I remember as a kid watching Saturday Night Live and their 1986 commercial for the the Adobe, a Mexican import that’s first car to break the $200 barrier. It was made of clay.
Well, the major airlines have been running $400-ish off-season roundtrip fares between the US and Europe. And Wow Air will run some days to Reykjavik for $99 one-way (with the flight back to the US a bit higher).
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Those prices are great if you have $250 or $300 to throw around. But for those of us whose names aren’t Rockefeller, there’s Norwegian’s $65 transatlantic sale fares, the first transatlantic fares to intentionally break the $70 barrier.
Norwegian has been selling flights often in the mid-$200s roundtrip from cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Oakland using new Boeing 787s.
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Now that they’re bringing the Boeing 737MAX into their fleet, they’re adding flights from secondary East Coast airports and selling flights for even less.
When Southwest Airlines started they were offering lower fares than their competitors, and they weren’t just drawing passengers away from other airlines — they were drawing passengers away from other modes of transportation like cars and buses (not as useful for transatlantic travel) and drawing them from out of their homes and getting them to travel. As Southwest grew and moved beyond intra-Texas travel they used less expensive and less congested secondary airports, and people who go out of their way for the savings.
Norwegian will be operating out of:
- Stewart Newburgh Airport that’s North of New York City to Dublin, Shannon, Belfast, and Edinburgh
- Hartford International in Connecticut to Edinburgh
- Providence, Rhode Island to Dublin, Shannon, Cork, Belfast, Edinburgh
With the first flights beginning mid-June, Norwegian has put thousands of tickets on sale at $65 each way, while the regular lowest prices will be $99.
Travel period begins from June 15, 2017 for routes to Scotland and July 1, 2017 for routes to Ireland and Northern Ireland. Travel period ends December 31, 2017. Fare valid as of fare filing February 21, 2017 in Q class. Availability is limited, while supplies last.
Norwegian of course flies new planes, but charges fees for advance seat assignments, checked luggage, food, and more.