Avianca to Start Boston-Bogota in June 2017: Logan’s first non stop flight to South America

On February 8, I posted that there were rumors circulating of Avianca starting service from Boston Logan to Bogota, Colombia, which would be Logan’s first non stop flight to South America.

Recently, the validity of these whisperings was augmented, as Avianca has put Boston to Bogota flights on sale from June 2, 2017. The flights will operate four times per week in each direction, leaving Bogota on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, and returning to Colombia on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and the cheapest flights are initially showing for around $640 round trip.

Sample round trip itinerary of Avianca’s new BOS-BOG service.
A Look at the Aircraft

Predictably enough, the Airbus A319-100s operating these 2,612 mile flights will be the smallest aircraft of any Logan-involved intercontinental flight. Even the specially-configured Boeing 737-700s utilized by Scandinavian Airlines on its Boston to Copenhagen flights – 737s which feature a significant reduction in capacity in exchange for added range – are larger. However, I think the A319 is a prudent choice for these flights. For one, it won’t have to deal with the same degree of headwinds – and the consequent reduction in range – that a westbound transatlantic flight would encounter. Moreover, the 120 seats (12 business/108 economy) provide an ideal balance of capacity (necessary to generate revenue) without significant sacrifices in comfort, which is necessary for a six-hour flight.

Looking Forward

It remains to be seen whether this flight will be successful or not. What is certain, though, is that this is a win for Boston-based travelers who, up to this point, have had to make connections through Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or other airports in the Southeastern United States in order to get to South America. And while there are a number of other potential markets on that continent as well, including places in Brazil like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, I find this to be a very good start.

What’s Interesting About Aviation?

I’ve been asked a lot of times “why do [I] like airplanes?” Often times, my first reaction is to correct the person asking the question by telling them that “I’m interested in aviation (and not airplanes).” This may be unnecessary – in fact it probably is – but I think that simply saying that I “like airplanes” is vastly oversimplified, and makes me sound like a child easily fascinated by moving objects. Of course,  I’m never going to be able to control others’ perceptions of my interest, and I am a person who over-analyzes things in general, so I definitely understand the perception, even if I disagree with its label. Regardless, it certainly is an interesting question, and one whose answer I have contemplated time and time again over the years.

The honest answer is that there is no one particular area that catches my interest. With that in mind, I’ve divided it up into a variety of different areas. Some are able to be explained in a few sentences. Some require a number of different bullets. Some I can’t even begin to fully explain. Either way, I thought it would be interesting to share some insight into just what it is that I find intriguing.

The “Inner-Five-Year-Old” Factor

Face it, flying is something that (most of us) don’t do every day. As such, it’s understandable that one might be fascinated with the fundamentals of being in the air, even if one has flown on a particular aircraft or particular route before.

  1. Sitting inside a plane and hearing the fans go quiet, followed by the gradual grind of a jet engine starting.
  2. The noise of engines spooling up from idle to takeoff thrust (TOGA), whether sitting in front of or behind the fan.
  3. Hearing the thuds of the wheels going down the runway as a plane embarks on its takeoff roll.
  4. Feeling gravity “push down” as the plane takes off.
  5. The feeling of empowerment as the plane climbs out of the airport with takeoff power set.
  6. Visual differences between parts of the world that are moving quickly (flying over highway interchanges) versus standing still (flying over farms).
  7. Hearing (and feeling) the landing gear “bump” as it comes out prior to landing.
  8. Flying low over urban areas, getting slower and slower, while coming into land.
  9. Seeing the airport’s landscape suddenly appear under the plane.
  10. The moment of touchdown, signaling the completion of the time in air.
The Competitive Factor

Even considering the incredible breakthroughs that we as humans have had over time, flying is arguably up there with the best – it’s the fastest mode of transportation we’ve devised thus far. And I don’t care how strong you think you are – a jet engine is more powerful. Moreover, as I explained in my report chronicling my first Boeing 747 trip, I find the idea of an airport having transatlantic service as, in a way, a successful competitive triumph. Airlines don’t just take a plunge on starting long-haul service anywhere, and “making it” as far as being able to sustain those flights is certainly notable.

Admiration by the General Population

I enjoy seeing people who aren’t airplane fanatics (e.g. the general population) take a moment out of their day to look up at a jumbo and comment on its sheer power – power that can not be matched by any human. Of course, we humans are not designed to generate the same power as a GE90, and thus a shouldn’t be expected to compare ourselves to the power of a jet engine, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t be impressed by them.

