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Get a free Norwegian long-haul flight if you take 12 short-haul flights

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Low cost airline Norwegian has launched an interesting offer – but not necessarily one you would want to volunteer yourself for.

If you take 12 return flights with Norwegian (short haul) between July 1st and December 31st, you will receive one free long-haul flight to take in 2016.

There is very little small print, to give Norwegian credit.  Not only will you not have to pay any taxes and charges for your free flight, Norwegian will give you free meals and free seat selection.  You have to pay for this normally on the cheapest Norwegian fares.

Norwegian 787

If you live in the UK then the rules say that you must redeem on a route from Gatwick.  This means that you must redeem to New York, Los Angeles or Orlando.

On the face of it, this is a good deal.  In reality, I am less convinced.

For a start, 12 Norwegian flights in a 6 month period is going to be tricky unless they fly a route you use heavily.  It certainly isn’t worth taking 12 Norwegian flights for the sake of it, just to get a free USA flight next year.

Secondly, whilst Norwegian flies brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, they have been criticised for punctuality issues.  They run their fleet very tightly indeed and do not have the spare capacity to recover quickly from delays or technical issues.

I was also unimpressed by the timing of their New York flights.  You land at 22.30 in New York which is not ideal.  Any savings on the flight cost seem to be swallowed by the need to take a taxi to your hotel (assuming you don’t want to take public transport at midnight, once you’ve got through immigration).  If you took an early BA flight you would be in New York as early as 11am.

Full details can be found here if you want to give it a go.

Comments (3)

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  • Wade says:

    Flying LHR-OSL and back on BA 12 times as a Silver would net you about 27k avios, which is *just* enough for an off-peak economy redemption to JFK…plus £336.

  • Rich says:

    Sounds like a genuinely decent deal for someone who is (or could be) a genuine frequent flyer with them. The simplicity of it appeals – rather like stamps on your Caffe Nero card.

    My brother shuttles between London and Barcelona with alarming regularity and one can only take so much Ryanair, so this might appeal to him

  • mike says:

    This would have been worth a couple forced day trips in the early days of Norwegian when it was trying to make a name for it self and selling bargain tickets. I remember flying for £10 to Nice. Now it seems like it’s priced itself somewhere between budget and regular airlines. Not sure it that’s a good place to be. Long haul is another story, flew Oslo to Bangkok, weird flight, it was like being on a public bus in some third world country, passengers were rowdy, kids running around like mad with no parents in sight, Thai staff didn’t give shit, spent their time trying to get some old loony shouting expat to sit down. But it was £95.

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