Nonstop Flights: Dallas to/from San Francisco $131 r/t – American Basic Economy

[06/26/2018 @ 12:00 PM] Book this fare on: Priceline, BookingBuddyTravelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, CheapTickets, Hotwire.
[06/27/2018 @ 1:13 PM] Price increased to $171. Was $139.
[08/13/2018 @ 4:01 PM] AA still available in August. Alaskan fare gone.

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This deal is over a month old. Most of the best dates and months are long gone.

American has round-trip flights from Dallas (DFW) to San Francisco (SFO) for $131, NONSTOP. $66 each-way. Flights in August. Origin/Destination reversible. No Holidays.

Note: “Basic Economy” fares do not include a free carry-on bag. Only a small personal item, like a Jansport City Scout backpack is free. Checked bags cost +$25 each-way. Seats are randomly assigned prior to boarding. If you have an AAdvantage credit-card you can avoid bag fees and get priority boarding.

Note: I’m currently using the Jansport Right Pack as my “personal item” when I fly in “basic economy”. Which is slightly more than expensive than the Jansport City Scout because its fabric is Cordura instead of Polyester. Both have the same dimensions which are: 18″ x 13″ x 8.5″. There is half-an-inch of extra depth than what is officially allowed by AA, but it has never been a problem for me. The bag has a large main compartment, which makes it ideal for stuffing as much as you can into the limited amount of space.

  • American  (DFW) – Example Dates: (BookingBuddy / Priceline) Aug 16 – Aug 23 / Aug 17 – Aug 21 / Aug 22 – Aug 29 / Aug 24 – Aug 28 / Aug 29 – Sep 05 / Aug 30 – Sep 05 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
  • Alaska (DAL) – Example Dates: (BookingBuddy / PricelineAug 29 – Sep 05 / Sep 05 – Sep 12 / Sep 08 – Sep 11 / Sep 12 – Sep 19 / Sep 15 – Sep 18 / Sep 19 – Sep 26 / Sep 22 – Sep 25 / Sep 29 – Oct 02 / Oct 05 – Oct 07 / Oct 06 – Oct 09 / Oct 13 – Oct 16 / Oct 20 – Oct 23 / Oct 26 – Oct 28 / Oct 27 – Oct 30 / Nov 03 – Nov 06 / Nov 07 – Nov 14 / Nov 28 – Dec 05 / Dec 01 – Dec 04 / Dec 08 – Dec 11 / 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 fare up on Travelocity and Priceline. Screenshot was taken when this post was created. See timestamps at the top of the post.

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