Unique (and Unknown) Narrations

One of the more interesting things that I’ve found is when I’m flying home late in the day – particularly after sunset. Passing over a variety of metropolitan areas, all one can really see is the extensive range of lights – most of which are houses – present on the ground. As cliche as it sounds, each light has its own story. One may be the home of a young family, with parents trying to get their kids ready for school tomorrow. Another may be the home of a retired couple relaxing in their living room, watching the evening news. Yet another might be a studio apartment, with a single urban dweller hanging out on Facebook. I often find myself wondering what the story is behind each of those lights – and though I’ll never know, it is interesting to imagine.

Another in-flight observation that I find fascinating happens mostly during descent. Following takeoff, an aircraft gains altitude and speed at extremely high rates, so it’s difficult to observe much in depth. Leading up to landing, however, the aircraft is – generally speaking – much “lower and slower,” giving passengers an excellent view of cars driving up and down roads and highways. Much like the houses, each car has its own story. A row of cars may feature someone heading home from work, another person venturing to the grocery store, and yet another person heading out to meet a friend. There’s absolutely no way to know the true story behind all of these cars, and perhaps that’s what makes it intriguing.

The Unparalleled Complexities
  1. Think about how many steps/logistics/etc. go into a single flight. (I don’t have an actual number, since it is variable, but just imagine.)
  2. Know that approximately 100,000 commercial flights take off and land every day around the world.
  3. With those two pieces of knowledge, think about how every flight – each with its own set of steps, requirements, etc. – has to fit into the massive global puzzle comprised of approximately 100,000 flights per day.
  4. Realize how safe commercial aviation is, despite the sheer amount of logistics that every flight crew (on their own flight) and every controller (in keeping airports and air spaces efficient and safe) must deal with. Pretty impressive.
The Factor of the Unknown

Even though I’ve gained a significant amount of aviation knowledge over the years, there is still a significant amount of information I don’t know or experiences I haven’t had. This, ultimately, is what keeps me interested.

A Super Visit: Emirates to fly single scheduled A380 to Boston in January

While British Airways is slated to be the first carrier to regularly fly the “Superjumbo” Airbus A380 to Boston, Emirates has beaten them to the punch in one respect. The Gulf carrier will have the maiden A380 flight scheduled to land at Logan.

According to Routesonline, the Gulf carrier plans to send an A380 from Dubai to Boston on January 26, 2017. This replaces the Boeing 777-300ER (77W) on EK237 and EK238.

Background

It’s worth noting that Emirates flew a similar one-off A380 flight to Chicago – a city that, like Boston, sees regularly-scheduled 77W service – during the summer of 2016. Given that the A380 usually necessitates airports to upgrade their infrastructure, the Chicago flight was mostly to check the infrastructure’s compatibility.

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The itinerary for the Emirates A380’s scheduled arrival (top) and departure (bottom).

While it’s quite possible that this Boston flight is similar in nature, it’s also possible that there’s more than meets the eye.

Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the A380. The carrier sends its A380s to an extensive number of destinations, including Manchester (UK), Copenhagen, and Toronto. And though each of those places have a number of international flights, they do not have any other regularly-scheduled A380s. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that Emirates doesn’t vet its A380 routes like others. Perhaps this is because it has dozens of the type, while other carriers generally have a dozen or so.

Power Motivation?

Considering Emirates’ pride in its A380 fleet, it’s quite possible that it’s simply pulling a power move. The carrier’s load factors to Boston haven’t suggested it’d be prudent to replace a 77W with an A380. However, as the world’s largest A380 operator, the motivation is understandable.

Regardless of the rationale behind this flight, it will certainly be interesting to see a scheduled superjumbo arrive at Logan for the first time next month. And – assuming BA’s scheduled launch goes as planned – it will be the first of many.

Hump Day Fare Hacks: December 7, 2017

Norwegian Index for December 7, 2017: 264.3

Oh my Stockholm.

Obviously, the new Norwegian Index record by 16.5 points is somewhat stunted due to Stockholm’s barely-believable fare. Even so, two of the other three Norwegian routes profiled this week are “insanely cheap” (less than $300 round trip).

I would guess that a $199 round trip is about as low as a transatlantic flight will go, and I would imagine that the route will be back to $250+ next week. However, I’ve been wrong before, so we shall see!

