EuropeSure, the temps outside may be downright frigid, but that doesn’t mean your travel calendar has to freeze up. In fact, this brief post-holiday period – when most people have just dished out for expensive holiday airfares and aren’t necessarily looking to travel anytime soon – is one of the best times of year to take advantage of gargantuan travel savings, especially when it comes to flights. We’ve dug up some exceptional fare sales – featuring rates from just $45 each-way – to help you kick off your 2009 travels to Florida beaches, US ski slopes, European cities, and beyond.

$45+: Huge AirTran Sale to Top US Destinations (One-Way)$45+: Huge AirTran Sale to Top US Destinations (One-Way)
The Deal: Take off to Florida beaches, bustling cultural capitals (like LA, NYC, or San Francisco), and dozens of more popular locales in the US and Puerto Rico at fares that are about $10 to $20 lower (each-way) than those we saw through most of 2008. Plus, travel is valid well into the mild days of spring.


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Sample One-Way Fares: Atlanta–Charleston $45; Boston–Miami $105; Chicago–Ft. Myers $85; NYC–Richmond $55; DC–Orlando $82; and more.

The Catch: The lowest rates are only available for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturdays.

Travel By: May 20

Book By: January 15 (a 10-day advance purchase is required)

$126+: Last-Min US Flights for this Wknd & Next (Round-Trip)
The Deal: As airlines attempt to fill up empty seats, you can nab some terrific savings on round-trip flights leaving this weekend or next – expect savings of 10 to 40 percent off of standard fares.


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Sample Round-Trip Fares: DC–NYC $126; Philadelphia–Orlando $146; LA–Vegas $146; Denver–LA $186; Jacksonville–Chicago $216; and more

The Catch: Deals fluctuate regularly and are limited in supply – if you see a good deal, grab it on the spot!

Travel By: This weekend or next

Book By: ASAP

$187+: AA Fares to Top Colorado & Wyoming Slopes (Round-Trip)
The Deal: Head out to hit top US slopes in peak ski season, without having to fork over heaps of cash. Ski destinations throughout Colorado and Wyoming are featured in this American Airlines deal, with departures available from dozens of US cities.

Sample Round-Trip Fares: Tulsa–Eagle/Vail $187; DC–Gunnison $197; Houston–Jackson $207; Boston–Hayden $257; San Antonio–Eagle/Vail $207; and more

The Catch: The valid travel period is currently listed only through February 11, although we anticipate it will be extended through March 31.

Travel By: Through February 11

Book By: ASAP (no expiry date has been listed; a 14-day advance purchase is required)

$347+: Rock-bottom Europe Fares on American (Round-Trip)
The Deal: With the US dollar finally gaining some traction against the Euro, and off-season airfares plummeting to rates that are as low as 60 percent off of their summer highs, now is the perfect time to lock in these low American Airlines’ fares to popular European locales.

Sample Round-Trip Fares: Philadelphia–London $347; NYC–Barcelona $395; Boston–Dublin $427; Chicago–Zurich $487; LA–Paris $533; and more

The Catch: It’s winter in Europe – in most cities, you’ll need to bundle up before setting out sightseeing.

Travel By: Through March 3

Book By: January 21 (a 7-day advance purchase is required)

$380+: Qantas Fares to Australia via NY, LA & SF (One-Way)
The Deal: Catch a little summer Down Under with these discounted Qantas flights, valid from major cities on both coasts; fares may be applied on travel to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, or Cairns. Plus, enjoy the flight in style onboard the airline’s new fleet of A380s – the largest commercial passenger jet in the world!

Sample One-Way Fares: San Francisco–Sydney $380; LA–Melbourne $380; NYC–Brisbane $480; and more

The Catch: Sale fares are limited – look to midweek flights for the best chance of scoring the promotional rates.

Travel By: Select periods through September 21

Book By: January 26

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