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.