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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel.
It seems that United is now matching American’s fantastic fare sale from yesterday. Since United awards miles based on the fare price, you won’t earn many miles on these flights, but you can’t beat crossing the country for less than 150 bucks. Elites will be eligible for upgrades as well, so if you have status on United, you could very well end up with a round-trip first-class flight for $80.
The cheapest fares are between New York and Chicago, and Chicago and Los Angeles. Both of these routes are priced at just $80 round-trip, with availability on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from September through November. Flights between New York and Chicago are also available on Saturdays for $80. Then, for just $149 round-trip, you can fly from New York, Boston or Philadelphia to Los Angeles (also works in reverse). All of the $149 flights require a connection in Chicago.
Route(s): EWR, BOS, PHL to LAX, EWR to ORD, ORD to LAX
Booking Link: Orbitz
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York to Chicago for $80 on United (earns 1,466 PQMs):
Chicago to Los Angeles for $80 on United (earns 3,490 PQMs):
New York to Los Angeles for $149 on United (earns 4,956 PQMs):
Boston to Los Angeles for $149 on United (earns 5,224 PQMs):
Philadelphia to Los Angeles for $149 on United (earns 4,846 EQMs):
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below! Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.