[03/02/2021 @ 05:50 PM CT] Book this fare on: Priceline, Travelocity, Tripadvisor, Skyscanner, Expedia, Orbitz, Hotwire, CheapTickets.
Deals are usually valid 24 to 72 hours after posting, but can expire at any time (see time-stamp).
United has round-trip flights from Austin (AUS) to San Francisco (SFO) for $119, NONSTOP. Flights March to May. Departures on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Extended weekends available. Origin/Destination reversible.
Change fees are waived, but United’s “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.
The personal item size on United is smaller (9-in/10-in/17-in) than Frontier or Spirit (8-in/14-in/18-in).
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- San Francisco – Extended Weekend Dates: (Skyscanner / Priceline) Mar 27 – Mar 30 / Apr 03 – Apr 06 / Apr 10 – Apr 13 / Apr 17 – Apr 20 / Apr 24 – Apr 27 / May 01 – May 04 / May 08 – May 11 / May 15 – May 18 / May 22 – May 25 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
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- Tips: You can (and should) sort the Vrbo vacation rental search results by “Total” price. Doing so exposes properties with high fees. For example, a $140 per-night property with $100 fees will rank as being more expensive than a $150 per-night property with $30 fees, when sorted. Sorting by “most reviews” is also a good option, as this will show you the most popular properties.
- Tips: Rent a car for cheaper by using Priceline’s “Express Deals”. The rental car company will be hidden until after you purchase, but this allows those companies to undercut the published rate indirectly. You can remove low quality companies from those hidden results. The trick is to use the quality filter on their website to remove any rental car company with a review rating under 7.0 and then pick the deals that survive the filter.
- Tips: Hotel rates for Weekend dates are usually higher than the rates for Sunday through Thursday. Tripadvisor has a color-coded date calendar, red when the average hotel price for that day is more expensive, green for less expensive. You can use this to get an overview of what dates in the month are at a discount.
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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.
- Previous Lowest Price Average: $175
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