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Deal alert: 9 flights you can book right now for under $99

Sept. 24, 2021
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Now's a great time to book domestic flights for later in the year or early 2022. We're currently seeing some cross-country flights available starting as low as $49 one-way.

Some routes on sale include Los Angeles (LAX) to Miami (MIA), San Francisco (SFO) to New York-JFK, LAX to Philadelphia (PHL), Newark (EWR) to Seattle (SEA), among others. American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta, JetBlue and United are offering these low fares.

American Airlines is offering the best deals as many of its lowest fares book into standard economy. That means that you'll be able to select your seat in advance, make free changes, earn full elite-qualifying miles and elites will be eligible for free upgrades.

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Meanwhile, all of the lowest fares offered by the other airlines book into basic economy, meaning added fees and more restrictions. That said, you can combat some of the negative aspects of basic economy by using your airline elite status or a carrier's cobranded credit card.

Here's a look at the top nine deals currently available. As you'll see, there are also some cheap opportunities to upgrade to a fully refundable fare. Normally, refundable fares are at least double the cost of nonrefundable ones.

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The deal

Airline: American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, United
Routes: LAX/LAS/SAN/SEA/SFO/PDX to/from BOS/EWR/FLL/JFK/MIA/ORD/PHL
Cost: From $49 one-way in standard economy
Dates: Now through early July 2021
Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on air travel), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel).

Sample itineraries

Los Angeles (LAX) to Miami (MIA) for $49 one-way in American standard economy

(Screenshot courtesy of aa.com)

Los Angeles (LAX) to Chicago (ORD) for $49 one-way in American standard economy

(Screenshot courtesy of aa.com)

Las Vegas (LAS) to Miami (MIA) for $58 one-way in American standard economy

(Screenshot courtesy of aa.com)

San Francisco (SFO) to New York-JFK for $76 one-way in Delta basic economy

(Screenshot courtesy of delta.com)

Portland (PDX) to New York-JFK for $77 one-way in JetBlue blue basic

(Screenshot courtesy of jetblue.com)

Los Angeles (LAX) to Philadelphia (PHL) for $89 one-way in American standard economy

(Screenshot courtesy of aa.com)

Los Angeles (LAX) to New York-JFK for $94 one-way in American standard economy

(Screenshot courtesy of aa.com)

Newark (EWR) to Seattle (SEA) for $96 one-way in United basic economy

(Screenshot courtesy of united.com)

Seattle (SEA) to Boston (BOS) for $98 one-way in Alaska Airlines basic economy

(Screenshot courtesy of alaskaair.com)

How to book

There are no tricks to find these fares. Just head to Google Flights and plug in your desired departure and destination cities. Use the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you and then click through to book with the airline directly or an OTA, such as Expedia or Priceline.

Maximize your purchase

Don't forget to use a 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® Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

Featured image by (Photo Courtesy of Ryan Patterson/ The Points Guy)
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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  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
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Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
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3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
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  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

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  • Annual Fee

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  • Recommended Credit
    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.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases