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Loyalty Traveler ARNing Again July 2017

Hey John Oliver! Arning is an English language verb in this frequent traveler’s public school teacher vocabulary.

John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight show on HBO had a piece on charter schools this past Sunday and mentioned ‘arning’ in reference to charter schools and education being run as a for-profit business.

Take the L off the word learning and what have you got? Earning.

Take the E off and what have you got? Arning.

Sure that’s not a word, but it could be in one of our English classes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_htSPGAY7I

I immediately saw meaning in the word ‘arning’ in my frequent traveler lexicon.

Loyalty Traveler is ARNing home from Europe in December 2016 and ARNing back to Europe again in July 2017.

ARNing as in, I am traveling to Stockholm Arlanda Airport ARN once again in 2016 on low fare tickets from and to Europe. Cheap tickets will keep Loyalty Traveler ARNing in 2017 too.

Airfare deals between California and Scandinavia have consistently appeared over the past two years now ever since June 2014 when Norwegian Airlines started flying nonstop between Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm  Oakland and Las Vegas also have Norwegian Airlines nonstop flights to Scandinavia. 

By September 2014 there were sales on major airlines for fall travel to the Scandinavian capitals. Ticket prices to Oslo dropped to $541 round trip from San Francisco and I was flying United Airlines over the Atlantic to Norway for two weeks. September 2015 I was mileage running to Europe for AAdvantage Executive Platinum elite and seeking 30,000 flight miles. Bergen, Norway to San Francisco ticket prices were in upper $300s round trip. Last November I flew London to Stockholm ARN for a cheap $500 American Airlines ticket flight home from ARN to San Francisco with a return to ARN in July 2016. I was ARNing on Norwegian Air last January when I paid $211 one-way to Amsterdam and passed through Stockholm Arlanda airport to position myself for cheap $422 American Airlines flights round trip tickets Amsterdam to Las Vegas. In April I was ARNing again on Norwegian Airlines to get home to California from Vilnius, Lithuania on a $180 one-way ticket Stockholm ARN to Oakland.

Yesterday and today I bought four more tickets to Stockholm for another year of ARNing my way around Europe.

The best deals to Europe from California on the major carriers are to Stockholm Arlanda ARN airport and occasionally Copenhagen, Oslo and Bergen and sometimes more regional airports like Gothenburg, Sweden, Billund, Denmark and even smaller airports.

While Norwegian has unbeatable one way fares to Europe in slow period travel months and now WOW Air is even more competitive after recently upping their free carry-on bag weight to 22 pounds, the drawback of these low cost carriers are their fares rise greatly for holiday weeks and summer travel. Those happen to be our vacation weeks working in the public traditional calendar year school system.

These holidays and summer travel times are when the real deals are found with legacy airlines.

Vienna – Krakow – Stockholm – San Francisco – Copenhagen – Stockholm – Riga – Berlin – ?

Today I booked Stockholm to San Francisco for $470 round trip flying home from Sweden after the December holidays and flying back to Stockholm next summer. I already planned summer travel for Copenhagen, Denmark; Riga, Latvia and Berlin, Germany. Club Carlson 4-for-2 and 2-for-1 Gold elite weekend rates were available in many of the hotels I checked.

Club Carlson Gold Elite Discount Rates (Club Carlson Visa card members are automatically Gold elite)

http://www.clubcarlson.com/2for1

https://www.clubcarlson.com/4for2

LAX to Copenhagen from $476 to $502 round trip on SAS Airlines Sep-June 2017

Today is another example of the low fare deals to Scandinavia with an SAS ticket sale offering Los Angeles LAX to Copenhagen for less than $500 round trip and available for travel Sep-June 2017, even Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday periods.

Loyalty Traveler – SAS $476 LAX to Copenhagen, even Thanksgiving and Christmas

I would have probably jumped on these ticket prices, but I already spent the past two days planning out next summer’s travel. I already had a $495 ticket to Vienna for Christmas. I needed a ticket back to California at Christmas time.

ARN-SFO $466 OTA Dec 29-Jun12

$468 round trip Stockholm – San Francisco Dec 29-June13

Oneworld Alliance FinnAir and Iberia codeshares for British Airways operated flights.

Even better fares are available for Star Alliance flights. Nesting tickets with low LAX-CPH fares and low ARN-LAX fares makes for good mileage runs in programs like SAS Eurobonus or Aegean Miles+Bonus where elite status is easier to reach than United Airlines.

SAS Airlines Stockholm – Los Angeles LAX

$399 round trip  Dec 28 – June 13

ARN-LAX $399 SK-ota Dec

British Airways  Stockholm ARN – Los Angeles LAX

$425 round trip  Sep 28 – July 6, 2017

ARN-LAX $425 BA-ota Sep-Jul

With low airfare deals like these frequently available from Stockholm, I think there might be a few more frequent flyers ARNing their way around Europe in 2017 too.

Another open-ended summer trip to Europe. That is why there is a question mark after Berlin. The main problem booking lower priced tickets starting in Europe is the uncertainty of where the ticket back to the USA will originate. It is a concern, but not a big concern. I solved the problem this year with a United Airlines ticket from Stavanger, Norway to San Francisco in July. I’ll be looking for the next low fare deal from Europe back to California. Highly likely it will be a low fare airline ticket requiring me to go ARNing again through Sweden on my way to somewhere else.

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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