Norwegian $69 Flights to Europe are Coming Soon

Flying to Europe can be expensive, but Norwegian’s recent announcement of $69 one-way fares to Europe might make your next trip a little easier on your pocketbook. The idea behind the announcement is that Norwegian plans to add cheap new routes in 2017, by flying smaller planes out of US airports that have low fees.

Europe’s third-largest budget airline is considering flights to Edinburgh, UK and Bergen, Norway from US airports that have little or no international service today, such as New York’s Westchester County Airport and Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport, just north of Hartford, Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos said.

Norwegian’s current flights to the United States utilize the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but the new routes will be serviced with the 100 Boeing 737 MAX jets the airline has on order. Norwegian expects to receive five 737 MAX jets in 2017. These planes are equipped to traverse the Atlantic but are smaller than most jets that currently do so, making them better suited for smaller airports.

Norwegian flight deals are featured frequently here at Thrifty Traveler, such as last week, with fares starting from $248. The important thing to know about Norwegian is; nothing is free. Norwegian is a low cost carrier so they will charge you for everything – advanced seat assignment, luggage, meals, drinks, and so on. You’ll have to pay around $100 just to check your bag round-trip, so you always need to tack that on to the fare. Even with the fees, it’s still cheaper than any of the other airlines.

Now I’ve read plenty of good reviews for Norwegian, and if you understand the rules you will do fine. With the good reviews there are also many negative reviews. I’ve read that Norwegian has had some issues with long delays, which were recently discussed on Flyertalk. With airlines you typically get what you pay for. If you’re going to take a budget airline make sure to read up on the fees and rules before you fly, so you don’t get frustrated when you arrive at the airport. Pack a sandwich and pick-up drinks after security and you should be fine!

 

Bottom Line

More budget flights to Europe is always a great thing. It helps drive down prices, and allows more people to travel for cheaper. Although $69 sounds like a steal, people need to realize that after fees that price will be around twice as much. Even so, that’s still a thrifty way to fly!

 

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