Jul092016

Adventuresome? AA/UA $865 New York-Sweden-Maui-Sweden-New York

A combination of low fares available today provides some interesting fare deal itineraries if you have a few weeks to travel, unless you are the kind of flyer who does not mind flying 26,000 miles in ten days. The deal is there are low Star Alliance fares from New York EWR to Stockholm at $348-$373 through the airlines’ websites or as low as $266 through obscure OTA sites.

Yesterday, I posted a United fare alert about $348 United Airlines round trip tickets from Newark EWR to Stockholm. On Loyalty Traveler I generally post fares available through the airlines’ own websites. Several other blogs posted $280 round trip tickets for this same route, like Fly4Free and SecretFlying, but those fares are only found through online travel agency sites, and probably sites you never heard of before if you don’t normally seek out those kind of deals through Momondo.com fare searches.

Loyalty Traveler – Fare Alert UA $348 Newark EWR–Stockholm, $425 Oslo (July 8).

United Airlines New York EWR – Amsterdam AMS – Stockholm, Sweden ARN – Dusseldorf DUS – Newark EWR

$275.66 round trip (TravelMerry.com)  Mon Oct 17 – Fri Nov 4

EWR-ARN $276 UA Oct 17-Nov4

Somehow these OTA sites are able to knock off about $75 to $100 on round trip ticket prices, mostly Star Alliance tickets in my observations. I wrote an article on this last week comparing United Airlines website prices and OTA lower prices for same flights on USA-Europe tickets. This seems to be a fairly common situation with these small OTA sites.

Loyalty Traveler – Significantly lower United Airlines ticket prices with OTA sites. How do they do it? (June 30).

United Airlines website has fares in the mid-$300s for this route. The advantage of searching Google Flights for Star Alliance routes are so many routing potentials for a full day in a city like Amsterdam or Vienna.

LGA-EWR $358 UA Oct17-Nov 4

The return flight on this United ticket has a 22-hour layover in Amsterdam to finish off your New York-Sweden trip. There are many more options for routings when booking these $360 tickets through the United site. I saw another routing with nearly 24 hours in Vienna Austria on an Austrian Airlines flight for $370 round trip EWR-Stockholm..

When you see my posts for fare deals on Europe routes and lower ticket prices on Fly4Free.com and SecretFlying.com, the situation is generally the same city pairs deal, but fares shown in my article are usually fares you can find on the airlines’ own websites, while fare deals shown on those other sites are almost always links to obscure OTA website lower ticket prices. I notice the price discrepancies most frequently for Star Alliance tickets.

American Airlines Stockholm to Maui $578 round trip

I don’t focus too much on writing up deals from Europe to the USA since most of my readers are US-based. I check Fly4Free regularly to see what is offered on their Europe page since I have been traveling 5 or 6 times to Europe each year for the past couple years and most of my tickets between California and Europe are round trip tickets starting in Europe due to the generally lower fares. For example, I am traveling to Stockholm on British Airways next week on the return portion of a $500 ticket I flew from ARN-SFO last November after Thanksgiving.

One of the deals posted today on Fly4Free.com is Stockholm to Maui for 4,452 SEK. Hot! Sweden to Hawaii over Christmas and New Year’s Eve for just 4452 SEK/ €470! That is $519 USD round trip.

I have looked at this deal and the main issue is finding a return date from Maui to Stockholm at the low fare. Most itineraries I checked required a couple of weeks before return or a 5-night stay in Hawaii. You can play around with it if this deal appeals to you.

I did find a round trip ticket for Stockholm-Maui that nests within the $276 fare for Newark-Stockholm shown above.

American Airlines website ticket

Stockholm, Sweden ARN – London LHR – Los Angeles LAX – Maui, Hawaii OGG – Dallas DFW – London LHR – Stockholm ARN

$588.46 round trip  Monday Oct 24 – Monday Oct 31

ARN-OGG $584 AA Oct 24-31

This ticket also earns a load of EQM in 2016 for 2017 AAdvantage elite status ARN-LHR-LAX-OGG-DFW-LHR-ARN = 18,223 EQM.

New York – Sweden – Hawaii – Sweden – New York Trip Itinerary

Monday Oct 17 Newark – Stockholm arrive Tue Oct 18.

6 nights in Sweden.

Monday Oct 24 Depart 7:40am Stockholm – Maui, arrive 8pm Mon Oct 24.

7 nights in Maui.

Monday Oct 31 Depart 5:48pm Maui – Stockholm, Sweden arrive Wed Nov 2. (6:05am-5:40 pm Tue Nov 1 allows time in DFW for a hotel bed).

2 nights in Stockholm.

Friday Nov 4 Depart 9:35 am Stockholm – Newark EWR arrive Fri Nov 4 7:00 pm.

Total ticket price: $864.12 New York – Stockholm – Maui – Stockholm – New York (nested separate tickets on UA/AA).

$275.66 USD Newark EWR – Stockholm, Sweden ARN United Airlines (TravelMerry.com ticket)

$588.46 USD Stockholm ARN – Maui OGG American Airlines ticket

This deal also works from Miami where there are $440 Miami-Stockholm tickets with SAS.

Loyalty Traveler – SAS $395 Miami to Helsinki, $430-$450 Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Bergen (June 30).

Just my Saturday morning thoughts.

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About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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