Nonstop Flights: Houston to/from Santa Ana, California (Orange County) $147 r/t – Southwest / UA

[12/12/2015 @ 1:26 PM] Open this itinerary here: Southwest Airlines, (Other Airlines: Orbitz, Travelocity, PricelineExpediaHotwireBookingBuddy).
[12/19/2015 @ 2:43 PM] Now being matched by Delta, and American Airlines.
[01/23/2016 @ 4:33 PM] Very little availability. Removing from deal list.

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United and Southwest Airlines have round-trip flights from Houston (HOU / IAH) to Orlando, Florida (MCO) for $147, NONSTOP. Flights from January to February. Fare is reversible. See the Flight Details section of this post for example booking dates.

Note: Southwest is currently being matched by United on this deal. You may want to check your dates on BookingBuddy to see if any of the other airlines have better prices or dates before committing.

Update: Delta and American Airlines are now matching this sale.

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Orbitz and CheapTickets have a search tool that looks for flights 3-days before and after the dates you’ve selected, you should use it if you have a general idea of when you want to travel, but want to see other prices for other dates close to the ones you’ve selected.

To save the most money, be sure to make use of the travel coupon codes available at the bottom of this post. Booking your trip as a flight + hotel package will probably save you more money than booking each separately. If you’re flying on Southwest be sure to compare the package prices on Southwest Vacations to the individual cost of booking a flight and hotel separately. If you are planning to book your flight and hotel separately, then you’ll usually find a better selection of hotels with better prices at a hotel booking site like, and CheapTickets.

Southwest never charges a change or cancellation fee. If you cancel within 24-hours they will reverse the credit card charge. If you cancel before your flight, they will give you a travel voucher that you can apply for future travel valued at the full price you paid. Voucher isn’t transferable and expires after 1-year, but it beats getting hit with a change fee. Basically, what this means is when you see a good sale like this, you can lock in the price. If it goes lower, call or cancel the ticket and re-book the better price.

Note: OTAs such as Orbitz and Travelocity allow free cancellation without penalty before 10 PM central time the day after you purchase. As deals sell-out or expire quickly, this policy will allow you to “lock-in” the cheap fare while you sort out a plan. Just keep in mind that after 10 PM the next day, you will not be able to cancel without the regular penalty.

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Southwest Flight Availability: Houston to Orange County as of 1:19 PM on 12/12/15.
Southwest Flight Availability: Houston to Orange County as of 1:19 PM on 12/12/15.

United only has a limited set of valid dates for departure and return. I’ve listed them here:

  • Valid departure dates for United: January 12, 16, 23, 26 / February 02, 03
  • Valid return dates for United: January Any Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday / February 09, 10

I was able to pull this fare up on Orbitz, and it should be available on Southwest and most other booking sites. Screenshot taken at 1:20 PM on 12/12/15.


Flight Details:

  • Availability: See Calendar. Use the Flexible Date tool on Southwest Airlines.
  • Documentation: Domestic Flight.
  • Departure and Destination Airports: HOU – MCO
  • Example Dates: (Southwest / Orbitz) Jan 26 – Feb 02 / Jan 23 – Jan 26 / Other dates: Use the “Flexible Date” tool on Southwest Airlines site or the +/- 3-day search tool on Orbitz.
  • Carrier: Southwest / United
  • Fare Basis Code:
  • Fare Class:
  • Mile Accrual: Southwest and United are revenue based.
  • Stopover component: none.
  • CPM: 5.42 (2714 miles)
  • Full Route: HOU-SNA-HOU
  • Open this itinerary on: Southwest Airlines, (Other Airlines: Orbitz, Travelocity, PricelineExpediaHotwireBookingBuddy).

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