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Monday, July 16, 2012 - 8:08am

Ongoing airfare wars result in cheap fall flights.

Pack your bags if you've been waiting for cheap airfare.

Airlines are again battling for your business in a fall airfare war.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines fired the first shot, cutting some fares to just $69 each way to certain cities.

"Right now, we're going into a stretch that's going to be bargain basement -- some airfares that people thought they would never ever see again, and we're going to see good, good deals," said Tom Parsons, of BestFares.com.

Fort Worth-based American Airlines and other major carriers quickly entered the fray, matching Southwest on selected routes and putting others on sale.

Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport to Fort Lauderdale on American is now just $228 round trip for flights from mid-August to early November.

"There's little tricks here," Parsons said. "You need a 14-day advance; I would still say you're going to get your best fares starting around August 21st through October fourth."

Southwest is offering some trips for even less than the advertised $69, such as Dallas Love Field to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for just $50.

Flying to Europe is also a bargain.

"You will find tons of cities going to Europe -- Barcelona, Madrid, to London for less than a $1,000," Parson said. "Many of them are actually going to be in the $900 range."

Thank lower fuel prices, with oil trading recently at less than $84 per barrel.

If prices hold steady, Parsons predicts even more sales in the months ahead.
 

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