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Flying from Zurich to the USA in Summer... tips on flight booking needed please!

Hi guys,

n Summer I am doing a 2-3 week boys road trip in the USA (never been there before) starting in mid-July. Plans so far are:
  • Fly to LA on 14th or 15th July
  • Hit LA, Las Vegas, San Diego, san Francisco
  • Head to New York for a week

So what I am having trouble with is finding the best way to get from Zurich to LA. It seems there are basically no direct flights from ZRH to LAX for any sensible price, and those with 1 stop seem to go to Dusseldorf or Berlin and then take 14-15hrshrs for around 1500chf.

As far as I can see, it makes more logisitcal and financial sense to fly from Zurich to Gatwick (100chf with Easyjet) and then from Gatwick to LA (570chf with Norwegian Airlines) which takes around 13hrs.

After 2 weeks I intend to fly domestically from Seattle to New York, stay a week in New York by myself and then fly back to Zurich.

Does the ZRH > GAT > LAX seem like the most sensible option, or can anyone please suggest anything better? Flying economy will be fine as I will fly a day earlier than my mate and grab a hotel for a good nights sleep.

Any advice gratefully received. Thanks in advance.

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Old 21.05.2017, 17:14
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Re: Flying from Zurich to the USA in Summer... tips on flight booking needed please!

Do you have to go to LAX as a starting point? A quick search shows SWISS from ZRH to SAN (San Diego) non-stop on July 14 for CHF1313 (one-way, assuming you're aiming for open-jaw or separate tix).

Or you could do ZRH to LAS with a stop in Copenhagen on Eurowings for CHF 977.

Would avoid Condor if you can.
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Re: Flying from Zurich to the USA in Summer... tips on flight booking needed please!

In general I would fly Swiss although there are many empty seats on united these days flew to DC in Feb and has 2 emergency row seats to myself...

I go to the US twice a year and normally to California:

My suggestion: Go ZRH to SAN or Edelweiss to LAS (vegas) and then back from NYC or you might find Newark cheaper and it is really not that far away.
Do you really want to go to Los Angeles first, if so you could drive up from San Diego or fly cheaply from Vegas.
SFO is another alternative and grab a super cheap flight down...

Feel free to PM me with any questions..
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Re: Flying from Zurich to the USA in Summer... tips on flight booking needed please!

Should go a month later and take in the solar eclipse (aug 21).
Otherwise get a round trip with American to california via NY. Usually one is alowed to stay over a few days in a hub city at no extra cost.
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