Airfare Deal – United: Philadelphia – San Diego (and vice versa) $217. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

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Not many travelers realize that United and Amtrak have a partnership in the Northeast. This partnership allows for some interesting fares that are cheaper when taking Amtrak to Newark for your flight versus flying from Philadelphia.

Photo: Port of San Diego, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Photo: Port of San Diego, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • May 10th – 13th

Fare Availability:

Routing:

  • ZFV – EWR (Newark) – SAN (San Diego) – EWR – ZFV. ZFV is the the airport code for Philadelphia 30th Street Amtrak Station. The ZFV – EWR // EWR – ZFV segment is operated by Amtrak.
  • You may check-in for your actual flight segments online. Online check-in will give you a temporary boarding pass for the train segments. This boarding pass is not valid for transportation on Amtrak. You must obtain your train ticket from the Amtrak Quik-Trak machine or Amtrak agent at the train station of your departure and at Newark Airport train station for your return.
  • Baggage will not be automatically be transferred from Amtrak to United and vice versa should you check your luggage. You must re-check your luggage with either United or Amtrak.

Mileage:

  • 4,996 miles or 4.3 cents per mile

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How to Book:

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6 Responses to "Airfare Deal – United: Philadelphia – San Diego (and vice versa) $217. Roundtrip, including all Taxes"

  1. KR says:

    Can you skip the train and just get on the flights at EWR?

  2. Sean says:

    A few things regarding ZFV fares:
    – You do NOT earn PQM mileage on the ZFV-EWR and EWR-ZFV segments
    – You do earn 250 EQM miles, but do NOT earn status bonuses.
    – You do have to take the train to start the reservation (not necessarily from ZFV — Metropark will work — as long as your ticket is scanned). (YMMV)
    – In the case of a schedule change, you may be able to drop the ZFV-EWR segment (YMMV).
    – You can only print out your Amtrak boarding pass the day the train departs from the departing terminal kiosk or ticket desk.

  3. Michelle says:

    What if you fly San Diego to EWR…can you skip the train to Philly and coming back…EWR to SAN Diego, can you skip the train from Philly to EWR>

    • TFD says:

      @Michelle – buy it as 2 one-ways. Ticket 1) SAN – ZFV. Ticket 2) ZFV – SAN vs SAN-ZFV-SAN. On the return, make sure you online checkin. That has work for us without taking the train. Your mileage may vary.

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