Star Alliance member SAS has another marvelous premium economy deal from several European cities including two of their biggest hubs: Stockholm and Oslo. You can reach Washington D.C; Chicago, New York, Miami, and San Francisco with some extra legroom, a checked bag, and lounge access along the way starting at only €615. Free Wi-Fi on long-haul flights is also part of the deal.
SAS filed for bankruptcy protection under US bankruptcy law last summer. SAS has promised that all tickets will remain valid. Nevertheless, you should be aware of an increased risk of insolvency. In this context, we recommend booking directly on SAS’ website.
Flights at the lowest fare are available between November 1 and May 18, 2024. Feel free to select your preferred route and dates, and we’ll redirect you to SAS’ booking site:
Here are some of the highlights of this deal:
- Stockholm – Washington DC: €615
- Oslo – Chicago: €623
- Stockholm – Chicago: €624 (non-stop)
- Oslo – Miami: €647
- Stockholm – New York: €649 (non-stop)
- Stockholm – San Francisco: €657
- Stockholm – Los Angeles: €666
- Dublin – New York: €683
- Milan – New York: €695
- London – New York: €712
- Paris – New York: €712
- London – Miami: €744
- Bologna – San Francisco: €767
- Paris – Chicago: €786
- Paris – San Francisco: €792
SAS’ wide-body fleet consists of Airbus A350, A330, and A321 aircraft. The first features a 2-4-2 seating pattern in premium economy, the second carries a 2-3-2 seating, while the A321 offers a 2-2 configuration.
There is a concurrent sale by the Lufthansa Group and SkyTeam members from the Nordic cities to the US. While they offer some other cities cheaper, they are only about €10 cheaper and offer no lounge access.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, tickets are on sale until August 28, 2023 for flights departing between November 1 and May 18. The minimum stay requirement is 6 days (or a Sunday). Google Flights previews available flights reliably. We recommend booking directly on SAS’ website.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, you may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
Baggage and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.
Tickets for all flight segments are issued in booking class A. To give you an example, flying non-stop from Stockholm to Chicago (and back) should get you:
- 16,480 Miles on TAP Miles&Go
- 12,360 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 12,360 Award Miles + 100 Tier Points on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 12,360 Award Miles + 8,240 Tier Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 12,360 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 12,360 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 12,360 Miles on Egyptair Plus
- 10,300 Miles on Asiana Club
- 10,300 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 10,300 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 10,300 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 10,300 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 8,240 Miles on Miles&More
- 8,240 Award Miles + 1,000 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 8,240 Award Miles + 120 Points on Miles&More 2024
- 8,240 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 8,240 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
Since origins and departure airports vary greatly, you might want to use our mileage calculator:
Hotel prices in the USA usually start at roughly €80-130, depending on the city and hotel category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:
Information & Tips for USA
The USA offers many sights, natural wonders and cultural significance. Thanks to numerous airlines offering flights across the Atlantic, it is always pretty inexpensive to get there. Alternatively, you can also cross the Atlantic by boat.
Immigration, ESTA & Visa Requirements
The USA has one of the strictest entry regulations in the world. Most EU citizens, among others, are lucky to be able to participate in the so-called Visa Waiver Program. If you get an electronic entry permit (ESTA) for approximately €20, you don’t need a visa for entry.
The Best Time to Visit
Due to its sheer size, the perfect time to visit the USA varies greatly from region to region. In winter, Florida is very popular due to the mild temperatures. In the summer the West and East Coasts are flooded by tourists which drives up the prices for hotels and flights and during the Indian Summer in late autumn New England is a very popular destination. The hurricane season between July and September can be dangerous in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida and the southern states are regularly struck by these tropical storms. Blizzards occur from the East Coast to the Midwest during the winter months and regularly put air traffic and public life on hold.
The US dollar is widely used throughout the world and accepted as a currency in most tourist hotspots worldwide. That being said, carrying cash isn’t necessary in the US, all you need is a credit card! These are very common in the USA and are accepted pretty much everywhere without any issues. If you already have a credit card in your wallet, you should make sure that it does not charge a foreign currency fee if possible. Carrying a few dollars in cash doesn’t hurt though. You might need cash e.g. for the bus ticket if you want to buy it directly from the driver. Most of the time you even have to give exact change.
Finding the Best eSIM Plan
We’ve compared various eSIM providers, such as Knowroaming and Ubigi. To see which plan is best for your travel needs, and which network offers the best coverage, feel free to read our detailed guide:
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