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Old 02-01-2015, 07:27 AM
 
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OP, I strongly recommend you do NOT use any sites like Kayak or Priceline. Instead, book directly through the airline. The reason is that you usually will not save money booking through these third party sites and if you have a problem and need to cancel or reschedule your flight, you may be in for a big headache and be hit with additional fees since you're going through a middleman. I've used those third party sites in that past myself, and they've caused me nothing but trouble. Expedia is particularly awful. Just compare prices on flights through the different airlines and then you'll know exactly what you're paying for. Good luck!

totally agree!! I book with the airline directly and always end up with better prices and if there's an issue (very, very rare) you deal with them..not a third party.

I did one of those travel sites once and they screwed up my reservation and the hotel wouldnt' deal with me, I had to deal with the travel site idiots. Not worth the hassle.
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:35 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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OP... Southwest flies cheaply from Austin to SF. If you can fly during the week.

Go to southwest.com and look at pricing. I'm flying to LA in march for about $250 a person round trip but had to be flexible with my booking.

I flew on Virgin to SF last time for about $300. Check out to see if they fly out of Austin.

Southwest is usually very cheap flying out of your great city.
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Because of factors beyond my control, I have not set foot on airplane, much less booked any flights for about 5 years. So I am planning to fly RT from Austin, TX to San Francisco (or Oakland) at the end of March. Could someone who is a frequent flyer fill me in on what sites to use, tips on how to book this at low cost, etc.? I am pretty flexible about the days I fly and the length of my trip, though I am assuming about a week.
Check out google flights.

It lets you crunch the options so easy.

For your flight you can put the departure for sat,aus and the arrival for sfo,oak,sjc

And then play with dates. It even tells you when first is cheaper.
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