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Philadelphia fare war AA/DL/UA Manchester $500, AMS $506, Munich $534, Paris $542, Zurich $542, London Xmas deals $700

Philadelphia is a hot bed of low fare activity today with United and Delta attacking American and AA offering lower fares on several routes. Manchester, Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin  and Zurich are all between $500 to $550 round trip with one, two or all three major alliance airlines. Paris and Munich are in $580s and $590s.

London is also discounted to around $700 round trip for December holiday travel. Bare in mind that many low fare United flights include Amtrak train Philadelphia to Newark for flights departing EWR-Europe or fly Air Canada via Toronto or Montreal.

Here is a run down of low fares I see at 2:30pm Pacific time. Google Flights fare links to the route and dates are embedded.

Manchester, UK $500 – $536

American Airlines $535.86 – $578 (Oct 3-28) Most dates around $536. American’s advantage is nonstop flights. United has far more dates

American Airlines Philadelphia PHL – MAN Manchester, UK nonstop flights

$535.86  Sunday Oct 9 – Sunday Oct 16

PHL-MAN $536 AA Oct9-16 nonstop

Delta Airlines offers little competition on this route with low fares of $551 to $576, but only on 12 dates between Oct 3-29.

United has most availability for PHL-MAN route.

United Airlines $499.96 – $586 Oct 20 – Dec 15. United has far more low fare dates than American or Delta with departures into December. There are two dates with $500 (Dec 11) and $506 (Oct 23) fares. Cheapest flights require Amtrak Philadelphia to Newark all flights United tickets tend to be $570 tickets.

United Airlines Philadelphia – Washington IAD – Dublin DUB – Manchester MAN – IAD – PHL (Itinerary makes $536 AA nonstop look really good).

$572.76  Sat Oct 29 – Sat Nov 5

PHL-MAN UA $573 Oct 29-Nov5

United Airlines Philadelphia ZFV Amtrak train – Newark EWR – Manchester UK MAN –Dublin DUB – EWR – Amtrak train Philadelphia

$499.96  Sun Dec 11 – Sun Dec 18

PHL-MAN $500 UA Dec 11-18

Philadelphia to London $719 – $723 Nov 1 – March 31 AA/DL/UA December Holiday Fares same price

I admit that I am not all too familiar with normal holiday December fares for Philadelphia to London, but $723 seems like a reasonably low fare for Christmas/New Year’s travel to Europe from anywhere in the USA. 2016 is certainly not a normal year for airfare. Deals abound in 2016. It has been Christmas all year for airfare deals.

Anyway, I would not write about a $720 fare from east coast to London, except this one is good for Christmas week travel with AA, DL and UA.

American Airlines  Philadelphia PHL – Dublin DUB – London LHR

$722.96  Monday Dec 19 – Thu Dec 29

PHL-LGW $723 Dec 19-29 AA.

There are lower priced flights at $710.66 PHL-LGW via Amsterdam on same dates.

Delta offers nonstop flights for same $723 price.

Delta season is also Nov 1 – March 31 with fares $723 to $733 round trip. This is the best deal on this route.

Delta Airlines Philadelphia PHL – London LHR

$722.56 Mon Dec 19 – Thu Dec 29

PHL-LHR $723 DL Dec 19-29

United Airlines has same deal at $719-$723 Nov-March 2017.

Amsterdam $506-$531 Season: Oct lowest fares; Nov 1 – Dec 15

American $506 – $550

Delta $521 – $546 (Nov-Dec_

United $531

Munich MUC $580 – $595

American $580.26 nonstop

Delta $595

United $588 Air Canada or United

American Airlines Philadelphia PHL – Munich MUC

$580.26 Fri Nov 4 – Sat Nov 12

PHL-MUC $580 AA Oct

Paris $595 – $607 Oct 21-29, Nov – Dec 9

American $595.26 (Oct 21-29 departures only for nonstop flights)

Delta $607.06 (Oct 21-29, then Thu-Sat to Nov 24)

United/Air Canada $595.35 Oct 21-29, then $617-$649 some Thu-Sat to Dec 9).

Zurich Oct 3 – Dec 9 $531-$542

American $532 – $557 lowest fares involve change of airport in NYC. (Oct 3-31 only, no low Nov-Dec fares)

Delta $531.16 More dates in early October with Delta, fewer dates in Nov-Dec. Delta looks like best deal for this route.

United/Air Canada $542 Oct 21-29 few Nov-Dec dates.

Delta Airlines Philadelphia PHL – New York JFK – Zurich ZRH – JFK – PHL

$531.16  Thu Oct 6 – Fri Oct 14

PHL-ZRH $531 DL Oct 6-14

Dublin $525 – $548 Sep 3 – May 21 end of schedule

American $527.26 – $532 lots of Sep-Oct dates, then scattered dates through May 2017

Delta $548 very few dates

United/Air Canada $525.44 – $532 Sep 17-26

PHL-DUB $528 Sep4-11 AA

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