The recent strike of SAS Scandinavian Airlines pilots has been settled. SAS is now offering the best sale prices to Europe I have seen in the past two years for flights from USA airports. This sale is for ticket purchases through May 19 for flight departures from August 21, 2019 to March 19, 2020.
LAX to Scandinavia starts around $398 and SFO to Scandinavia at $448 round trip. SAS GoSmart Economy includes one checked bag for about $28 to $35 each way depending on route.
There are also SAS intra-Europe discount fares available through May 19 for more destinations than shown below.
Los Angeles departures
You can use these Google Flights links and then plug in your departure airport and search for other low fare dates.
SFO fares are about $50 more for many of these routes.
SAS Scandinavian Economy is cheap way to Star Alliance Gold
Loyalty Traveler – How I earned Star Alliance Gold elite for $1,400 in 15 flight segments (April 4, 2019).
SAS Scandinavian Airlines has been the key for me to earn cheap Star Alliance Gold elite membership through Aegean Miles+Bonus frequent flyer program. The deal is SAS deep discount economy fares earn 100% flight miles as Aegean Tier Miles. Silver elite is earned through 12,000 Tier Miles and 2 Aegean flight segments or 24,000 Tier Miles with Star Alliance airline flights without 2 Aegean flights in a 12-month membership year.
Once you have Silver elite, then 24,000 Aegean Tier Miles + 4 Aegean flights in a 12-month membership year qualifies for Miles + Bonus Gold membership and Star Alliance Gold membership.
Annual Gold elite member requalification takes only 12,000 Tier Miles + 4 Aegean flights or 24,000 Tier Miles without Aegean flights.
With the current SAS sale, one $398 round trip ticket from LAX to Copenhagen earns 12,242 Aegean Miles+Bonus Tier Miles.
One SFO to Stockholm $448 round trip ticket earns 12,174 Aegean Miles+Bonus Tier Miles.
SAS operates a nonstop Los Angeles to Stockholm flight and a San Francisco to Copenhagen flight. LAX to Copenhagen tends to be the cheaper ticket and SFO to Stockholm tends to be the cheaper ticket.
SAS Scandinavian Airlines LAX to Bergen, Norway round trip Sun Sep 8 – Sat Sep 21
$411.73 round trip LAX – ARN – BGO – CPH – ARN – LAX
This ticket earns 10,718 Aegean Tier Miles for LAX-ARN-LAX and 600 miles per flight segment for ARN-BGO, BGO-CPH, CPH-ARN for a total 12,518 Tier Miles.