I've been writing an online travel column at the Star Tribune for nearly 10 years now, helping readers find last-minute online-only deals out of the Twin Cities.

In all of that time, I have never seen this deal. (And I'm not necessarily saying it's a deal. I'm just saying that in all my time here, I've never seen a flight like this advertised as a last-minute getaway.)

This week, US Airways is offering a last-minute deal out of MSP to Tel Aviv, Israel, for $872 round trip. US Airways is also offering a last-minute deal to Nassau, Bahamas for $406 roundtrip.

Those are two pretty high profile destinations that may cause a few double takes: It's not like they're the usual routine destinations like those offered by United Airlines this week, such as Chicago ($80), Birmingham, Ala. ($198), or London, Ontario ($288).

(Those details can be found here: http://travel.united.com/ube/efares/us/eFares.do )

Tickets to Tel Aviv must be purchased by Nov. 23, with various stipulations on travel times. Travel is valid to Tel Aviv from Nov. 21-Dec. 16, and a 3-day advance purchase is required.

All the details can all be found here:



Beyond those deals, Travelzoo this week is boasting a special offer from fly.com with prices as low as $74 one-way from Minneapolis to destinations including New York City, Boston, Orlando and Tampa.

That deal can be found here:

Travel safe!