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Ten days ago I wrote about $276 roundtrip tickets between New York and Amsterdam.
Fares across the Atlantic have been low for a variety of reasons: too much capacity from the major airlines, low fuel prices that support this, and increased competition from low cost airlines like Norwegian and Wow Air.
Fares were low before Brexit. But today via The Flight Deal you can book Norwegian New York JFK – London Gatwick for $361 roundtrip. There’s a trick to how.
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The fare is available for Winter travel. Granted this is off-season, but the fares are amazing and you can fly elsewhere beyond London Gatwick once you’ve positioned yourself.
You can use Norwegian’s fare calendar to see days with the cheapest flights.
If you book via their US site the cheapest I’m seeing is $435 roundtrip.
However if you book with their Norwegian site (use Google Translate if you wish though I don’t find it necessary) it will price at 3026 Norwegian Krone.
And that’s ~ US$361.
Since this is being charged in a foreign currency, be sure to use a credit card that doesn’t add foreign transaction fees. I find that MasterCard currency conversions are the most reliably favorable. So my card of choice is Citi Prestige because:
- No foreign transaction fees
- MasterCard currency conversion
- Triple points on airfare
Norwegian Air Shuttle operates the route with a Boeing 787. Here’s a good video summary of the experience: