Deal Alert: East Coast and Chicago to West Coast from $126 Round-Trip

Feb 1, 2017

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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 or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

We’re seeing some fantastic fares on several carriers to Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) from Newark (EWR), Chicago (ORD) and Baltimore (BWI) starting at just $126 round-trip. There’s plenty of availability from all cities from mid-February through March, with more scattered availability lasting through May. We recommend using Google Flights to select your exact itinerary and then complete the booking directly through the airline.

Airline: Alaska, American and United
Route: BWI, EWR, and ORD to LAX and SFO
Cost: $126+ round-trip in economy
Dates: February – May 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Chicago (ORD) to San Francisco (SFO) for $126 round-trip:

Chicago (ORD) to Los Angeles (LAX) for $132 round-trip:

Baltimore (BWI) to Los Angeles (LAX) for $216 round-trip:

Newark (EWR) to San Francisco (LAX) for $236 round-trip:

Newark (EWR) to Los Angeles (LAX) for $256 round-trip:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, 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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