Deal Alert: US Transcontinental Flights from $84 Each Way

Dec 23, 2017

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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, 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 Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

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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