Wednesday 25 April 2018

Low-cost fare wars see flights from Ireland to US drop to €99

Transatlantic travel

Norwegian. Photo: Deposit
Norwegian. Photo: Deposit
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Fly to Boston Providence or New York Stewart from €99? Or how about jetting off to Los Angeles from €129.99?

Both prices hit the market yesterday, as upstart airlines Norwegian and WOW air dropped their prices to get a jump on autumn and winter bookings.

Celebrating its 15th birthday, Norwegian announced flights from Cork, Dublin and Shannon to Boston Providence, and from Dublin and Shannon to New York Stewart International (an 80-minute bus transfer from Manhattan) from just €99 each-way.

The fares last until September 18, it said, and cover travel between this October 16 and March 16 of next year (norwegian.com/ie).

Meanwhile, Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW air (wowair.ie) has discounted one-way flights to Boston, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, LA, San Francisco and Miami.

Flights from Dublin to the US destinations, which involve a short stopover in Reykjavík, are available from €129.99 "for a limited time only".

WOW's fares apply to travel between September and November 2017 (the airline is also offering flights from Cork and Dublin to Reykjavík from €39.99 each-way).

The lead-in fares blow traditional carriers away (Aer Lingus's sale prices to Boston start from €209 each-way, for example), but there are catches.

Neither WOW nor Norwegian's fares include checked bags or food and drink.

20kg checked bags are priced from €47.99 each-way with WOW, while checking a 20kg bag with Norwegian will cost from €35 each-way.

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