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As the headline suggests, Norwegian has launched its “biggest ever” sale for flights to the from the UK & Ireland with headline one-way fares starting from £140 (from the UK) and €99 (from Ireland).
Norwegian also says that, for the first time, its Premium Economy cabin is included in the sale with one-way fares starting at £415.
NOTE: There are some reasonable deals available for travel in the opposite direction too (originating in the US) but these aren’t classified as being part of this sale.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The sale covers departures between 1 October 2018 and 31 March 2019
- The sale ends at 22:59 BST on 17 September 2018.
Deals From London Gatwick
- New York JFK from £155 one-way in economy and £465 one-way in Premium
- Boston from £140 one-way in economy and £415 one-way in Premium
- Orlando from £165 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium
- Fort Lauderdale (Miami) from £160 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium
- Denver from £165 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium
- Las Vegas from £180 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium
- Los Angeles from £175 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium
- Oakland (San Francisco) from £165 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium
- Chicago from £140 one-way in economy and £430 one-way in Premium
- Austin from £170 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium
- Tampa from £160 one-way in economy and £515 one-way in Premium
Deals From Edinburgh, Dublin & Shannon
- Edinburgh to New York Stewart Airport from £139 one way in economy
- Dublin to Providence Airport (Rhode Island) from €99 one way in economy
- Dublin to New York Stewart Airport from €99 one way in economy
- Shannon to New York Stewart Airport from €99 one way in economy
Book flights departing the UK at www.norwegian.com/uk/autumn-deals-europe
Book flights departing Ireland at www.norwegian.com/ie/fall-flight-deals
it’s worth bearing in mind that one-way fares from the UK are often more expensive than the one-way fares on the return journey so it would be incorrect to assume that a roundtrip booking would cost double the fares that are being quoted.
The advertised fare for London Gatwick to Boston is listed as “from £140 one-way in economy” but you can easily snag a roundtrip for under £250 ($325):
Admittedly that’s a very basic fare which only includes 1 carry-on bag with a maximum weight of 10kg (food, checked baggage and seat selection all carry a fee) but that’s still pretty cheap for a long weekend in Boston.
The same applies to the Premium Economy sale fares.
Premium Economy from Gatwick to Los Angeles is advertised as “from £515 one-way” but roundtrip fares can be found for under £945 ($1,225):
In truth that isn’t all that special of a fare (although I’m reliably told that Norwegian’s Premium Economy cabin offering is pretty good) but it’s still important to remember that you shouldn’t assume that the cost of the lowest roundtrip fare is double of the advertised one-way fare.
For those who are fine traveling with hand baggage only, who are happy to bring along their own food and for whom playing the seat lottery is fun the Economy Class fares will be quite appealing (what’s not to like when you can book a roundtrip fare to LA from £307/$400)….but be aware of a couple of things:
- I’ve seen quite a few very low hand baggage only fares being offered by United/Lufthansa for travel between the UK and the US so make sure you compare prices carefully before you dive in and book with Norwegian – the legacy carriers may have a more compelling offering.
- Its worth remembering that airports such as New York Stewart (which is supposed to serve the NYC market) and Providence, Rhode Island (which is supposed to serve the Boston market) aren’t all that close to the cities they’re aimed at. One you land you’ll still have some traveling to do to get to the metropolis you’re heading to so factor in both the added cost of onward travel and the time that it will take.
Overall there are some decent fares here (the Irish have it best) so they’re worth checking out if you’re thinking of booking a trip across the pond.