A good fare for nonstop service to and from Los Angeles.

The regular fare at $180 allows for normal size carry-on and personal item in addition to advanced seat assignment.

The $130 fare is a Basic Economy fare. American’s and United’s Basic Economy fares do not allow for any advanced seat assignment. Rather, your seat assignment will be randomly assigned during check-in. In addition, normal size carry-on that does not fit under the seat is charged a $25 fee each way with applicable gate check fees (but free if you have an American/United co-branded credit card or if you have American/United elite status).

What is The Shorthaul? It is our irregular feature of deals under $200 and 3,000 miles roundtrip.

Santa Monica Beach, Los Angeles – Photo: Tony Hisgett via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample via American
  • September 5th – 13th, 2018
    • This is a sample date. See below for more available travel dates

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel from late-August 2018 – early-October 2018. Must purchase at least 14 days in advance of departure.

Note: This fare is valid at the time of posting. If this post is more than two days old, the fare is most likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

  • Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
    • Departing from: IAH
    • Outbound Advanced Routing Code:
      • Textbox 1: aa
      • Textbox 2: f ~bc=B

        • For travel via United, enter:
          • Textbox 1: ua
          • Textbox 2: f ~bc=N
    • Destination: LAX
    • Return Advanced Routing Code: 
      • Textbox 1: aa
      • Textbox 2: f ~bc=B

        • For travel via United, enter:
          • Textbox 1: ua
          • Textbox 2: f ~bc=N
    • Click on the “Advanced Routing Codes” link to enable advanced routing code input
    • Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
    • Enter departure date
    • Length of stay: 3-10
      • The maximum search range is 7 days, so enter ranges in this format: 0-7, 3-10, 5-12, etc.

The ITA search page should look like the following when all values are inputted.

You cannot buy tickets through ITA. To buy tickets, follow our instructions below in the “How to Buy Airline Tickets” section.

Fare Class:

  • American: O
  • United: G

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • $141.40

Sample Routing:

  • IAH – LAX (Los Angeles) – IAH

Sample Mileage:

  • Miles Flown: 2,750 miles 
  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 2,750 miles
  • Redeemable Miles: 707 miles

How to Buy Airline Tickets:

  • Support us by using our Priceline link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search.
  • Select the regular economy fare.


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