minute deal this week from Minneapolis to London for $642 (Gatwick or Heathrow). Those tickets must be purchased by Monday, Nov. 9, with several bits of fine print.

Meanwhile Travelzoo notes that flights from Minneapolis to Orlando can now be found for as low as $179 roundtrip, including tax. Those deals can be found here at

And if you'd just prefer to stay closer to home, there are some deals out there on the Web for you as well.

Travel-ticker is touting a room special available at the Minneapolis W Hotel starting this month through January, with rates as low as at $109 per night on weekends (regularly $149). All those details can be found at Travel-ticker.

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Last-minute airfares and sales continue through Thursday

Posted by: Updated: October 21, 2009 - 1:19 PM

It's a week for a number of online deals for Twin Cities travelers.

For last-minute getaways this weekend, United is offering a truckload of last-minute destination roundtrip deals from Chicago ($112) to El Paso ($190) to Syracuse, NY ($214).

United is also offering additional deals for next weekend to more than a dozen more cities, ranging from $88-$434.

The usual fine print applies to these deals: Purchase by Friday and travel departs the Saturday with a return flight the following Monday or Tuesday.

Details can be found here:

American Airlines is also offering a last-minute deal this weekend to Chicago for $120 as part of their NetsAAver promotion. Details here:

Thursday is the final day for the $39 one-way airfare sale out of Minneapolis, at least as far as AirTran is concerned. The most recent e-mail I'm receiving is from Hotwire's Travel Ticker touting flights out of the Midwest for as low as $44 one-way.

Personally I'm not a fan of generic sale-fare claims, but feel free to check it out all the same. The link can be found here:

But, if you go directly to AirTran, you can find specific fares listed, such as Orlando for $64-$124; Dallas for $74-$124; Philadelphia for $64 - $176 and more.

Here's the link:

Tickets must be purchased by midnight Thursday and travel must be completed by Dec. 16. Sale fares are not valid for travel on Fridays or Sundays and there are some blackout dates -- basically the bookends to Thanksgiving.

That said, decent fares can be found for the flexible.

(Likewise, Southwest was touting sale fares this week through Thursday for as low as $59 one-way, though in my few searches of destinations, the lowest fare I could find was $80. Here's the link:

Elsewhere on the web, Travelzoo this week is touting sale fare prices from Minneapolis to Tampa for as low as $199, including tax, through much of November and December. Granted, it's Tampa. But it's a pretty cheap flight, relatively speaking, and just this week on Hotwire I priced December rental cars for under $30 a day.

That airfare deal can be found here:

And then, of course, there are the charter deals, which are starting to heat up this week as the weather continues to drizzle.

Low price specials that I spotted this week:

Funjet Vacations' 3 nights air+hotel to the Luxor Las Vegas, for $300 a person.

Otherwise, over at, the best deals seemed to be airfare-only deals to Caribbean and Mexico, hovering in the $300 range.




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