United – $213: Los Angeles – Philadelphia (and vice versa). Roundtrip, including all Taxes

A good sale between Los Angeles and Philadelphia Railway Station.

Independence Hall, Philadelphia  - Photo: Boston Public Library, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Independence Hall, Philadelphia – Photo: Boston Public Library, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • January 9th – 12th, 2014

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel until June, 2014. After June, prices increase by $20 – $30 (or really really good fare for Summer travel). Must purchase at least 7 days in advance of departure

How to Search for Availability:

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • $184.18


  • LAX – EWR (Newark) – ZFV (Philadelphia) – EWR – LAX
  • ZFV is the the airport code for Philadelphia 30th Street Amtrak Station. The ZFV – EWR // EWR – ZFV segment is operated by Amtrak.
  • A few things to remember about fares from ZFV from our reader Sean
    • You do NOT earn Premier Qualifying mileage on the ZFV-EWR and EWR-ZFV segments
    • You do earn 250 Redeemable miles, but do NOT earn status bonuses.
    • You do have to take the train to start the reservation
    • In the case of a schedule change, you may be able to drop the ZFV-EWR segment. (Your Mileage May Vary)
    • You can only print out your Amtrak boarding pass the day the train departs from the departing terminal kiosk or ticket desk.
  • United travel vouchers cannot be combined or used with fares from ZFV.
  • Logistics of the train to plane transfer
    • From Newark:
      • Follow sign for AirTrain
      • Take AirTrain to Rail Link Stop (Past Terminal C and P4)
      • And exit using your Amtrak ticket. AirTrain fare is included
      • NJ Transit and Amtrak shares a platform, so look for the right departure platform
    • To Newark from Newark Amtrak Station:
      • The above reversed
  • 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.


  • 5,054 miles or 4.2 cents per mile

How to Buy:

  • Book on United.com using dates found at ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search.



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7 Responses to "United – $213: Los Angeles – Philadelphia (and vice versa). Roundtrip, including all Taxes"

  1. Dave says:

    Hi, I’m in LA and would be interested in going to NY, but not Philadelphia. I wouldn’t mind landing in EWR and just taking the train to Manhattan while skipping the train to ZFV. You mentioned that we do have to take the train to START the reservation, but if I’m coming from LA, will I be able to complete the reservation at this price if I just throw away the Amtrak tickets?

    • TFD says:

      @Dave – you cannot skip segments in between your trip. If you do, your itinerary will be cancelled. Amtrak and United do communicate with each other. In general, you can only skip the last segment. So you should book it this way:

      Ticket 1:
      – One way from LAX – ZFV

      Ticket 2:
      – One way from New York – LAX

      That would save some money compared to a straight LAX – NY roundtrip. and not have worry about your itinerary being cancelled.

      • LKT says:

        What if i picked up a boarding pass from EWR to ZFV but dont actually get on the train? I already booked LAX ZFV RT but don’t intend to get on the EWR ZFV train unless I really have to…

  2. Bob says:

    I have a slightly different question. If I buy one way ZFV-LAX but get on the amtrak a little further down the line between ZFV and EWR, say New Brunswick, would that work?

    • TFD says:

      @Bob – your mileage may vary — a lot of reports of difficulty getting the Amtrak boarding pass from self-kiosks elsewhere besides Philly 30th St Station.

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