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Which is cheaper ticket? Miami to Paris on TAP Portugal or Norwegian Fort Lauderdale to Paris

The deal with low cost carrier tickets on airlines like Norwegian, TAP Portugal and WOW are add-on fees must be considered in determining your actual final ticket price. Norwegian and TAP Portugal both offer low one-way ticket prices to Paris and many cities around Europe for $180 to $250 one way. Both airlines charge around $45 for seat assignments.

Sample one way fares Miami to Europe on TAP Portugal Friday Feb 3:

Paris $207

Barcelona $207

Madrid $207

Venice $237

Milan $237

Rome $237

Geneva $237

Zurich $237

London $242

Sample one way fares Fort Lauderdale to Europe on Norwegian Friday Feb 3:

Paris $149 nonstop

London $179 nonstop

Seat Fees

TAP Portugal seat fees to self-select seat at time of booking is $30 for Miami-Lisbon to some destinations like Paris and $40 for other cities like London. Intra-Europe seat assignment is $15 to $20.

Norwegian charges $45 for self-select seats..

Of course, you don’t have to pay for a self-selected seat assignment with TAP Portugal or Norwegian, if you don’t mind luck of the draw with airline assigned seat.

In my examples tickets below, both airlines charge $45 to Paris.

Checked Bag Fees

TAP Portugal is one checked bag free. Norwegian charges $45 for one checked bag. Both airlines allow free carry-on within size and weight limits.

Meals

TAP Portugal has free meals. Norwegian charges $45 one way for meals and drinks.

Norwegian $90 bundled fare upgrade

Norwegian LowFare+ bundles seat, checked bag and meals for $90 one way. This is essentially free meal service since seat and checked bag are $90 separately as fee items.

Norwegian Fort Lauderdale to Paris Charles de Gaulle CDG = $239 all-in for LowFare+ ticket.

FLL-CDG $239 DY Feb 3

 

TAP Portugal Miami – Paris Orly ORY = $251.90 with $45 for seat assignments on two flights.

MIA-ORY $252ow TAP Feb 3

Basically the low, low fares of both airlines are really comparable. It comes down to what you want with your ticket.

  • Norwegian flies nonstop. TAP Portugal means a layover in Lisbon. There is a possibility you can arrange a long layover in Lisbon to get an extra city visit with your trip.
  • TAP Portugal earns 10% miles in some Star Alliance frequent flyer programs, a little over 400 miles or 25% miles in Miles & More. Norwegian earns about a 1% rebate credit for a future flight. I generally redeem my credit from each paid flight on my next Norwegian ticket purchase, since there is no advantage to saving up cash credit.
  • Fort Lauderdale or Miami might be the more convenient airport for your travels.
  • Paris CDG or Paris ORY might be preferable for your travels. I think it is easier to get from Orly to city center, but both airports offer airport bus transportation into city center.
  • Your dates will often determine the airline for the lower fare. In my searches there are often lower fares from Europe to USA with Norwegian than the USA-Europe ticket price. Especially for the bundled LowFare+ tickets. The $90 fee for USA-Europe tickets often drops to about $65 when booking Europe-USA on a Norwegian European website. TAP Portugal tends to be a more expensive ticket for the Europe-USA flights than the ccost for USA-Europe.

In my frequent airfare searches, I find Norwegian is often the cheaper ticket for northern Europe destinations and TAP Portugal is less for southern Europe.

Of course, this all relative to the price of tickets on the major alliance airlines with free checked bag, no seat assignment fee and economy class free meals. Plus you can pick up 25% to 100% frequent flyer miles in an alliance frequent flyer program, even on deep discount tickets.

Miami to Paris Friday February 3 – Sunday February 12

Air France / Delta $512 round trip nonstop flights

American $512 round trip nonstop flights

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Regardless of your choice of airline, the real winners here are flyers who pick up these low cost deals.

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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