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1-day United deal alert: Flights starting at $49 one-way

Dec. 14, 2021
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For one day only, United is offering a sale from select U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, New York and Washington, D.C., starting at just $49 or 4,900 United MileagePlus miles for select one-way routes in basic economy.

Head to United and book now as this sale only lasts through Dec. 14.

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(Screenshot courtesy of United)

Deal basics

Airlines: United
Routes: LAX/ORD/SFO/IAD/EWR/IAH to BNA/AUS/LAS/CHS/IND/PVD/PHL and others, depending on the route.
How to book: Directly through the airline sale page.
Travel dates: Dec. 28, 2021 — March 9, 2022, with blackout date on Jan. 2, 2022. Most fares exclude travel on the weekends.
Book by: 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 14.

Sample flights

(Screenshot courtesy of United)

One-way flights starting at just $49 are available departing from more than 70 U.S. cities, including the below routes:

  • Fresno (FAT) to Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Nashville (BNA) to Chicago (ORD)
  • Las Vegas (LAS)/Palm Springs (PSP)/Seattle (SEA) to San Francisco (SFO)
  • New York (EWR)/Boston (BOS)/Cleveland (CLE)/Detroit (DTW)/Charlotte (CLT) to Washington, D.C. (IAD)
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Portland (PWM)/Providence (PVD)/New York (LGA)
  • Columbus (CMH)/Boston (BOS) to New York (EWR)

The deals also work in reverse, so you can book two one-way fares to make a round-trip.

Related: United announces codeshare partnership with Virgin Australia

All included fares are in United's basic economy, which does not include seat selection or a full-size carry-on, so factor in an additional $25 to check a full-sized carry-on bag at the gate. You can pay $30 ahead of time to check a bag or $35 at the airport. Fares are nonrefundable except during the first 24 hours after purchase, and basic economy tickets can only be changed for travel commencing by Dec. 31, 2021.

(Screenshot courtesy of United)

Let's start with this below nonstop flight from New York to D.C. in early January. You'll note a total just short of $49, which includes a base fare of roughly $31 and $17 in taxes and fees.

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(Screenshot courtesy of United)

Although this sale highlights one-way fares, I could easily make this a round-trip by booking two separate one-way tickets, as shown below.

(Screenshot courtesy of United)

This sale is also for award travel, so United MileagePlus members could redeem 4,900 miles for any $49 fare, plus $5.60.

(Screenshot courtesy of United)

TPG currently values United MileagePlus miles at 1.13 cents, so in this case, it would make more sense to pay for this fare in cash.

Related: United bringing back Kosher options and other specialized meals

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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

(Screenshot courtesy of United)

Outside of the $49 fares, you can find one-way economy deals for $69 (or 6,100 miles), $89 (or 7,400 miles), $99 (or 8,000 miles), $119 (or 9,300 miles) and $139 (or 10,500 miles).

Be sure to book quickly because this deal will be gone in a matter of hours.

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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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10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
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Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023