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We’ve seen plenty of deals to Stockholm on low-cost carriers such as Norwegian, but it’s great to see an incredible deal to Europe on full-service airlines. Today, readers in New York, Boston, LA, Seattle and Miami are in for a treat. You can fly to the incredible city of Stockholm on a great airline: Finnair.
If you’re looking to credit these flights to the American Airlines AAdvantage program, you’re going to have to choose between getting more elite-qualifying miles (EQM) or elite-qualifying dollars (EQD). For EQMs, you’re going to want to book as many AA codeshares as possible. Even if you’re flying on Finnair aircraft, you’ll get the same mileage as if you’re flying on American Airlines if your ticket shows the flight as an AA flight number. For more EQDs and award miles, booking through Finnair with Finnair flight numbers is the way to go.
For example, here’s how the JFK-ARN flights would credit:
|JFK-ARN (via HEL)||Flight miles||Elite Qualifying Miles||Elite Qualifying Dollars||Award miles
(before elite bonus)
|All Finnair flight number||8,700||4,350||435||2,175|
|All American flight numbers||8,700||8,700||251||1,255|
Airline: Finnair (with American Airlines codeshares and domestic connections)
Route: JFK, BOS, LAX, SEA, MIA to ARN/BMA
Cost: $342+ round-trip
Dates: March-June, October 2017-January 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York’s JFK to Stockholm (ARN) for $342 round-trip:
Boston (BOS) to Stockholm (BMA) for $365 round-trip:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Stockholm (BMA) for $426 round-trip, including transcon flights on the A321T:
Seattle (SEA) to Stockholm (BMA) for $447 round-trip:
Miami (MIA) to Stockholm (ARN) for $475 round-trip:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!
H/T: The Flight Deal
Featured image of Stockholm courtesy of Tobias Ackeborn via Getty Images.
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