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Earlier today, we alerted you that European low-cost carrier Norwegian Air began selling its $65 one-way fares between the US and Europe. The carrier’s launching service from three East Coast cities — Providence (PVD), Newburgh (SWF) and Hartford (BDL) — to several cities in Ireland. (SWF is less than 90 minutes from NYC, and public transportation will get you most of the way there.) Now, while the $65 introductory one-way fares are definitely the highlight, it’s possible to pair that with a return ticket to give you a very cheap round-trip ticket from the US to Europe.
We found round-trip fares for as low as $147, including taxes. However, keep in mind that Norwegian is a low-cost carrier, so you’ll be charged for things that are sometimes complimentary, such as seat selection, meals and checked bags. These routes will be serviced by Norwegian’s new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which it is set to take delivery of in Q2 of this year. The aircraft will feature 189 economy seats in a 3-3 configuration.
There are plenty of great one-way fares, too, starting from $65 on other Norwegian routes that were announced today. However, the taxes and fees for the return legs — particularly from Edinburgh (EDI) — can sometimes make the return ticket much pricier. If you have flexible dates in mind, you could be able to find an inexpensive return ticket from another city. Keep in mind that these fares don’t seem to go down any more even when booking on the Norwegian version of the site. For all of the fares we checked, the lowest price was on the US version of the site.
Route: PVD and SWF to BFS, DUB, ORK and SNN
Cost: $147+ round-trip in economy
Dates: June – October 2017
Booking Link: Norwegian.com
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Providence (PVD) to Dublin (DUB) for $147 round-trip in August:
Newburgh (SWF) to Shannon (SNN) for $149 round-trip in August:
Providence (PVD) to Cork (ORK) for $147 round-trip in August:
Newburgh (SWF) to Belfast (BFS) for $161 round-trip in October:
Newburgh (SWF) to Dublin (DUB) for $147 round-trip in September:
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