Deal Alert: Transcontinental Flights From $226 Round-Trip
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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.
Several carriers are offering great fares on transcontinental flights this winter. You can fly from several East Coast cities including New York (JFK), Boston (BOS) and Baltimore (BWI) to West Coast cities including Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Las Vegas (LAS) from just $226 round-trip. Most of the flights are available on Delta or JetBlue, but note that the Delta itineraries will be on basic economy, which comes with extra fees, but isn’t nearly as restrictive as other carriers’ versions of BE. Flights are mostly available from January through March 2018, though that depends on your origin and destination. Start your search on Google Flights, and then you can book directly with the airline.
Airline: Delta, JetBlue
Routes: BOS/JFK/BWI to SAN/LAS/LAX/SFO
Cost: $226+ round-trip in economy (some basic economy tickets)
Dates: January to March 2018
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:
Boston (BOS) to San Francisco (SFO) $226 round-trip on Delta (basic economy):
New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO) for $226 round-trip on JetBlue:
New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) for $236 round-trip on JetBlue:
New York (JFK) to Las Vegas (LAS) for $267 round-trip on Delta (basic economy):
Baltimore (BWI) to San Diego (SAN) for $284 round-trip on Delta (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, 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.
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