Cross-country flights from $58 one-way on major carriers, including Southwest

Jan 10, 2020

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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 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 Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the 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.

Miss your family on the other coast already? You can fly cross-country right now from just $58 one-way. All the cheapest flights we’ve found in January and February are between Baltimore and Los Angeles: Spirit has the cheapest fares at $58 one-way, while Southwest’s lowest fares begin at $82 one-way. The lowest fares on Big 3 carriers begin at $84 on American, and $153 round-trip on United. LAX to JFK begins at $197 round-trip on JetBlue.

According to Google, round-trip flights typically average $100-400 higher than these sale prices.

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Many of these fares are on low-cost carriers or begin in basic economy, which means different things to different airlines. But you may not have free use of the overhead bins for a carry-on bag, and you probably won’t be able to select your seat, get an upgrade, or earn PQM/PQS/PQDs. However, it’s possible to defeat many of basic economy’s negative aspects by having elite status or a cobranded credit card. And as always, Southwest fares include two checked bags for free at any price point.

To find a deal, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or an OTA like Orbitz or Expedia.

Airline: Southwest, Spirit, American, Frontier, Delta
Routes: between BWI/BOS/ and LAX/SAN/ and more
Cost: from $58 one-way in basic economy or on low-cost carriers
Dates: January-February 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier℠ CardChase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

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Here are some examples of specific flights that are available:

Baltimore (BWI) to San Diego (LAX) round-trip on Spirit via Google for $128:

Boston (BOS) to San Diego (SAN) round-trip on Spirit via Google for $141:

 

Baltimore (BWI) to Los Angeles (LAX) round-trip on United basic economy for $153:

Philadelphia (PHL) to Sacramento (SMF) round-trip on Spirit via Google for $154:

Baltimore (BWI) to Los Angeles (LAX) round-trip on United basic economy for $153:

Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Seattle (SEA) round-trip on Delta basic economy for $177:

Los Angeles (LAX) to New York (JFK) round-trip nonstop on JetBlue for $197:

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