JetBlue has a great deal. You can fly from Fort Lauderdale to Long Beach for only $186, with multiple dates (through 2018) available.
Valid for travel until early December or January, 2018 – early February, 2018. Must purchase at least 21 days in advance of departure.
Unfortunately, for those going to TwitchCon–it does not cover dates for October.
Long Beach is right by LA and is home to the Queen Mary and a variety of good dining options.
I subscribe to the Flight Deals tweets and check them pretty often. I may have booked deals during work meetings. (If my boss is reading this, disregard the last sentence).
I can jump on fares when there’s still lots of availability and I don’t miss out on the deals I want to take advantage of.
I’ve shared my process of “subscribing” to great fares.
This process involves signing up for twitter. Even if you won’t be an active user of twitter, it’s a good idea to have an account to take advantage of deals on contests in general.
I recommend following them even if you aren’t in those areas because they are gateway cities. There’s a lot of good international deals–worth the effort flying out to the gateway.