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Norwegian Air is back with some superb fares between London Gatwick and Oakland (San Francisco) – starting at just £254.80 Return.
Availability at the cheapest fares is excellent between October 2017 and March 2018, with a bit of a gap in December.
Slightly higher fares are available through to May, before rising to £400+ later in 2018.
The cheap fares are available as one-ways too, and as you can see above the flights back to the UK are just £99.90! If you wanted to use Avios or other airline miles for the outbound flight and were looking for a cheap one-way back, the value is incredible.
Where is Oakland?
Oakland Airport is about 20 Miles from the tourist hot spots of San Francisco and you can travel between the two by public transport in about 30 minutes. In other words, the travel time from Oakland Airport into San Francisco is more or less the same as it is from San Francisco Airport.
Is Norwegian any good?
I haven’t had chance to fly long-haul with them myself yet, but Joe has a few times now and wrote this in a previous article,
“On balance, I would say definitely yes – as long as you know what to expect.
You have to remember it’s a low-cost carrier, which means you have to pay extra for food & drinks, checked baggage, etc, even on long-haul flights.
On the plus side, Norwegian has a very modern fleet and my experience of the cabin crew and the food onboard has been very positive. The 787s (which serve Oakland) have decent entertainment systems too. As long as the overall cost of flying Norwegian was cheaper than flying BA/AA/etc, I would happily do so.”
~£255 is a fantastic price for Return direct flights from the UK to West Coast USA. To put it into perspective, you wouldn’t normally expect any change from ~£450 on British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Delta, etc.
Norwegian is a low cost carrier and the flights are 10-11 hours, so you need to budget a bit extra for food/drink, but even allowing for that, Norwegian’s fares are tough to beat!