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Contents:

  1. Pay In Norwegian Krone
  2. Cheap Fares
  3. Optional Extra Fees
  4. Why Oslo in Winter
  5. Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Pay In Krone

Start on the Norwegian version of Norwegian.com because prices are lower in Norwegian Krone than US Dollars. Use Google Chrome to translate the page to English. Pay with a card with no foreign transaction fees.

$312 Roundtrip from Oakland to Oslo

Sample Dates: April – February 5 on Norwegian

Search and book on Norwegian.com with their low fare calendar by selecting “Show budget calendar” on the search screen.

 

You’ll get a calendar like this for a month at a time. The cheapest outbounds cost 1,200 NOK and are on April 5 and 12. The cheapest returns cost 1,299 NOK and are on every Monday in April and May .

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The cheapest total of 2,499 NOK is $312.

 

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Other Cheap Dates

There are plenty of other dates for 200 NOK more ($25) in either direction. One attractive option is to leave Oakland on a Saturday for $25 more and then return nine days later on a Monday.

 

All the flights price out the same whether they are one way or part of a roundtrip, so you can book the 1,200 NOK one ways from Oakland to Oslo for $150.

Extra Fees

All the cheapest fares are in the “Lowfare” bucket. That comes with one carry on that weighs up to 10 kg (22 lbs.) Check out my post on one bag travel.

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Everything else costs extra.

Your first checked bag is 250 NOK ($32) each way. Your second is 300 NOK ($38). Similarly a seat reservation is $32 each way.

If you want both a checked bag and a seat selection, pay extra for a “Lowfare+” fare instead of a “Lowfare” fare since the former comes with a checked bag and seat selection included. The Lowfare+ fares are $62 more than Lowfare fares in each direction.

The eat on board menu is limited, but you can preorder from a bigger selection.

All the add ons are expensive, so I suggest traveling with just one carry on, eating before take off on the outbound, packing a meal for the return, and taking whatever seat they give you for free. Then you can’t beat a $312 roundtrip to Norway from the West Coast.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Buy with the Citi Prestige® Card, since it has no foreign transaction fees. The first $250 in flights per calendar year are refunded to you as a statement credit. This includes fees like the checked bag fee, seat reservation, or meals that you purchase at the time of ticketing or later. After the statement credit, your roundtrip ticket will cost $62 plus any optional fees.

If you’ve already maxed out the statement credit, you will still earn 3x ThankYou Points on the award taxes. The Citi Prestige® Card also comes with a 40,000 ThankYou Point sign up bonus.

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