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Deal Alert: US Transcontinental Flights from $84 Each Way

Dec. 23, 2017
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Deal Alert: US Transcontinental Flights from $84 Each Way
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If you have plans to head across the country in early 2018, today's a great day to book a cheap flight. Right now we're seeing excellent fares on JetBlue and Alaska Airlines in and out of New York (JFK) and Boston (BOS) to the West Coast. Destinations include both major and smaller cities in the west, including Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), Reno (RNO) and Palm Springs (PSP), starting as low as $84 in each direction.

Flights to LAX and SFO are available throughout January and the first half of February with excellent availability in both directions, while the airfares to Reno and Palm Springs extend further out with dates as late as April.

You don't need any tricks to get these prices, just use Google Flights to pick the dates you want then book on Expedia or directly with the airline itself.

In addition to JetBlue and Alaska, a few legacy carriers have matched these airfares on some routes. However, we're not including them here because those itineraries are in Basic Economy, which means you'll get reduced services while still paying the same price. Instead, with both JetBlue and Alaska, you'll get a standard seat assignment along with the usual carry on allowances and boarding priority, so they're your best bet.

Airline: JetBlue and Alaska Airlines
Routes: JFK/BOS to LAX/SFO/PSP/RNO
Cost: $84+ one way in economy
Dates: January-April
Booking Link: Expedia or with the airline directly
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

New York (JFK) to Reno, Nevada (RNO) for $84 one way on JetBlue via Expedia:

Reno (RNO) to New York (JFK) for $84 one way on JetBlue via Expedia:

New York (JFK) to Palm Springs (PSP) for $93 one way on JetBlue via Expedia:

Palm Springs (PSP) to New York (JFK) for $93 one way on JetBlue via Expedia:

New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) for $113 one way on Alaska via Expedia:

San Francisco (SFO) to New York (JFK) for $113 one way on Alaska via Expedia:

New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) for $118 one way on JetBlue via Expedia:

Los Angeles (LAX) to New York (JFK) for $118 one way on JetBlue via Expedia:

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 (5x 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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  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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  • Annual Fee

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    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases