[12/06/2021 @ 09:46 PM CT] Book this fare on: Alaska Airlines, Priceline, BookingBuddy, Travelocity, Tripadvisor, Skyscanner, Expedia, Orbitz, Hotwire, CheapTickets.
[12/8/2021 @ 08:24 AM CT] Deal expired or removed. If it goes back online we will send out another notification.
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United has round-trip flights from Austin (AUS) to San Francisco (SFO) for $93, NONSTOP. Flights January to March. Departures on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Extended weekends available. Origin/Destination reversible.
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- Austin to San Francisco - Extended Weekend Dates: (Bookingbuddy / Priceline) Jan 08 - Jan 11 / Jan 15 - Jan 18 / Jan 22 - Jan 25 / Jan 29 - Feb 01 / Feb 05 - Feb 08 / Feb 12 - Feb 15 / 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.
Note: OTAs such as Travelocity and Priceline allow free cancellation without penalty within 24-hours after you purchase. As deals sell-out or expire quickly, this policy will allow you to “lock-in” the cheap fare while you sort out a plan. Just keep in mind that after 24-hours, you will not be able to cancel without the regular penalty.
- Previous Lowest Price Average: $163
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