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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 11pm 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.
It’s officially skiing season — so why not visit one of the world’s best locations for thrilling slopes? Flights from the US to Switzerland are on sale from just $303 round-trip. You can fly from Baltimore (BWI), San Fransisco (SFO), Newark (EWR), Dallas (DFW), Orlando (MCO), Seattle (SEA), Washington DC (DCA) and Boston (BOS) to Zurich (ZRH) and Geneva (GVA) from Jan. 2019 through May 2019. Most flights include a connection and are in basic economy — so keep an eye out for fees on checked bags and seat selection. Note that an airline’s co-brand credit card can get around some of these restrictions.
Looking to hit the slopes but avoid the crowds? Check out our guide on where to ski solo in the Swiss Alps. While Switzerland is a notoriously expensive location to travel, there are ways to do it for cheap.
To search, 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.
Airlines: British Airways, United, American Airlines, TAP Portugal
Routes: BWI/SFO/EWR/DFW/MCO/BOS/DCA/SEA to ZRH/GVA
Cost: $303+ round-trip
Travel Dates: January 2019 – May 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige Card (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Washington DC (DCA) to Zurich (ZRH) for $303 round-trip on American Airlines:
Baltimore (BWI) to Zurich (ZRH) for $312 round-trip on British Airways via American Airlines:
San Fransisco (SFO) to Geneva (GVA) for $324 round-trip on British Airways:
New York (EWR) to Zurich (ZRH) for $332 round-trip on British Airways:
Dallas (DFW) to Zurich (ZRH) for $343 round-trip on United:
Seattle (SEA) to Zurich (ZRH) for $343 round-trip on United:
Orlando (MCO) to Zurich (ZRH) for $343 round-trip on American Airlines:
New York (EWR) to Geneva (GVA) for $354 round-trip on British Airways:
Boston (BOS) to Zurich (ZRH) for $391 round-trip on TAP via Priceline:
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), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card, Citi Prestige 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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With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
- Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
- Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
- Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
- $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
- Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- Annual Fee is $250.
- Terms apply.
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