What Basic Economy Travel Means On Norwegian Airlines
By Shontel Horne
WOW Air may be the reigning champ when it comes to airlines boasting cheap international flights for a consistently low price, but Europe’s third largest low-cost carrier Norwegian Airlines often has just as many, if not more, bargain flights for American travelers to take advantage of on a regular basis.
If you’re taking an international long-haul flight in the economy cabin, the airline’s ticket types include the no-frills LowFare, LowFare+ which offer more comforts, and the Flex, which includes everything to two checked bags and onboard meals, but we’re breaking down what to expect when you purchase the wallet-friendly LowFare ticket.
Traveling from Oakland to Barcelona? It’s common to spot round-trip LowFare flights for less than $400, with a sample direct October departure going for $169.90 while a return could cost $224.80. New York travelers can find one-way tickets for well under $200 both ways between the city and many of Norwegian’s destinations, and the prices drop even further if the airline is running one of its promotions.
If you want to make the most of your cheap ticket, be sure to pack light! LowFare long-haul flights allow for just one bag on board, and if you want to check a bag, expect prices to range from $65 to $200 per bag each way depending on your destination and route. If you know you’ll want to check a bag, pay for it when you purchase your ticket because it could cost you up to twice as much the day of your flight. You can view the baggage rules here and below:
LowFares don’t include a seat reservation, but for between $12 and $31 per person, per leg, you can make sure you get the seat type you prefer. This may not be the most cost-effective if you have layovers, but if you want to save the extra bucks, leave your seat assignments to the Norwegian crew.
Snacks and beverages are available for purchase for those that purchase the cheapest flights, and LowFare international long-haul ticketholders can pre-order meals up to 72 hours before departure for $45 person, per flight. Water may be free depending on your flight, but you’ll have to ask for it, but just to be safe, be prepared to bring your own refreshments or buy them in-flight.
CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES
A name change on Norwegian will range from $70 to $130 while changing your flight will run you between $70 and $130 plus the price difference of the new ticket. It’s no surprise that the cheap fares are non-refundable, but if you change your mind or make a mistake, you can cancel your flight and get a full refund or make changes within 24 hours of purchasing the ticket if you buy it a week in advance. The optional fees can add up quickly, so if you know you’ll want to reserve your seat, check a bag and have a bite to eat, you can upgrade to Lowfare+ for as little as $90 each way depending on when and where you fly. The more you know about your flight habits, the more money you’ll save.