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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.
Following Delta and JetBlue’s San Francisco transcon sale earlier in the month, United is now offering cheap flights to both Los Angeles and San Francisco, with many nonstop flights from Newark to both cities from just $246 round-trip. The same fare is also available for flights departing California, and one-way flights are half the price of a round-trip.
Route: EWR to LAX and SFO (and vice-versa)
Cost: $246+ round-trip in economy
Dates: December 2015 through May 2015
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 4,908 elite-qualifying miles
Fare Class: G
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Newark (EWR) to San Francisco (SFO) for $246 Round-Trip on United (earns 5,130 EQMs):
Newark (EWR) to Los Angeles (LAX) for $246 Round-Trip on United (earns 4,908 EQMs):
Los Angeles (LAX) to Newark (EWR) for $246 Round-Trip on United (earns 4,908 EQMs):
San Francisco (SFO) to Newark (EWR) for $123 One-Way on United (earns 2,565 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.
H/T: The Flight Deal
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.