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ACCORDING TO BEST FARES DISCOUNT TRAVEL MAGAZINE, NOT ALL AIRFARES ARE CREATED EQUAL

 ACCORDING TO BEST FARES DISCOUNT TRAVEL MAGAZINE, NOT ALL AIRFARES
 ARE CREATED EQUAL
 ARLINGTON, Texas, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Travelers have 48 hours left to purchase discount airline tickets for travel this summer. These lower fares, heralded at being 50 percent less than the regular super saver fares, however, are not all created equal. Unbeknownst to travelers, a few of the major airlines have already increased fares by as much as 30 percent in select markets. Delta raised its fares today by as much as $60 and Continental will increase fares in select markets, as of June 4, by an average of $20 per roundtrip.
 "Consumers should be very careful in the next two days," says travel expert Tom Parsons, editor of Best Fares discount travel magazine. "Even though the low fares are due to expire June 5, some increases, causing travelers to spend as much as $120 more in some markets, have already occurred, especially in hub cities."
 According to Parsons, travelers should use a travel agent so they will be able to "comparison shop" since consumers will have a difficult time getting through to the airlines on their own. Travelers should also make sure that the fare they are quoted is actually 50 percent lower than the super saver fares were on May 27. Because they are sold out of the lower fares, TWA and America West are also now offering passengers a second level of discounts which are approximately $50-$60 higher than the 50 percent off fares. Below is a listing illustrating how fares may range in select hub cities.
 Delta (versus other carriers):
 Delta Other Delta Other
 Cincinnati/Orlando $195 $135 Cincinnati/San Francisco $260 $200
 Atlanta/Los Angeles $210 $150 Atlanta/Boston $185 $145
 Salt Lake City/ Salt Lake City/
 Seattle $165 $125 Washington, D.C. $235 $195
 Northwest (versus other carriers):
 NW Other NW Other
 Detroit/Los Angeles $293 $195 Detroit/San Francisco $300 $200
 Minneapolis/Orlando $225 $150 Minneapolis/Los Angeles $293 $170
 USAir (versus other carriers):
 USAir Other USAir Other
 Charlotte/Seattle $260 $195 Charlotte/Miami $198 $130
 Pittsburgh/Tampa $198 $145 Pittsburgh/Las Vegas $245 $195
 -0- 6/3/92
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: To interview travel expert Tom Parsons, call contact below/
 /CONTACT: Lois Fuhr of Best Fares, 800-359-9223/ CO: Best Fares ST: Texas IN: LEI SU:


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