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Deal Alert: Fly to San Francisco for under $200 one-way

The Points Guy logo The Points Guy 10/23/2021 Liz Ramanand
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American, Alaska Airlines, Delta and United Airlines are offering some good deals this winter for main cabin seats to San Francisco. Some nonstop, one-way flights from major cities are under $200. American and United fares are for main cabin seats which include carry-on and seat assignment.

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Our friends at Thrifty Traveler let us know about the deals to the City by the Bay. If you are planning to visit, it’s good advice to be fully vaccinated. Over the summer San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to require proof of full vaccination for certain indoor activities for all those age 12 and older.

Related: San Francisco among US cities to institute vaccine mandates

Airlines: American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta, Alaska Airlines

Routes: Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Chicago (ORD) and many more cities to San Francisco, California (SFO).

Cost: From $76-196 main cabin and economy class one-way.

Dates: Nov. 2021-Sept. 2022

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Major departure cities below (and many more) are included in one way-trip fare to San Francisco, California:

  • New York City (JFK)
  • Dallas (DFW)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Phoenix (PHX)
  • Chicago (ORD)
  • Seattle (SEA)
  • Ontario (ONT)
  • Miami (MIA)

Related: Your first look at the brand-new Alaska Lounge in San Francisco


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The deal below shows a nonstop trip booked on American Airlines from New York to San Francisco from $77-122 (or 10,000-12,500 points + $5.60) in the first week of December.

Screenshot courtesy of American Airlines © The Points Guy Screenshot courtesy of American Airlines  

Even if you’re already in California, you can still get away and explore other parts of the state. Fares from Los Angeles to San Francisco one-way range from $39 for economy seats, $59 for main cabin and $89 for first class in the first week of December.

Screenshot courtesy of Alaska Airlines © The Points Guy Screenshot courtesy of Alaska Airlines  

The deal below is for a nonstop Chicago to San Francisco one-way flight on Dec. 4. Basic economy seats start at $89 with United Airlines.

Screenshot courtesy of United Airlines © The Points Guy Screenshot courtesy of United Airlines

How to Book

If you go to American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta or United’s official site, click one-way from a major departure city and airport to San Francisco International airport (SFO) and filter dates to travel in the window of November 2021-September 2022 to look for the best prices. You should be on your way to the Bay Area in no time.

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