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by on September 15, 2011 · 11 comments

in American, Delta, Mileage Runs

September is probably my favorite time of year for fare sales. I always seem to hop on good deals this time of year, which allow me to pad my elite status so I’m not scrambling come December. I’m hoping the following couple deals spark a fare war across the board. Feel free to report your success booking these or other cheap routes in the comments.

AA just announced a monster fare sale out of Dallas for travel to Los Angeles/San Francisco for $120 total roundtrip! Bookable at aa.com for travel up to October 27, 2011. Check out this Flyertalk thread for more info, apparently you can use coupon code 55H1BG, but that kept giving me errors.

AA.com $120 total DFW-LAX

Delta also has really competitive fares to San Juan, Puerto Rico. I was thinking about a $208 total roundtrip fare from Miami to San Juan – with routing through Detroit and Atlanta to maximize miles! The best way to find these flights is via Delta.com -> Planning tools -> Book a flight and then select the “Flexible dates” box and choose Flexible weekend travel. Check out this Flyertalk thread for more info.

Delta flexible weekend search function … one of the best features of delta.com

Play around with these for your dates/cities. You can also use Expedia -> Flights and check the Fare Calendar button to see the cheapest dates.

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  • qbrain

    55H1BG was pulled a couple days after it went public.

  • Michael

    qbrain,

    I just USED it to book and it worked: $110ai

  • qbrain

    Great news. I had several people confirm it wasn’t working for them a couple days after it was posted on Gary’s blog. Glad it is working again.

  • http://twitter.com/skyvan Andrew Fielding

    Also there is a DL fare sale DEN-SLC-IAD RT for $160.80 all in which is about 3.6 cents/MQM and with my 100% platinum bonus 1.8 cents/Skymile, not bad.

  • KP

    I’m trying to see if this works in reverse. Which month were you seeing these fares?

  • Matthew

    TPG how do you go about toggling the routing on fares like this?

  • David

    I’m in Puerto Rico for free on a miles vacation right now, and it’s GRREEAATTT!
    It would be sad to just do a MR here and not at least get a couple days of adventure or sun in :)

  • Aaron M

    I got the error message, too, when I put the discount code in towards the end of the purchasing process, but it worked fine when I put the code in early in the search process. Add the discount code when you are first asked for it, and you should have no problems.

    I booked same-day turns LAX-DFW on October 11 and 27 for $110 a/i each.

    It’s 4.4 cpm — a little high — but very convenient, and really, a very short, manageable day. Out at 8am, home at 430pm. Nice to get some easy runs into the mix with killer multicontinent MRs.

    I’ll bet you could easily do two RTs in a day if you started with a redeye.

  • G Force

    I booked same-day turns SFO-DFW on 18 October and 25 October. $120 each total.
    I don’t like SFO (prefer SJC), but I am only 91K away from Lifetime Platinum…only two months before the 30 November deadline for all miles to count.
    So…gotta do whatcha gotta do. And at least SFO has a brand new Admirals Club…it opened five months ago.
    Of course, I am going to do Mileage Multiplier on both.
    (Yeah, I know, it sucks, it’s expensive compared to buy AA miles, etc. However, it is much easier and much cheaper than doing more MRs.)
    http://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/yourChoice_mileageMultiplier.jsp

  • G Force

    I booked same-day turns SFO-DFW on 18 October and 25 October. $120 each total.
    I don’t like SFO (prefer SJC), but I am only 91K away from Lifetime Platinum…only two months before the 30 November deadline for all miles to count.
    So…gotta do whatcha gotta do. And at least SFO has a brand new Admirals Club…it opened five months ago.
    Of course, I am going to do Mileage Multiplier on both.
    (Yeah, I know, it sucks, it’s expensive compared to buy AA miles, etc. However, it is much easier and much cheaper than doing more MRs.)
    http://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/yourChoice_mileageMultiplier.jsp

  • G Force

    I booked same-day turns SFO-DFW on 18 October and 25 October. $120 each total.
    I don’t like SFO (prefer SJC), but I am only 91K away from Lifetime Platinum…only two months before the 30 November deadline for all miles to count.
    So…gotta do whatcha gotta do. And at least SFO has a brand new Admirals Club…it opened five months ago.
    Of course, I am going to do Mileage Multiplier on both.
    (Yeah, I know, it sucks, it’s expensive compared to buy AA miles, etc. However, it is much easier and much cheaper than doing more MRs.)
    http://www.aa.com/i18n/urls/yourChoice_mileageMultiplier.jsp

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