A number of US airlines offer last-minute airfare specials beginning 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. (Since we’re coming into Easter week and Spring Break, there are fewer specials than in previous weeks.)

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, March 30  and apply to departures after 7 PM on March 30 or anytime March 31 with returns on Monday, April 2 or Tuesday, April 3.  Taxes and airport fees are additional.  A sampling of this week's fares include:

  • Chicago to Huntsville – $221
  • Chicago to Lexington, KY – $161
  • Chicago to Toronto – $240
  • Cleveland to Montreal – $240
  • Cleveland to New York/LaGuardia – $161
  • Denver to Memphis – $267
  • Houston to Memphis – $155
  • Nashville to Newark – $220

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 March 31 for travel departing March 31 and returning April 3. The best fares I found include: (roundtrip without taxes and fees)

  • Pittsburgh to St. Louis – $238
  • Pittsburgh to Hartford, CT – $236
  • Hartford to Washington/Reagan – $210
  • Huntsville to Washington/Reagan – $250
  • White Plains, NY to Washington/Reagan – $192

Delta Airlines Web Deals –  Delta is not offering any Web specials this week.

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.

Weekly Internet Airfare Specials: Fares from $161