Alaska Airlines has round-trip flights from Dallas (DFW/DAL) to San Jose or San Diego (SJC/SAN) for $137, NONSTOP. $69 each-way. Flights from January to early-March on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Origin/Destination reversible.
Note: Carry-on bag is allowed for free, but seat selection has a fee. Upgrades into “Regular Economy” are available for +$30 each-way.
Note: Check both “DAL” and “DFW” for availability.
- San Jose – Example Dates: (BookingBuddy / Priceline) Jan 16 – Jan 23 / Jan 19 – Jan 22 / Jan 23 – Jan 30 / Jan 26 – Jan 29 / Jan 30 – Feb 06 / Feb 02 – Feb 05 / Feb 06 – Feb 13 / Feb 09 – Feb 12 / Feb 13 – Feb 20 / Feb 16 – Feb 19 / Feb 20 – Feb 27 / Feb 23 – Feb 26 / Mar 02 – Mar 05 / Mar 06 – Mar 13 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
- San Diego – Example Dates: (BookingBuddy / Priceline) Jan 16 – Jan 23 /
Jan 19 – Jan 22/ Jan 23 – Jan 30 / Jan 26 – Jan 29 / Jan 30 – Feb 06 / Feb 02 – Feb 05 / Feb 06 – Feb 13 / Feb 09 – Feb 12 / Feb 13 – Feb 20 / Feb 16 – Feb 19 / Feb 20 – Feb 27 / Feb 23 – Feb 26 / Mar 02 – Mar 05 / Mar 06 – Mar 13 / 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 Priceline. Screenshot was taken when this post was created. See timestamps at the top of the post.
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- Previous Lowest Price Average: $250
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