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Cheap air travel abounds this holiday season - Curt Yeomans

Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com. 

Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com. 

Deck the halls with cheap air fare. Fa-la-la-la-la. La-la-la-la.

If you are looking for a great time to buy tickets for a vacation, you probably won’t see a time that is much of an improvement over right now.

I’ve been perusing the Internet for cheap airfares. Not for myself, mind you, but rather for my readers. I’ve found some great deals on domestic and international travel.

I’ve even been made aware of airfare that is so low, that the number of dollars you’d pay just for the base airfare, doesn’t even make it up to the teens.

Spirit Airlines gets the honor of having the lowest airfare I could find, with one-way tickets between Atlanta and Dallas costing only $11 (not including taxes and fees), in February 2012.

It is a limited-time fare, offered only on three Tuesdays, and three Wednesdays, in February. It is being done to recognize the commencement of non-stop air service between Dallas and Atlanta.

Southwest is getting ready to enter the Atlanta market, in February, too, by offering some low fares in, and out of, Atlanta. These fares, for as little as $79 each way (before taxes), are for routes between Atlanta, and Chicago, Baltimore, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Austin, Texas.

You have to buy the tickets by Dec. 19, however, and travel must be done between Feb. 12, 2012, and May 23, 2012.

If a little getaway to Europe is more to your liking, then I could recommend turning to Delta Air Lines. Right now, Delta is offering deals on travel between Atlanta, and several European cities, including London, Madrid, Paris, Barcelona, Brussels, Amsterdam and Zurich for only a few hundred dollars each way.

Travel between Atlanta and London, for example, is $309 each way, before taxes. On the higher end is Atlanta to Amsterdam, which is $549, pre-taxes, each way. The catch is you have to book your flight by Monday, and you have to complete your travel by June 15, 2012.

I did a little further digging, and found some great deals at U.S. Airways, on international travel. The only catch is none of these flights are in, or out of, Atlanta. They are offering round-trip tickets to Dublin, Ireland, for only $586 (pre-taxes) — if you fly out of Boston, that is.

Of course, that price doesn’t take into account the fact that you will need separate airfare from Atlanta, to Boston.

The price goes up to $822 round-trip, if you fly out of Charlotte, which is the nearest airport from which that special airfare to Dublin is offered.

Then again, it’s only $606 round-trip if you fly to Dublin, out of Chicago, so you could always line up that deal with Southwest’s special Atlanta-to-Chicago airfare, to get a really good deal.

So, there are options if you want some cheap travel. You just have to go out and find them.

Curt Yeomans covers government for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247, or via e-mail at cyeomans@news-daily.com.