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Deal Alert: US Cities to Zurich or Amsterdam From $398 Round-Trip

Sept. 09, 2017
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Deal Alert: US Cities to Zurich or Amsterdam From $398 Round-Trip
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While it's become relatively common to find ridiculously cheap airfares to Europe on low-cost carriers like Norwegian and WOW, the "Big 3" US legacy carriers are still reluctant to drop transatlantic fares across the board, preferring to instead run limited-time sales to select cities. That's what we're finding today to both Zurich, Switzerland (ZRH), and Amsterdam (AMS) in the Netherlands — right now you can get flights on American, Delta and United from as far east as Boston (BOS) and as far west as Denver (DEN) starting at just $398 round-trip.

Departures are available from October to May with the exception of the December holiday season, and you don't need any tricks to get these prices. Just use Google Flights to find the dates you want, then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself. Most of these itineraries are either nonstop or have one reasonable connection, and since these are international trips on the mainstream carriers, travelers will get their first checked bag free along with a complimentary in-flight meal.

Airlines: American, Delta, United
Routes: NYC/BOS/IAD/DCA/BWI/ORD/DEN to ZRH/AMS
Cost: $398 and up round-trip in economy
Dates: October 2017 through May 2018 (except December)
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) round-trip for $398 via Orbitz:

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Washington, DC (DCA) to Zurich (ZRH) round-trip for $403 via Orbitz:

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Baltimore (BWI) to Zurich (ZRH) round-trip for $403 via Orbitz:

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Boston (BOS) to Amsterdam, Netherlands (AMS) round-trip for $403 via Orbitz:

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Denver (DEN) to Amsterdam (AMS) round-trip for $429 via Orbitz:

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Chicago (ORD) to Amsterdam (AMS) round-trip for $497 via Orbitz:

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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

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The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

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  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
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