Monday, 28 November 2016

Norwegian in Boston

We think choice is a good thing, and if it leads to a little healthy competition along the way, then all the better.
The choice of direct flights to Boston’s Logan Airport from the UK has got wider with the launch earlier this year of a service from London Gatwick by low-cost carrier Norwegian. Not only does this mean there are now even more ways of getting to New Hampshire’s family-friendly ski resorts, it has to be said that Norwegian’s airfares can often be more than just a little attractive.
Operating 4 times a week on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, seat-only fares start at £135.00 outbound, with inbound flights from Boston from just £100.90. As of today, these fares are still available on a good many dates from mid-January through to the end of March 2017.
Bags, Seats & Food
Being a low-cost carrier, there are additional charges when travelling on the airline’s cheapest ‘Lowfare’ ticket, with which the only inclusion is one item of 10kg hand luggage. When booked in advance online, one piece of 20kg checked baggage costs £25 each way, as do meals and seat reservation respectively, all of which would therefore add a further £75 to the ticket price.
Consider the Lowfare+’ ticket, however, at an extra £50 each way on top of the ‘Lowfare’ price and these three services are included, which represents a saving of £25 each way. This means a return flight to Boston with reserved seats, in-flight meals and checked baggage can be as little as £335.90. We reckon that’s pretty darn good.
Higher fares are available for fully flexible tickets, which also include two items of checked baggage as well as free cancellation and amendments.
Travel in Style
Pay more also for seats in the Premium cabin, which offers increased seat pitch of 46” (compared to 31” of leg room in the main cabin) and includes access to an airport lounge at Gatwick as well as two items of checked baggage.
And our extra little tip: whatever ticket type you’re booking, pay with a debit card to avoid a 1.99% credit card charge.
Skis & Boards
If you’re used to carrying your own equipment on your wintersports holidays, you will also be used to paying extra for the privilege. With fares as low as those Norwegian offer, it will be no surprise to learn that there is no exception to this general rule here. Ski and snowboard carriage is charged at £38 per item, each way, when booked in advance online.
With all additional charges, whether it be for ski or board carriage, checked baggage or in-flight meals, for example, it is always best to plan ahead and book these services online. The charge for any service is more expensive when paid at the airport on the day of travel.
Tail-fin Heroes
In a unique move, the tail-fins of Norwegian’s fleet of aircraft are decorated with pictures of notable people from various fields and periods of history who are considered to have broken new boundaries through inspiration or challenge. Some of them are local to Norwegian’s Scandinavian base, others are perhaps of more global renown.

With the Boston route via Reykjavik launched last year by Icelandic airline Wow Air, there are now therefore two low-cost carriers serving Boston from the UK, complementing the traditional scheduled services still offered by a range of reputable international airlines.
Don’t forget, once in Boston our beautiful White Mountains are just a 2-hour easy drive away.