Deal Alert: East Coast to San Francisco From $103 Round-Trip ($143 Main Cabin)

Oct 6, 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.

American Airlines is running a great sale between the east coast cities and San Francisco (SFO) starting at just $103 round-trip for Basic Economy or $143 round-trip for Main Cabin. At those prices, need I say more?

If you book Basic Economy, make sure to sign-up for one of these credit cards to defeat Basic Economy and get a free checked bag, free carry-on bag and priority boarding

  • Citi / AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard
  • Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard
  • CitiBusiness / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard

Airline: American Airlines
Cost: $103+ round-trip in Basic Economy; $143 in Main Cabin
Dates: October – February
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

San Francisco (SFO) to Tampa (TPA) for $103 Basic Economy / $143 Main Cabin round-trip:

SFO-TPA AA $103 rt Basic Economy

San Francisco (SFO) to Hartford (BDL) for $103 Basic Economy / $143 Main Cabin round-trip:SFO-BDL AA $103 rt Basic Economy

San Francisco (SFO) to Raleigh (RDU) for $103 Basic Economy / $143 Main Cabin round-trip:

SFO-RDU AA $103 rt Basic Economy

San Francisco (SFO) to Pittsburgh (PIT) for $103 Basic Economy / $143 Main Cabin round-trip:

SFO-PIT AA $103 rt Basic Economy

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, 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, let us know in the comments below.

H/T: The Flight Deal

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