[FARE GONE] American – $415 – $490: Washington D.C. / San Francisco / Newark / Cleveland / Denver / Houston – Zurich / Munich / Frankfurt / Brussels / Vienna. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

American is once again attacking United’s fares to a few cities in Europe for under $500. This time around, Lisbon is not part of the sale but Brussels is included.

We found availability from:

  • San Francisco [SFO] – Zurich [ZRH], Munich [MUC], Frankfurt [FRA], Brussels [BRU]
  • Newark [EWR] – Zurich [ZRH], Munich [MUC], Frankfurt [FRA], Brussels [BRU], Vienna [VIE]
  • Washington D.C. [WAS] – Zurich [ZRH], Munich [MUC], Frankfurt [FRA], Brussels [BRU], Vienna [VIE]
  • Cleveland [CLE] – Zurich [ZRH], Munich [MUC], Frankfurt [FRA], Brussels [BRU], Vienna [VIE]
  • Denver [DEN] – Zurich [ZRH], Munich [MUC], Frankfurt [FRA], Brussels [BRU], Vienna [VIE]
  • Houston [IAH] – Zurich [ZRH], Munich [MUC], Frankfurt [FRA], Brussels [BRU], Vienna [VIE]

Zurich is $415, Munich in the $450s, Frankfurt and Brussels in the 470s and Vienna is at $490. Berlin [TXL] is also available from San Francisco, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Denver, and Houston for a little over $500.

Update 6/10/2016 @ 9:30PM Eastern – fare gone

Zurich, Switzerland- Photo: Pedro Szekely via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Zurich, Switzerland- Photo: Pedro Szekely via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample from Washington D.C. – Zurich
  • September 19th – 26th

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel on the outbound from September – early December or January, 2017 – April, 2017. Must purchase at least 90 days in advance of departure
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

  • Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
    • Departing from: WAS
      • For availability from other cities, replace WAS with airport code listed above
    • Outbound Advanced Routing Code: aa+ /f bc=O
      • That’s the letter O and not number zero
    • Destination: ZRH
      • For availability to other cities, replace ZRH with airport code listed above
    • Return Advanced Routing Code: aa+ /f bc=O
    • (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
    • Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
    • Length of stay “3-10” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
  • Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
  • How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage

You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions in the “How to Book” section below.

Fare Class:

  • O

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • $300


  • DCA – JFK (New York) – ZRH (Zurich) – PHL (Philadelphia) – DCA



  • Miles Flown: 8,262 miles or 5.0 cents per mile

  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 8,262 miles
  • Redeemable Miles: 1,500 miles (American will be moving to a new mileage earning system on August 1st, 2016. It will be qualifying dollars x 5 for general members and a little more for elite members)

How to Book:

  • Support us by using our Priceline link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search. Make sure you enter  “American” on the Airline textbox under the Advanced Options section of the form.




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Background Information:

Austria, Belgium, Germany:

  • Visa: US Citizens – not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Euro (EUR). $1USD = 0.89 EUR


  • Visa: US Citizens – Not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Swiss Franc (CHF). $1USD = 0.96 CHF

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Comments (3)

  • brian 7 years ago Reply

    When I use the advanced routing codes I see cheaper deals but cannot actually book them anywhere… any advice?

    The Flight Deal 7 years ago Reply

    @brian – can you provide your dates, departure city and destination so we can take a look?

    brian 7 years ago

    Sorry fare is dead now. I managed to find it on justfly.com but didnt book it in time.

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