San Francisco/Los Angeles Trip Deal: $497 round-trip from SFO or LAX to Melbourne, Australia on Air Canada

Air Canada is putting flights from California to Melbourne, Australia on sale, starting at $497 round-trip from either SFO or LAX to Melbourne (airport code: MEL). There is currently availability in February and March 2018.

You can earn 18,558 United Premier Qualifying Miles (PQM) if you credit this flight to your United account, which will get you almost to silver status (though you’ll still need to meet the spend minimum, which is easiest to do with United Chase credit card).

To book this trip, use Google Flights to find dates and then book through CheapOAir. Air Canada and Expedia are repricing at $857, so I have a feeling this deal won’t last!

My dream list of new direct flights from SFO

In a recent post, I wrote about how United was introducing a temporary direct flight between San Francisco and Barcelona. Although this flight is scheduled for only a few select days in February, Level by Iberia will now be offering ongoing, non-stop service between the 2 cities, which is pretty great.

Along with Barcelona, San Francisco has picked up some other great new direct flights in recent years, including to Tahiti, Madison, Wisconsin, and, soon, to Amsterdam.

Still, as a San Francisco-based remote worker, there are some direct routes that I dream about. Below is my dream list of new, direct flights from SFO.

San Francisco to Rome, Italy

Although San Francisco has a number of direct flights to Europe, including Frankfurt, Zurich, Paris, and London, the options are still fairly limited compared to New York.

The European route that I would value the most would be a direct flight between San Francisco and Rome. Currently, the best way to get to Rome from San Francisco is via Swiss Air with a layover in Zurich (which is quicker than connecting in the U.S. or Canada).

A direct flight would cut travel time significantly and would open up the ability to take long weekends in the Italian capital and surrounding regions.

Proposed airline: United

San Francisco to Bogotá

There are currently no direct flights between San Francisco and South America. The best San Francisco has to offer is a direct flight between SFO and Panama City, Panama and I’ve previously written about how this flight has changed the way I travel.

That said, I would love to see a direct flight between San Francisco and Colombia — and although Medellín is one of my favorite places in the world, I think a direct flight between SF and Bogotá would make a lot more sense.

Proposed airline: Avianca

San Francisco to Bangkok

Compared to New York, San Francisco is a considerably better travel base if you’re looking to travel to Asia. Current direct flights include Manila, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, and Beijing.

Nevertheless, I would love to see a direct San Francisco to Bangkok flight. When I travel to Asia, I usually base myself out of Hong Kong, but if there was a direct flight from San Francisco to Bangkok, I would likely switch cities and base myself out of Bangkok instead. There are a few reasons for this, including Thai food, affordability, and flight times between BKK and places like Bali and Phuket.

Proposed airline: United

San Francisco to Guam

Alright, so as a former Guam resident and current San Franciscan, I’m definitely biased here. But I believe both Guam and San Francisco would benefit from this flight, as Guam currently has no direct flights between the island the mainland United States and San Francisco has a decent-sized Chamorro population.

Guam is already a United hub and there is definitely demand on the island for the flight.

Proposed airline: United

What are some direct flights that you would love to see? Let me know in the comments!

San Francisco Trip Deal: $308 direct, round-trip from SFO to Barcelona on Level by Iberia

Level, which is a long-haul, low-cost offshoot of Iberia, is putting direct flights from San Francisco to Barcelona, Spain on sale. Flights start at $308 direct, round-trip. There is currently availability between November 2018 and March 2019.

Sample travel dates include:

  • January 19-23
  • January 26-30
  • February 9-16
  • March 9-13
  • And more

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United offering limited nonstop service between SFO and Barcelona

As a San Francisco-based travel blogger, I’m always on the lookout for new nonstop flights leaving from the Bay Area.

So it was an awesome surprise when this morning, I saw that United will be offering special nonstop service between SFO and Barcelona (airport code: BCN) in February 2019. United will be offering the following flights:

  • February 23 – San Francisco 1:45 p.m. Barcelona 10:25 a.m.+1
  • February 24 – Barcelona 12:50 p.m. San Francisco 4:20 p.m.
  • February 27 – San Francisco 1:45 p.m. Barcelona 10:25 a.m. +1
  • February 28 – Barcelona 12:45 p.m. San Francisco 4:15 p.m.

These flights are being offered as a result of Barcelona hosting the 2019 Mobile World Congress, and will help the Silicon Valley crowd get to/from the event.

Tickets aren’t cheap (I just did a search and it was $2,589 on United) and there is no saver award availability, meaning you’d be paying at least 70,000 miles. If you are cost-sensitive, Level by Iberia offers the best deals to Barcelona from San Francisco (with round-trip, direct flights as low as $308), but this is still a pretty cool offer from United.

H/T: Live and Let’s Fly

Chicago Trip Deal: $670 round-trip from ORD to Mumbai on Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance, is putting flights from Chicago to Mumbai, India on sale. Flights start at $670 round-trip flight from O’Hare (airport code: ORD) to the Mumbai, India (airport code: BOM). There is currently availability in February through April 2018.

Note that the flight is “U” class, so you’ll receive no United PQM for this flight.

Sample travel dates include:

  • January 17-28
  • February 3-12
  • February 18-27
  • March 7-18
  • And more

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Phoenix Trip Deal: $387 round-trip from PHX to the Cayman Islands on JetBlue

JetBlue is putting the Caribbean on sale, including a $387 round-trip flight from Phoenix (airport code: PHX) to the Cayman Islands (airport code: GCM). There is currently availability in February and March 2018.

Sample travel dates include:

  • February 26 – March 5
  • March 5-12
  • March 12-19
  • And more

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Los Angeles Trip Deal: $440 round-trip from LAX to Phuket, Thailand on Air China

A great deal to Phuket from LAX with Air China! Flights start at $440 round-trip, after taxes. Air China is a Star Alliance member.

I found this fare on a fluke and have so far only been able to find the following dates:

  • February 25-March 5

To get the fare, you need to book on Expedia (linked below). Note that this fare books as “L” class on Air China, so you’ll only have 50% of the miles count on United towards your PQM.

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