The weekly Internet airfare specials are back with gusto after a slow couple of weeks leading up to the Easter holiday.  For those unfamiliar with these offers: a number of US airlines offer last-minute airfare specials beginning on Tuesdays for travel on the upcoming weekend, including this 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, April 13  and apply to departures after 7 PM on April 13 or anytime April 14 with returns on Monday, April 16 or Tuesday, April 17.  Taxes and airport fees are additional.  A sampling of this week's fares include:

  • Chicago to Charleston, WV – $161
  • Chicago to Atlanta – $221
  • Cleveland to Green Bay – $161
  • Cleveland to Kansas City – $221
  • Denver to Dallas – $221
  • Denver to Minneapolis – $221

US Airways – US Airways also offers weekly Internet specials. Their E-saver fares for this week must be purchased by 11:59 PM, Eastern on April 14 for travel departing April 14 and returning April 17. The best fares I found include: (roundtrip without taxes and fees)

  • Fayetteville, NC to Washington DC – $200
  • Nashville to Washington DC – $240
  • Phoenix to Spokane, WA – $270
  • Pittsburgh to Washington DC – $190

Delta Airlines Web Deals – Delta, like the others, offers airfares between special cities (often including their hub, Atlanta) for travel on the weekend. Tickets for these specials must be purchased by 11:59 PM on Saturday, April 14 and are non-refundable, once purchased. You must depart on Saturday, April 14 and return on Monday, April 16 or Tuesday, April 17. Below is just a sampling of this week’s specials. The fares listed are roundtrip and do not include taxes or airport fees, if applicable. This week’s highlights include:

  • Atlanta to Dallas – $220
  • Detroit to Columbus, OH – $140
  • Columbus, OH to New York/LaGuardia Airport – $180
  • Los Angeles to Minneapolis – $260
  • New York/LaGuardia Airport to Kansas City – $220

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.

This Week's Internet Airfare Specials: Roundtrip Airfares from $140