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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.

Transcon fares are often quite competitive, though it’s rare to see flights between New York and San Francisco drop far below the $300 mark — with the exception of JetBlue’s famous $31 fare in honor of Halloween, of course. Today, however, there are many dates available with flights between New York and San Francisco priced at just $246 round-trip on both Delta and JetBlue. Of course, you won’t be in JetBlue’s fancy Mint class, but this is still a fantastic deal if you’re flying between coasts soon.

Travel dates are quite flexible for this deal with plenty of options almost every day between December and March. It appears, however, that there is a blackout period in mid-to-late December during the holiday travel season. Nonetheless, availability seems quite good for other dates through March. Moreover, if you’re traveling on a ticket originating in San Francisco, you’ll actually have slightly wider travel dates extending to mid-May.

Airlines: Delta and JetBlue
Route: JFK-SFO (and vice-versa)
Cost: $246+ round-trip in economy
Dates: December 2015 through May 2015
Elite Mileage Earning: At least 5,172 medallion-qualifying miles (Delta only)
Fare Class: V
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:

New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) for $246 on Delta (earns 5,172 MQMs):

New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) for $246 on Delta.

New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) for $246 on JetBlue:

New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) for $246 on JetBlue:

San Francisco (SFO) to New York (JFK) for $246 on Delta (earns 5,172 MQMs):

San Francisco (SFO) to New York (JFK) for $246 on Delta.

San Francisco (SFO) to New York (JFK) for $246 on JetBlue:

San Francisco (SFO) to New York (JFK) for $246 on JetBlue.

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

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