Norwegian Has New Flights to Amsterdam, Madrid, and Milan From $199
The new routes start as early as next May, but don't forget: There will be fees.
It's one new route after another for low-cost carrier Norwegian Air. Earlier this year, the airline launched flights between New York City and Rome from $189 one-way and between Denver and London from a comparably low price of $199; it also opened up routes from smaller, traditionally regional East Coast airports like T.F. Green in Providence, Rhode Island and Stewart International in New York's Hudson Valley, 60 miles north of Manhattan. Now, they're back again, with flights from New York City-JFK to Amsterdam starting May 7; JFK to Madrid on July 18; Los Angeles (LAX) to Milan on June 18; and LAX to Madrid on July 16.
Now, it's important to note that while flights start at $199 from New York and $229 from Los Angeles, they'll actually cost you a fair bit more. Take a flight from New York City to Amsterdam: The basic LowFare costs $488 next month round-trip if you carry on a bag that's less than 22 pounds (the hand luggage limit), don't care about picking your seat, and are happy to pack your own food (with a little help from our friends at Bon Appetit). If you want to check a bag ($90 each way), select a seat ($45 each way), or get a meal ($45 each way), you'll pay closer to $800 with the fees. Plus, you'll have to do math, so there's that. Since flights on full-service airlines are between $600 and $750 round-trip this time of year, the flights are primarily geared toward those who are willing to fly with just the basics.
As we reported last year, "the increase in competition means flights to Europe, even during high season, have never been more affordable. It feels like we're reporting on an under-$500 deal to London, Paris, or Madrid daily." Because even though the real fare of a Norwegian flight may be hundreds of dollars more expensive, those $400 flights threaten full service airlines, and give them reason to start the occasional fare war, that benefits little ol' you. It doesn't look like this will stop anytime soon. Norwegian has plans to launch service from Austin to London, Denver to Paris, and Oakland to Rome in the first half of 2018, too, according to USA Today. Apparently, when it rains cheap-ish flights from Norway, it pours. Lucky us.
Source: CondéNasrt Traveler.