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United has just announced special savings on airfare to Rio de Janeiro with low rates available from just $440 one-way.
updated 7/17/2008 9:48:31 AM ET 2008-07-17T13:48:31

Book by: ASAP
Travel by: Through fall

The deal
It's no newsflash that flying got a lot more expensive this year. But several good fare sales on now will stretch your travel budget further than you might have expected. You'll certainly save the most by staying local — and booking AirTran's fare sale from $66 each-way — but neighboring Canada and Mexico are also affordable, from $197 round trip, and new sales to Central or South America will get you to Belize, Brazil, Argentina, and more from just $428 round trip (about half the price of a Hawaii ticket these days).

Sweeping air sale to popular U.S. cities through Nov.,  from $66 one-way
AirTran Airways has just announced a major fare sale, slashing prices on travel to dozens of US cities to as low as $66 one-way, when booking through Travelocity. Jet off to San Francisco, New York, Boston, Miami, and many more top destinations for travel during the peak summer travel period and well into fall (through November 12). This sale requires a 14-day advance purchase and expires on July 29.

Labor Day flights across the U.S., Mexico & Canada, from $102 round trip
Plan to make the last hurrah of summer one to remember with these specially discounted airfares for travel over Labor Day’s long holiday weekend on Orbitz. Look for round-trip flight deals like: Chicago–Indianapolis $102; Boston–Cancun $396; Detroit–Orlando $226; Seattle–Vancouver $253; and more. Best of all, these fares are inclusive of all taxes and fees, so the price you see is the price you pay. Just be sure to book fast – the best deals for this popular travel weekend will sell out fast.

Air Canada fares to Canada through September, from $197 round trip
Air Canada has announced promotional fares for travel across Canada through September. Take off to cities like Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and more from $197 round trip. Just hurry —this sale expires on July 17.

Los Cabos flights on US Airways, from $348 round trip
US Airways has just posted a blowout sale on fares to sunny Los Cabos from $348 round trip. Look for round-trip fares via Sacramento ($348), Las Vegas ($356), Portland ($366), and more. No expiry date has been posted for this promotion, so it could disappear at any time.

Belize end-of-summer fares on TACA, from $428 round trip
Explore the rich culture, rain forests, and pristine beaches of Belize this summer with some spectacular sale fares on offer from $428 round trip. Fly TACA through August 24 to lock in great round-trip rates to Belize from L.A. ($428), N.Y. ($428), Dallas ($448), and more. This promotion ends July 18.

Fall flights to Rio de Janeiro on United, from $440 one-way
United has just announced special savings on airfare to Rio, with low rates available for travel from Boston, New York, San Francisco, and more from just $440 one-way. Sale fares are valid for travel September 2 through November 17, 2008; this deal expires July 28.

American Airlines fares to Chile & Argentina through August, from $474 each way
Set off to the sophisticated Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires or to Chile’s bustling cultural center at Santiago, with this American Airlines' deal featuring sale fares from $474 one-way. Travel now through August 26 to snatch up one-way rates like Detroit-Buenos Aires $474; NYC-Buenos Aires $510; D.C.-Santiago $596; Chicago-Santiago $619; and more. This sale ends July 18.

The catch
Weekend travel dates usually cost more — book midweek for the best fares.

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