Cheap Flights: Austin to/from San Francisco $134 r/t – American Airlines

[01/18/2019 @ 3:18 PM] Book this fare on: Priceline, BookingBuddy, Travelocity, OrbitzCheapTickets, Expedia, Hotwire.

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American Airlines has round-trip flights from Austin (AUS) to San Francisco (SFO) for $134 with a connection. $67 each-way. Flights January to November. Weekends available. Origin/Destination reversible. Holiday Blackouts apply.

Note: This deal has lots of (FRI-SUN/MON) weekend availability, but it requires a stop. A fair trade in our opinion. Monday returns have better flight times.

Note: Carry-on bag is allowed for free, but seat selection has a fee. Upgrades into “Regular Economy” are available for +$30 each-way. You can avoid paying seat fees with the American Airlines credit-card perk, or by not selecting a seat and being randomly assigned your seat at the gate.

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I was able to pull this fare up on Priceline. Screenshot taken when this post was initially created. See timestamps at the top of this post.


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