American Airlines have some great cheap flights to San Francisco. We found availability January 29th to February 2nd, 2015 for just $253.20 from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to San Francisco International, with one change each way in Chicago.
On your long weekend in California's cultural hub, you should take in at least one trolley car ride. San Francisco is very manageable for visitors, being only about six miles square, but it's jam-packed full of things to do. From the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz to Pier 39 and Union Square, you'll be glad you bought a cheap flight deal as you'll have more money in your pocket to explore!
However, if you want a budget weekend, San Francisco offers a lot for free too:
– Walk or bike the Golden Gate Bridge. Many visitors make their own way halfway and then catch a bus!
– Take a walk up the famously steep Filbert Street Steps to Coit Tower, which has free entry and the murals painted inside are worth seeing. Pay a few extra bucks to ride the elevator up the tower and you'll get great views over the city.
– Fort Point featured in the Hitchcock classic Vertigo. It's an ideal place to check out great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and is open most days.
– San Francisco is overflowing with free art shows and galleries and Clarion Alley often has some amazing street art.
Alternatively, you can use 25,000 miles (Lufthansa and most Star Alliance programs) to fly between Washington and San Francisco. So you'd get just 1 cent per mile – much better to pay cash and EARN miles than use miles for this opportunity.
This cheap flight deal is searchable and bookable on Orbitz.
If you need different dates at the same low fare, check out our guide How to find the cheapest flights with ITA Matrix to find more available dates.
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