It is possible to pick up an around the world the world ticket for under $1,000 by incorporating the low cost carrier Norwegian Airlines into your flight plan. I am now looking at how to travel around the world in Business Class for under $4,000.
I am using the term “Business Class” when Norwegian Airlines, who bring down the cost the around the world ticket, offers a “Premium product” rather than full Business Class. This means that you will not get lie flat seats on Norwegian Airlines and certainly will not enjoy an experience like Qatar’s new extraordinarily good Business Class QSuites, but the Norwegian Premium seats will give you a decent recline and the possibility of sleeping, hence my classification of them as Business instead of Economy. If you need lie-flat, this trip is not for you.
Here is my plan:
6th November – New York to London Gatwick (layover) to Singapore Sat @ $1,510.80 inc taxes
Bear in mind that you can stopover in London if you like and book a later flight London-Singapore for the same price.
11 Nov – Philippine Airlines Singapore Changi – JFK New York John F. Kennedy @ $2332 inc taxes
(Via Manila and Vancouver on Skyscanner)
The Philippine Airline portion of the flight is in a flat-bed, be it one of the less good Business Class flat-bed offerings. Philippine Airlines do not have real blankets in Business Class and the seat’s padding is thin, making the bed very hard.
Admittedly this might not be your dream itinerary, but it shows how you can incorporate Norwegian Airlines as part of your itinerary to bring costs down.
Norwegian Airlines Premium Economy is not a patch on lie-flat Business Class but is impressive when compared to other Premium Economy products. In fact, it is better than most other airline Premium Economy products, see my top 10 best Premium Economy airlines in the world. Why is it better? Norwegian Premium offers much more leg room at 46″ than other Premium Economy options. This means your seat offers a very decent recline making it possible to sleep. This is not flat-bed. It is more like 1980’s First Class, but for the price, the product is excellent.
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