Oh New York… the one place I want to visit over and over again. Myself and Darren had a major itch to get back to New York and so decided to cancel our trip to Las Vegas and go to New York instead.
It was a done deal when we managed to bag 2 flights for €640… return… for us both! Interested? Keep reading!
Flying from Ireland to New York
In the past, we have travelled to New York with Aer Lingus and we both loved the journey. However, Aer Lingus wanted nearly €1200 for flights and another airline was offering flights for half that! Who? I hear you ask…
Norwegian Airlines … Europe’s third biggest airline! Our flights with them cost just €640 in total. That price includes a cancellation insurance for €11 each and one 20kg bag.
The flight duration differs depending on whether or not the winds are in your favour. Our flight from Dublin to New York took 7 hours and 20 minutes. It took only 5 hours on the way home… the tail winds bet us across the Atlantic!
Oh… I can’t believe I nearly forgot to tell you. If you’re flying during the day, you will have the most INCREDIBLE birds-eye view of Greenland! The pilot announced it to us but just incase yours doesn’t, leave your blind up. Mountains, glaciers, frozen lakes and miles and miles of the purest snow you’ll ever see! This was such a nice surprise (I’ve ruined it for you now haven’t I?).
P.S. NO FILTER!
What’s the Catch?
There is no catch really. The flights are that cheap! Norwegian Airlines is a budget airline. It operates the same no frills, you pay for what you get, business model as Ryanair. We went with the Low Fare Option (details below).
You’ve the option to fly from Dublin or Shannon and there are 3 different flight options: Low Fare, Low Fare Plus and Flex. Each one is more expensive than the last and offers you more benefits.
Norwegian Airlines Flight Options Comparison
Low Fare with Norwegian
Baggage: There is no check-in bag included in the price, although you can still bring cabin baggage free of charge.
Food: The price does not include any in-flight food or refreshments. So eat before you get on the plane and stock up on snacks and water. Who likes plane food anyway (*gags*)?
Seating: It’s €35 per person at the time of booking, if you want to choose a seat beside the person you’re travelling with. However, as I understand it, once you all check in together you will be seated beside each other (we were!).
Low Fare Plus with Norwegian
This option includes baggage, food and a seat reservation. If you need to check in a bag and want food, it works out cheaper to buy Low Fare Plus, than adding food and baggage separately.
However, myself and my husband needed just one bag between the 2 of us, and did not want food, so it was cheaper just to pay for one bag (€70 return for 20kg).
Flex with Norwegian
The Flex flight option includes one 20kg bag, food and a seat reservation. In addition, you can change or cancel your flights free of charge and security Fast Track is included.
Stewart International Airport to New York City
Norwegian Airlines do not fly to JFK or Newark Airport from Dublin or Shannon. They fly to Stewart Airport which is a further distance away from your assumed New York City destination. It’s actually based in Orange County and it’s tiny! There aren’t many food options so, on the return journey, either eat before you get there or get used to the idea of Quiznos :p
The Bus Journey
You can get a bus or train (get a taxi to the station first) from Stewart to Manhattan however, there is a general consensus that the bus is the cheaper and less stressful option ($20 each, one way). We had a really comfortable bus journey, probably because there was wifi 😀
It took around 1 hour and 20 minutes from Stewart to Port Authority on 42nd Street in Manhattan (near Times Square). This is also where you get the bus to return to Stewart. View the bus schedule to and from Stewart here.
It is possible to book your bus tickets in advance here but there is no need because you can pay on the bus.
Important: There are 2 types of buses. One is Express and it goes straight to Manhattan. The other bus stops at Woodbury Common Outlets which adds about 20 minutes to the journey. Both buses are the same price so get the Express if you can. Some people actually fly from Ireland and head straight to Woodbury Commons with a suitcase… then go back home to Ireland that night… madness!
For those who are wary that Stewart is “miles away”… it’s not. Trust me, an hour or so on a bus will fly by once you’ve sat on a plane for 7 hours :p
Would I Recommend Norwegian Airlines?
So really the question is whether or not I would pay double the flight price for:
- In-flight entertainment… or bring my own (Kindle and Netflix Downloads).
- Gross plane food or… bring my own pre-packed food (Party Packs – see below).
- Saving 35 minutes on the airport journey… that actually works out cheaper.
What would you say? Absolutely not, Norwegian Airlines wins this war! I can’t see myself ever paying to go to New York with another airline unless they can rival those prices!
Our On-board Party Packs
Bring your own food on-board! I like to call them PARTY PACKS! This tip is obviously for all flights not just Norwegian Airlines.
Our party pack included: chicken and stuffing sandwiches, crisps and chocolate (it was declared by us and approved by Homeland Security).
You’re not allowed to bring meat, vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts on the plane.
I hope you found that helpful!