Note: All routes profiled are based on a 7-day round trip (departing and arriving the same day a week apart), unless otherwise noted. That said, I strongly encourage you to play with a variety of dates and trip lengths and see what you can find.

BOSTON

Boston – Copenhagen

Leave on:

  • April (2017) 4, 25 (return April 13, 2017 and May 4, 2017)
  • May 2, 2017 (return May 11, 2017)

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $312

Thoughts: A $1 increase over last week doesn’t change that this is exceptionally cheap.

Boston – Lisbon

Leave on:

  • January (2017) 22, 23, 29, 30
  • February (2017) 5, 6

Carrier: TAP Portugal
Price: $480

Thoughts: $12 off last week!

Boston – Madrid

Leave on:

  • March (2017) 2, 6, 13, 16, 27, 29

Carrier: Iberia
Price: $381

Thoughts: March in Madrid is looking good.

Boston – Oslo

Leave on:

  • March 27, 2017 (return April 4, 2017)
  • April (2017) 3, 10, 24 (return April 11, 18, May 2)
  • May (2017) 1, 8 (return May 9, 16)

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $291

Thoughts: Still a member of the sub-$300 club.

Boston – Zurich

Leave on:

  • April (2017) 8-11, 18, 19, 23-27, 29
  • May (2017) 1-4, 6-10

Carrier: Swiss Airlines
Price: $447

Thoughts: A good deal indeed.

NEW YORK

New York JFK – Barcelona

Leave on:

  • January (2017) 13 17, 19-24, 26-29, 31
  • February (2017) 2, 3, 5, 7, 9-12, 14, 20, 27
  • March (2017) 1, 2, 21, 29

Carrier: American Airlines
Price: $477

Thoughts: Spain seems to be the place to be.

Newark – Dublin

Leave on:

  • January (2017) 10, 11, 13, 16-18, 22-25, 27, 29
  • February (2017) 2, 3, 5-7, 9, 12-14, 20, 21, 24
  • March 7, 2017

Carrier: United Airlines
Price: $522

Thoughts: Luck of the Irish.

New York JFK – Milan

Leave on:

  • January (2017) 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
  • February (2017) 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28
  • March (2017) 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
  • April (2017, 4, 25, 26
  • May (2017) 2, 3, 9, 10 $496

Carriers: Alitalia, Delta Air Lines, Emirates
Price: $496

Thoughts: $496 for Emirates? Yup.

New York JFK – Oslo

Leave on:

  • January (2017) 27, 29, 31
  • February (2017) 5, 7, 21
  • March 21, 2017

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $255

Thoughts: Pretty darn good.

New York JFK – Stockholm

Leave on:

  • January (2017) 23, 28
  • March 24, 2017

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $199

Thoughts: Not a misprint.

Hump Day Fare Hacks: November 16, 2017

Norwegian Index for November 16, 2016: 289.0

After a brief hiatus last week (read the China trip report if you haven’t already!), Hump Day Fare Hacks is back.

A new low-water mark for the Norwegian Index is exceptional. All 10 fares – more than half of them from legacy carriers – under $500 round trip is an even more notable accomplishment.

Perhaps the most surprising was BOS-MAD for $382. This is a seasonal route, one that’s been known to be expensive, and usually cheap fares originate from routes with one or more of the following:

  1. Low-cost carriers
  2. A significant number of flights (supply)
  3. High competition between carriers

As basic economics would indicate, if demand outweighs supply, then the price goes up. However, if the inverse is true, then the price goes down. What’s peculiar about this example, though, is that none of these factors are true for BOS-MAD: Iberia is a legacy carrier, it flies once daily (at maximum), and it has no competition on the dates listed: Air Europa is slated to start flying on that route, but that won’t happen until June 2017.

This could well be a one-off, or perhaps Iberia is trying to increase customer loyalty in Boston in anticipation of more competition? Who knows. Either way, it’s an interesting development, and one I certainly didn’t expect.

Bottom line: With JFK-BCN and JFK-MAD similarly cheap, it seems that next spring is the time to visit Spain!

Note: All routes profiled are based on a 7-day round trip (departing and arriving the same day a week apart), unless otherwise noted. That said, I strongly encourage you to play with a variety of dates and trip lengths and see what you can find.

BOSTON

Boston – Copenhagen

Leave on:

  • April (2017) 4, 11, 25 (return April 13, 2017, April 20, 2017, and May 4, 2017)
  • May 2, 2017 (return May 11, 2017)

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $312

Thoughts: Down $5 from the last edition of Hump Day Fare Hacks.

