Oakland to Stockholm Only $268 r/t

Norwegian is a low-cost airline with flights between North America and Europe. The carrier currently offers a round-trip fare of just $268 between Oakland, California, and Stockholm, Sweden.


This ultra-low fare is valid some dates between November and March. If Stockholm seems too chilly, you can take another low cost flight down to Lisbon or Barcelona.

Computer Keyboard, by  john_a_ward / Flickr

Purchase online using the special instructions in the Secret Flying post in order to get the low fare.


The Best Use of U.S. Bank FlexPerks Points

A year ago Million Mile Secrets posted a creative way to use FlexPerks, a strange type of reward points. I’ve been sitting on slightly over 20,000 points and had no immediate use for them. My family flies Southwest Airlines a lot. So I turned to the MMS trick…and it still works!

Trick for Big Travel on Southwest Using US Bank FlexPerks Cards

As I’ve noted in the comments section of MMS, I successfully converted the 20K of FlexPerks into $395+ “cash” in my Southwest Airlines account, funds that can be used for future air travel.

Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines

If you have FlexPerks and fly Southwest, this is a great technique to get the maximum possible benefit.

British Air Discounts for AARP Members

One unexpected benefit of AARP membership is a substantial discount on trans-Atlantic British Air flights. The discount ranges from $65 up to $400 per person. Best of all, anyone of any age can join AARP for just $16.

$400 AARP Discount On British Airways Business Class Tickets Extended

The Eiffel Tower, Photo by Miles
The Eiffel Tower, Photo by Miles

The discount applies not only to flights to London, but also to other trans-Atlantic flights as well.

List of Credit Cards That Charge Foreign Transaction Fee

Some credit cards are fine for use internationally, but others charge a fee (often 3%) for purchases made overseas. This is a wholly-unjustified charge whose purpose it to enrich the banks.

This is a handy list of some cards that do charge a fee:


Obviously, if you own several credit cards and are traveling (or making online purchases from a foreign company), you will want to use the cards with no fee.

Noise-Cancelling Headphones / Earbuds Make Flying Less Tiring

Flying is made more tiring and stressful by the unavoidable background noise. Noise-cancelling headphones and earbuds reduce the droning sound level so you arrive in a better state of mind.

In general the noise seems to be worse the farther back in the plane you are sitting. Regional jets seem to be much noisier than larger aircraft.

I have used headphones with active noise cancellation for several years, with very good results. They have a switch on the side, and when you click it the noise level drops significantly…that’s how you know they use active sound cancellation. However, they take up room in my carry-on, so I’ve just ordered some “noise cancelling” Bluetooth earbuds from Amazon.


I’m hoping these will be less un-comfortable when I lean my head against the aircraft while trying to sleep in a window seat. I plan to report back here shortly after they arrive.

If you have a larger budget and are interested in headphones, this blog post has good information:

Wireless Headphones

Miami to Denmark / Norway Just $226+ r/t This Fall

The prices to Europe keep dropping. SAS Airline is offering an unbelievably low round-trip fare of just $226 from Miami to Oslo, or $231 Miami – Copenhagen.


Airfare Deal: Miami to Copenhagen or Oslo from $221 Roundtrip

If you can enjoy the cool weather from September to December, this is the one to jump on! And, of course, nobody says you can’t jump on one of the ultra-low-cost European carriers and head south to warmer areas of the Continent.

San Antonio Airport Opens Airside Pet Relief Room

San Antonio’s international airport has opened a pet-relief room airside. The room has turf and a simulated fire hydrant, and is for use by dogs and cats accompanying passengers on airline flights.


Most airports have pet relief areas, but in almost all cases they are outside security. San Antonio has advanced to a facility airside, for passengers who have already done their security screening.