[11/15/2017 @ 9:06 PM] Book this fare on: Priceline, BookingBuddy, Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, CheapTickets, Hotwire.
[11/16/2017 @ 10:59 AM] Hartford price decreased to $120. Was $140.
[11/17/2017 @ 2:18 PM] Hartford price increase to $170, but the fare has been upgraded to “Regular Economy” from “Basic”. Santa Barbara fare gone.
[11/18/2017 @ 6:11 PM] Fare gone. Removing from deal list.
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 (SBN) or Hartford, Connecticut (BDL) starting at $120 with a connection. $60-$77 each-way. Flights from December 2017 to October 2018. Weekends available.
Note: Hartford flight availability becomes only TUE/WED/SAT after February. Also No June or July for Hartford. Before then, it’s available on most days of the week.
Note: “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. No seat selection they will be randomly assigned prior to boarding. If you have the United MileagePlus credit-card, use the “free checked bag” perk.
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- Hartford – Example Dates: (Priceline / BookingBuddy) Nov 30 – Dec 07 / Dec 01 – Dec 03 / Dec 08 – Dec 10 / Dec 15 – Dec 17 / Blackout: Dec 19 – Jan 02 / Jan 04 – Jan 09 / Jan 19 – Jan 21 / Jan 26 – Jan 28 / Feb 02 – Feb 04 / Feb 09 – Feb 11 / Feb 17 – Feb 20 / etc… (TUE/WED/SAT only from here on) / Mar 03 – Mar 06 / Mar 07 – Mar 14 / Mar 14 – Mar 21 / Mar 20 – Mar 27 / Mar 28 – Apr 01 01 / Apr 11 – Apr 18 / Apr 17 – Apr 24 / etc… / May 30 – Jun 06 / NO June / NO July / etc… / Sep 19 – Sep 26 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own. Use the Flexible Date Calendar on United’s website.
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I was able to pull this fare up on Travelocity or Priceline. Screenshot taken at 9:24 PM on 11/15/17.
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- Full Route: DFW-LAX-SBA-SFO-DFW
- Previous Lowest Price Average: SBA = $359/ BDL = $302
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