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Cheap airfares can be even better than using miles since they don’t require advance planning and anyone with a credit card and a few bucks can jump in and take advantage. Right now there are crazy low priced flights from Los Angeles to Stockholm, Sweden, on SAS. This isn’t an “oops” fare either, but an actual legitimate sale, so you don’t have to worry about whether it will be honored.
I would use Google Flights or similar to quickly spot the cheapest days to fly. I earlier saw on Twitter from various sources you could get tickets for $48 to Sweden, but the cheapest I am seeing right now is around $88 on various dates in March (hello, cheap spring break travel!). You could then go from there to wherever else in Europe you wanted to explore if you didn’t want to just stay in Stockholm.
Coming back from Sweden I don’t see the sub-$100 fares available, but I do see return flights starting at about $153 on Norwegian on certain dates. Again, Google Flights will help with quickly spotting the cheapest travel dates if you search by calendar as shown above.
It is almost funny that buying a one-way ticket from California to Sweden wouldn’t meet the minimum point redemption threshold of $100 with the Arrival Plus version of the card, but do keep that in mind.
So, go ahead and make me jealous – who is headed to Sweden for under $100?!