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Deal Alert: Transcon Flights From $236 Round-Trip

June 26, 2017
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Deal Alert: Transcon Flights From $236 Round-Trip
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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 great transcon fares on several carriers to West Coast cities including San Diego (SAN), Seattle (SEA) and San Jose (SJC) from East Coast cities including New York (JFK and LGA), Baltimore (BWI) and Boston (BOS). Round-trip flights can be had starting at just $236, and there’s plenty of availability from September through December 2017. We recommend using Google Flights to select your exact itinerary and then complete the booking directly through the airline. Note that some Delta itineraries will be on Basic Economy fares, though they're not nearly as restrictive as United's.

Airlines: American, Delta, JetBlue
Route: JFK/LGA/BOS/BWI to SEA/SJC/SAN/OAK
Cost: $236+ round-trip in economy
Dates: October - December
Booking Link: American, 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:

New York (JFK) to Seattle (SEA) for $237 round-trip on JetBlue:

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Boston (BOS) to Seattle (SEA) for $246 round-trip on Delta:

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New York (LGA) to San Jose (SJC) for $256 round-trip on American:

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lga-sjc 257

New York (JFK) to San Diego (SAN) for $272 round-trip on JetBlue:

jfk-san 273

New York (JFK) to San Diego (SAN) for $274 round-trip on American:

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Baltimore (BWI) to San Diego (SAN) for $275 round-trip on American:

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Baltimore (BWI) to Oakland (OAK) for $286 round-trip on American:

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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!

H/T: The Flight Deal`

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Why We Chose It

There’s a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It’s been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you’re hitting the skies soon, you’ll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there’s no reason that the foodie shouldn’t add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

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  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits.
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