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

Jan. 09, 2022
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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

Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year); the Citi Prestige® Card for 5 points per dollar on airfare; the Citi Premier® Card (3 points per dollar on air travel); Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar on air travel); the American Express® Gold Card for 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2 points per dollar on travel — which you could redeem for as little as 13,000 points.

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.

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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.

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    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

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Why We Chose It

Sometimes it's worth a large investment to reap the benefits of a great credit card. That's exactly the case with the Amex Platinum card. In exchange for the annual fee, you'll unlock access to the Amex Membership Rewards program that let you access airline and hotel transfer partners, along with new lifestyle and travel credits. This card is also incredibly rewarding for travel purchases, helping you rack up a ton of Membership Rewards points for your next award trip.

Pros

  • The current welcome offer on this card is quite lucrative. TPG values it at $1,600.
  • This card comes with a long list of benefits, including access to Centurion Lounges, complimentary elite status with Hilton and Marriott, at least $500 in assorted annual statement credits and so much more. (Enrollment required for select benefits.)
  • The Amex Platinum comes with access to a premium concierge service that can help you with everything from booking hard-to-get reservations to finding destination guides to help you plan out your next getaway.

Cons

  • The high annual fee is only worth it if you’re taking full advantage of the card’s benefits. Seldom travelers may not get enough value to warrant the cost.
  • Outside of the current welcome bonus, you’re only earning higher rewards on specific airfare and hotel purchases, so it’s not a great card for other spending categories.
  • The annual airline fee statement credit can be complicated to take advantage of compared to the broader travel credits offered by competing premium cards.
  • Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $6,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership. Apply and select your preferred metal Card design: classic Platinum Card®, Platinum x Kehinde Wiley, or Platinum x Julie Mehretu.
  • Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.
  • Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings, which requires a minimum two-night stay, through American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Audible, Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. Enrollment required.
  • $155 Walmart+ Credit: Cover the cost of a $12.95 monthly Walmart+ membership with a statement credit after you pay for Walmart+ each month with your Platinum Card. Cost includes $12.95 plus applicable local sales tax. Plus Ups are excluded.
  • American Express has expanded The Centurion® Network to include 40+ Centurion Lounge and Studio locations worldwide. There are even more places your Platinum Card® can get you complimentary entry and exclusive perks.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one select qualifying airline.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only.
  • Get up to $300 back per calendar year on the Equinox+ digital fitness app, or eligible Equinox club memberships when you pay with your Platinum Card. Enrollment required. Learn more.
  • Breeze through security with CLEAR® lanes available at 100+ airports, stadiums, and entertainment venues and get up to $189 back per calendar year on your membership when you use your Card. Learn more.
  • $695 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees