Deal Alert: New York to Oslo from $407 Roundtrip and Other Scandinavia Cheap Flight Deals From Los Angeles

by on April 15, 2014 · 25 comments

in Delta, Fare Sale, United

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I’m a fan of travel disrupters (like Uber) and now Norwegian Air. The scrappy carrier is driving down fares with new cheap flights to locations throughout Europe to the US. It is shaking up the airline industry and has even prompted lawsuits from jealous competitors. Just this morning I saw a sidebar ad showcasing Ft. Lauderdale to London flights for $296 one-way on Norwegian – not so bad!

FTL to London for under $600 rt

FLL to London for under $600 roundtrip

It seems like United and Delta/KLM/Air France have decided to battle the Nords with some cheap flights on numerous routes to Scandinavia and beyond. TPG reader Brian gave us the heads up this afternoon about some really cheap flights to Oslo – as low as $408 total roundtrip on United from Newark.

Using the OnTheFly ITA App

Using the OnTheFly ITA App

Once I was able to get to a computer, I looked through the trusty full ITA Matrix site (a very simple to use web portal that I use on a near daily basis) and found the following options by searching using the ‘Advanced Search Options” and was able to see that there are several dates to highlighting these cheap rates.

$409 Round Trip? a Steal!

$409 Round Trip? a Steal!

Searching deeper, it looks like these low rates are available starting November 2014 and through March 2015.

Option to utilize low rate through March, 2015

Option to utilize low rate through March, 2015

As you can’t book directly through the ITA Matrix, I popped over to the United site and searched for a few dates and found the same availability, ranging from dates in November though March 2015 at the same rate.

Sample Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

Similar options heading to Oslo are available on the Delta site connecting through Paris, but the return flights that populate at first originate from Sandefjord Airport in Torp (TRF) which is located nearly two hours (!) from Oslo, so uncheck that option on the left hand side when looking at flights.

Options on Delta, same costs with stopovers.

Options on Delta, same costs with stopovers.

There are some other options that our friends at FlyerTalk gave up the heads up to for additional cities on cities in Scandinavia including Gotenburg, Arnberg and Helsinki that originate from LAX, and started around $561.

Options from a recent FlyerTalk post featuring $561+ flight options

Options from a recent FlyerTalk post featuring $561+ flight options

Maximizing Flight Bookings With Credit Cards and Portals
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Revenue Requirements
Delta and United have both instituted revenue requirements to retain elite status and they have waivers for those who spend $25,000 per calendar year on their cobranded cards like the United Explorer card (2 miles for each $1 spent on United tickets purchased directly from the airline), the United Club (2 miles per $1 spent on United airline tickets and 1.5 award miles per dollar spent on everything else) and Delta Amex Gold / Platinum/ Reserve cards (2x on Delta purchases plus MQM thresholds on the Platinum/Reserve cards). Note: United does not offer a spend waiver for 1k- only Silver/Gold/Platinum.

Make sure you ticket as United/Delta tickets if you want your spend to count towards elite spend qualification, though these cheap fares may not get you that far! See: Determining What Spending Counts Toward United’s Premier Qualifying Dollars to better understand the value of your miles and what makes a qualifying dollar count and the same for Delta.

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  • Kevin

    How accurate is the ITA Matrix? I’ve been looking for a one way flight from BWI to BOS and prices are crazy (around 4-500 one way!). On the ITA Matrix, it said that there was a flight for $108. I called Southwest, but they said that nothing is available, even though it shows there was availability on the Matrix. I walked them through the itinerary with no such luck. Any suggestions?

  • dennisdoubleday

    You have to pay ME to get me to go to Oslo in the Winter

  • Lantean

    did you make sure you checked off “Only show flights and prices with available seats”?

  • Kevin

    Yes I did, which is why I think it’s so strange.

  • Joseph Alberts

    have you ever been there or know anything about the climate in scandinavia? i mean it’s sort of a funny line, but the weather isn’t too bad. the average high and low temperatures in january in oslo are 29F and 20F. chicago is similar and it’s colder in toronto. scandinavian capitals in winter and great.

  • Elle

    It’s fine. We don’t want people like Dennis in Norway next winter if he’s just going to complain.

  • Sean Hall

    Ohhh 29F. Thats only 3 degrees below freezing….can’t wait considering I just got thru 6 months of the coldest Michigan winter in 100 years.

  • Sean Hall

    All kidding aside I would like to see Oslo. However I read an article today that said it was super expensive and even listed a pint of beer at 14.00 USD!!!!! Is this true?

  • Lantean

    yes, it is very expensive… especially food that is not local.
    the temperature is bearable… but be aware it’s not mostly dry winter like you have in Michigan… it rains A LOT.

