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Norwegian air/ bad service great prices?

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Greetings everyone. I'm new to the forum, but love the theme of slow travel. I did variants of slow travel in Europe when I was a kid, and hope to in the future when my kids are old enough and on their own so the wife and I can go travel for awhile (I have great flexibility at work). One question that hovers over any trip to Europe from the US is getting there without spending an arm and a leg, especially for two people. I've noticed Norwegian air has very low prices from some US departure cities to some European destinations. The strongest deals I've found are Oakland to Oslo for 474$ roundtrip, plus pay for baggage and any food or services on the flight.

Their website is deceptive however in that it has one page that will show a whole list of great destinations from Oakland for example at great prices (like Oakland Geneva for about 325$ each way, but when you click on that option it turns out there is only a one way option, no getting back. The best non-Scandinavian destination from Oakland I could find with many return options was Berlin, coming in about 650$ round trip if you have flexible dates, plus baggage fees of course.

The big downside seems to be delays and bad service on the planes. There have been many late flights for the transAtlantic flights and a famous two day delay with an LAX to Stockholm flight a few weeks ago. My biggest concern would be if we flew into Berlin that we would miss our connection in Oslo because the Oakland Oslo flight is often late. I think that for slow travellers who are planning to be in Europe for awhile (say four weeks or more) Norwegian could be a good airline to take, but if you are planning a shorter trip, it could be disastrous, if you start a 10 day trip a day late, sleep deprived and cranky.
Date: Aug 12, 2014   


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