Aug012016

10 cities under $250 one way Norwegian Airlines LAS/LAX/OAK-Europe

This post originally was designed to show how a flyer in California can use Norwegian Airlines cheap one-way flights to position yourself in Europe and pick up low cost $400 round trip flights back to California from many different countries flying American, Delta or United. A change in airfares today has negated many of the open-jaw itineraries that were available over the weekend to fly from a place like Spain or Italy to California and then fly back to a place like Dublin or Vienna on the return for around $400 round trip. There are still some deals, but far fewer than were around for Saturday and Sunday bookings.

To cut my editing time losses now that some of the $400 fares are gone, this post focuses more on great one-way fares to Europe on Norwegian Airlines as postiioning flights for low round trip tickets starting in Europe to LAX and SFO. There are still some $400 round trip fares from Rome and Milan, Amsterdam, Dublin, Salzburg and Vienna to LAX and SFO. Spain deals and Baltics fares have gone up to $600s and $800s.

United still has most of its low fares, while AA fares have risen for several countries.

There is a great opportunity this week to plan two or three trips to Europe for about $400 round trip by combining Norwegian and WOW low one way fares to Europe with a major fare sale offering round trip tickets from many countries in Europe $400 to $500 round trip on alliance airlines American, Delta and United with their European partner airlines.

Unfortunately, many of the low fares from Europe to the USA have gone away. The $400 round trip fares from Spain to California on Oneworld carriers are now in the $600s. Italy, Amsterdam, Dublin and Austria are still low fares. The Baltics and Spain have risen in price. Many of the open jaw tickets available yesterday for around $400 round trip are much more difficult to find today, although I still see some options like Italy-California-Austria for under $500 round trip.

In this post I show  examples of what is possible for travel in September to December using a combination of Norwegian, WOW Air and major alliance airlines.

To understand where I am coming from with this advanced ticketing strategy post, you might want to read some of the articles I wrote over the weekend about incredibly low round trip ticket prices from 11 countries in Europe to California and many other cities across the USA. While my focus in this article is on LAX and SFO, this ticketing strategy works from anywhere in the USA with low fares through Norwegian or WOW, or if using miles to position yourself in Europe, then any city in the USA with low fares for Europe-USA travel works and that list comprises cities all across the USA.

Oneworld $400-$425 Barcelona/Madrid to LAS/LAX/PHX/SEA/SFO Sep-March 2017 (July 30).

Star Alliance/Oneworld Milan/Rome to USA $400 Sep-March 2017 (July 30).

Europe to west coast USA alliance routes $350 to $450 round trip Sep-Mar 2017 (July 31).

Fare War AA/DL/UA $359 to $491 from 11 European countries to California round trip (July 31).

The basic deal is get yourself to Europe with miles or a one way ticket on Norwegian or Wow Air from LAX or SFO. Once in Europe you can choose from many countires to travel and pick up a cheap round trip flight back to California. Even better, low fares around $400 round trip from 11 different countries allows for open-jaw ticketing to fly a routing like Amsterdam – San Francisco – Rome for about the same ticket price.

First, get to Europe on a one-way low cost ticket with Norwegian or WOW (or use miles for award ticket).

My previous post showed $200 one way tickets from LAX and SFO to Paris on WOW Air or $180 to Iceland. WOW Air does not have any other mainland cities in Europe priced as low as Paris.

Loyalty Traveler – WOW $200 LAX/SFO to Paris, $180 to Iceland one way Sep-Dec (Aug 1).

Personally my airline preference is Norwegian over WOW, so unless I had a stopover planned for Iceland, I’d head to somewhere else in Europe on Norwegian with a choice of a dozen or more cities under $250 one way.

Norwegian Airlines Oakland OAK – Stockholm ARN – Amsterdam AMS

$244.20 one way Monday September 26

OAK-AMS $244ow DY Sep 26

Norwegian charges outrageous fees for a seat assignment ($45 OAK-ARN + $18 ARN-AMS) and checked bag ($63) and meal ($45).

If you are willing to risk a middle seat on a long-haul flight, then you can gamble and go with ticket purchase only and hope to move seats. The seat map for this flight shows most of the plane is currently not filled (or else most other flyers did not pay for a seat assignment either.

Assume carry-on bag only and your positioning flight to Amsterdam is only $244.20 without pre-assigned seats or $307.20 with pre-assigned seats. As far as meals, I pack my own. Yes, I am the guy who smelled up the Stockholm-Oakland toilet on the flight last April when my smoked salmon leaked in my hand bag and I washed my bag in the 787 economy lavatory at the beginning of the 10-hour flight. That salmon oil was difficult to wash down the sink.

