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Sept. 19, 2022
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With incredible food, arts and architecture, not to mention its perch as TPG’s most sustainable destination of 2022, Copenhagen is a great place to visit.

There is another reason to book a trip to the Scandinavian city: great fares in premium seating later this fall and through the winter. Right now, you can get round-trip tickets from some East Coast cities in premium economy for under $1,000; that's a bargain considering such tickets can cost up to $2,000 or more round-trip.

While you can certainly find plenty to do in Copenhagen, you could also use your flight as a starting point to explore additional cities in Denmark, or it can put you in a prime position to explore other parts of Europe.

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It certainly helps when you can enjoy some extra comfort on your way to and from Europe aboard one of three SkyTeam carriers: Delta, Air France or KLM.

Thanks to Scott’s Cheap Flights for flagging the strong premium economy deals. For a premium membership starting at $49 annually, you’ll get alerts on great economy fares. Memberships that start at $199 per year get you alerts on business class and premium economy deals.

If you’re willing to brave the coldest months in Denmark, grab your coat and lock in this deal before it disappears. You may even be able to explore a second European city at no added cost if you look closely enough.

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Deal Basics

Airlines: Delta, Air France, KLM

Routes: Boston, New York and Washington to Copenhagen

Travel Dates: November 2022 through March 2023

How to book: Directly with the airline or with Google Flights

Sample Flights

The deals we took note of involved round trip premium economy fares for under $1,000 to Copenhagen. Depending on your departure city, you may have your choice of flights aboard Delta Air Lines, Air France or KLM.

When booking with Delta, you’ll get to enjoy the carrier’s Premium Select cabin, which includes wider seats, TUMI amenity kits along with SkyPriority benefits and complimentary beverages.

If you fly with Air France or KLM, you’ll make stops in Paris and Amsterdam respectively, whereas Delta flies nonstop to Copenhagan Airport (CPH) from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York.

The most inexpensive itineraries involved the nonstop Delta flights out of New York, but the prices were only $50 to $100 more out of the Washington, D.C. area or Boston.

While the nonstop flights certainly are intriguing, there could be a reason to consider one of the flights that bring you through Amsterdam or Paris if it gives you enough of a window to spend some time exploring the city during your layover.

Trips ranged from the late autumn months through the winter and the early part of March – so if you’re not tied to a warm destination for your spring 2023 trip, this deal could be an option.

Here are a few of the options we found:

  • New York to Copenhagen for $860 on Delta
  • Washington, D.C. to Copenhagen $930 on Delta
  • Boston to Copenhagen for $929 on a combination of Delta, Air France and KLM
  • New York to Copenhagen for $902 on Air France, with a stop in Paris

Let’s start by looking at the cheapest and most straightforward itinerary: Delta to Copenhagen nonstop out of New York. On this early December itinerary, you’d depart JFK at 9:25 p.m., arriving in Copenhagen mid-morning the following day aboard a Delta Air Lines Boeing 767. On the return trip, it’s an early afternoon departure, with a 4:00 p.m. arrival in New York.

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Meanwhile, if you’d like to add some time in Paris to your itinerary, you might consider an option like this: Departing at 5:00 p.m. from Newark/Liberty International Airport (EWR) aboard an Air France Boeing 777, you’ll arrive at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) just after 6:00 a.m. local time. You’ll then have more than nine hours to explore the city before your 3:20 p.m. final leg to Copenhagen.

It may be a bit of an ambitious plan coming off of an overnight flight, but you will have enjoyed a bit more comfort on the premium economy flight over the Atlantic. You could grab some breakfast and lunch and see a few quick sites in the city before heading back to the airport for your second flight that gets you into Copenhagen at 5:15 p.m. On the return trip, you’ll have just a four-hour layover in Paris – which is probably too short to leave and longer than preferable, so it may be a good time to use an airport lounge.

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

For D.C. area travelers on Delta, you’ll typically make a stop at JFK before traveling on an itinerary similar to the aforementioned New York nonstop trip; you’ll just have positioning flights on either end of the trip from Dulles International Airport (DCA), Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) or Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

Here's an option for Boston travelers on a combination of all three SkyTeam carriers offering this deal. You’ll depart Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) aboard Air France at 5:30 p.m., arriving just after 6:00 a.m. local time in Paris. Then after a very short layover, you’ll fly Air France to Copenhagen. Then on the return trip, your first leg is aboard KLM to Amsterdam (AMS). Then after a stop of just under four hours, your return flight leaves mid-day aboard a Delta Airbus A330 to Boston.

GOOGLE FLIGHTS

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express, which earns 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year). The Citi Premier® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve earn 3 points per dollar on airfare, and the American Express® Gold Card also earns 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel. Meanwhile, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card earns 2 points per dollar on travel.

Rosenborg Castle Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark. WESTEND61/GETTY IMAGES

Bottom line

If you’re interested in seeing what a Scandinavian winter is like, take advantage of these premium economy deals, select the SkyTeam carrier and itinerary of your choice and explore Copenhagen…and perhaps even a second European city while you’re at it!

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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