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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11 p.m. Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Deals to Northern Europe abound. Cheap flights to Stockholm (ARN), Helsinki (HEL) and Copenhagen (CPH) can be found from just $226 round-trip.
The cheapest departures originate from Boston (BOS) and New York (JFK) but you can also find deals from Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA) and Chicago (ORD). Most flights are operated by Oneworld carriers like American Airlines or British Airways and the lowest fares are in basic economy, so you’ll have to pay extra for seat selection or checked bag. However, you should still earn miles and will be served a meal during your journey.
The North of Sweden and Finland are among the best places to see the Northern Lights, and these flights are available during prime viewing season. You’ll have to make a short hop up north to get the best viewing opportunities.
To search for fares, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airline: America, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair, Lufthansa, SWISS, United
Routes: BOS/JFK/LAX/MIA/ORD to ARN/HEL/CPH
Cost: $226+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September 2019 – April 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Boston (BOS) to Helsinki (HEL) for $226 round-trip on American/Finnair/British Airways:
Boston (BOS) to Copenhagen (CPH) for $263 round-trip on British Airways via AA.com:
New York City (JFK) to Stockholm (ARN) for $271 round-trip on Finnair via AA.com:
Boston (BOS) to Stockholm (ARN) for $282 round-trip on British Airways:
Miami (MIA) to Stockholm (ARN) for $387 round-trip on Finnair via AA.com:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Stockholm (ARN) for $407 round-trip on British Airways:
Chicago (ORD) to Stockholm (ARN) for $497 round-trip on Lufthansa/SWISS/United:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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