[Edited: 12/8/11 at 6:00pm PST: This fare is no longer available]
Ready to start mileage running in 2012? There appears to be a bit of a Columbus fare war out there tonight originating in Los Angeles (sorry San Francisco and Seattle, no love for you here).
Alaska, American, Continental, Delta and United have the same base fare of $184 round-trip, but United has incredibly generous routing rules. It’s not great, but it’s under 4cpm. The other carriers require more direct routings.
Routing: Los Angeles to San Francisco to Washington-Dulles to Columbus roundtrip
Travel period: Now through end-of-schedule
Dates I found available: 1/9, 1/17, 1/23, 1/24; 2/6, 2/13, 2/27
Number of nights stay: 0
Day of week restrictions: None
Fare basis: GA14MN, 14-day advance purchase
Fare: $256.20 all-in
Elite Qualifying Miles earned: 6,838 (assumes 500-mile minimums)
Cost-per-mile (CPM): 3.75
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