This is the time of year when the airfare deals to Europe start drying up as spring into summer season gets underway. Scandinavian airports are still the best location for low fares from California.
All three alliances offer airfares in the $590 to $650 range to several Scandinavian airports for some departure dates in April and early May with Oneworld (American/British Airways/Finnair), SkyTeam (Delta/Air France/KLM) and Star Alliance (United/SAS/Swiss/Lufthansa) flights.
The main airports for low fares are Copenhagen CPH and Billund BLL in Denmark, Stockholm ARN and Gothenburg GOT in Sweden, Oslo OSL, Bergen BGO and Stavanger SVG in Norway.
View over Bergen from Mount Floyen lookout is one of the most popular hikes from town. Or be lazy and pay to ride the funicular.
Sample Fares from LAX
- $590 United Los Angeles – Oslo OSL May 2-16
- $635 KLM/Delta Los Angeles – Oslo OSL May 3-15
- $649 American Los Angeles – Oslo OSL May 2-16
- $598 SAS Los Angeles – Stockholm ARN May 11-19
- $628 American Los Angeles – Stockholm ARN May 4-12
- $645 KLM/Delta Los Angeles – Stockholm ARN May 1-15
Gothenburg, Sweden GOT
- $603 SAS Los Angeles – Gothenburg GOT May 3-10
- $678 SAS Los Angeles – Gothenburg GOT June 7-15
- $646 UA/LH/LX Los Angeles – Copenhagen CPH May 5-17
- $649 KLM/Delta Los Angeles – Copenhagen CPH May 2-16
- $663 AA/BA Los Angeles – Copenhagen CPH April 27 – May 7
- $655 Lufthansa Los Angeles – Billund BLL May 2-16
San Francisco offers similarly priced fares from all three alliances for April and early May departures to Scandinavia. These airports are priced $200 to $500 less than other European countries. Round trip travel from these Scandinavian airports to countries around Europe is often less than $100 round trip.
My ticketed trips this past year have used Copenhagen, Stockholm and Bergen for low cost transatlantic travel from California with American Airlines tickets. To and from these airports I have flown for under $100 to Prague, Amsterdam, London and Geneva for around $50 each way. Last summer we flew round trip from Copenhagen to London for $67 on RyanAir.
American Airlines Los Angeles LAX – London LHR – Copenhagen CPH
$663.06 Wed April 27 – Sat May 7
LAX-LHR-CPH-LHR-LAX = 12,132 flight miles. Deduct 305 flight miles from redeemable miles and EQM for BA813 economy S flight, which only earns 50% credit with AAdvantage.