Wednesday, August 22 2012 @ 08:38 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
For instance, a round-trip fare to Guatemala City, Guatemala is $338.40, inclusive of all taxes and fees (a round-trip ticket from ATL to Los Angeles is $353.60). This special price is valid on trips taken seven days a week, based on sale seat availability and through Nov. 15. To qualify, give a two-week or more advance notice of travel. A minimum stay of any two nights is required.
A second destination on this sale is Panama City, Panama at $378.40 round-trip (round-trip airfare to Salt Lake City, Utah is $457.60).
Additionally, these low rates are about $200 per round-trip less expensive than published rates on other carriers.
This exclusive sale rate permits one free stopover in Miami en route to Central America. A stopover is considered four or more hours. It's become rare for airlines to offer the free stopover option. It's a nice way to get a two-for-one vacation (airport transfers, hotel, transportation and other expenses during the stopover are not included).
American has filed an Aug. 27 ticket-by date on these offers, but don't fall for it. If you're interested, act now. I suspect this offer will expire sooner.
Sale airfares are always subject to 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.