Just a quick reminder: Norway-based lowfare airline Norwegian is expanding their US service to include JFK, Orlando, Ft Lauderdale, Oakland and Los Angeles in the coming year. And that means that there are some old-school low fares to Scandinavia available.
In the springtime, JFK – Oslo is about $500 round trip, taxes included. But perhaps more useful is that, unlike nearly every other airline flying trans-Atlantic, their fares are priced one-way. While United is charging $1900 for a one-way ticket to Oslo, Norwegian has fares around $236 (taxes included) for select dates through May. Return flights always seem to be a bit more.
But if you need a cheap trip over to Europe – keep them in mind. You may find it worth buying the cheap ticket over, and then use miles for the return. Or if you’re super cheap you can get that $236 ticket for about 19,000 Ultimate Rewards points (don’t let anyone pooh-pooh how you use your points…you want a 19,000 point ticket to Europe? Go for it).
Flights are available to Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Many flights are on 787s, though they’re going to charge you about $70 if you want a seat selection and some food.