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Deal lovers have another reason to be excited this winter. Budget airline Norwegian announced this morning that it will be adding nonstop flights from the US to the Caribbean.
Beach-bound travelers from Baltimore (BWI), Boston (BOS) and New York (JFK) will be able to snag one-way tickets starting at $79 to the Guadeloupe Islands (PTP) and Martinique (FDF) starting December 3, 2015. One-way flights back to the US from the Caribbean will start at $99.
The routes from New York will operate three days per week, while flights from Baltimore and Boston will run twice per week.
Here are Norwegian’s new routes:
- Baltimore (BWI) — Guadeloupe Islands (PTP) – Tuesdays and Saturdays
- Baltimore (BWI) — Martinique (FDF) – Mondays and Fridays
- Boston (BOS) — Guadeloupe Islands (PTP) – Thursdays and Sundays
- Boston (BOS) — Martinique (FDF) – Wednesdays and Sundays
- New York (JFK) — Guadeloupe Islands (PTP) – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
- New York (JFK) — Martinique (FDF) – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
Additionally, the airline will add service to Las Vegas from Copenhagen and Stockholm later this fall. These flights will run once per week from each city. Norwegian will also expand service to Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands from Europe.
For travelers worried about Norwegian’s tendency to strand passengers due to technical difficulties or other service issues, know that the airline has taken a couple of precautions to ease fears. It has allocated three Boeing 737-800s on the routes between the US and Caribbean, though only two will be assigned to regular flights — the third 737 will be maintained as a spare, so while the airline likely won’t be able to book you tickets on a competitor due to service interruptions, the reserve 737 should be able to step in. Norwegian will also have a dedicated maintenance crew based on each of the islands for repairs and routine service, and will rely on local repair crews for the three cities in the US.
Surprisingly, these flights will also include free in-flight Wi-Fi for all passengers — pretty unusual for an airline infamous for all of its extras fees. Passengers looking for more entertainment will have access to a library of movies and television shows available to rent on their personal devices. Movies will cost about $5-6, depending on the title, and television shows will be free.
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