Kansas City has been “on sale” for some time now out of LAX, but a $69 one-way base fare is also now available from SFO and SEA on both American and United. Delta has only filed a matching fare in the LAX-MCI market as of this posting. Travel must be completed by May 9, 2012.
Routing rules vary based on carrier with United offering the most generous mileage-maximizing opportunities. Still, though, there are many options with American and Delta at under 4.0cpm
Selfishly, as I’m primarily a United guy and LAX-based, here’s an example of a zero-nighter available on May 2 and May 7.
Routing: Los Angeles to San Francisco to Cleveland to Kansas City roundtrip
Travel period: Now through May 9, 2012
Dates I found available: 5/2 & 5/7
Number of nights stay: 0
Day of week restrictions: Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur/Sat
Fare basis: GAG7CS
Fare: $188.60 all-in
Elite Qualifying Miles earned: 6,712 (assumes 500-mile minimums)
Cost-per-mile (CPM): 2.81