Google Flights Norwegian Airlines One Way Fare Map OAK – Europe Monday Sep 26

Google Flights OAK-Europe DY Sep 26

OAK – Stockholm, Sweden ARN $180 one-way

OAK – Helsinki, Finland HEL $227

OAK – Gothenburg, Sweden GOT $232

OAK – Berlin, Germany TXL $233

OAK – Vilnius, Lithuania $233

OAK – Copenhagen, Denmark CPH $234

OAK – Oslo, Norway OSL $235

OAK – Amsterdam, Netherlands AMS $245

OAK – London Gatwick, UK LGW $245

OAK – Paris Orly, France ORY $251

OAK – Nice, France NCE $261

Another option is to fly into Stockholm ARN on the $180 fare and pick up a separate ticket for under $100 to just about anywhere in Europe.

Arrival time in Stockholm is 12:35 in the afternoon on Tuesday Sep 27.

Google Flights Map Stockholm ARN – Europe one way fares Tue Sep 27

Google Flights fare map ARN-Europe Sep 27

$35 London Gatwick LGW Norwegian; $41 SAS

$35 Berlin, Germany TXL Norwegian

$35 Copenhagen, Denmark CPH Norwegian

$35 Vilnius, Lithuania VNO Norwegian

$41 Budapest, Hungary BUD Norwegian (Sep 28).

$47 Amsterdam, Netherlands AMS Norwegian

$47 Riga, Latvia RIX Air Baltic

$53 Madrid, Spain MAD Norwegian

$53 Madrid, Spain Iberia

$53 Paris, France CDG SAS

$53 Paris, France ORY Norwegian

$59 Athens, Greece ATH Norwegian (Sep 28).

$64 Brussels, Belgium BRU SAS

$73 Barcelona, Spain BCN Vueling nonstop

$81 Rome, Italy FCO Norwegian

This list of flights from Stockholm reveals the kind of deals you can find to travel around Europe. The biggest cost factor is getting yourself to anywhere in Europe to take advantage of low fares intra-Europe.

In the list above these are simply the lowest fares that allow a same day connection from Stockholm on Tuesday, Sep 27 or in a few cities, the fare shown is for the next day. An overnight in Stockholm is not too expensive if you use a strategy of buying Choice Privileges points and take advantage of one of the hotels at 10,000 points per night.

Loyalty Traveler – Stockholm Clarion Hotel Sign great deal on points, convenient airport train access (July 13, 2016).

Loyalty Traveler – Review Quality Airport Hotel Stockholm Arlanda 10,000 points Choice Privileges reward night (April 21, 2016).

LAX – Rome – Los Angeles – Vienna

Still the concept is the same and you just need to find dates that work for travel from LAX or LAS on Norwegian to coincide with low fares back to LAS/LAX/SFO with one of the major airlines.

Assume you take the flights from Oakland to Stockholm to Rome with either a stay in Stockholm or a direct connecting flight from Stockholm to Rome.

Norwegian Airlines Oakland – Stockholm ARN – Rome $261 one way Sep 26 with two separate tickets. There is a disconnect here since I originally planned these itineraries for San Francisco, but you can find deals to Europe on Norwegian from LAX and LAS too.

Spend 7 nights in Rome, Italy and return on American Airlines ticket to Los Angeles with flight back to Vienna, Austria for Thanksgiving week.

American Airlines Rome FCO – Charlotte CLT – Los Angeles LAX

$503.86 round trip open jaw  Tue Oct 4 – Fri Nov 18

Return to Europe for a second trip during Thanksgiving week.

FCO-SFO-VIE $500 AA Oct4-Nov19

Ticket prices are lower if you do a simple round trip or an open jaw in the same country like Milan and Rome or Salzburg and Vienna.

United Airlines  Vienna VIE – San Francisco SFO – Salzburg SZG Austria

$401.86 round trip open-jaw Tue Oct 4 – Sat Nov 19

VIE-SFO-SZG $402 UA Oct 4-Nov19

Fly back to California using miles or low cost Norwegian or WOW one-way ticket.

Or plan another $400 round trip ticket starting in Europe.

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 BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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Comments

  1. You really concentrate on the West Coast, mind putting a little effort into the East Coast or Chicago?

  2. Deals are easy to find from East Coast and Chicago and much harder to find from California and west coast.

    There are deals nearly every day of the week from Chicago and east coast. There have been few deals to Europe from California in past couple of weeks which is why my focus this weekend was on California deals.

    Loyalty Traveler curated Airfare Deals 
    http://loyaltytraveler.boardingarea.com/loyalty-traveler-airfare-deals/

    Look at this page and you will see where I have written hundreds of deals from Chicago and East Coast in past two months.

  3. The fares from Europe to USA are more nuanced than I realized. Rome to Dallas is still in $370s and there are low fares around $400 to $420 from American for Madrid to Las Vegas and San Francisco or $00 to Seattle to Portland. Looks like American primarily raised fares to California, while there are still low fare deals to many other airports.

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