Mistake Fare? $99 Miami – Denmark and Norway

Star Alliance member SAS has $99 one-ways from Miami to Copenhagen and Oslo. This should be bookable on any online travel website.

Fly4Free says this is a likely mistake fare. It’s so low I would think it was also, but the fare rules are so significantly limited that it does seem to be a real sale for dates they want to liquidate seats for.


It’s a $21 base fare plus taxes and fuel surcharges. These fares are non-refundable and there’s a $300 change fee (hah). So, no changes. No residual value.

They had $21 base fares in both directions a little over a week ago, so I’m going to further call this ‘not a mistake’.

However in case I’m wrong about that and SAS decides they want to renege on such a deep discount offer for non-stops to Europe, a case of seller’s remorse, I’d wait a few days after buying tickets before making additional non-refundable travel plans around the fare. (In theory an airline refusing to honor a sale like this would have to reimburse any out of pocket costs you incurred but there’s not much history with enforcement of that particular DOT statement so I’d still not test it.)

Copenhagen, copyright: waeske / 123RF Stock Photo

Since this is available just one way — it applies to outbound travel only — if you’re looking for cheapest possible return remember that Norwegian flies from Europe back to Fort Lauderdale.

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  1. I did the $99 LAX-OSL inaugural flight on SAS. So, it’s certainly not unprecedented as a legit fare. I thought the term “mistake fare” was due to be excised from the FF lexicon (due to DOT rulings)?

  2. Its NOT an error fare. Its a marketing stunt by SAS to raise awareness of the new route and to get everyone talking about the route, the airline, the low price,…
    And see, it worked, Gary who has many subscribers now wrote about it 😉

    Its also only valid between 28SEP and 11OCT so very limited availability

  3. It’s a new route starting 29SEP and they have to fill up the planes on the returntrips until the first passengers to Miami will have to return – so there’s a lot of empty seats the first 1-2 weeks.

  4. I argue it’s not a mistake fare in the post, but that the site which found it said it probably was. Hence the question, and my argument. Sigh…

  5. You pose the question in the header (Mistake fare?)…and get exasperated when people answer? Sigh

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