Airlines still holding out on summer airfare deals

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Associated Press

Posted on February 17, 2011 at 7:41 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 17 at 10:33 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — It will take some digging and perhaps some luck to score a cheap airfare this summer.

So far, the airlines appear to be withholding their deepest discounts from prime summer travel periods, although they have been offering sales on domestic and international flights this spring.

Without much fanfare Tuesday, Delta Air Lines offered flights to some European cities for as little as $138 round trip, taxes included. The offer was gone within a few hours, leading some experts to think it was a pricing error. Delta declined comment.

George Hobica (HOH'-buh-kuh) of airfarewatchdog.com says air travelers will have to be diligent, by frequently doing an Internet search for "air fare alert" to see what pops up.

He also suggests following the airlines on Twitter and Facebook to keep track of cheap fares that might occur without much notice.

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<<CUT …134 (02/17/11)>> 00:13 "a bag ahead"

George Hobica (HOH'-buh-kah)

Airfare watcher George Hobica of airfarewatchdog.com says there's no relief in sight on baggage charges.

<<CUT …133 (02/17/11)>> 00:11 "looking and looking"

George Hobica (HOH'-buh-kah)

Airfare watcher George Hobica of airfarewatchdog.com says there is no best time to look for cheap air fares.

<<CUT …132 (02/17/11)>> 00:09 "trip, including tax"

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Airfare watcher George Hobica of airfarewatchdog.com says an amazing air fare popped up just Tuesday.

<<CUT …131 (02/17/11)>> 00:12 "their e-mail streams"

George Hobica (HOH'-buh-kah)

Airfare watcher George Hobica of airfarewatchdog.com says cheap summer air fares are out there, but you've got to be watchful.

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