Deals are usually valid 24 to 72 hours after posting, but can expire at any time (see time-stamp).
United has “Basic Economy” round-trip flights from Dallas (DFW) to Santa Barbara (SBA) for $126 with a connection. $63 each-way. Flights July to September, with a few sparse days also in October and November. Origin/Destination reversible.
“Basic Economy” fares do not include a free carry-on bag. Only a personal item (like a small-backpack) is free. Checked bags cost +$25. Seats are randomly assigned prior to boarding. If you have the United MileagePlus credit-card, use the “free checked bag” perk.
- Example Dates: (BookingBuddy / Priceline) Jul 05 – Jul 12 / Jul 06 – Jul 09 / Jul 11 – Jul 18 / Jul 13 – Jul 16 / Jul 18 – Jul 25 / Jul 26 – Aug 02 / Aug 01 – Aug 08 / Aug 04 – Aug 07 / Aug 08 – Aug 15 / Aug 11 – Aug 14 / Aug 15 – Aug 22 / Aug 18 – Aug 21 / Aug 22 – Aug 29 / Aug 25 – Aug 28 / Sep 05 – Sep 12 / Sep 12 – Sep 19 / Sep 19 – Sep 26 / … / Oct 19 – Oct 25 / Oct 26 – Nov 01 / Nov 03 – Nov 10 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
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- Tips: Rent a car for cheaper by using Priceline’s “Express Deals”. The rental car company will be hidden until after you purchase, but this allows those companies to undercut the published rate indirectly. You can remove low quality companies from those hidden results. The trick is to use the quality filter on their website to remove any rental car company with a review rating under 7.0 and then pick the deals that survive the filter.
- Tips: The Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card allows for 1-to-1 point transfers to several airline loyalty programs. Booking with points is a good alternative to paying with cash when the price of airfare is high. Here is the current list of Chase Sapphire transfer partners: United, Southwest, jetBlue, British Airways, Iberia, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, Aer Lingus, and Air Canada.
- Tips: Vacation rentals on Vrbo are usually cheaper per night for longer stays than shorter stays. This is due to three main factors; The first is that most properties have a cleaning fee that is a fixed rate, the second is that many hosts provide discounts for stays longer than 6-days, the third is that the Vrbo service fee percentage is higher on short stays.
- Tips: You can (and should) sort the Vrbo vacation rental search results by “Total” price. Doing so exposes properties with high fees. For example, a $140 per-night property with $100 fees will rank as being more expensive than a $150 per-night property with $30 fees, when sorted. Sorting by “most reviews” is also a good option, as this will show you the most popular properties.
- Tips: Use Tripadvisor to create a Hotel “short list”. First, plug in your dates and destination. Then select “Sort by Traveler Ranked”. Finally, select the “Traveler Ranking” filter to show “only 4* and up”. Use this resulting “short list” of hotels to find the cheapest one with a high ranking.
- Tips: Hotel rates for Weekend dates are usually higher than the rates for Sunday through Thursday. Tripadvisor has a color-coded date calendar, red when the average hotel price for that day is more expensive, green for less expensive. You can use this to get an overview of what dates in the month are at a discount.
- Tips: Different booking websites will often have differing routes, prices, and availability. Before you finalize your purchase, do a quick check on BookingBuddy, Skyscanner, and Kayak to see if any other site or airline is offering a better deal.
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I was able to pull this fare up on Priceline. Screenshot taken at 10:52 PM on 06/29/18.
- Previous Lowest Price Average: $352-ish for these.
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