Norwegian one-way LAX/OAK to Europe for lower priced round trip travels

Norwegian Airlines has very low one way fares to many cities in Europe for fall travel. A useful strategy for someone who wants to travel multiple times to Europe in a few months is to book a one-way flight on Norwegian and then book round trip tickets originating in Europe for as much as half off the price to fly the same route originating in the USA.

In many cases the price to fly Norwegian LGW-LAX will be less than half the price of a discount round trip fare on a legacy carrier from London to Los Angeles. This strategy is primarily for someone who wants to earn frequent flyer miles and elite status in a major program.

Assume I want to travel Los Angeles to London on two trips in November 2015 and February 2016.

Norwegian Airlines offers nonstop flights from Los Angeles LAX to London Gatwick LGW. The fare is $299 or $349 for several dates in November.

Norwegian Airlines  Los Angeles LAX – London Gatwick LGW

$298.20  one-way November 3, 2015

LAX-LGW Norwegian $298 Nov 3

LAX – LGW round trip with a return flight on November 19 for $334 prices out at $632 round trip on Norwegian Airlines. That is a great deal for London.

Now assume I have a reason to go back to London or elsewhere in Europe two more times in February and April 2016.

I might do better paying more than $632 round trip with flights on Norwegian and extra charges for checked bags and seat assignments.

The miles and points earned from long-haul flights on a major carrier like American or Virgin Atlantic might be worth an extra $100 to $200 round trip.

Virgin Atlantic London Heathrow LHR – Los Angeles LAX nonstop

£496.36 GBP = $777.01 USD   Wed Nov 11 – Sat Feb 13

LHR-LAX VS $777 Nov11-Feb13

Scandinavia departures for low ticket prices to USA

Scandinavia has insanely low fares to California. I have two tickets booked next month flying British Airways Bergen, Norway to San Francisco for under $400 round trip each.

Flying between London and Norway is a as low as $125 round trip.

These deals are still available from Norway.

American Airlines Oslo OSL – London LHR – Los Angeles LAx

$428 USD (3,513 NOK)  Thursday November 17 – Thursday February 11

OSL-LAX AA $428 Nov-Feb ticket for Lufthansa Flights

Oslo OSL – Frankfurt FRA – Los Angeles LAX –Frankfurt FRA – Oslo OSL

$445 USD (3,620 NOK) November 17, 2015 – February 10, 2016

OSL-LAX $445 LH Nov17 - Feb 10 ticket for Lufthansa Flights

Oslo OSL – Frankfurt FRA – Los Angeles LAX –Frankfurt FRA – Oslo OSL

$398 USD (3,281 NOK) February 18, 2015 – March 24, 2016

OSL-LAX $398 LH Feb18-Mar24

You need special circumstances of frequent travel to Europe to make this deal work for savings.

Of course, you can always go with the lowest price and fly Norwegian Airlines on nonstop flights to London or Norway and forget about earning frequent flyer miles.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined in 2008.

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