Deal Alert:  roundtrip domestic flights with United

Deal Alert: $88 roundtrip domestic flights with United

Deal Alert:  roundtrip domestic flights with United

As the traditionally slow fall travel season begins, many airlines offer discounted flight deals to promote travel.

If you’re looking for an overview of the latest discounts from United Airlines, check out the weekly deals page.

United’s roundup of flight deals from around the country currently highlights many domestic fares that are under $120 for round-trip flights. The cheapest fares highlighted on this deals page start at $88 for a round-trip flight.

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Many of United’s discounted flight deals are for short trips, such as the route between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) for $88.

Depending on date and availability, you can also find flights under $120 for mid- to long-haul domestic flights, such as between Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and Orlando International Airport (MCO), for $118.

Keep in mind that many of these discounted flight deals apply to United’s basic economy seats. This ticket class does not allow carry-on bags, so deal hunters and heavy packers should read the fine print before booking one of these flights.

Here are details on some of United’s discounted flights and itineraries.

Basic agreement

Airline: United Airlines.
Routes: Between different American cities.
How to order: Direct with United.
Travel dates: Starts in October.
Order by: While discounted tickets are available.

Related: Fall airfares may provide some relief for inflation-weary travelers

Example of flights


United’s weekly flight deals page, pictured above, displays a regularly updated set of domestic flight deals based on recent passenger searches. You can also find these deals on Google Flights, which is a handy tool to see competitive prices from other airlines.

The flight deals page also includes international flight deals, which can serve as inspiration for planning some last-minute excursions.

Most of United’s featured flight deals are for travel one to two months in advance, but searching Google Flights can reveal savings opportunities further in the future.

Newark to Orlando


United is offering $118 round-trip flights between Newark and Orlando — a great price for a vacation in Florida as the weather starts to get colder.

Many booking dates for this price are still available from October to November. Most discounted flights are only available for midweek travel between Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Note that, as illustrated above, the $118 fare is for United’s basic economy class seats. This ticket class requires an additional $70 for a checked bag and requires a $60 upgrade to economy class to take a carry-on bag on board.

However, if you are a United MileagePlus Premier member, have Star Alliance Gold status, or book your ticket with a valid MileagePlus credit card, you can bring one free carry-on and check one free bag even when flying Basic Economy.

Related: TPG’s complete guide to visiting Universal Orlando

Los Angeles to San Francisco


United’s Weekly Deals page also highlights $88 fares for flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Again, this price is for the basic economy class tickets, which are subject to high baggage and carry-on fees unless you have United status or book with a valid credit card.

This price of $88 is on the lower side of fares for this route, but is not an unheard of deal. If you can find a midweek itinerary in the fall that fits your schedule and can bypass the baggage restrictions, we recommend this deal.

Some Thursday through Tuesday long weekends on this route are available for slightly higher fares, in the $92-$108 range.

Maximize your purchase

It’s always a good idea to pack a credit card to maximize any purchases you make during your trip. Using one United℠ Explorer Card booking flights (and any other baggage fees along the way) can help you earn bonus miles and accelerate your path to status awards.

For more flexibility when it comes to utility points, Platinum Card® from American Express earn 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 of those purchases per calendar year.

The Citi Premier® Card earn 3 points per dollar spent on airfare, while American Express® Gold Card earn 3 points per dollar spent on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel.

The bottom line

United Airlines’ weekly deals page is a good place to find discounted airfares on many of United’s short- and medium-haul domestic routes.

Select itineraries on United’s deals are usually for midweek flights one to two months before travel.

Although the prices on United’s deals page initially seem attractive, travelers should be aware that most of the tickets are for United’s basic economy class seats, which have baggage restrictions.

Before you compare these prices with other airlines or book a trip, remember to take into account potential surcharges on baggage and seat assignments.

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