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In December 2015, Norwegian launched service from New York, Baltimore, and Boston to Guadeloupe and Martinique. Right now you can book the flights for $148 roundtrip for next Fall 2016 and Winter 2017.
Now under the Open Skies agreement between the United States and Europe, Norwegian flies to two Caribbean islands that are French overseas territories.
Contents of this post:
- Cheap Fares
- Optional Extra Fees
- Some Fares Cheaper in Dollars, Some in Norwegian Krone
- Why Martinique and Guadeloupe
- Best Way to Buy the Ticket
$148 Roundtrip to Guadaloupe or Martinique
Search and book on Norwegian.com with their low fare calendar by selecting “Search Low Fare Calendar” on the search screen.
All the routes are seasonal and can be booked from November 2016 to January 2017 at the moment.
Most of the six routes–Boston, New York, and Baltimore to Guadaloupe and Martinique–have $49 southbound fares and $99 northbound fares. For example between Boston and Guadeloupe, Wednesdays are the cheap dates in both directions.
The calendars show the all in price, so you really can book a $148 roundtrip.
All the cheapest fares are in the “Lowfare” bucket. That comes with one free carry on that weighs up to 10 kg (22 lbs.) Check out my post on one bag travel.
Everything else costs extra.
Your first checked bag is $18 each way. Seat selection is $18 each way. If you want both, you can get a LowFare+ fare for $25 extra each way that includes one free checked bag and seat selection.
All the add ons are expensive, so I suggest traveling with just one carry on, packing snacks, and taking whatever seat they give you for free. Then you can’t beat a $148 roundtrip to the Caribbean.
Pay In Dollars or Krone
Flying Norwegian, fares between the United States and Europe price cheaper on the Norwegian-facing site in Norwegian Krone.
In the past, I’ve found that base fares to the Caribbean are actually cheaper in dollars on the US-facing site, but if you want the LowFare+ fare that includes a free checked bag and seat selection, those add ons are cheaper when purchasing in Norwegian krone. To do that, start on the Norwegian version of Norwegian.com. Use Google Chrome to translate the page to English. Pay with a card with no foreign transaction fees.
If you want to save a few bucks, price your award out in dollars and krone to see which is cheaper.
Why Guadeloupe and Martinique?
Let me outsource this to Norwegian, which made:
As French possessions, Americans can enter without a visa for tourism of under 90 days.
Best Way to Buy the Ticket
Buy with the Citi Prestige® Card, especially if you buy in krone because it has no foreign transaction fees, so you will get the interbank rate on the conversion from Norwegian krone to dollars. The first $250 in flights and fees per calendar year are refunded to you as a statement credit. This includes fees like the checked bag fee, seat reservation, or meals that you purchase at the time of ticketing or later. After the statement credit, you can get a free roundtrip with checked bag and seat selection.
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