Feb282018

Ethiopian Airlines LAX-Dublin, Scandinavia to South Africa routes $462-$583

Two airlines I watch for California to Europe low fares are Ethiopian and Scandinavian SAS for their high rate of earning Aegean Miles+Bonus Tier Miles at 100% flight miles on most discount economy fares.

Star Alliance Silver elite is my only current airline elite membership status through Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus. I need 11,000 Tier Miles by July 2018 to reach Miles+Bonus and Star Alliance Gold membership.

Ethiopian Airlines Los Angeles to Dublin, Ireland is as low as $583 round trip in April 2018. LAX-DUB-LAX route is 10,363 flight miles round trip.

Ethiopian Airlines  Los Angeles LAX – Dublin DUB – LAX

$582.93 round trip  Fri April 13 – Sun April 22

LAX-DUB $583 ET Apr13-22

Ethiopian Airlines Booking Code Q earns 100% flight miles for Aegean, EVA, Thai and Turkish Airlines frequent flyer programs.

But I need more miles than that round trip ticket earns.


Ethiopian Airlines LAX to Cape Town, South Africa

Today there are $835 round trip tickets for LAX to Cape Town, South Africa on Ethiopian Airlines via Dublin, Ireland and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at 24,742 flight miles.

Two weeks ago these tickets were $787 round trip tickets for LAX to Cape Town, South Africa.

Loyalty TravelerEthiopian $787 LAX to Cape Town, South Africa

One ticket like that provides all the Aegean Tier Miles needed to requalify for Gold elite at 24,000 Tier Miles when flying 4 Aegean flight segments during the year. You need 48,000 Tier Miles earned during the membership year without 4 Aegean flight segments.

In October 2017 I flew Nice to Sofia and Sofia to Prague via Athens each trip to earn 4 Aegean flight segments for $140 on 2 one-way tickets across Europe.

$1,000 for maintaining Star Alliance Gold is cheap elite.

That is a killer flight schedule at 28 hours each way.

Scandinavia to South Africa

Another option for cheap long haul tickets flying Ethiopian Airlines is Stockholm ARN to Johannesburg ($462) or Oslo to Cape Town, South Africa ($588).

Ethiopian Airlines

Stockholm, Sweden to Johannesburg, South Africa

3,828 SEK ($462.27 USD) round trip Wed Mar 7 – Fri Mar 16

12,352 flight miles in Ethiopian Airlines economy booking code E = 12,352 Aegean Tier Miles

ARN-JNB $462 ET Mar7-16

My spring 2018 travel plan had been fly San Francisco to Scandinavia with SAS ($600) to earn 12,000 Aegean Tier Miles I need by July for Aegean Miles+Bonus Gold elite qualification with Star Alliance Gold elite membership upgrade.

Ethiopian Airlines might switch up my plans for traveling around Central Europe this spring for a trip to South Africa on Ethiopian Airlines, while still reaching my objective for Aegean Gold elite.

There are many cheaper ways to reach Stockholm from San Francisco Bay Area besides flying SAS.

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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