International discount airlines

Megan Pinckney | 6/7/2018, 12:45 p.m.
Chances are you have heard of, or even flown with, one of the many domestic discount airlines.

The Norwegian Air Shuttle is one of the largest low-cost carriers in the world. In 2016 alone they transported more than 30 million people to destinations all over the world. They were one of the first companies to disrupt the international travel market with highly competitive rates—scaring the legacy carriers that had traditionally dominated the sector. Unlike most leisure-focused discount carriers, Norwegian services major U.S. cities such as Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle and European capitals such as London, Paris and Stockholm. Recently, the airline received approval to begin service in Newark, N.J., Newburgh, N.Y., and Providence, R.I. Base fares typically start at $139 but can increase rapidly, depending on time of travel and flight add-ons. Be sure to compare full rate (including baggage, etc.) to legacy carriers to ensure that you don’t, in fact, end up paying more. For long-haul routes, Norwegian flies Boeing 787-8 and 787-9 aircrafts, seating 259 and 309 passengers in economy, respectively. Each seat features an individual display with in-flight entertainment and both USB and AC power. There is a small premium cabin available, which includes all lounge and priority access. Unfortunately, however, Wi-Fi is not available in-flight.

Wow Air is the latest discount carrier disrupting the market. The Iceland-based carrier shuttles passengers from major U.S. cities such as Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco to Europe with connections in Reykjavik (giving Americans the perfect excuse to explore the Nordic island). Soon, Wow will start flying to Chicago, Miami and Pittsburg as well. They operate a single class cabin (coach). However, they have the option to upgrade to larger seats for additional room. Every seat has AC power, but Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment are not available.

The next time you find yourself planning a trip out of the country, be sure to explore the options of low-cost carriers. You might just end up saving yourself a ton of money!

Megan Pinckney (@shadesofpinck) is a retired beauty queen turned lifestyle blogger who loves exploring the world and writing about it.