Star Alliance member, SAS Scandinavian Airlines is once again offering interesting premium economy fares from Stockholm and Oslo to San Francisco starting at €604 (~NOK 7,172). SAS’ premium economy is really eye-catching as it includes free lounge access in addition to a checked bag.
Our availability calendar highlights all possible flight dates at the lowest price for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you to the Travel-Dealz.com Flight Search with your selected flight dates. You can also check SAS’s website, as they sell these tickets for up to €45 more.
You can get the same prices from Bergen and Stavanger. Trondheim is a little more expensive at €683 (~NOK 8,110).
First, you will fly one of SAS’ or its subsidiaries’ narrowbody aircraft to Copenhagen in SAS Plus. Then you would get on an Airbus A330 to San Francisco. Those have a 2-3-2 configuration in premium economy. In the summer schedule, the flight leaves Copenhagen at 16:15, but that will switch to 10:05 in the winter schedule, causing you an early morning departure from your origin.
Search & Book
SAS currently runs a sale until May 15, 2023. You must spend six days or a Saturday night at your destination. Availability is good from October and from Oslo, you can find a few dates in August 2023.
Our availability calendar above shows you the departure dates without overnight stays or long journeys. It will forward you to the Travel-Dealz Flight Search or SAS’s website, where you can book your journey. Booking through online travel agencies (OTAs) is approximately €45 cheaper. If you’d like to set further filters, you can use Google Flights (instructions). With the help of the Go2 browser extension, you can then quickly book your journey.
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.
SAS sells these tickets in booking class A. A trip from Oslo would get you roughly the following mileage:
- 23,308 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 23,172 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 23,172 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 18,418 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 17,918 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 17,918 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 17,918 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 17,916 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 17,380 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 15,182 Miles on South African Voyager
- 14,484 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 14,484 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 14,484 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 14,484 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 14,482 Miles on Asiana Club
- 13,500 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 12,444 Miles on Miles&More
- 12,444 Award Miles + 200 Points on Miles&More 2024
- 11,944 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 11,586 Award Miles + 1,108 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 11,584 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 962 Miles on Etihad Guest
Hotel prices in San Francisco usually start at roughly €100, depending on the 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 San Francisco
The city on the Pacific coast in California captivates with unique buildings like the Golden Gate Bridge but also with the serenity, enlightenment and cultural diversity of the population.
Best Time to Visit
Temperatures in San Francisco are quite warm and moderate all year round. But in winter you have to expect to get more rain. The best months for traveling are April to October.
Top 3 Sights
Golden Gate Bridge: There are only a few buildings that say ‘USA’ as much as the bridge that connects with San Francisco to Sausalito. You can pass the bridge either by car, on foot or by bike. The latter is highly recommended because it is somewhat tricky to get on the bridge by foot. When planning your trip, you should always check the weather forecast, as the bridge is often covered in thick fog. This might be great for taking spectacular pictures of the bridge, but passing it could be rather disappointing due to the limited visibility.
Alcatraz Island: You can reach the legendary prison island, on which Al Capone was imprisoned, by ferry. You can book tickets on the official website. Attention: Other sites that also offer tickets are only re-sellers who charge excessive prices. It is worth to book the tickets in advance because especially during high season the ferry can be full due to the limited number of seats.
Fisherman’s Wharf: An excellent place to start your visit to San Francisco. This old part of town – once the Little Italy of San Francisco – is famous for its shops, restaurants and the beautiful atmosphere by the water. It’s a nice place to walk around and get a taste of the city. It’s also a starting point for tours with spectacular views of the city.
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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.
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