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Norwegian Air and LEVEL appear to be embroiled in a fare war with ultra-low-cost carrier Primera Air, which is currently offering nonstop flights to Europe for $237 round-trip.
While the two carriers can’t quite match the price, they’re getting close. You can fly nonstop from Boston (BOS), Newark (EWR), Oakland (OAK), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Chicago (ORD) and Los Angeles (LAX) to Paris (CDG/ORY), Rome (FCO), London (LGW), Oslo (OSL) and Madrid (MAD) for as little as $283 round-trip.
Note that both Norwegian and LEVEL are budget carriers, so you’ll have to pay extra for a checked bag or to select a seat. However, this isn’t much different from mainline carriers that have introduced baggage fees and basic economy on transatlantic flights. TPG staff members have given solid reviews of both airlines.
Airlines: Norwegian, LEVEL
Routes: BOS/EWR/OAK/FLL/ORD/LAX to ORY/FCO/CDG/LGW/OSL/MAD
Cost: $283+ round-trip nonstop in economy
Travel Dates: November through March
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Booking Link: Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Newark (EWR) to Paris (ORY) nonstop for $283 round-trip on LEVEL:
Newark (EWR) to Paris (ORY) nonstop for $293 round-trip on Norwegian:
Boston (BOS) to Paris (CDG) nonstop for $293 round-trip on Norwegian:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Paris (CDG) nonstop for $323 round-trip on Norwegian:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Madrid (MAD) nonstop for $323 round-trip on Norwegian:
Oakland (OAK) to Paris (CDG) nonstop for $325 round-trip on Norwegian:
Newark (EWR) to Rome (FCO) nonstop for $325 round-trip on Norwegian:
Boston (BOS) to London (LGW) nonstop for $325 round-trip on Norwegian:
Chicago (ORD) to London (LGW) nonstop for $335 round-trip on Norwegian:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Oslo (OSL) for $336 round-trip on Norwegian:
New York (JFK) to Amsterdam (AMS) nonstop for $344 round-trip on Norwegian:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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