One-way tickets between DC and the West Coast run $170 at the low end for coach. But Virgin American has $160 fares DC – Dallas Love Field.
One they’ll price out with a connection in.. Los Angeles or San Francisco.
To get this price (rather than a bit over $200) use promo code BALLER20.
Then just get off in San Francisco or Los Angeles. This is a ‘throwaway’ in that you aren’t using the segment from the West Coast to Dallas Love Field. Although if you want to fly to Dallas you can get those $160 non-stops, or could do extra flying DC – San Francisco / Los Angeles – Dallas just to try out Virgin America’s domestic first class product.
Remember this is technically against airline rules. In the case of a flight cancellation they might want to just sent you to Dallas. (I’ve never run into this problem, where an agent wouldn’t keep my original routing.) And you can’t check bags or your bags will go to Dallas.
(HT: Secret Flying)
Looks like they’ve already amended the routing rules for that fare. Probably due to the hidden-city publicity 🙁
I dunno – the ~$200 fare still shows for me (early June dates).