United Leads Airlines With Off-Season Fare Reductions

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's airlines are hoping to lure more travelers to the airports with reduced fares.

United Airlines has launched a post-holiday fare sale intended to stimulate demand during a traditionally slow period, and many of its competitors followed suit.

The one-way fares must be purchased by January Ninth as part of roundtrip service through March Seventh. The deals include 109-dollars for Chicago to San Diego, 126-dollars for Denver to San Francisco and 49-dollars for Washington to Chicago.

A travel Web site says the reduced fares were published by Illinois-based United on Tuesday. They were matched early Friday by American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines and US Airways.

United spokeswoman Robin Urbanski says the company lowers fares
around this time every year to increase demand during an off-peak
travel season.

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