Bargain airfares for your holiday getaway

If you’re looking to scoot out of town over the Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s holidays, here are some destination ideas around the globe with sale airfare:

  • $125 one-way, San Francisco, Calif: Give a two-week or more advance purchase notice and finish travel on or before March 6, 2013. No blackout dates to avoid. Valid on nonstop AirTran service.
  • $154 one-way, Cancun, Mexico: Go as soon as this week as an advance notice of travel is not required. Trips are permitted seven days a week through Dec. 14. Don’t worry about blackout dates. Buy tickets through Oct. 30 on AirTran or Delta - both serving Cancun with daily nonstop flights.
  • $187 one-way, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles: Trips are permitted through Aug. 23, 2013 at this rate with a three-day or more advance purchase notice. No blackout dates to avoid. Delta serves Aruba with a daily nonstop flight.
  • $925 round-trip, Manchester, England: Depart now through Oct. 31 or Dec. 13-19 or from Dec. 24-Jan. 1, 2013. To qualify, give a one-week or more advance purchase notice. Weekend travel is $25 more, each way. Stay one weekend to one month. Buy tickets through Oct. 11. United Airlines offers this exclusive rate with one flight connection in Newark, N.J.
  • $955 round-trip, Beijing, China: Start your trip on or after Oct. 30 and finish trips on or before March 31, 2013. Sale rates are permitted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays to China and returns on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays (regularly priced rates apply on other travel days) Buy tickets through Oct. 2. This offer is valid on American, Delta or United.
  • $956 round-trip, Hong Kong, China: Plan to depart Jan. 7-April 23, 2013. Rates are $50 higher each way on weekends. This sale rate requires a minimum stay of 14 days. Buy tickets through Sept. 28. Air Canada serves Beijing with one flight connection in Toronto.

Airfares without a ticket-by date are subject to immediate change.

Every seat on every flight is not offered at the lowest rate. Since only a limited supply of seats is available, act quickly to make your purchase.

I recommend starting the search for available seats at Kayak.com vs. calling an airline directly. You can also search for the sale at travel websites such as Expedia or Travelocity, etc.

— Clara Bosonetto is a retired travel consultant.

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