The basic deal is American and Delta Airlines have Scandinavia priced from low $600s during Thanksgiving week holiday. San Francisco to Stockholm is as low as $628. Several airports in Scandinavia are priced from mid- to upper-$600s during the Thanksgiving week holiday from Friday, November 20 to Monday, November 30. Los Angeles has airfare in the low to mid-$600s too. These are the lowest prices to Europe from California by far for Thanksgiving in Scandinavia.
Flying back to the USA during the post-Thanksgiving weekend can either be a nightmare if there is bad weather screwing up flight arrivals and departures, smooth flying, or a potential nightmare you trade in for a later flight and several hundred dollars in flight credits due to accepting a voluntary denied boarding compensation for overcrowded flights on the busiest travel weekend of the year. And maybe even a free hotel room for your delay.
Thanksgiving Week California to Scandinavia Airfares
Saturday November 21 – Saturday November 28
$560 SFO – CPH Copenhagen, Denmark; Norwegian
$647 SFO – CPH Copenhagen, Denmark; Air France
$691 SFO – CPH Copenhagen, Denmark; American/British Airways (Nov 22-29)
$644 to $648 SFO – Billund BLL, Denmark; Delta/KLM
$682 SFO – Bergen, Norway; American Airlines ticket flying British Airways four of five flight segments, including almost 22 hour layover in London on return (1:25pm arrival with 11:05am next day departure.)
$638 SFO – Oslo, Norway; Delta ticket flying Air France and KLM operated flights transatlantic (Thu Nov 19 – Fri Nov 27)
$641 SFO – Stavanger, Norway Delta ticket flying KLM operated flights (Nov Sun Nov 22 – Mon Nov 30)
$643 Delta/Air France/KLM SFO – ARN Stockholm, Sweden
$628 American/FinnAir SFO – BMA Stockholm, Sweden (Sat Nov 21-Sun Nov 29 with 22.5 hr layover in Helsinki, Finland and return to SFO Monday Nov 30). Base fare is $1.00 USD and routing earns nearly 14,000 EQM.
Los Angeles fares
$680 LAX-Gothenburg GOT; American (Thu Nov 19 – Sun Nov 29)
$687 LAX – Stockholm ARN; American/British Airways (Friday Nov 20-Mon Nov 30 with six hour daytime layover at LHR on return for plenty of lounge time.)
$699 LAX-Copenhagen CPH; United ticket flying Air Canada operated flights via Toronto (Thu Nov 19 – Sun Nov 29).
Club Carlson 2for 1 and 4for2 rates
Now that I am American Airlines Executive Platinum my take on international airfare deals is skewed for itineraries with long layovers to take advantage of lounge privileges. I have also looked at low rates in Sweden and Norway using Club Carlson Gold elite member (anyone with Club Carlson credit card for some amazing hotel rates over weekends).
Radisson Blu Oslo Airport Gardermoen 4-for2 rate (Nov 25-29)
Looks like most of the hotels in these major cities have few 2-for-1 and 4-for-2 offers during Thanksgiving week. Other dates offer far more availability.
- Radisson Blu Hotel Norge Bergen Dec 3-7 $87.54 USD/night.
- Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Bergen $90.68 USD/night.
December 3-7, 2015 Club Carlson 4-for-2 rates
- Radisson Blu SkyCity Hotel, Stockholm/Arlanda $104.93
- Radisson Blu Arlandia Hotel, Stockholm/Arlanda $80.17