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

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:


  • 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.


  • 4,996 miles or 4.3 cents per mile


How to Book:

For more of the latest cheap Philadelphia Flight Deals:


To make sure you receive our latest deals, LIKE our  The Flight Deal Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter @TheFlightDeal, or subscribe to The Flight Deal RSS Feed or Subscribe via Email (Once a Day)

The Flight Deal does not sell travel products or services. We provide you with information about third-party travel suppliers’ offers, and link you to their sites. The information posted by The Flight Deal is valid at the time of publication. However, we have no control over the suppliers, and we therefore do not warrant or guarantee that their offers will not change or become unavailable. Nor are we responsible for their products, services or site content. Please see their sites for their most up-to-date offer information and all applicable terms and conditions.

written by

The author didn‘t add any Information to his profile yet.

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.

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!
© Copyright - The Flight Deal

ADVERTISER DISCLOSURE: The offers that appear are from companies from which The Flight Deal receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site, including, for example, the order in which they may appear within listing categories. Other factors, such as our own proprietary website rules and the likelihood of applicants' credit approval also impact how and where products appear on this site. The Flight Deal does not include the entire universe of available financial or credit offers

EDITORIAL DISCLOSURE: The editorial content on this site is not provided by the companies whose products are featured. Any opinions, analyses, reviews or evaluations provided here are those of the author's alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the Advertiser.