Deal Alert: Transcontinental Flights From $111 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 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.
It's not often that you can fly across the country for just $111 round-trip, but today is one of those days. American Airlines has some incredible basic economy flights from coast to coast. Remember that American basic economy fares now include a carry-on bag, and you can get preferred boarding and a checked bag through a co-branded credit card, even on basic economy fares.
In addition to these excellent prices on American, there are also some solid transcontinental deals on Alaska, United and Delta.
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: American, Alaska, United, Delta
Routes: between TPA/CHS/EWR/BOS and SEA/SJC/SFO/BUR/LAX
Cost: $111+ round-trip
Travel Dates: January 2019 for the $111 fares, November 2018-May 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Tampa (TPA) to Seattle (SEA) for $111 round-trip in American Airlines Basic Economy:
Charleston (CHS) to Seattle (SEA) for $111 round-trip in American Airlines Basic Economy:
Newark (EWR) to San Jose (SJC) for $114 round-trip in American Airlines Basic Economy:
Newark (EWR) to San Francisco (SFO) for $208 round-trip nonstop on Alaska:
Newark (EWR) to San Francisco (SFO) for $208 round-trip in United Basic Economy:
Boston (BOS) to Burbank (BUR) for $212 round-trip in American Airlines Basic Economy:
Boston (BOS) to Los Angeles (LAX) for $226 round-trip in Delta Basic Economy:
Maximize Your Purchase
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), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier, 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.