Boston – Lisbon

Leave on:

  • March 6, 2017

Carrier: TAP Portugal
Price: $479

Thoughts: Too lazy to sift through the archives and check, but I believe this is the lowest this route has ever been.

Boston – London Heathrow

Leave on:

  • December 14, 15, 30, 31
  • January (2017) 7, 9-31
  • February (2017) 1, 2, 4-16, 19-28
  • March (2017) 1-24

Carrier: British Airways
Price: $464

Thoughts: Still way below $500 – far longer than I would have imagined.

Boston – Madrid

Leave on:

  • March (2017) 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 23, 30
  • April (2017) 3, 4, 6

Carrier: Iberia
Price: $382

Thoughts: Certainly unexpected, but all I’ll say is “we’ll see if it lasts.”

Boston – Oslo

Leave on:

  • March 27, 2017 (return April 4, 2017)
  • April 24, 2017 (return May 2, 2017)
  • May 22, 2017 (return May 30, 2017)

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $289

Thoughts: Like its BOS-CPH counterpart, Norwegian’s BOS-OSL route went down by $5 from two weeks ago.

NEW YORK

New York JFK – Barcelona

Leave on:

  • January (2017) 16, 22, 23, 28, 30
  • February (2017) 5, 20, 28
  • May 2, 2017

Carrier: Delta Air Lines
Price: $405

Thoughts: The first of two Spanish destinations from New York JFK this week, travelers can fly on Delta’s Boeing 767 or Airbus A330. Having flown on the former, I can vouch for its comfort.

New York JFK– Madrid

Leave on:

  • November 21-23, 29, 30
  • December 1, 6
  • March (2017) 15, 17-20, 22, 24-29

Carriers: Air Europa
Price: $462

Thoughts: Haven’t seen anything from Air Europa up to this point, but this is a very good price.

New York JFK – Moscow

Leave on:

  • January (2017) 23-27, 29-31
  • February (2017) 1-15, 17-28
  • March (2017) 1-9, 12-16, 20-30
  • April (2017) 11, 17

Carrier: Aeroflot
Price: $483

Thoughts: Aeroflot has been known to offer low fares, and this is no exception. A four-star airline, I believe the Russian flag carrier would offer a comfortable ride, although not sure how much people are looking to go to Russia in the winter, so perhaps the April dates are optimal.

New York JFK – Oslo

Leave on:

  • January 17, 2017

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $277

Thoughts: $5 down, and the low-water mark for Norwegian flights this week.

New York JFK – Stockholm

Leave on:

  • December 7
  • January (2017) 16, 20, 25, 27
  • February (2017) 1, 6, 8
  • March (2017) 6, 13, 26
  • May (2017) 5, 7

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $278

Thoughts: $4 down from the last edition. Curious to see whether this this holds around the $280 mark, or drops even more.

Hump Day Fare Hacks: October 5, 2016

Norwegian Index for October 5, 2016: 306.8

If you read Hump Day Fare Hacks last week, you’ll notice that the Norwegian Index jumped by more than 12 points. Though there was certainly an uptick in Norwegian fares overall, that number was perhaps disproportionately affected by the $37 increase on the BOS-CPH route, which is understandable given that the departure date is less than two weeks away. Still, the price itself is very good, especially considering how soon you’d be leaving.

Elsewhere, British Airways’ BOS-LHR flights remained uncharacteristically low, dropping by $1, and the fares offered by Delta Air Lines and codeshare partner Virgin Atlantic Airways’ JFK-LHR route did the same. And while the fact that prices for the New York area’s Amsterdam and Munich flights remain low is surprising, undoubtedly the biggest surprise was seeing how low Air France (and codeshare partner Delta) are offering BOS-CDG for. After all, Paris De Gaulle is known for  being even more expensive to fly into than London Heathrow, so I’m curious to see if this is a one-time thing or the start of a more stable trend.

Note: All routes profiled are based on a 7-day round trip (departing and arriving the same day a week apart), unless otherwise noted. That said, I strongly encourage you to play with a variety of dates and trip lengths and see what you can find.

 

BOSTON

 

Boston – Copenhagen

Leave on:

  • October 18 (return October 27)

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $342

Thoughts: A large increase over last week, but that’s to be expected with the departure date being less than two weeks away. Even so, a sub-$400 transatlantic round trip would’ve been unthinkable before Norwegian.

