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Norwegian Trans Atlantic – My New Go To for Europe
I am going to keep this relatively short, I haven’t seen much about Norwegian’s 787 transatlantic flights so i wanted to toss out my two cents.
Just flew Boston to London Gatwick, premium class with their flex option. This is a fairly new route as i believe Norwegian just started flying it back in April of this year. I was blown away by the value. The premium seats are not lie flat seats but they do recline enough to get comfortable (plus a leg & foot rest). Plenty of leg room, and the seat was nice and wide (my 380lb wide body was plenty comfortable). Food was good, no where near the best i’ve had on a flight but defiantly edible.
While much more costly then the regular economy seats these premium seats, in my mind, were well worth the added cost. Besides the bigger seats & meals, you also got 2 checked bags, premium check in, access to the first class security lines, and first on, first off boarding are all great extras. Several of their hub airports also have lounges, however i did not have the time to check them out.
Much like JetBlue’s Mint Class, but honestly not as nice, these premium seats are aggressively targeting the business market. When i booked my ticket i paid less for these larger seats with more perks than what i would have paid for the “premium” economy seats on BA or Virgin (economy sized seat with more leg room). The flex option allows you to change or cancel your flight at no additional charge up to 30 min before your flight. I ended up changing my return flight from Boston to Oakland, CA about 24 hours before. I did have to pay the difference in the cost of the ticket (a couple hundred more) but no “fees” (and a lot less than booking a separate flight).
For someone like me who doesn’t have the airline miles for free upgrades on flights to Europe, this seems to be an amazing option. If Norwegian can expand their flights and continue at this premium class price range, plus their low fares for economy class, it won’t be long until they have really shaken up the transatlantic flight model much like JetBlue has the transamerican.
Looking forward to your thoughts/flight review.
That’s good to know. We were considering in the future going Boston to Copenhagen via London. I think we would book the LowFare+ with the checked bag and assinged seat. Thanks for the info.