There’s a dirt cheap airfare out there right now on United in the Ontario to Newark market. While it’s a roundtrip fare that requires a minimum night stay depending on the day of week you depart, someone might find it useful for an end-of-year mileage run/vacation combination.
The fare rules allow for two transfers and the routing rules offer some interesting options, though availability in the G-bucket is pretty slim for the example I provide below. But other more direct single-city connections have more availability, which increases the CPM of course. But it’s still a darn good fare!
I only looked at Ontario as the origin for my example below, but the fare is also valid originating in Newark. And you can even ride on a 787!
Routing: Ontario to San Francisco to Houston to Newark
Travel period: Now through January 24, 2013
Dates I found available: 12/4, 12/5, 1/8, 1/9, 1/16
Number of nights stay: 3 in the example below, otherwise here’s the restrictions on the fare: If you depart Sun-Wed, return no earlier than the 3rd day after departure; Thu-Fri departures require a return no earlier than the first Saturday; Saturday departures simply require a 1-night stay.
Day of week restrictions: None
Fare basis: GE143FS, 14-day advance purchase
Fare: $167.30 all-in
Premier Qualifying Miles earned: 7,070 (assumes 500-mile minimums)
Cents-per-mile (CPM): 2.37
Example itinerary: Click for full view
Note the tight connection in Houston on the outbound, but there are plenty of more flights throughout the day on which United could book you if you mis-connect (and perhaps get more PQMs for a full Y rebooking).
Use the “Multiple Destinations” option on United’s website to piece this itinerary together.
(Tip of the hat to @airfarewatchdog)