Norwegian Reward has a sweepstakes from April 18 to April 28 to celebrate 4 million frequent flyer program members. There are five prizes of 12,000 CashPoints in this giveaway.
This Norwegian website ad states 10 free tickets to USA, Caribbean or Thailand in the giveaway. Kind of reminds me of Daily Getaways offer pages advertising a hotel brand stay, when the offer is actually hotel points that can be used anywhere.
This Norwegian Reward sweepstakes prize is actually a more valuable prize for 12,000 Norwegian CashPoints and there will only be five prize winners, not ten.
One CashPoint = 1 NOK.
12,000 Cashpoints = 12,000 NOK Norwegian Airlines credit = $1,463 USD.
Considering I have flown Oakland to Amsterdam and Stockholm to Oakland in the past year for $400 total, I value 12,000 CashPoints as worth around seven or eight one way trips between California and Europe.
Earning and Redeeming Norwegian CashPoints
Norwegian Reward members earn CashPoints at the rate of 2% of Low Fare base ticket price calculated in NOK (excluding taxes and fees).
I flew Norwegian two times on my trip this month to Europe with one-way flights from Vilnius to Stockholm ($71.20) and Stockholm ARN to Oakland OAK ($210). Both of these tickets included checked bag and seat assignment.
Looking over my transaction history, there do not appear to be extra points earned when booking LowFare+, the ticket price that includes bag and seat assignment. The CashPoints earned on my tickets only appear to be calculated for the Low Fare base fare without taxes.
In general terms, I earned 14 CashPoints for my two flights from Vilnius to Stockholm to Oakland. These CashPoints were redeemed this week for about $1.80 USD off my summer ticket flying Norwegian from Stockholm to Krakow, Poland.
Norwegian Reward has some valuable benefits for frequent flyers.
My Norwegian flight from Stockholm to Oakland last week was my sixth flight in the past year. I hit the first frequent flyer member reward and now I will receive 4% CashPoints on Norwegian flights for the next 12 months.
I never heard of Norwegian frequent flyer rewards until I studied my account today. There are actually some high value benefits, especially for USA flyers. More on those high value benefits to come and why I might be spending part of September flying Norwegian around Europe to reach my next frequent flyer reward level at 12 flights.
Loyalty Traveler – Why I am planning a Norwegian Reward mileage run (April 22, 2016).