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We’ve seen great pricing to Europe at various times this year, but this is truly fantastic. Right now, prices to Zurich, Munich, and Vienna are about as low as they can feasibly go. Prices start below $300 from Chicago, and below $350 from the west coast which is especially good. These are available over Thanksgiving as well as all of winter except Christmas and New Year’s; in some cases these prices extend into next Spring as well. With Zurich and Munich you can use these for Alpine skiing as well as visiting the city, making them even better. All of these are from American Airlines and partners, unless noted as United. Fares include:

  • Chicago to Zurich from $294 ($284 available with a 6 hour layover in Philadelphia), $316 to Vienna$328 to Munich
  • San Francisco to Zurich from $300, Vienna and Munich from $348
  • Los Angeles to Munich from $368 (United)
  • Miami to Zurich from $366, and Munich from $368
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These are basic economy prices, including carry-on and meals. Main cabin is $160 more (that seems the maximum difference to Europe this year), meaning round trips to Switzerland with seat selection and checked bags are available below $450. I expect some sort of low prices will be around for awhile, but I would expect these super-low fares to disappear at any time. So book quickly if you’re interested in these flights.

Sample Route

  • Departure: Chicago
  • Stops: Philadelphia outbound, Madrid inbound
  • Arrival: Zurich

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How to Book

  • Follow link for sample dates or search your favorite OTA / Google Flights for departure and destination

Travel Dates

  • Late October 2019 through March 2020
  • 5-day or 7-day stay required

Where to Stay in Central Europe

Things to Do in Central Europe

(SEE ALSO: The Top Destination I Want to Visit on Each Continent)

Good luck and happy flying!


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