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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. In this case, however, you’ll need to search through Google and book on Norwegian’s site. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel.
Typically we’d hesitate to share a deal on Norwegian — despite the airline’s use of industry-leading 787 Dreamliners on most long-haul routes, passengers are occasionally hit with significant delays, and you’ll pay quite a bit extra for baggage. Not to mention that Norwegian fares don’t earn miles that you can redeem for premium travel on other airlines. Still, with fares starting at just $412 round-trip from the West Coast to Europe, this is too good of a deal to ignore.
You’ll get the best deal flying out of the Bay Area, with nonstop flights from Oakland (OAK) to Stockholm (ARN) available for just $412 round-trip (baggage allowances, seat assignments and meals cost extra). If you’re looking to travel from Los Angeles, you can score deals from $441 to Oslo, $445 to Copenhagen, $471 to Stockholm or $630 to London (which is a steal, considering that the UK passenger duty is already factored in). You can earn points for your booking if you sign up for a Norwegian Reward account before purchasing your ticket. You’ll earn 2% cash back on discounted tickets and 20% cash back on Flex tickets. Cash back can be applied to tickets, luggage fees, seat reservations and ticket change fees.
Note: Reader Dave points out that you can drop the fare significantly by booking through Norwegian’s site — for example, instead of $412 round-trip from Oakland to Stockholm, you’ll pay just $369. After finding the flights you want to book, you’ll need to select Norge as your country, as seen in the screenshot below:
Here are a few examples of fares we found (before switching the country to Norway):
Oakland (OAK)-Stockholm (ARN) for $412 on Norwegian:
Los Angeles (LAX)-Oslo (OSL) for $441 on Norwegian:
Los Angeles (LAX)-Copenhagen (CPH) for $445 on Norwegian:
Los Angeles (LAX)-Stockholm (ARN) for $471 on Norwegian:
Los Angeles (LAX)-London (LGW) for $630 on Norwegian:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
H/T: Loyalty Traveler
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below! Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.