Deal Alert: US Cities to Sweden From $373 Round-Trip
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
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We often see great fares to Scandinavia on airlines like Norwegian, but when you book on low-cost carriers, you have to be prepared to pay plenty of ancillary fees. That's why this deal on full service Star Alliance carriers caught our eye. Right now you can find flights on United, Swiss, Lufthansa and SAS from both the east and west coasts to Stockholm, Sweden (ARN) starting as low as $373 round-trip.
Departure cities at these prices include New York/Newark (EWR), Philadelphia (PHL), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). You'll find availability from November 2017 through March 2018, except the flights from San Francisco which appear to be concentrated in October. You don't need any tricks to get these prices, so just use Google Flights to find the dates you want and then book on Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline itself.
Since these are international trips on full service carriers, you'll get your first checked bag free and even a complimentary meal during the flight.
Airlines: Star Alliance partners (United, Swiss, SAS, Lufthansa)
Routes: NYC/PHL/LAX/SFO to ARN
Cost: $373+ round-trip in economy
Dates: November 2017-March 2018 (October 2017 for SFO)
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York/Newark (EWR) to Stockholm, Sweden (ARN) for $373 round-trip via United:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Stockholm (ARN) for $397 round-trip via Swiss:
San Francisco (SFO) to Stockholm (ARN) for $457 round-trip via Swiss:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Stockholm (ARN) for $462 round-trip via Lufthansa:
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 (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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H/T: The Flight Deal