UPDATE: The fare is gone but the giveaway continues. And now there’s a GPU valid through the end of 2012 available, too. So if you could use that toss your comment in below.
Seems to be a bit of a fare war going on out there on transcons right now. These aren’t the best prices ever, but a sub-$250 round trip right now is a pretty good deal these days. Virgin America, Delta, US Airways, American Airlines and United Airlines are all in on the deal and inventory is reasonably decent across a wide range of dates. JetBlue has joined the party, too, but at $5 more than the others.
Here’s a search for one-way flights in October:
Like I said, lots of inventory open right now. Oh, and it works from LaGuardia, too, if you want a few extra miles on the connection. This fare is loaded through the end of the schedule (or maybe only mid-December; I’m having trouble parsing conflicting fare rules from different sources), with a limited number of dates (mostly holiday weekends) excluded. Here’s the limits from United:
TRAVEL IS NOT PERMITTED ON 14OCT 12 OR ON 21OCT 12 OR 16NOV 12 THROUGH 17NOV 12 OR 24NOV 12 THROUGH 26NOV 12 OR 19DEC 12 THROUGH 23DEC 12 OR ON 26DEC 12 OR 28DEC 12 THROUGH 30DEC 12 OR ON 02JAN 13 OR 05JAN 13 THROUGH 06JAN 13 OR ON 15MAR 13 OR ON 17MAR 13 OR ON 22MAR 13 OR ON 24MAR 13 OR ON 29MAR 13 OR ON 31MAR 13 OR ON 05APR 13 OR ON 07APR 13.
So, about that free upgrade…
Turns out that I have an RPU valid for a one-way upgrade on United which I’m not going to be able to use. It expires on October 31 and you must complete travel by that date. If you have an itinerary with a transcon segment and there is award inventory available (look for the “R” bucket on your reservation) then leave a comment below. Even if it doesn’t have award inventory go ahead and leave a comment, but priority will be given to those which will clear immediately. I’ll pick a random itinerary to win the upgrade on Friday at noon EDT and we’ll go from there.