UK – USA Fares From £149/$194 One-Way For Summer 2017

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Low-Cost carrier Norwegian has loaded its UK-USA fares for summer 2017 and, if you can plan this far in advance and if you’re not beholden to school holidays, there can be some pretty good deals to be had for travel across the pond.

The airline has put 360,000 seats up for sale from London Gatwick with Boston offering the cheapest headline fares at £149/$194 one-way…but there’s value to be had from longer flights too.

Here are the fares that Norwegian has published:

  • Boston – Economy from £149 / Premium from £449
  • New York – Economy from £179 / Premium from £499
  • Ft. Lauderdale-Miami – Economy from £179 / Premium from £579
  • Orlando – Economy from £179 / Premium from £579
  • Oakland – San Francisco – Economy from £199 / Premium from £579
  • Los Angeles – Economy from £199 / Premium from £499

You’ll find a lot of the cheaper fares in June (and in earlier months)….


…sometime you have to look quite hard…but they’re there….


…but once you get into weeks that coincide with school holidays the prices shoot up:


If you find fares that work for you don’t forget to factor in the cost of any baggage you’ll want to take with you and don’t forget that Norwegian is a low-cost carrier….so you’ll either need to bring food with you or pay for it onboard.

Here are Norwegian’s carry-on allowances for the cheapest fares:

  • 1 carry-on bag: max. 55x40x23 cm
  • 1 small personal item: max. 25x33x20 cm
  • Max. combined weight: 10 kg

Note: While children get the same carry-on allowance that adults do infants do not. There is no hand baggage allowance for infant tickets, but you can bring a reasonable amount of baby food and milk/formula for the flight.

Checked baggage costs vary depending on the flight your taking and if you purchase the allowance in advance (which you always should) or if you choose to pay at the airport. On the longer routes you can pay up to £50 or even £60 for a checked bag so make sure you factor this in when deciding if a fare offers value.

Norwegian 787-9 Dreamliner

Fares To Avoid

I wouldn’t bother considering the Premium fares that Norwegian is advertising because, with a little bit of flexibility, you will probably be able to fly in a true Business Class cabin for the same or less.

Norwegian is advertising premium cabin Boston fares from around £900/$1,170 round-trip but, in the summer just gone, we saw Business Class fares from Dublin (not that far to go) to the US west coast from around $1,200. That’s a far better deal and, with Business Class travel slowing sown considerably in July and August, I’d expect to see similar fare deals in 2017.

Bottom Line

If you can be flexible with your dates you may be able to score a few good deals with these fares…just make sure you add in any extra costs (seat assignments, checked bags etc..) when comparing prices to what the bigger carriers are offering.