Deal alert: Transcon flights from $197 round-trip, non-stop
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Transcontinental flights are currently available for $197 round-trip, non-stop from Newark (EWR) / Boston (BOS) to San Francisco (SFO) / Los Angeles (LAX) and vice versa.
This is down nearly $40 from what the route typically runs, so if you have plans to hop to the opposite coast then this is a deal you may want to act on. The Newark to Los Angeles and San Francisco deal is restricted to United. However, the good news for Bostonians and Los Angolans is that their route has multiple carriers competing for business including American, Delta, JetBlue and Alaska — so you won't have to sacrifice your loyalty for a low-fare.
To search, 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 through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airlines: United, Delta, American, JetBlue, Alaska
Routes: LAX/SFO/EWR/BOS to LAX/SFO/EWR/BOS
Cost: $197 round-trip in basic economy
Travel Dates: January — April 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® Card (3x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or amextravel.com) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here's an example of what you can book:
Newark (EWR) to Los Angeles (LAX) on United for $197 round-trip:
Newark (EWR) to San Francisco (SFO) on United for $197 round-trip:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Boston (BOS) on Delta for $197 round-trip:
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out our guide to the best cards for airfare purchases to learn more.