If a flight to Europe costs more than $400 USD, more than likely, I won’t book it. That’s because flights to Europe are at an all time low right now. Unless you’re traveling during peak season (mid-June to August), you can find a great deal to many cities in Europe for a lot less. Flights to Europe under $300 are the most attractive.
In addition to scoring cheap flights through error fares and getting flight deals delivered to my inbox, it’s also important to know when and where to look for the best deals. Norwegian Air Shuttle is one of my favorite airlines to book cheap flights to Europe. They have flight sales periodically and winter travel (November to March) guarantees a bargain. Not only does Norwegian Air offer discounted flights, but there’s a travel hack that I use for deeper discounts.
Norwegian Air Shuttle is a long-haul, low-cost airline known for its budget-friendly fares between the United States and Europe. Norwegian flies out of Austin, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Hartford, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Oakland, Orlando, and Seattle and the airline flies to Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dublin, London, Milan, Paris, Rome, Stockholm and more.
How To Book with Norwegian Air Shuttle and Save
Try this Travel Hack Before Booking with Norwegian Air
First and foremost, this Norwegian Air travel hack is legit.
Last year I booked a $297 USD round-trip flight from New York City to Stockholm, Sweden with Norwegian Air. This year, I booked a $276 USD round-trip flight from New York City to Oslo, Norway!
Both times I used this travel hack.
The best time to book cheap flights with Norwegian Air is during a fare sale. But don’t forget that Norwegian Air’s fare sales don’t require promo codes and they could disappear anytime, so book before they’re gone!
Wondering how much a trip to Oslo costs?
Check out my 4-day Oslo budget breakdown which details all of my trip expenses.
Step 1: Use Norwegian Air’s Norwegian Site
- Open Google Chrome and visit www.norwegian.com/no/
- Use Google Translate to translate Norwegian to English (or another language)
If Google Translate doesn’t automatically translate, right click and select “Translate To English”.
Having difficulty with this? Here’s another way you can access the site in English.
- Open Google Chrome and visit https://www.norwegian.no/
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and where you see ‘Språk’ (language).
- Click on the arrow and you’ll be presented with different languages you can choose from.
- When you’ve found the language you want to use, click ‘Gå’ (go) and it will direct you to the page in that language.
If for some reason this takes you to another site other then the Norwegian site, like the US, Ireland, Canada or UK site, use Google Chrome instead.
Step 2: Enter Flight Details
- Select “View Lavpriskalenderen” so you can search the flex-month low fare calendar.
- Hit “Search and Book”.
The Norwegian low fare calendar offers a comprehensive view of airfare prices for any month.
Step 3: Select Dates
- Pick your flight dates and select “Show Flights”.
The cheapest dates are in bold.
Step 4: Currency Conversion
- Pick the fare type.
- Head over to Oanda.com and use the currency converter to convert the Norwegian Krone to US Dollar (or another currency).
- Open a new tab and head over to www.norwegian.com.
- Select your country of origin.
- Follow Steps 1-3 mentioned above.
- Compare flight prices – is there a difference?
Norwegian website: 2,308 NOK ($276 USD) vs. U.S. website: $316 USD.
If the exchange rate is favorable, book in Norwegian Krone.
In this case, I saved $40 USD booking through the Norwegian site.
Step 5: Pay with a debit card or credit card
Norwegian Air charges a surcharge for using a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Diners Credit). This surcharge covers the extra processing costs. If you use a debit card, the surcharge is waived.
Also, if you decide to pay with a credit card, use a card that doesn’t charge foreign exchange fees.
To save even more, use your Norwegian Air CashPoints as partial or full payment. Norwegian Air CashPoints are Norwegian Air’s currency. Use them on flights, extra luggage, cancellation insurance, seat reservations and ticket changes.
Will my booking confirmation email be in English?
Your confirmation email will be in the primary language of the site you selected to book your flights in. So for example, when I booked my flights to Oslo on the Norwegian site, my confirmation was sent to me in Norwegian. I later used the “Translate to English” feature on the Google Chrome Extension to translate to English.
The most important thing to remember when booking with Norwegian Air is to compare your regional flight prices. In my case, I compared the U.S. site to the Norwegian site. If the currency conversion difference works in your favor, you can save big.
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Danielle is a travel finance strategist, author, speaker and podcaster. She paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27 and has traveled to 26 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from living life on her own terms.