$99 Transatlantic Flights from New York and Boston Starting in May

In July Icelandic carrier Primera Air announced plans to fly to fly to Newark and Boston from Birmingham, London Stansted and Paris Charles de Gaulle in 2018 using Airbus A321neos.

I’m not sure why Primera hasn’t been on my radar. Norwegian and Wow Air garner most of the attention as transatlantic discounters.

But L.B.K. points out that they’re selling $99 transatlantic tickets. Here’s Newark – London Stansted. This service starts April 19th.

Now this is their ‘light’ fare. And it’s pretty draconian, it’s not like a basic economy fare where once you’re onboard you are treated like everyone else. Your fare determines whether you even get a meal or not.

A checked bag, choosing your seat, and a meal costs you $90 more which is a significant jump. I’m not sure how big the market is for $99 transatlantic one-ways with hang luggage only. And the return flight will be higher, as European departures frequently are.

Boston – Stansted prices from $99 as well once that service starts May 18. Paris flights are higher.

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Comments

  1. I like hang luggage. If it’s really uncomfortable, you can commit suicide in the bathroom — if they let you use the bathroom.

  2. @Mike, The Hang Luggage option presumes one way flight, but you are right, the bathroom access is extra. If United’s rates are any indication, the return flight, in a casket, appears to cost $7,000 all inclusive, except paperwork and no guaranteed delivery time. You may inquire directly with the airline about comfort animal(s) (as many as you need to bring as long as their purpose is to keep you comfortable), but they will not be granted lounge access or bathroom access without a valid credit card.
    Seriously, how many times has anyone seen a comfort animal go through TSA checkpoint? I haven’t. And what if you do need three comfort animals?

  3. I have been eyeing the cheap prices to Europe for a fall transalantic cruise. The cruise is very reasonable in pricing, but getting to Europe was always the hard part. I see this as a nice solution.

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