I can’t even begin to tell you just how much interest there’s been in this trip. Even as we touched down in Boston, I was receiving emails and texts from friends saying ‘what’s this about these low cost flights to Boston with Norwegian? Tell us more!’. And during our whole New England in the fall adventure (which was gorgeous and fabulous and so many other superlatives, by the way), I was inundated with Instagram and Facebook comments. And honestly? I can’t recommend it highly enough. Can you actually believe that you can fly to Boston with Norwegian for £135? And it’s even cheaper on the return journey because of airport taxes – just £100.90.
Flying low cost long haul with Norwegian
So, here’s the info. Norwegian operates a year-round service of four weekly flights direct between London Gatwick and Boston Logan International Airport. The flights are operated by a fleet of brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with two cabins – premium and economy.
As I said, economy fares start from £135 one way on a LowFare ticket. The economy cabin (I couldn’t take a pic as there were already people in the seats) is perfectly comfortable, with nice leather seats with a USB and plug charger, with 31 inches of legroom. You also get a 10kg hand baggage allowance. There’s also a pretty awesome in-flight entertainment system and a very snazzy touch screen ordering system where you can order and pay for food and drinks that are then delivered to your seat. You don’t even have to wait for someone to come along with a trolley.
I saw a lot of people getting on board with bags of food from Pret and other airport food places. Obviously you can’t bring your own alcohol on board, but if you don’t buy booze, you really can travel incredibly cheaply.
If you want to splash out a bit, for another £50 (one way), you can opt for the LowFare+ ticket. This gives you everything you get in economy, PLUS seat reservations at time of booking, a pretty standard airplane meal service, (this includes two meals – a hot meal after take-off and a lighter meal just before landing including beer, wine or mineral water during the service) AND a 20kg checked bag.
We travelled premium on the way back and oh my god, it was so good. I honestly think it’s one of the best premium cabins I’ve ever experienced. So in premium you get TWO 20kg checked bags, fast track security, No 1 Lounge access (I don’t think there’s a lounge at Boston, but there’s a fab wine bar I can direct you to!), priority boarding and flipping mahoosive leather seats with a whopping 46 inches of legroom and they seriously recline a long way. I slept like a baby all the way home. You also get premium meals and unlimited drinks too. Prices in premium start from £399 one way to Boston.
So you’re looking at return prices of: LowFare from £235.90, LowFare+ from £335.90 and Premium £714.30. You even get a free wave from the Captain if you’re lucky.
Hertz car hire
As we were planning a road trip from Boston down to Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, we hired a car from Hertz. I booked it online before we left at hertz.co.uk, and chose a mid range 4×4 vehicle (but obviously you can choose a smaller car) the basic price of which, with no extras is around £180 booked in advance. Add in costs for an extra driver, ALL the insurances and breakdown cover (I never take any risks with these sorts of things) and all fuel costs (Hertz do this great thing where they fill it up when you get back at a very reasonable cost – we never saw petrol advertised any cheaper in gas stations on our travels), and the total cost for a week was still less than £250.
I also highly recommend joining the Hertz Gold Plus Rewards programme, which amongst other things entitles you to some great perks like being able to just show your licence and pick up your keys straight away at the designated Gold counter, choosing a better car on the spot (Hertz Gold Choice), and fast drop off with Instant Return (we used this, and you literally hand over the keys, then get a bill by email – so good, especially if you’re rushing to get to your flight). There are also no additional fees to add your other half as a driver, discounts on child seats, and all sorts of other perks, including earning points on things like rental charges, fuel, insurance options, etc that you can then redeem against hiring your next car. It’s clever stuff, and we loved our Ford Escape too:
If you think about it, it’s pretty spectacular to be able to get to and from Boston AND hire a car with both of you driving and all your petrol right down to Martha’s Vineyard and back for less than £500 for isn’t it? For more info, visit Norwegian.com/uk. Next up, read all about our Boston trip, including shopping, dining and hotel reservations, plus Plymouth and Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Martha’s Vineyard.