The Norweigan Flights – Well Fuck Me.

Well. Shit. There’s no other way of putting it – it’s fucking cheaper to go to New York now then Spain.

Well, not quite, but nearly.

So I did a quick comparison, comparing flights with Aer Lingus (because they got bitchy on twitter) for the same dates in August (picking days where both have the cheapest flights of that week).

The Results.

Aer Lingus – €650pp
Norwegian Airlines – $147 (€140ish).

I mean seriously. Fuck Me.

Now Aer Lingus kicked up a fuss and they made some good points.

With NA you don’t get a meal, checked bags or preclearance. But not only that, you don’t fly to New York city. You fly to Stewart International, a 2 hour drive to the north.

But you know what? So what?

My thoughts on this.

The meal – according to NA website, you still get a meal on International long haul but you have to pre-order 72 hours before the flight, so no one will know if you have to pay extra just yet. Even if you do? No big deal. Take it out of the 500 quid savings, 1000 quid for anyone like me, travelling as a pair. Even then, its a 7.5 hour flight – buy a sandwich for a fiver in the airport, sorted.

No checked bags – i regularly travel for up to two weeks with just a carry on case. If your going over shopping? Just book a bag for the way back and buy a cheap suit case over there and jam pack your carry ons.

No preclearance? This i dont get, correct me if i’m wrong but its not exclusive to Aer Lingus. I can only assume the AL twitter guy figured the flights go via norway – which from what i can see, they dont, they fly direct.

Now. You do fly into an airport a couple of hours from the city. Your options.

1. Drive. Don’t. What are you going to do, rent a car and then pay to park it for your stay? You don’t drive in NYC.

2. A taxi – its going to cost you if you can get one willing to make the trip, maybe $100+

3. A limo, a limo will set you back $150, but hey, even with that its still cheaper than aer lingus.

4. Get the train. Theres a $10 shuttle from Stewart Int. to beacon train station. Ticket from there to grand central is about $20ish. Just get a flight that doesn’t arrive in the middle of the night – trains stop around 1am to my knowledge.

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Cheap Holidays

OK.

SOOOOOO.

Everyone loves holidays and everyone love’s cheap holidays even more. Whether you have 50 quid for spot in a farmers field or a few grand for a 7 star – If you can save a few quid then you will. If you don’t and just spend money for the sake of it  – well then your a moron.

My goal will be to give you an eye ball into where you can go for not a whole heap of money and have a good time. The prices will be relative so if i say its a cheap holiday in Orlando – it will be dearer relative to a caravan site in Offaly, Ireland.

Before i get started – don’t go to bulgaria. i’ll explain in later posts but book a holiday there with the same trepidation as you would an anal exam.

So to kick off. Some tips. Don’t use a travel agent. Anything they can do, you can do better. Look up reviews. Ignore reviews left by americans (they’re either, picky lazy or have too high expectations “ooh the air con took 2 minutes to kick in and there was 3 glasses in the room and 2 off us”). If its too good to be true, it is. Hotels and airlines are businesses – if a hotel room is too cheap, then the hotels in trouble or double check the T&C’s and make sure you get the room you book, if the flights too cheap, make sure there isn’t two 14 hour stop overs.

So what everyone’s here for, recommendations:

You want a week by a pool away from the noise with some nice restaurants?

Go to Olhao in Portugal (Algarve) and stay in the Real Marina.

  1. Fly to Faro – Use skyscanner.ie to get the best rate, Mid may goes for less then €200 for two people on Ryanair.
  2. Stay in the Real Marina. I’ve stayed here before and loved it, got it for €600 for two people for 1 week in May.
  3. There is a shuttle but rent a car – 1 week will be €150 – 200 depending on who you go with. Go with Europcar, theyre good. I usually take out the CDW insurance when i get there as then even if you’ve written off the car (and I’ve come close) they don’t even check it. But CDW is optional, you should just take pics when u get the car off any damage.

So there is a 5* holiday for two people coming in at for under €1000. This is a little pricey on a “cheap” holiday but don’t worry. I can be very cheap and I will be going forward.

 

I’ll update this post continuously to add new deals and rants.