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For a few more weeks, SAS is operating a nonstop flight from Houston to Stavanger, Norway on a 737-700. The plane is configured with 44 business-class seats, but even more exciting is the fact that it’s currently flying the longest nonstop route for its type. Unfortunately, due to lacking demand, SAS is ending its Houston service on October 23, and will be moving the aircraft to its Newark to Copenhagen route instead.
The flight from Houston to Stavanger is 9 hours, which is already quite lengthy for a 737, but if you fly the return you’ll be able to spend 10 hours on the plane. Of course, only the most extreme aviation geeks would be excited about a 10-hour 737 flight, but if that’s you, this is the ultimate score.
Award availability has always been very good on this route (which explains why SAS can’t sustain it), but it’s especially plentiful during the final weeks. Unfortunately you can’t redeem miles to travel on the very last flight — the third-to-last flight, on October 21, is available, though. You can book using 70,000 United miles plus $5.60, including a connection from another airport in the US or Canada to Houston. If you’re short on miles, you can transfer points instantly from Ultimate Rewards, earned with cards like Chase Sapphire Preferred.
If you have Aeroplan miles (or Amex points) to burn, the flight is an event better deal there, at just 45,000 miles (+$27.80) each way. It’s a fantastic opportunity to use up some Aeroplan miles before the devaluation in December. There are up to five award seats available on each flight, so this could even be a good option for families (though it’s important to note that we’re entering the off-season for Norway, and it’s too early to catch the northern lights).
If you end up booking one of the final flights, chime in below so you can meet up with fellow TPG readers on your way to SVG! Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.