Nonstop Flights: Austin to/from San Diego / San Jose, CA $177 r/t – Alaska Airlines

[10/10/2017 @ 4:29 AM] Book this fare on: Priceline, BookingBuddy, Travelocity, OrbitzCheapTickets, Expedia, Hotwire.
[11/03/2017 @ 8:20 PM] San Diego still available. San Jose fare gone.

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Alaska Airlines has round-trip flights from Austin (AUS) to San Diego (SAN), or San Jose, California (SJC) for $177, NONSTOP. $89 each-way. San Diego flights October to February. San Jose flights are on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday in January and February. Origin/Destination reversible. Holiday blackouts apply. Expect prices to fluctuate by +/- $10.

  • San Jose – Example Dates: (Priceline / BookingBuddy) Jan 10 – Jan 17 / Jan 17 – Jan 24 / Jan 20 – Jan 23, 27 / Jan 24 – Jan 31 / Jan 27 – Jan 30 / Jan 31 – Feb 07 / Feb 03 – Feb 06 / Feb 07 – Feb 14 / Feb 10 – Feb 13 / Feb 27 – Mar 03 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
  • San Diego – Example Dates: (Priceline / BookingBuddy) Nov 29 – Dec 06 / Dec 02 – Dec 05 / Dec 06 – Dec 13 / Dec 09 – Dec 12 / Dec 13 – Dec 20 / Dec 16 – Dec 19 / Dec 18 – Dec 25 / Dec 20 –  Jan 01 / Blackout: Dec 20 – Dec 31 / Jan 01 – Jan 04 / Jan 03 – Jan 10 / Jan 10 – Jan 17 / Jan 13 – Jan 17 / Jan 17 – Jan 24 / Jan 20 – Jan 23 / Jan 24 – Jan 31 / Jan 27 – Jan 30 / Jan 31 – Feb 07 / Feb 03 – Feb 06 / Feb 07 – Feb 14 / Feb 10 – Feb 13 / Feb 27 – Mar 05 / Mar 03 – Mar 05 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.

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I was able to pull this fare up on Priceline. Screenshot taken at 4:38 AM on 10/10/17.

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