Watch out, world — there’s a new budget airline in town. Norse Atlantic Airways is offering flights from two major airport hubs in the U.S., New York City’s JFK and Los Angeles’ LAX, to Berlin (BER) for as low as $132 for a one-way ticket. Flights from these hubs begin August 18, 2022.
Norse Atlantic Airways flights
Budget travelers can fly out from JFK to Berlin daily. Flights leave LAX to Berlin three times per week. With newly established partnerships with easyJet, Norwegian and Spirit Airlines, Norse Atlantic Airways will also be expanding its offerings to provide over 600 weekly connections at key hubs worldwide, including New York City, Los Angeles, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Berlin, Oslo and London.
The easyJet partnership expands access to European destinations with flights that then connect to Norse flights from London Gatwick to JFK, Berlin to JFK, and Berlin to LAX.
In Oslo, the Norwegian partnership allows flyers to travel domestically and throughout Scandinavia and Europe. Then, passengers can connect to Norse flights to JFK, LAX, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
The new airline’s partnership with Spirit Airlines will also allow customers to book low-fare tickets between Europe and the U.S. as well as flights to Las Vegas, Dallas, Nashville, and Salt Lake City via LAX, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando.
Cabins and fares
Cheapos will want to book in the economy cabin. But you can also choose from a variety of fares: Light, Classic or Plus. You can also “splurge” for the Premium cabin. Light fares have the lowest price tags, but Plus fares offer a lot of bang for the buck, too. “Plus” includes maximum baggage allowance, two meal services, enhanced onboarding experience, and the most ticket flexibility.
How to book a flight
Is Norse a good deal?
We decided to search for sample fare prices on the new Norse airline and compare it to other major carriers. We selected a flight from JFK to Berlin on November 11, 2022 and from Berlin back to JFK for November 19, 2022.
Below are the one-way costs for each cabin on a Norse flight from JFK to Berlin in late fall. Major bonus? These are the costs for a non-stop flight!
- Economy Light: $179
- Economy Classic: $269
- Economy Plus: $449
- Premium Light: $315 (That’s right — for this particular flight, some of the Premium seats were priced even better than Economy!)
- Premium Classic: $405
- Premium Plus: $585
The Economy Light includes an underseat carry-on only (and a standard checked bag is an additional $70), so we’d recommend the Economy Classic as a good value. This cabin fare includes the underseat carry-on, an overhead carry-on, and even one checked bag plus meal service.
If you decide to choose your seat, you can expect the following costs:
- Standard middle seat: $5 – $35
- Standard window or aisle seat: $7 – $45
- Preferred seat: $15 – $75
- Extra legroom: $20 – $120
So, for Economy Classic (which includes one checked bag, one underseat and one overhead carry-on, and one meal) with no extras (like choosing a seat or paying for carbon offsets), this trip would come to $577.23.
Premium Tip: As you can see, for some flights, the Premium fares are an especially good deal. Make sure to look closely, as you may be able to score an upgrade for cheaper than a basic seat! Upgrades include more meals and better positions for check-in and boarding.
How do these fares compare with other major airlines?
Comparatively, the cheapest round-trip we could find for the same route and dates on other major carriers through Google Flights was $558 on Finnair. However, each way included one layover, with the longest layover being 1 hour, 10 minutes. This fare included one free carry-on, but checked luggage is an additional fee (baggage for flights to/from the U.S. cost €60/$65 online or €70/$75 at the airport for the first checked bag). This trip, which includes layovers each way, would cost a total of $623 for the standard ticket, no seat selection, and one checked bag paid for in advance online.
As you can see, Norse does offer a great deal for nonstop flights to Berlin. As always, rates will vary depend when you’re traveling and any extras you choose, but we like that Norse offers a lot of different cabin fares to fit your needs.
Once you’ve booked that budget flight to Berlin, make sure to score a major deal by booking a cheapo Berlin hotel, too. Happy travels!
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