Several US airlines offer last-minute airfare specials on Tuesdays for travel on the upcoming weekend. Most fares are non-refundable and must be purchased immediately, but these specials often represent significant savings even over the advance purchase fares. Below is a recap of this week’s offerings.

United/Continental Airlines — Continental Airlines offers dozens of Internet specials this week, mostly to or from their hubs in Houston, Newark, Chicago, Cleveland and Denver. These fares must be purchased by 11:59 PM, Central on Friday, February 24  and apply to departures after 7 PM on February 24 or anytime February 25 with returns on Monday, February 27 or Tuesday, February 28.  Taxes and airport fees are additional.  A sampling of this week’s fares include:

  • Atlanta to Newark – $221 roundtrip
  • Chicago/OHare to Memphis – $157
  • Cleveland to Washington/Dulles – $161
  • Denver to San Francisco – $271
  • Huntsville, AL to Chicago/OHare – $221
  • Cleveland to St. Louis – $161

US Airways – US Airways also offers weekly Internet specials. Their E-saver fares must be purchased by 11:59 PM, Eastern on February 25 for travel departing February 25 and returning February 28. This week’s offering with US Airways are rather meager. The best fares I found include: (roundtrip without taxes and fees)

  • Greensboro to Washington/Reagan Airport – $200
  • Kansas City to Philadelphia – $250
  • Pittsburgh to St. Louis – $240

Jet Blue Featured Web Fares – Jet Blue’s Web fares are slightly different. Today’s fares must be purchased by Midnight tonight, Eastern February 21 for travel on Tuesdays and Wednesday until April 18. You also must book at least 21 days in advance.  Examples of this week’s offerings are: (roundtrip without taxes and fees)

  • Boston to Buffalo – $144
  • Boston to Jacksonville, FL – $240
  • New York/Kennedy Airport  to Denver – $260
  • Long Beach to San Francisco – $120

Keep in mind that there are a limited number of seats for these Internet deals and they may sell out at any time. Be sure to read the fine print before purchasing your tickets, but if you see something that interests you, it’s a good idea to buy your tickets immediately to avoid being disappointed.