Hot Deal: One-way Los Angeles To Stockholm For $99 On SAS

Update #2: As of Wednesday at 12PM ET, one-way fares are available for $88.

Update:  As of Tuesday at 11 PM ET, SAS has dropped the price of the one-way LAX > ARN ticket to $48!!!

SAS is launching service between Los Angeles and Stockholm, Sweden, starting on March 14.

Well, it turns out that to promote the launch of this route, SAS is selling one-way tickets from Los Angeles to Stockholm for $99, all-in. That’s pretty amazing.

The catch is that the tickets are only good for travel March 14-18 and March 20-25. And it’s only one-way. You officially need to book by March 6, but I wouldn’t be surprised if availability dries up before that.

lax osl 99 on google flightsI used Google Flights to search for availability

I watched the discussion of this fare yesterday on FlyerTalk. Then Tiffany pinged me this morning practically begging me to write it up. She pointed out that I am the resident expert on being cheap, flying economy, and Star Alliance. Was there a compliment buried in that? I can’t tell.

How Do I Get Back?

If you want to get home, you can do a round-trip on SAS for the mid $400’s.

It’s worth noting that Google Flights wasn’t quite as helpful at pricing a round-trip as many of the dates would show a higher price, then reprice lower, then perhaps not be bookable at that price after all. So you might need to play around with it.

lax osl 461 rt book with sasGoogle says you can book this directly with SAS for $461, though I’m not so sure

Or you could fly low-cost carrier Norwegian for the trip back. Here is what their pricing matrix looked like for the weeks in question. Be cautious of their fees, however, for everything.

norwegian arn laxNorwegian is cheap, just be mindful of the fees

Or you could book a one-way economy award ticket using 30,000 United miles, or 30,000 Air Canada Aeroplan miles:

arn lax with united miles
Star Alliance award availability in March ARN > LAX

Perhaps the better option would be to use American Advantage miles, as off-peak season for Europe only costs 20,000 miles. The key would be avoiding British Airways metal and their horrific fuel surcharges, which is admittedly easier said than done.

arn lax with american milesAward availability for the return using 20,000 American miles. Just watch out for BA metal.

You definitely don’t want to use Delta SkyMiles for the one-way return, as Delta imposes an extra fee on one-way awards from Europe.

How Many Miles Will I Earn?

The $99 LAX > OSL fare appears to book into O class on SAS, which means you should earn 50% award miles when crediting to United, as this is not issued on United’s 016 ticket stock. Since the flight is 5,345 miles long, you should earn 2,2672 award miles on United.

This is really good, actually, because if United was issuing the ticket, you’d be subject to revenue based earning, and would get no more than 500 miles (5 miles for each dollar spent) as a general member.

earn united miles on SASUnited earning chart for SAS with tickets not on United stock

In terms of Premium Qualifying Miles (PQM), O-class earns 100% on United so you’ll earn status miles as well. On the other hand, you won’t get any Premium Qualifying Dollars (PQD) as the ticket isn’t issued by United. Then again, you weren’t going to get many anyway.

Should You Do It?

I’d book this fare in a heartbeat if:

  • I was in LA or Southern California
  • My family wasn’t already very booked for travel this spring

We were in Stockholm two years ago — coincidentally on another super awesome deal, thank-you Wideroe — and loved it. The city is one of the most beautiful in the world, in my opinion. And early spring is not a bad time to go, as we were also there in March, the same as you will be. Sure, prices are a bit high, but it’s manageable. We stayed at the Radisson Blu Waterfront on Club Carlson points.

radisson blu waterfront stockholmRadisson Blue Waterfront Stockholm

I’ve only flown SAS for the short flight between Oslo and Stockholm. They liked to nickle-and-dime, charging for just about everything except maybe a cup of tea. But it was only a short flight, so I survived. And for $99, you probably will too.

family old city stockholmTravis and his family in Stockholm

Bottom Line

This is a really awesome, published, legit fare sale on a Star Alliance carrier that will earn useful miles. If you can make it work for your schedule, $99 one-way or even mid-$400’s round-trip is a great deal.

Let’s hope SAS has a similar promotion for the launch of Oslo / Copenhagen to Miami service in the fall.

Anyone taking advantage of these fares to Stockholm?

Comments

  1. Oh that’s exciting–imagine what is booking at $99. I don’t fly economy, but wow I almost feel sorry for those booking.

  2. @Ben I will be returning to Los Angeles from Copenhagen in May 2017, following a transatlantic cruise, and have been thinking of spending a few days in Stockholm visiting friends en route home, so will definitely consider this if I can find a business class award seat. Do you have plans to review SAS’ new long-haul business class?

  3. One thing to be aware of on SAS is that in Economy (they call it “SAS Go”), they charge for everything, even on intercontinental flights. As Travis posted, they like to nickel & dime, and you’ll only get one free soft drink with the main meal service and free coffee/tea throughout the flight. Everything else – snacks, booze, soft drinks later on, juice, bottled water, etc. – is chargeable, until the 2nd meal service, when you get another drink (I think only juice) for free. On the plus side, they don’t charge for a checked bag. Their refurbed/new delivery A330s are supposedly decent in the back, at least compared to their pre-refurb A340s.

  4. Please correct the nickle and dine metaphor as it is misleading. SAS offers free meals, non-alcoholic drinks with your meals, 1 piece of baggage (or me if you are Star Alliance Gold). The plane to LA is also brand new (will be delivered for this new route in av could of weeks), equipped with VOD and WiFi.

  5. WOW! SAS’s website is saying $47.90 for several days in mid-March (14,15,16,17,20,21,22) right now. That’s just ridiculous!

  6. Weymar — Yup, I confirm that it’s currently $48 right now for the one-way over to ARN during the weeks in question. Amazing.

    Really wish I could jump on this.

  7. Had the $99 Booked yesterday and just re-booked for the $49 fare tonite. Might even be able now to buy the relatives a good dinner over there.

  8. It’s 47.90$ now,but still their is no point of getting on a one way flight with all the trouble of getting ways to have a cheaper one way flight though.

  9. KevinWang — Actually, there are plenty of pretty good ways to get home from this deal as I describe. It’s off-peak for the AA award chart, so 20K miles will get you home.

    Also worth noting — flights to LAX on Spirit are dirt cheap right now, and they are often matched by the majors. ORD/DEN/DFW all have one-ways to LAX for $50-$100. So even if you’re not in LA, you can book Spirit to LAX for $50. Then SAS to OSL for $50. Then 20k AA miles back to wherever you started from! Now you just did the whole trip for about $100-$200 + 20K AA miles. Not bad.

  10. Jumped on this myself, had a reward booking back to the UK, cancelled that and got my 50,000 miles back, granted I was in Upper Class.
    But I never sleep on night flights, so I figured why not punish myself and be extra miserable on SAS in economy.

    Sadly I’m on the A340 service back and not the A330

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