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- Pay In Norwegian Krone
- Cheap Fares
- Optional Extra Fees
- Why Oslo in Winter
- Best Way to Buy the Ticket
Pay In Krone
Start on the Norwegian version of Norwegian.com because prices are lower in Norwegian Krone than US Dollars. Use Google Chrome to translate the page to English. Pay with a card with no foreign transaction fees.
$277 Roundtrip from New York to Oslo
Sample Dates: January 22 – February 5 on Norwegian
Search and book on Norwegian.com with their low fare calendar by selecting “Show budget calendar” on the search screen.
You’ll get a calendar like this for a month at a time. The cheapest outbounds cost 871 DKK and are on January 22, 28, and 29 and February 4 and 5. The cheapest returns cost 966 DKK and are on February 2, 4, and 5 and March 1.
The cheapest total of 1,837 DKK is $277.
Other Cheap Dates
There are plenty of other dates for around $300 or $330 in winter 2016. Here’s a nine day trip during which you’d only need five vacation days for $290.
All the cheapest fares are in the “Lowfare” bucket. That comes with one 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 240 DKK ($36) each way. Your second is 270 DKK ($41.) Check the city pair chart and see that New York to Oslo is zone F, then read the zone F direct flight checked baggage price off this chart. Similarly a seat reservation is $36 each way.
All the add ons are expensive, so I suggest traveling with just one carry on, eating before take off on the outbound, packing a meal for the return, and taking whatever seat they give you for free. Then you can’t beat a $277 roundtrip to Norway.
Why Norway in Winter
Oslo is a lovely waterfront town though it will be freezing cold.
Best Way to Buy the Ticket
Buy with the Citi Prestige® Card. It has no foreign transaction fees, so you will get the interbank rate on the conversion from krone to dollars. The first $250 in flights 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, your roundtrip ticket will cost $27 plus any optional fees.
Hat Tip Secretly Flying
Earn 50,000 bonus points (worth $800 in American Airlines flights) after spending $3,000 in the first three months on the Citi Prestige® Card. Plus get an additional $500 in free airfare on any airline in the first 12 months plus free airport lounge access worldwide for only a $450 annual fee. Why I got the card.