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Star Alliance carriers United, Air Canada, and Austrian Airlines have a $439 roundtrip fare between San Francisco and Vienna for October departures. You’ll fly from San Francisco to a United or Air Canada hub where you’ll connect to an Austrian Airlines flight.
A Saturday night stay is required and then you can return when you wish. There’s a $300 change fee as you’d expect with most discounted international tickets.
Vienna Hofburg Imperial Palace at night, Copyright tomas1111 / 123RF Stock Photo
Most booking sites will show you fares starting at $504, for instance here’s an availability calendar from ITA Software:
However airfare metasearch site Momondo will help you find even better pricing than that.
Vienna is great in its own right. You can’t quite do it in a night, or as quickly as you might walk Amsterdam, but you can see highlights on a Before Sunrise tour. (If the video below doesn’t show a preview, just hit play.)
If you don’t fancy Vienna, it’s still a good opportunity because the two European capitals closest to each other are Vienna and Bratislava (Slovakia). Bratislava is a major hub for European low cost flights, and is often sold ‘as’ Vienna by those airlines. So head to Vienna and take off from there as well. It’s a great fare for fall travel!
(HT: Secret Flying)