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Flights: Dallas to/from Santa Barbara / Fresno ($172 with bag) / ($122 no bag) r/t – United Basic Economy

[07/12/2018 @ 5:26 PM] Book this fare on: Priceline, BookingBuddyTravelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, CheapTickets, Hotwire.
[08/13/2018 @ 11:28 PM] Old deal. Removing from deal list.

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United has “Basic Economy” round-trip flights from Dallas (DFW) to Santa Barbara or Fresno (SBA/FAT) starting at $122 with a connection. $61 each-way. Checked bags cost +$25 each-way. Flights August to May. Origin/Destination reversible.

Note: Christmas/NYE is available. No Thanksgiving.

Note: “Basic Economy” fares do not include a free carry-on bag. Only a tiny personal item is free. United’s personal item allowance of (9in x 10in x 17in) is smaller than most other airlines. Seats are randomly assigned prior to boarding. If you have the United MileagePlus credit-card, use the “free checked bag” perk.

  • Santa Barbara – Example Dates: (BookingBuddy / Priceline) Aug 08 – Aug 15 / Aug 15 – Aug 22 / Aug 22 – Aug 29 / Aug 29 – Sep 05 / Sep 05 – Sep 12 / Sep 12 – Sep 19 / Sep 19 – Sep 26 / Sep 26 – Oct 03 / Oct 03 – Oct 10 / Oct 10 – Oct 17 / Oct 17 – Oct 24 / Oct 24 – Oct 31 / Oct 31 – Nov 07 / Nov 07 – Nov 14 / Nov 28 – Dec 05 / Dec 05 – Dec 12 / Dec 11 – Dec 18 / Dec 17 – Dec 24 / Dec 24 – Jan 02 / Jan 02 – Jan 09 / Jan 09 – Jan 16 / Jan 16 – Jan 23 / Jan 23 – Jan 30 / Jan 30 – Feb 06 / Feb 06 – Feb 13 / Feb 13 – Feb 20 / Feb 20 – Feb 27 / Feb 27 – Mar 06 / Mar 05 – Mar 12 / Mar 12 – Mar 19 / Mar 19 – Mar 26 / Mar 27 – Apr 03 / Apr 03 – Apr 10 / Apr 09 – Apr 16 / Apr 17 – Apr 24 / Apr 24 – May 01 / May 01 – May 08 / May 08 – May 15 / Other dates: There are more dates available than the ones we list here, experiment on your own.
  • Fresno – Example Dates: (BookingBuddy / PricelineAug 08 – Aug 15 / Aug 15 – Aug 22 / Aug 22 – Aug 29 / Aug 29 – Sep 05 / Sep 06 – Sep 12 / Sep 11 – Sep 18 / Sep 18 – Sep 25 / Sep 25 – Oct 02 / Oct 02 – Oct 09 / Oct 11 – Oct 18 / Oct 23 – Oct 30 / Oct 31 – Nov 07 / Nov 07 – Nov 14 / Nov 29 – Dec 06 / Dec 05 – Dec 12 / Dec 09 – Dec 16 / Dec 24 – Jan 04 / Jan 09 – Jan 16 / Jan 16 – Jan 23 / Jan 23 – Jan 30 / Jan 30 – Feb 06 / Feb 06 – Feb 13 / Feb 13 – Feb 20 / Feb 20 – Feb 27 / Feb 27 – Mar 06 / Mar 05 – Mar 12 / Mar 12 – Mar 19 / Mar 19 – Mar 26 / Mar 27 – Apr 03 / Apr 03 – Apr 10 / Apr 09 – Apr 16 / Apr 17 – Apr 24 / Apr 24 – May 01 / May 01 – May 08 / May 08 – May 15 / 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 taken at 8:05 PM on 07/12/18.



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