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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Star Alliance partners Air Canada and TAP Portugal are having a sale from East Coast cities to Geneva (GVA) and Zurich (ZRH) with prices starting at just $378 round-trip. These discounted fares are available for departures from January through April 2017. You’ll have a stop in each direction, but this shouldn’t deter you from booking, since Switzerland is typically a pricy destination to get to.
Airline: Air Canada & TAP Portugal
Route: East Coast to GVA and ZRH
Cost: $378+ round-trip in economy
Dates: January — April 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Boston (BOS) to Geneva (GVA) for $378 round-trip in February:
Newark (EWR) to Geneva (GVA) for $417 round-trip in February:
Boston (BOS) to Zurich (ZRH) for $426 round-trip in February:
Miami (MIA) to Geneva (GVA) for $482 round-trip in February:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
Featured image of Switzerland courtesy of Getty Images.
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