Ticket Bargains

This summer's sky wars have created some astonishing anomalies in airfares. On most airlines, flying between Los Angeles and Phoenix costs $43 each way. But Pan American, which just started service between the two cities, will throw in a return trip for a penny. A typical coach ticket between Chicago and Seattle goes for $329. But Republic, which is trying to boost traffic, has lowered the cost to $189 on flights that make a 90-minute stop in Minneapolis.

Finding such deals can be difficult. Fares change so quickly that the Official Airline Guide, once...

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