Here's a good old fashioned fare war between American and United with big price drops between select cities across the nation. There are some especially good cross-country deals between Washington D.C. and California along with a slew of other routes that rarely go on sale. Fares start as low as $111 roundtrip.

Travel Availability

Rules and restrictions vary by route. Available travel dates are generally scattered throughout the year with the most availability for fall and/or winter travel, excluding peak holidays. A few routes will have some scattered spring travel dates available and only a couple routes have availability during peak summer travel months. Click on the fare details below for more info.

Sale Period

This sale is unadvertised and fares may jump at any moment. These are all big price drops, which normally don't last very long after falling this low. Secure your low fare by booking now and taking advantage of the 24-hour risk-free cancellation to think about your plans.

Sample Fares

Baltimore to Kansas City $111 roundtrip

Indianapolis to Baltimore $111 roundtrip

Grand Rapids to Baltimore $113 roundtrip

Charlotte to Ithica $113 roundtrip

Baltimore to Milwaukee $113 roundtrip

Fayetteville, AR to Washington D.C. $114 roundtrip

Washington D.C. to Little Rock $114 roundtrip

Erie, PA to Boston $117 roundtrip

Miami to San Diego $130 roundtrip

Washington D.C. to San Diego $133 roundtrip

Sacramento to Washington D.C. $134 roundtrip

Seattle to El Paso $144 roundtrip

Phoenix to Miami $144 roundtrip

Seattle to Tucson $154 roundtrip

Baltimore to Sacramento $164 roundtrip

Charlotte to Phoenix $193 roundtrip

All fares work in the reverse direction as well. There may be more similar price drops. Check flights from your city to see today's current finds.

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These are Basic Economy fares. On American, this includes a carry-on bag plus a small personal item. On United, this only includes one small personal item. A full-size carry-on bag is not allowed on United. A checked bag costs $30 each way on either airline.

Seat Assignments

Seats will be assigned at random upon check-in for these prices. You may pay a fee to choose a seat or choose to upgrade to the standard Economy fare.

Alternate Fares

In general, it should cost $60 more roundtrip for an upgrade to a standard Economy fare. This will include a full-size carry-on bag on United. It will also include advanced seat selection and allow for ticket changes/upgrades on both American and United. A checked bag is the same $30 fee each way.

Example Booking

As an example, I found a flight on American departing Washington DCA on Sunday, September 1, returning from San Diego SAN on Saturday, September 7, for $133 roundtrip.

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