[03/22/2019 @ 06:08 PM] Book this fare on: Priceline, BookingBuddy, Travelocity, SkyScanner, Expedia, Orbitz, Hotwire, CheapTickets.
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United has round-trip flights from Austin (AUS) to Sacramento (SMF) for $144-$154 with a connection. March to August. Weekends available. Origin/Destination reversible.
Note: United “Basic Economy” fares do not include a free carry-on bag. Only a personal item (like a small laptop bag) is free. Seats are randomly assigned for free prior to boarding. If you have the United MileagePlus credit-card, use the “free checked bag” perk.
Note: The personal item size on United flights is smaller (9-in/10-in/17-in) than Frontier or Spirit (8-in/14-in/18-in).
- Weekend Example Dates: (BookingBuddy / Priceline) Mar 29 – Apr 01 / Apr 05 – Apr 08 / Apr 12 – Apr 15 / May 03 – May 06 / May 10 – May 12 / May 10 – May 13 / May 17 – May 20 / May 31 – Jun 03 / Jun 21 – Jun 24 / JuL 05 – JuL 08 / JuL 12 – JuL 15 / JuL 26 – JuL 29 / Aug 02 – Aug 05 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
- Extended Weekend Example Dates: (BookingBuddy / Priceline) Mar 29 – Apr 02 / Mar 29 – Apr 03 / Apr 04 – Apr 08 / Apr 04 – Apr 09 / Apr 05 – Apr 09 / Apr 11 – Apr 15 / Apr 11 – Apr 16 / Apr 12 – Apr 16 / Apr 12 – Apr 17 / Apr 18 – Apr 21 / Apr 18 – Apr 22 / Apr 18 – Apr 23 / Apr 25 – Apr 29 / Apr 25 – Apr 30 / May 02 – May 06 / May 02 – May 07 / May 03 – May 07 / May 03 – May 08 / May 09 – May 12 / May 09 – May 13 / May 09 – May 14 / May 10 – May 14 / May 10 – May 15 / May 16 – May 20 / May 16 – May 21 / May 17 – May 21 / May 17 – May 22 / May 30 – Jun 03 / May 30 – Jun 04 / May 31 – Jun 04 / May 31 – Jun 05 / Jun 21 – Jun 26 / JuL 04 – JuL 08 / JuL 05 – JuL 10 / JuL 12 – JuL 16 / JuL 12 – JuL 17 / JuL 26 – JuL 31 / Aug 01 – Aug 05 / Aug 01 – Aug 06 / Aug 02 – Aug 06 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
- TUE/WED/SAT Example Dates: (BookingBuddy / Priceline) Apr 02 – Apr 09 / Apr 09 – Apr 16 / Apr 10 – Apr 17 / Apr 13 – Apr 16 / Apr 13 – Apr 17 / Apr 16 – Apr 23 / Apr 23 – Apr 30 / Apr 24 – May 01 / Apr 27 – Apr 30 / Apr 27 – May 01 / Apr 30 – May 07 / May 01 – May 08 / May 04 – May 07 / May 04 – May 08 / May 07 – May 14 / May 08 – May 15 / May 11 – May 14 / May 11 – May 15 / May 14 – May 21 / May 15 – May 22 / May 18 – May 21 / May 18 – May 22 / May 22 – May 29 / May 29 – Jun 05 / Jun 05 – Jun 12 / Jun 08 – Jun 11 / Jun 08 – Jun 12 / Jun 12 – Jun 19 / Jun 19 – Jun 26 / Jun 25 – JuL 02 / JuL 09 – JuL 16 / JuL 10 – JuL 17 / JuL 13 – JuL 16 / JuL 13 – JuL 17 / JuL 30 – Aug 06 / Aug 03 – Aug 06 / 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 up on Priceline. Screenshot taken when this post was initially created. See timestamps at the top of this post.
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- Previous Lowest Price Average: $245
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