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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend 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 11 p.m. Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the 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.
Cheap flights are available from New York City (JFK/LGA) to Zurich (ZRH) beginning in September through March 2020. Fly with oneworld carriers including American, British Airways, and Iberia between the two cities starting from just $245 round-trip. All flights are basic economy fares. However, with oneworld carriers, passengers can bring aboard a personal item and carry-on. Checked bags and seat assignments are not included.
There are also plenty of cheap luxury hotels in Zurich, many of which can be booked with points. Check out the Park Hyatt Zurich bookable with World of Hyatt points. Additionally, check out TPG‘s layover guide before heading to Zurich.
To search for fares, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airline: America, British Airways, Iberia
Routes: LGA/JFK to ZRH
Cost: $245+ round-trip in economy
Dates: select dates in September 2019 — March 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York City (LGA) to Zurich (ZRH) for $245 round-trip on American:
New York City (JFK) to Zurich (ZRH) for $272 round-trip on British Airways/Iberia via AA.com:
New York City (LGA) to Zurich (ZRH) for $259 round-trip on American/British Airways via AA.com:
New York City (JFK) to Zurich (ZRH) for $245 round-trip on American:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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