Incredible Business Class Award Space on This Obscure Transatlantic Route

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Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), a Star Alliance partner, operates a flight six days per week between Houston and Stavanger, Norway.

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The flight is operated by a 44-seat, all Business Class 737 with angled-flat seats in Business Class. Award space is excellent on the route for the next eight months.

The route interests me for its unique aircraft, unique onboard layout, and the fact that it serves the second closest airport to Trolltunga in Norway.

Award Space

Both directions show a similar pattern of award space. You can book the flight most days between now and the end of April 2016, after which it is mysteriously unavailable for awards.

The flight to Norway leaves at 9:45 PM and arrives the next day at 2:15 PM.

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Award space looks like this for most of the next eight months.Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 1.05.01 PM

Then award space abruptly ends on April 28.Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 1.06.23 PM

The return to the United States looks very similar.

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The late afternoon flight has award space almost every day except Tuesdays when it doesn’t operate.
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Award space suddenly runs out April 28, 2016.
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Connections

Since Houston is a United hub, it should be very easy to connect to this flight from throughout North America. Here is a sample itinerary from Los Angeles.

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Connections in Stavanger are also very possible. Here are the SAS flights from Stavanger.

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Certainly connecting to Oslo or Bergen is very easy.
Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 1.07.00 PMScreen Shot 2015-08-24 at 1.07.31 PMThe place I most want to visit in Norway is Trolltunga. It is 4 hours by bus from Bergen’s airport and 6 hours by bus from Stavanger’s.

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Source: http://www.visitnorway.com/en/product/?pid=149585

Booking the Award

You can book all the award space in this post with any Star Alliance miles by calling the appropriate airline or booking on its website. Here are the award prices for a one way Business Class award (in bold if there are NO fuel surcharges on the award):

  • Asiana: 40k miles
  • Aeroplan: 45k miles
  • Lufthansa: 52k miles
  • LifeMiles: 63k miles
  • Singapore: 65k miles
  • United: 70k miles

 


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9 COMMENTS

    • I thought the exact same thing. I am NOT a plane geek, but I didn’t realize those things could fly more than about 5-6 hours.

  1. I am new to booking travel with United miles with other airlines for Star/Partner 1st and Business Class Travel .
    United’s website shows 70,000 miles for Star Business Class.
    How do you book Aeroplan: 45k miles for one way 1st and Business Class Travel to Europe?

    • You use Aeroplan miles. Different miles, different award charts for the same flights, different prices. So sign up for an Aeroplan account and earn transferable points that can be transferred there (AMEX Membership Rewards and SPG Starpoints.)

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