Department of Transportation officially announced and awarded the last eight new "beyond perimeter" exemptions out of DCA. UNITED was awarded earlier this year DCA SFO service. Today's new routes from DCA went to: Austin ( Southwest ), Portland, Ore. ( Alaska ), San Juan, P.R. ( JetBlue ) and San Francisco ( Virgin America ) With Virgin America serving the same route from DCA to SFO, I wonder if UNITED will jump on a fare war ? There are perimeter rules at DCA ( 1,250 mi ) and at my home town in NYC at LaGuardia ( 1,500 mi ). At LGA the exceptions are flights to Denver and flights on Saturdays. Always wondered why UNITED never offered "beyond perimeter" flights from LGA to LAX or SFO. An early morning flight out of LGA usually is never delayed and I would think it should be a perfect and more convient alternative to JFK or EWR.