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Deal alert: Fly to Zurich from various U.S. cities for less than $500 round-trip

June 19, 2022
4 min read
Aerial View of Old Town Cityscape at Sunset, Zurich, Switzerland
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Who says airfare is too expensive? This latest deal we've uncovered has some incredible bargains to Zurich that will compel you to pull out your passport and pack your bags. The departure cities in this sale include New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., so if you live in or around those cities, you should take a look at the sample fares we found.

This sale involves economy tickets, so you'll often have to pay for checked luggage. It's helpful to know baggage policies before booking so you can figure that into the cost of the trip. Most of the deals we found are for travel in the fall and early 2023.

As we always say, being flexible with your travel plans will help you score the best possible deal. That's even more true these days with airfare being so expensive. Once you book, keep in mind that Zurich has some beautiful train routes. So if you're looking to enjoy some incredible train travel while you're there, be sure to check out TPG's ultimate guide to Switzerland's scenic train routes.

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Thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for first alerting us to this deal. Its Premium membership is available for $49 per year. The Elite tier option is available for $199 per year and it offers access to deals on premium economy, business- and first-class tickets. The more flexible you can be with your travel plans, the better price you'll find.

Deal basics

Airlines: Icelandair, SAS, Swiss, TAP Air Portugal.
Routes: Chicago, Newark, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. to Zurich, Switzerland.
How to book: Search Google Flights and book directly through the airline.
Travel dates: From September through March.

The Dolder Grand hotel in Zurich. (Photo courtesy of The Dolder Grand)

Sample flights

There is lots of availability for discounted flights from New York City (JFK) to Zurich (ZRH) in the winter. You can fly nonstop on Swiss for $584 in February. This ticket comes with a free carry-on, but you will have to pay to check a bag.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

The prices are actually better for tri-state travelers out of New Jersey. You can fly TAP out of Newark Liberty Airport (EWR) to Zurich in the fall for as low as $488 round trip. We found lots of sub-$500 fares in October and November.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)
(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

You can also score nice discounts on tickets from San Francisco (SFO) to Switzerland right now. For example, you can fly Economy on SAS in early December for just $507 round trip, huge savings from typical prices.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

You can save even more money on this route if you put off your trip until after the new year. This February economy fare on TAP is just $493 round trip.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Some really nice sales on Washington D.C. (IAD) tickets to Zurich are available, too. We found several itineraries in January and February for as low as $506 round trip.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Maximize your purchase

Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5 points per dollar on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card (see rates and fees) or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3 points per dollar on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2 points per dollar on travel.

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