A fare war started last week continues between the three major alliances. Oneworld and SkyTeam strike Austrian and Swiss Air cities with low fares in the $400s from California airports LAX, SFO and SJC Graz, Innsbruck, Salzburg and Vienna in Austria, along with Basel and Zurich, Switzerland.
SkyTeam services Graz and Oneworld services Innsbruck, Salzberg and Basel. Both alliances compete on Vienna and Zurich routes.
Star Alliance ticket prices are hundreds of dollars higher for these routes.
LAX – Graz, Austria GRZ
LAX – Innsbruck, Austria INN
LAX – Salzburg, Austria SZG
- $467 Oct 29-Dec 5 Oneworld only
- $433-$483 Jan 8-Mar 5
LAX – Vienna, Austria VIE
- $445-$464 Oct 29 – Dec 5; Jan 1 – Mar 22 SkyTeam
- $461-$469 Oct 29 – Dec 6; $438-$450 Jan 8 – Mar 22 Oneworld
LAX – Basel, Switzerland BSL
- $472-$478 Oct 29-Mar 25 Oneworld only
LAX – Zurich, Switzerland ZRH
- $442-$469 Aug 14 – October 27; Jan and March dates Oneworld
Use links above and change LAX to SFO or SJC on Google Flights to find low fares from Bay Area airports.
February 2018 Innsbruck, Austria Ski Vacation
British Airways LAX – Chicago ORD – London Heathrow LHR – Innsbruck INN – London Gatwick LGW – New York JFK – LAX
Berlin is still on sale too with ticket prices in upper $400s/low $500s for August to late October.