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Deal Alert: Fly to San Francisco for as low as $78 round-trip

Jan. 09, 2022
5 min read
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
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San Francisco is one of the country’s most iconic cities, and if you’ve never visited, you should definitely jump on this opportunity. Alaska, American, Delta and United Airlines are all offering flights from several major U.S. cities to San Francisco for travel from February to November.

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The deal was reported by Thrifty Traveler Premium, which for $7.99 monthly or $49.99 annually will send news of cheap flights, award flight sales and business-class deals to your email.

Deal basics

Airlines: Alaska, American, Delta and United.
Routes: AUS/JFK/LAS/LAX/ONT/SLC and others to SFO.
How to book: Directly through the airlines or through Google Flights.
Travel dates: February - November 2022

Related: Here’s how easy it is to present proof of vaccination in San Francisco

Sample flights

Here are some of the departure cities included in this deal to San Francisco (SFO):

  • Albuquerque (ABQ) - $183
  • Austin (AUS) - $157
  • Boise (BOI) - $138
  • Chicago (ORD) - $177
  • Dallas (DFW/DAL) - $163
  • Denver (DEN) - $147
  • Las Vegas (LAS) - $116
  • Los Angeles (LAX) - $78
  • Miami (MIA) - $193
  • New York (JFK) - $187
  • Newark (EWR) - $177
  • Ontario (ONT) - $128
  • Phoenix (PHX) - $127
  • Portland (PDX) - $138
  • Salt Lake City (SLC) - $117
  • San Diego (SAN) - $98
  • Seattle (SEA) - $138
  • Tampa (TPA) - $197

The fares below are for economy flights, which do not include a checked bag. One carry-on is allowed on Main Cabin bookings on American and each airline's version of basic economy seats on Alaska and Delta. On United, the basic economy fare does not include a free carry-on.

We found one of the cheapest deals from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Francisco (SFO) on United for $78 round-trip.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

You can also fly from another LA-area airport, Ontario (ONT) to San Francisco (SFO) at $128 round-trip on United. The best fares are available in February.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Direct flights are available from Salt Lake City (SLC) to San Francisco (SFO) for $118 round-trip on Delta and Alaska.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

If you're looking for a cross-country trip at a great price, flights on American, Alaska, Delta and United airlines are available at $178 round-trip from New York (JFK) to San Francisco (SFO).

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Related: 6 great road trips from San Francisco

Maximize your purchase

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The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

The Golden Gate Bridge, a cable car ride with views of San Francisco Bay, and a trek to Alcatraz Island are but a few attractions awaiting in the City by the Bay. If you plan your time wisely, you can also take a side trip to one of the world's most acclaimed wine regions. Now is the chance to see one of the gems of the West Coast at a great price.

Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.