Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Full-service airlines from every alliance have lowered prices to Oslo, Norway (OSL), and Stockholm, Sweden (ARN). You can fly from departure cities across the country to both Scandinavian destinations with prices starting from just $304 round-trip. Most fares are in basic economy, so you’ll have to pay extra for a checked bag and seat selection.
Cheap flights are available on many routes throughout the year, except during peak summer dates. You can make a quick hop to a city further north to try and catch the majestic northern lights — just make sure you book when you have the best chance of seeing them from September through April.
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airline: TAP Portugal, Swiss, Lufthansa, Air France, Delta, Finnair, British Airways, United
Routes: JFK/EWR/BOS/IAD/MIA/ORD/LAX/SFO/PHL/DFW/MSP/FLL and likely more to OSL/ARN
Cost: $304+ round-trip in economy
Dates: March to early June, Late August to December
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Oslo (OSL) for $304 round-trip on TAP Portugal via Priceline:
New York (JFK) to Stockholm (ARN) for $352 round-trip on TAP Portugal:
Boston (BOS) to Oslo (OSL) for $384 round-trip on Swiss/Lufthansa:
Chicago (ORD) to Oslo (OSL) for $386 round-trip on Swiss/Lufthansa:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Oslo (OSL) for $399 round-trip on TAP Portugal via Priceline:
San Francisco (SFO) to Stockholm (ARN) for $403 round-trip on United:
Miami (MIA) to Oslo (OSL) for $409 round-trip on TAP Portugal via Priceline:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Stockholm (ARN) for $414 round-trip on Swiss/United:
San Francisco (SFO) to Oslo (OSL) for $414 round-trip on Swiss/Lufthansa:
Washington DC (IAD) to Oslo (OSL) for $420 round-trip on Air France:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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