Norwegian Air called its shot years ago. You know the airline now as a sort of Southwest for transatlantic trips, but before the discount carrier started routes between Norway and New York, the concept of a stripped-down flight to Europe was still novel.
Quoth The New York Times in the winter of 2014: “Norwegian started flying between Oslo and Kennedy Airport in New York in May and has round-trip fares starting at $509. The second-lowest price found recently was $895 on United Airlines flying out of Newark Liberty International Airport.”
Today if you look up Norwegian flights from NYC to Oslo, you can score a trip for as little as $330. This ain’t exactly a fancy way to fly, but if you’re cool with not picking your seat and not checking a bag, you can go smell the aging timber of the Viking Ship Museum for about what it would cost to get a dishwasher installed in your kitchen. Due props to Norwegian’s chief executive, Bjorn Kjos, who told the Times back in 2014: “We expect to see more dramatic reductions in fares.”
Norwegian and its fleet of Boeing Dreamliners gets travelers bargain trips from 14 US airports -- LA, Chicago, Oakland, Vegas, Seattle, Denver, Austin, and along the East Coast. If you’re sizing up a sale, you probably know some of the European hubs pretty well: Dublin, Oslo, Madrid, London, Barcelona. But discount airfares on Norwegian (not to mention EasyJet, RyanAir, Vueling, Wizz Air, and WOW) can also get you to some off-the-beaten-path destinations on various continents for relative peanuts. This is truly a golden age of flight, if you don’t mind treating yourself like a human suitcase.
Here are some of the more obscure, but still incredible, picks for the next time Norwegian throws some ludicrous sale. Flight times and prices are out of the NYC area, flying the lowest round-trip fare possible (because even if flights are cheap, money’s still pretty damned expensive).