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Oneworld partners are offering competitive pricing on select routes to Scandinavia in an effort to hold their ground and increase pressure on Norwegian, which has been offering some very cheap transatlantic airfares. American Airlines and British Airways are currently offering great fares from Scandinavian cities to US locations starting from $400 round-trip. Fares are available as early as mid April all the way through to October, so there’s plenty of availability on many of the routes on sale. Here are a few examples of possible itineraries.
Oslo/Copenhagen/Helsinki/Gothenburg/Stockholm- Los Angeles
Availability for these routes is plentiful, with many dates currently available in April-June and August-October. Depending on the itinerary, fares are currently in the $475 range for round-trip travel. All travel from Scandinavia to Los Angeles requires a (sometimes very lengthy) layover in London, so you can twist that to your advantage if you want to add a visit (especially for a great meal).
Oneworld fares to New York are also included in this sale, with round-trip fares starting at $400. Availability to New York is much more limited, with very few dates open in either the spring and fall. If you find a cheap itinerary that fits your schedule, I recommend booking it as soon as possible, since these are some of the lowest (non-mistake) transatlantic fares that I’ve seen in a while. Again, note that all of these itineraries require either a stop in London or Helsinki to be eligible for the sale.
Aside from being a great opportunity to visit Scandinavia at a discount, these cheap fares can also help you work toward earning or retaining elite status, especially if you’re working on an AAdvantage platinum status challenge, which can help you attain high-level status even if you haven’t set foot on an American Airlines plane in years.
Of course, there are also great opportunities to visit Scandinavia using miles on Oneworld partners. There’s currently plenty of availability for off-peak awards to Europe this fall using just 40,000 AAdvantage miles round-trip, including flights on Airberlin that won’t incur fuel surcharges. You could earn those miles with the sign-up bonus from the Citi / AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite MasterCard, or the US Airways Premier World MasterCard.
Whether you pay cash or use miles, Europe is certainly a more affordable destination than it has been in recent years. If you do get your hands on one of these heavily discounted fares, be sure to book using a credit card that earns bonus points on travel purchases, like the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, in order to maximize your savings even more.
Please share your triumphs in the comments below if you’re able to book a discounted trip to Europe!