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 HOUSTON, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer travelers can fly almost

anywhere in the United States, including transcontinental trips, for as little as $99 each way per person with a certificate Continental Airlines will publish in 75 major newspapers on Friday. Savings average 30 percent versus regular Max$avers, and range as high as 50 percent.
 The nation's fifth largest carrier is making two offers: a weekend fare of $99 each way, and fares ranging from $99 to $149 each way (depending on day of travel) for trips of exactly seven days. Both deals require at least two people to travel together.
 "This is a carefully timed program, specifically aimed at stimulating price-sensitive travel in a languid national economy," a Continental spokesman said. "As we near the end of the summer, a $99 fare can encourage people to take an unplanned second vacation, even if it is just a long weekend." Continental noted that this summer, more than ever, travelers are making their plans close to their departure dates.
 The $99 weekend travel offer permits departures on Thursdays or Fridays, with return flights the following Monday or Tuesday.
 The stay-a-week program requires travelers to return exactly seven days after departure (e.g. depart on Wednesday and return the following Wednesday). The fare is $99 each way per person for travel on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday; $119 each way for travel on Monday or Friday; and $149 each way for travel on Saturday or Sunday.
 On a transcontinental route like Los Angeles-New York, with a current Max$aver fare of $200 each way, the certificates will provide savings of up to 50 percent.
 Travel is permitted anywhere in the mainland United States July 31 to Sept. 13, except routes from the Northeast/Midwest to Florida. No advance purchase is required; tickets must be purchased within 24 hours of making a reservation and no later than Aug. 4; tickets are nonrefundable; itinerary changes are not permitted after ticketing; and at least two people must travel together on the same itinerary. Newspaper certificates are valid on Continental only.
 The offer is capacity controlled, which means seats may not be available on peak-time flights, busy routes or every flight. "We have made a generous allocation of seats for the program, and travelers with any flexibility should not have trouble obtaining seats at the outset of the program," the spokesman said.
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