United – $456: Newark – Stockholm, Sweden. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

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A good sale to Stockholm. Since we will get this in our email or comments about Norwegian being cheaper. On a fare basis, Norwegian is cheaper at about $340 roundtrip. However, that’s just part of the story. Norwegian unbundles everything while there are some things included with United.

  • Checked luggage
    • United – 1st bag free
    • Norwegian – $42 per leg (so if you check your bags, that’s $84 for this trip)
  • Carry-on luaggage
    • United – 22″ roller + 1 personal item
    • Norwegian – 10 kilos max (or ~22 pounds)
  • Seat assignment
    • United – most advance seat assignment are free
    • Norwegian – if you want advance seat assignment – $17. So that’s $34 roundtrip.
  • Onboard food + beverage
    • United – your water and soda, free
    • Norwegian – you will pay for everything (don’t forget a blanket, cause Norwegian, yeah, they don’t have any)
  • Frequent flyer miles
    • United: This trip is 7,800+ miles. That 60% needed for a domestic one-way ticket. We value that at $78
    • Norwegian: They have an award program — but you can’t use it for much.
  • Plane
    • United: single aisle 757. Overhead video, no personal inflight entertainment or power. Correction: Per @ZachHonig, United 757 across the Atlantic have on-demand inflight entertainment.
    • Norwegian: Boeing 787. That’s when there isn’t an issue and not substituted with a plane from HiFly or EuroAtlantic (we feel for you if you get the EuroAtlantic plane)

If you don’t check bags, don’t care about advanced seat assignment, or frequent flyer miles — definitely Norwegian is more cost effective. Tho, they been terrible with on-time performance because of their aggressive scheduling of their fleet. While most airlines with years of long haul experience operate their planes at most 14 hours a day, Norwegian who never had any long haul experience or any experience operating widebody planes decided in all their infinite wisdom to operate their planes 18 hours a day. So slight issues causes ripples in their schedule. And since their service isn’t daily, if the plane is out of service, you could be stranded for days when there is an issue (go google Los Angeles Norwegian). That’s why we are always put tons of caveat when we post a Norwegian deal.

We truly want Norwegian to succeed in the marketplace. The competition from Norwegian has meant that United and Delta has made its fares very competitive to Scandinavia. But at the same time, do realize that there’s more cost than just the ticket.

Stockholm, Sweden - Photo: Michael Caven via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Stockholm, Sweden – Photo: Michael Caven via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • January 19th – 26th, 2015

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel on the outbound from October 26th – December 11th or December 24th – March 26th for Monday, Wednesday and Friday departures. Must purchase at least 3 days in advance of departure. Availability in 2014 is extremely limited.
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

Fare Class:

  • K

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • $371

Routing:

  • EWR – ARN (Stockholm) – EWR

Stopover:

Global Premier Upgrade Fare (for United 1K and GS members):

  • W Class
  • $1,061

Mileage:

United will be revenue based mileage earning starting March 1st, 2015. Miles will be earn base on elite qualifying dollars multiple by 5 as base level earning and up to 11 for 1K level members. We will be showing the 2015 base mileage earning for all United fares going forward to show how negative the changes are for a majority of United flyers.

  • 2014: 7,806 miles or 5.8 cents per mile.
  • March 1st, 2015:  1,855 miles or a difference of 5,951 miles.

How to Book:

  • Support us by using our Orbitz link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search. Make sure you select “Additional Search Options” and then “Narrow the search to my preferred airlines” and select United

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Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – Not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: Swedish Krona (SEK). $1USD = 6.4 SEK

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