I found this gem of an airline last year when I was looking for cheap options for international flights between the US and Europe and the UK. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this airline has been a real diamond in the rough.

With this airline, you have some options. For the absolute cheapest option, I have found direct flights from the US West Coast to Europe and the UK for as low as $139 each way. That is an incredible price if you are a light traveler and are ok feeding yourself. Their hand baggage policy is that you can have up to 2 hand bags, but your larger hand bag cannot weigh more than 10 Kilograms–and this is pretty strictly enforced. If it weighs more you will have to check your bag and it will cost you $50. You can, however, save $5 and purchase a checked bag allowance online up to 6 hours before your flight’s departure. If you are willing to spend a bit more, you can pay for Norwegian’s second ticket option, (which I have found seems to very consistently be $90 more than the cheapest option), this will give you one checked bag, at least 2 meals on the flight and you can choose your seat.

Norwegian also has a business class which looks very nice, but I have not flown it. I have, however tried “bidding” for a business class seat. Norwegian offers an interesting option of “bidding”, which is where you can offer to pay a maximum amount to try to get upgraded to business class. I attempted this once, the one time I traveled alone, and had my maximum bid be $175 to get upgraded. I did not get it, so, obviously I was out-bid–lucky person.

We have found the seats to be generally comfortable, the stewards and stewardesses to be kind, there is individualized movie and game entertainment for each seat, and you can order food and snacks from your seat if you do get hungry and didn’t order food with your ticket.


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