It may be Independence Day weekend, but there are still some good airfare deals to be had. For travel newbies, a number of US airlines offer last-minute airfare specials beginning Tuesdays for travel on the upcoming weekend. Most fares are non-refundable and must be purchased immediately, but these specials often represent significant savings over advance purchase fares.

United Airlines – Dozens of Internet specials this week, mostly to or from their hubs in Houston, Newark, Chicago, Cleveland and Denver. Purchase before 11:59 p.m. (EST) July 6. Departures after 7 p.m. on July 6 or anytime July 7 and return on Monday, July 9 or Tuesday, July 10.  Taxes and airport fees are additional. This week's fares include:

  • Atlanta to Houston – $220
  • Chicago to New York City – $221
  • Cleveland to Philadelphia – $161
  • Houston to Memphis – $155
  • Los Angeles to Tucson – $161

US Airways – Purchase E-saver fares by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on July 7 for travel departing July 7 and returning July 8 to July 10. Taxes and fees are additional. The best round-trip fares:

  • Pittsburgh to Hartford, CT – $228
  • New York/LaGuardia to Greensboro – $230
  • White Plains, NY to Washington/Reagan – $200

Delta Airlines Web Deals – There are no weekly Web specials for Delta this week.

American Airlines Net Fares – Specials for both this weekend and for next weekend. These must be purchased by 11:59 p.m. (CST) on July 6. For this weekend’s specials, you can travel July 6 after 7 p.m. or anytime July 7 and return July 9 or July 10. For next weekend’s specials, you can travel July 13 after 7 p.m. or anytime on July 14 and return July 16 or July 17. Highlights include:

This weekend:

  • Chicago to Lexington, KY – $180
  • Chicago to Little Rock – $208
  • Chicago to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – $294

Next weekend:

  • Nashville to Washington DC – $182
  • Chicago to Huntsville – $196
  • Cincinnati to Tulsa – $282

Remember, there are a limited number of seats available for these airfares and they may sell out at any time. Read the fine print before you purchase.

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