  • Milesforfamily

    I don’t know about beer, but when I was there 6 years ago, a hamburger in McDonalds was 8 bucks. It’s a vey expensive country, no question.

  • dennisdoubleday

    I love Chicago but I don’t want to get there in the winter, either :-)

    I’m sure Oslo is delightful and I’d love to see it in July.

  • Ken

    Booked! Thanks for the tip.

  • itis

    yes, Oslo is very expensive. I think it’s the most expensive city in Europe. But it is beautiful. I was there last summer (along with Sweden and Denmark).

    A pint of beer was about $12, a Big Mac meal was about $14 — 10-20% more if you eat it in the restaurant (I don’t eat that a lot, but sometimes in a pinch, I will if I’m on a tight schedule). A grilled chicken salad (at a pub-type restaurant) was $29 with a soft drink. A bottled (approx. 12 ounce) soft drink at a convenience store across from my hotel was $6 (which made it more sensible to use the mini-bar).

    Don’t let that hold you back — all of Norway is just beautiful, and the people are very friendly. My favorite city was Bergen.

  • Suzanne Gwinn

    Mind blowing expensive. All of them Sweden, Denmark and Norway. You would have to be very wealthy to be an alcoholic there. My husband and I passed by a sign in a casual restaurant advertising a daily special of 2 hamburgers and 2 beers and it equated to $80 USD. Beers are $15-20 each, wine is even more.

  • Suzanne Gwinn

    It’s also dark for a good portion of the day in the winter; that would bum me out more than the chilly temps.

  • Suzanne Gwinn

    Just pack some snacks. Load up on power bars to get u thru the day, then eat dinner out, and skip the booze. I did notice a lot of hotels had nice breakfast buffets included in the stay tho’, really miss that aspect that was just a given back in Europe 15+ years ago.

  • Sean Hall

    Every time I was in Europe (especially the UK) I always saw super cheap flights to Oslo. I see why now. With those prices they gotta make it cheap to entice someone to go there. Kinda like Vegas in the states. I’d love to see Scandinavia but for 80 bones for 2 brews and 2 burgers Im not so sure. It’s like the whole trip would feel like smuggling food into a movie theatre.

  • IIknkow

    not to infuse politics into this discussion… but the high prices in Scandinavia are largely due to the political beliefs there…

    That is, paying for a cradle-to-grave healthcare system and free college education for everyone….and a minimum “living wage” of $20/hour.

    These things are not “free”. Prices for food and necessities n Scandinavia prove that. Somewhere it is paid for. And YOU pay for it.

    Math is always math. 2+2 always equals 4.

    That’s fine… but I’m not sure if the American people are ready for that.. or really understand the consequences when they say they desire to be like Scandinavia…when they are desiring “universal healthcare.” but still demand a $1 McDonald’s hamburger.

    They are in for big sticker shock.

  • Suzanne Gwinn

    Agreed. Long live democracy. I’d rather pay my own way and have, well, not a $1 hamburger, hey, how about a 99 cent Taco Bell? LOL…

  • IIknkow

    an oddity of Norway.. but one I appreciate.. is their heritage of using natural resources (even though being “green” environmentalists).

    That is, it’s not absurd to buy a fur coat in Norway…they are for sale everywhere in town markets. Rabbits, wolf, bear, etc. Unlike walking on 5th Avenue in Manhattan (where paint would be thrown on you)…you can proudly wear a fur coat in Norway. They have a balance of respect for animals, but also understand what kept them warm in winters for centuries.

    Also, they actually drill for try to keep themselves energy independent… unlike the USA, they don’t make absurd laws to forbid using their own natural resources. Instead, the find sensible ways to do it.

  • youbetcha

    yes, Sean Hall, this is true! As it turns out, real life on the gourd in democratic socialism is REALLY expensive!

    A society that wants for everyone free universal healthcare, free college education,, free retirement pensions….and everything else for free.. everyone…. does pay for it eventually… at a bar … at the low, low price of just $14 for a pint of beer.

    It’s glorious! (but remember, healthcare is for free!)

  • atsarntchp

    power bars /snack bars/ candy bars in Norway are $5/each…. bulk trail mix is $18/pound. There’s no way to eat cheap in Norway. An egg mcmuffin at a McDonalds is $6 — or $7 for the pleasure of sitting down in the place. (the tax you if you sit n a restaurant. $5 more if you want a 5 ounce coffee.

  • yuho

    the price of cradle-to-grave healthcare and retirement benefits in Norway (and much of Europe) comes with a price.

  • Sean Hall

    Yes they are. I try to explain this to people in the states but they don’t wanna hear it. They think they will get free everything and all the prices and taxes will stay the same. Be kinda funny to see who those people blame when they get the bill.

  • Jen G

    Thank you for this post. Just booked the Newark – Oslo option for my husband and I in December!

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