Amazing Deal Alert: BOS, NYC, PHL to Los Angeles on AA for $149

Jul 29, 2015

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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.

Welcome to mileage run territory! Earlier today, we shared a great fare from Los Angeles and Anchorage, but this afternoon’s fare between several East Coast cities and Los Angeles is an even better deal. This works out to roughly 2.8 cents per mile, which is a steal. Per The Flight Deal, you can fly between Boston, New York or Philadelphia and Los Angeles for $149 round-trip. Flights from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. are available as well for a few dollars more.

The $149 fare is available from late August through early November (sadly it won’t do you much good for Thanksgiving). It’s also available for same-day turns at $144 round-trip, since you won’t need to pay the TSA fees for the return flight. The $149 fares require a stop in Chicago or Dallas in each direction. You can also fly nonstop from Chicago (ORD) for just $118 round-trip.

Update: In addition to what’s below, you can also book the following:

New York to Chicago for $80
– New York and Boston to Dallas for $80
– New York and Boston to Phoenix for $149

Airline(s): American
Route(s): BOS, NYC, PHL to LAX
Booking Link: Orbitz

Here are a few examples from the LAX deal:

Chicago to Los Angeles for $118 on AA (earns 3,480 EQMs):

Chicago to Los Angeles for $118 on AA.

New York to Los Angeles for $149 on AA (earns 5,240 EQMs):

New York to Los Angeles for $149 on AA.

Boston to Los Angeles for $149 on AA (earns 5,393 EQMs):

Boston to Los Angeles for $149 on AA.
Boston to Los Angeles for $149 on AA.

Boston to Los Angeles for $149 on AA (earns 4,946 EQMs):

Philadelphia to Los Angeles for $149 on AA.
Philadelphia to Los Angeles for $149 on AA.

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!

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