Every expat’s dream right, when a low cost airline introduces a cheap route home!? At the end of March, Norwegian Airlines started flying between Chicago O’Hare and London Gatwick. I flew over Easter weekend for $500/£350 RETURN, if I wasn’t flying over a peak weekend, it could have potentially been even cheaper. I had booked the Norwegian LowFare, my first time flying long haul with a budget airline and believe it or not, it wasn’t horrendous!
Budget airlines have been an absolute life saver when it comes to European travel from the UK. Because the fares are so cheap, I have no problem in getting on the first flight of the day on a Saturday morning, jetting off, spending 1 night in a European city, seeing some of the sights, trying some of the local food and then getting on the last flight on a Sunday night, back ready in time for work on the Monday morning. I once flew to Scotland for less than £5! 95% of my budget airline experiences have been hand luggage only, carrying a backpack that is guaranteed to fly with me EVERY time because it fits under the seat in front…even on my recent 7 night trip I only used a backpack that fitted under the seat! Obviously my experiences are based around this. Both Ryanair and EasyJet have their pros and cons, I find that price wise they are roughly equal, but which one is better?
Jamaica was a good trip for me, not only did I do some awesome activities, I met a life long friend (who is now stuck with me forever! Read our story: HERE), I also ended up getting upgraded on my flight home. There are blogs everywhere giving ‘tips’ and people are always asking how to get them, but I must have broke all the rules, I didn’t even try to get upgraded! Here’s how it worked for me.