Think a $69 one way to Europe is too good to be true? We don’t blame you. Over the past year we’ve seen extraordinarily low fares to Europe from the US on Norwegian Air. And although the base fares for these flights can be great deals, before booking it's important to understand what’s included in the fare and what’s extra. Lucky for you we’ve compiled everything you need to know about Norwegian so you don’t have to!
Norwegian’s fares are low for a reason. The base ticket includes one free carry on and one personal item. Unlike on most international flights, your first checked bag is extra. Additionally, there is a weight limit of 10 kg (22 lbs) for your carry on and hand baggage (a purse or backpack).
In our experience, the weight limit for carry ons is not always enforced for flights departing the U.S. but most likely will be for flights returning to the U.S. In both directions our hand baggage was never weighed. To avoid getting charged a last minute pricey checked bag fee, wear your heavier clothes and pack your heavier items in your hand baggage.
Bring Your Own Food
Everything on Norwegian is extra including food & drinks. The first time I flew Norwegian I paid extra for food. This was a waste of money, as I’ve always been picky with airline food and prefer to bring my own snacks on board. The meal was nothing special and purchasing a meal with the lowest fare option set me back around $50. This included 1 checked bag, meal service, and seat selection. If you plan to check a bag and pick your seat this is a decent deal. Otherwise, load up on snacks & bottled water to bring on board and save yourself $50.
If you booked the lowest fare option keep in mind that selecting your seat is going to cost you extra. Seat selection starts at $12 and is well worth the extra cost. I don’t know about you, but I’ll do just about everything to avoid the middle seat in the back near a bathroom. For peace of mind I prefer to pay the extra fee and pick an aisle seat in the front.
Overall, I found Norwegian’s seats & planes to be comfortable. Their transatlantic fleet consists entirely of Dreamliners and the cabins are clean and well maintained.
Book your Flight in Foreign Currency
This may sound strange, but sometimes you can save a lot of money by booking your flight in Danish Krone or Euros. Before booking check the cost of each of your flights if you pay in foreign currency. Sometime Google flights will pick up on these savings and send you to book the flight in euros.
Although this option can save you money, be sure to consider any foreign transaction fees charged by your credit card that may offset these savings.
In Flight Entertainment
If you love to binge watch movies and T.V on long flights you won’t be disappointed by Norwegian’s selection. I was pleasantly surprised that the inflight entertainment was complimentary and much less boring than some other airlines.
Finally, as a general rule always double check that all of the information on your ticket is correct before boarding your flight. It helps to take screenshots of all confirmation tickets immediately after booking - if something looks wrong call the airline right away, as it can be more difficult to resolve minor errors (like birth date or name) with a low cost carrier. We hope you enjoy your travels on Norwegian!