Premium economy round-trip flights to Europe for less than $1,300
Stroll through Stockholm’s Old Town or take a tour of Westminster Abbey with this deal: Multiple airlines are offering premium economy round-trip flights to Europe for less than $1,300.
With this deal, you can fly to London, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Geneva and other European destinations at a discount. Premium economy tickets to these cities can otherwise cost upward of $1,500.
The travel dates for these discounted flights are from January-March 2023. Given that some of the featured cities happen to be some of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, flights are almost certain to fill up and prices will also change. So, snag this deal as soon as possible.
Airlines: Icelandair, SAS, Scandinavian Airlines and United Airlines.
Routes: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Newark, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and other cities to various European destinations.
How to book: Search for the best dates with Google Flights, then book directly with the airline of your choice.
Travel dates: January to March.
Book by: The next one to two days.
Kudos to Scott’s Cheap Flights for flagging this deal. Costing $49 a year, the Premium membership offer discounts of up to 90% and comes with a 14-day free trial. The Elite membership also scouts premium, business-class and first-class deals.
While you can fly to places like Stockholm and Amsterdam from a wide range of U.S. cities, the cheapest fares are primarily found on the West Coast — many of them are less than $1,000.
Here are some flights we’ve bookmarked:
- Scandinavian Airlines: O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Heathrow Airport (LHR), starting at $746 (includes a layover in Stockholm).
- Scandinavian Airlines: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Bergen Airport (BGO), starting at $827 (includes a layover in Copenhagen).
- SAS: LAX to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), starting at $870 (includes a layover in Copenhagen).
- Icelandair: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to Copenhagen Airport (CPH), starting at $967 (includes a layover in Reykjavik).
- Scandinavian Airlines: Miami International Airport (MIA) to Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN), starting at $1,290 (includes a layover in Copenhagen).
- United: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Geneva Airport (GVA), starting at $1,197.
When booking your flights, we suggest determining availability with Google Flights and then purchasing your tickets directly from the airline of your choice because airlines are more dependable in the event of a cancellation, delay or booking change.
If you’re flying from Chicago and want to visit London the week of Feb. 24, the SAS flight at 4 p.m. is the cheapest option.
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As for returning flights, the SAS flight on March 3 at 9:55 a.m. has the best price; all the other available options for that day cost almost $6,000.
Remember that sometimes Google Flights shows lower prices than what’s advertised on the airline’s website due to third-party options. In this case, Google Flights said the cheapest available flight from London to Chicago was $714, but if you were to book on the SAS website, it’s actually $746. The $714 sticker price is from a third-party booking site.
Since these deals to Europe are for premium economy, you’ll notice fewer restrictions compared to basic economy. SAS Plus Smart fares include seat selection, one personal item, a carry-on and checked luggage. The fare also includes priority boarding, free Wi-Fi and a three-course meal.
If you’d like to add another checked bag, SAS charges an additional $85 fee each way, so you’d end up paying $170 to check two bags for your trip.
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Flying to Europe can be quite pricey, but many of the deals fall below $1,000 for premium economy, making them worth booking. Also, premium economy doesn’t come with the same limitations as basic economy, so you can fly to Europe in some comfort as well.
With this deal, you can explore Scandinavia or opt for a vacation to London or Geneva. There’s so much to see and do in Europe, so you can’t really go wrong with any of the available options.