 

Boston – London Gatwick

Leave on:

  • December 5, 7, 12
  • January (2017) 18, 22, 25, 29
  • February (2017) 15, 20, 22, 26, 27
  • March (2017) 1, 6, 8, 13, 19, 20

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $325

Thoughts: An excellent price on a decent range of dates. Still a great value even with legacy carrier British Airways – whose fares are far lower than usual – getting the attention.

 

Boston – London Heathrow

Leave on:

  • November 2-30
  • December 1-8, 12, 13, 29, 30
  • January (2017) 8-31
  • February (2017) 1-3, 5-28
  • March (2017) 1-24

Carrier: British Airways
Price: $508

Thoughts: Down $1 from last week. Better yet, beyond just the dates listed above, there are a number of 2017 dates on which similarly cheap ($511) fares are available – all the way through August 22!

 

Boston – Oslo

Leave on: October 17 (return October 25)

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $304

Thoughts: It broke the $300 mark, and probably won’t come back down this year. Much like the Copenhagen flight, however, this is still a fantastic deal.

 

Boston – Paris

Leave on:

  • November 2-14, 16, 17, 20-23, 25-30
  • December 1-13, 25, 28-30
  • January (2017) 1, 2, 4-6, 8-17, 19-24, 26-31
  • February (2017) 2-7, 9-14, 16, 17, 19-21, 23-28
  • March (2017) 1-10, 12-14, 16-31
  • April (2017) 1-6

Carrier: Air France, Delta Air Lines
Price: $585

Thoughts: Not quite this week’s low-water mark of legacy carrier flights to Europe (that goes to BA and Heathrow), but $585 for Paris is far lower than normal. Very good value for your money.

 

NEW YORK

 

New York JFK and Newark – Amsterdam

Leave on:

  • January (2017) 11-31
  • Any date in February
  • March (2017) 1-24, 27-31

Carriers: Delta Air Lines (JFK), KLM (JFK), United Airlines (EWR)
Price: $439

Thoughts: Slight reduction in March dates. Still the same price.

 

New York JFK – London Heathrow

Leave on:

  • November 2-30
  • December 1-8, 11-18, 24, 28-31
  • January (2017) 5-31
  • Any date in February
  • March (2017) 1-24

Carriers: Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic Airways
Price: $592

Thoughts: Down $1 from last week and with a bunch more November dates. A bit surprised to see that BA isn’t offering this same fare – then again, they themselves weren’t from Boston, either (BA’s $508 BOS-LHR fare is sold through its American Airlines codeshare).

 

New York JFK and Newark – Munich

Leave on:

  • January (2017) 11-31
  • February (2017) 1-16, 19-31
  • March (2017) 1-24, 26-30

Carriers: Lufthansa (JFK), United Airlines (EWR)
Price: $491

Thoughts: Genuinely beginning to wonder if this is the new normal. Well, maybe for these fuel prices?

 

New York JFK – Oslo

Leave on:

  • January (2017) 27, 31
  • February (2017) 3, 5, 7

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $285

Thoughts: This will help this week’s Norwegian Index.

 

New York JFK – Stockholm

Leave on:

  • February (2017) 1, 3, 4, 6, 8

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $278

Thoughts: The January dates are gone, but I’m still bullish that the number of dates will expand.

Hump Day Fare Hacks: July 13, 2016

As the U.S. economy and its foreign counterparts have rebounded following Brexit, ticket prices have increased slightly across the board. However, there are still some excellent deals out there, which I’ve profiled below.

Last week, I mentioned that I didn’t have the time or resources to check out and provide analysis for the cheapest transatlantic routes outside of Boston. This week, I’ve decided to change the format a bit: since I have a number of New Yorkers that read the blog, I’ve broken the post up into 5 BOS-based deals and 5 deals from NYC area airports (that’s JFK and EWR).

Note: All routes profiled are based on a 7-day round trip (departing and arriving the same day a week apart), unless otherwise noted. That said, I strongly encourage you to play with a variety of dates and trip lengths and see what you can find.

 

BOSTON

 

Boston – Copenhagen

Leave on:

  • September 6, 20, 27 (return on September 15, 29, and October 6).
  • October 4, 11, 18 (return on October 13, 20, 27).

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $319

Thoughts: While there was a bit of upward movement on the SAS/PrivatAir flights between BOS and CPH to the $730 range, the Norwegian flights are incredibly low. That said, the only way you’ll be able to take advantage of this fare is if you book a 9-day trip.

