Deal Alert: Northeast US to Zurich From $357 Round-Trip
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If you live in the Northeast or can easily get there, and want to head to Switzerland in the late summer or fall, today's a great day to buy your flights. That's because all three legacy carriers — American, Delta and United — are offering identically great deals on trips to Zurich (ZRH) from both New York City (NYC) and Philadelphia (PHL) starting at $357 round-trip.
The itineraries from New York are all nonstop and there's tons of availability on all three carriers between mid-August and mid-October, with departures nearly every day of the week. The routings from Philadelphia are cheapest on United, which include an Amtrak train between Philly and Newark (EWR) on either end of the trip. Leaving from 30th Street Station (ZFV) instead of the airport might or might not be attractive to you, but you can also find departures from the Philadelphia airport on the other two airlines for just a few dollars more.
In most cases there's a 7-night stay requirement for these prices, but you don't need any tricks to get these airfares — just use Google Flights to find the dates you want, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself. And since these are international trips on mainstream carriers, you'll get your first checked bag free and even a complimentary meal during the flight, even if you choose the Delta options that book into Basic Economy.
Airlines: Delta Airlines, American Airlines, United Airlines
Routes: NYC/PHL/ZFV to ZRH
Cost: $357+ round-trip in economy
Dates: Mid-August through mid-October
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH) nonstop for $357 round-trip on American via Orbitz:
New York/Newark (EWR) to Zurich (ZRH) nonstop for $357 round-trip on United via Orbitz:
New York (JFK) to Zurich (ZRH) nonstop for $357 round-trip on Delta in Basic Economy:
Philadelphia/30th Street Station (ZFV) to Zurich (ZRH) nonstop for $407 round-trip on United/Amtrak via Orbitz:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Zurich (ZRH) nonstop for $422 round-trip on Delta in Basic Economy:
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, or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!
H/T: The Flight Deal