New Year deals from airlines - a selection of the best

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A pick of the New Year sale fares from the world's airlines.

British Airline BMI launched its worldwide seat deal January 5. It's offering discounts from both the UK and US to major destinations around the world, ending on Janunary 19 in the UK and January 25 in the US.

Virgin America
Virgin America's promo fares must be purchased by January 10 and includes tickets from $59 (€45) on several routes within the US and to Mexico.

The AirTran sale tickets are split across different days, so ensure you choose the right day to travel to get the lowest fare. The sale runs through January 13.

British Airways
BA's sale fares are valid through January 25 and include major worldwide destinations (departing London) such as New York, Bercelona and Paris.

Lufthansa is offering deals within Europe and worldwide, including India from €599 and Tokyo from €849 if booked by January 14. Flights to the US are available from €469 if booked by January 1.

US carrier United is offering deals to Europe from the US this spring if booked by January 10, including London from $253 (€192) and Zurich from $309 (€235).

Virgin Atlantic
Virgin's sale is worldwide and includes tickets to the US from the UK from £315 (€371) and tickets to Africa from £399 (€470). The sale ends January 25.