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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.
Virgin America is offering a ton of cheap deals around the US today, with one-way flights starting at $38. The deals are only available until 5pm PT today, and are available for travel dates between September 9, 2015 and February 10, 2016. It’s been a while since Virgin has offered deals like this, so it’s a good opportunity for transcontinental flyers.
Some of the best fares we found include Las Vegas (LAS) to Los Angeles (LAX) and Austin (AUS) to Dallas (DAL) at $38 each. There also some cheap transcontinental flights like New York (JFK) to Las Vegas (LAS) for $148; New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX) for $158; and Washington DC (IAD) to San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX) for $158. In addition to these routes, there are a ton of other options from cities around the US.
Here are some of the fares we found:
Las Vegas (LAS) – Los Angeles (LAX) for $74 round-trip on Virgin America:
Austin (AUS) – Dallas (DAL) for $74 round-trip on Virgin America:
New York (JFK) – Las Vegas (LAS) for $294 round-trip on Virgin America:
New York (JFK) – Los Angeles (LAX) for $314 round-trip on Virgin America:
Washington (IAD) – San Francisco (SFO) for $314 round-trip on Virgin America:
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!
The Points Guy Assessment:
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- No foreign transaction fees
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