 

Boston – Frankfurt

Leave on:

  • October 15-20, 23-26, 30, 31
  • November 1-13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27-30,
  • December 1-13

Carrier: Lufthansa
Price: $633

Thoughts: There were cheaper dates going last week. However, given that those prices were for a select few days in October, I maintain that BOS-FRA is a good deal because there are a number of available low-fare dates this time around (49 in a 59 day span).

 

Boston – London Gatwick

Leave on:

  • October 23, 30, 31
  • November 2, 4, 7, 13, 14, 16, 25, 27, 28, 30
  • December 2, 4, 5
  • January (2017) 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30
  • February (2017) 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27
  • March (2017) 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $337

Thoughts: This fare is still simply astounding. Sure, it’s increased $3 over last week, but I’d still give it a solid A. If you have any desire to check out England, now is the time to book!

 

Boston – Oslo

Leave on:

  • September 5, 12, 19, 26, 30 (return September 13, 20, 27, and October 4 and 8).
  • October 3, 10, 14, 17 (return October 11, 18, 22, 25).

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $290

Thoughts: This fare is even better than the $298.30 I paid for my round trip in April, and is probably one of the lowest-priced transatlantic flights ever. That said, it’s a seasonal route which appears to enter its winter hiatus in November, so these fares are only really around until October.

 

Boston – Shannon

Leave on:

  • November 5, 7, 8, 10, 16, 19, 24, 25, 27, 28
  • December 4, 6, 7, 9, 10

Carrier: Aer Lingus
Price: $496

Thoughts: Shannon is the country’s second-largest airport and the gateway to much of the west part of Ireland. And while Aer Lingus doesn’t operate the same Airbus A330 aircraft on BOS-SNN that it does between BOS and DUB, making for a bit tighter of a ride, these sub-$500 round trips are a fantastic deal on a full-service airline that’s known for treating its passengers well.

 

NEW YORK

 

New York JFK – Amsterdam

Leave on:

  • October 15-20, 22-26, 28-31
  • November 1-30
  • December 1-15

Carrier: Delta Air Lines and KLM
Price: $532

Thoughts: A really solid “value for money” route. $532 as a sticker price isn’t cheap, but getting to fly on KLM and enjoy the Dutch carrier’s quality of service is something that many have paid significantly more for (although flying Delta on that route is just fine as well).

 

New York JFK – Copenhagen

Leave on:

  • January 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
  • February 1

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $318

Thoughts: Norwegian continues to defy expectations and traditional airline logic with how low it is able to offer transatlantic flights. And while I won’t comment on the USDOT controversy that it has experienced, I will say that it certainly has changed the way we look at travel between the U.S. and Europe.

 

Newark – Hong Kong

Leave on:

  • September 28
  • October 13, 17-20, 24, 25, 27
  • November 2, 7, 10, 22, 24, 28-30
  • December 1, 5-8
  • January 4, 5, 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, 30, 31
  • February 1, 2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27, 28
  • March 1, 2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30
  • April 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27
  • May 1-4, 8-11, 15-18, 22, 23

Carrier: Cathay Pacific
Price: $637

Thoughts: But wait, Hong Kong isn’t in Europe? Don’t care. This might be the most insane international deal that I’ve found, period, in terms of all factors: quality of airline, number of dates, and, ultimately, value for the distance traveled. Cathay Pacific, which is a 5-star airline, has nonstops between Newark and Hong Kong for $637 — a price which makes the $659 I paid to go nonstop to Beijing this fall on Hainan look far less impressive by comparison.

 

Newark – London Heathrow

Leave on: October 16-31

Carrier: United Airlines
Price: $504

Thoughts: It’s quite crazy that we’ve come to “expect” that flights to Gatwick are less than $500. What’s almost as crazy is that flights to Heathrow have plummeted to a paltry $504. That is quite possibly the lowest nonstop round trip transatlantic fare that I have ever seen between the U.S. and Heathrow. Equally insane is that it’s not just “1 or 2” flights that are going for that low; indeed, there are multiple options per day that will let you take advantage of this fare. One this is for certain, though — it won’t last long.

 

New York JFK – Stockholm

Leave on:

  • January 14, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30
  • February 1, 4

Carrier: Norwegian Air Shuttle
Price: $296

Thoughts: Copenhagen is a good deal; this sub-$300 fare is even better. Enough said.