Norwegian booking site Wideroe has dirt cheap flights from many US cities to Tel Aviv, Israel.
This is available from many cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, and Washington DC.
When you go to their site, switch the currency to US dollars.
I’m seeing prices between $499 and $750 roundtrip for travel on US Airways, depending on travel dates and the US city you start in.
Even at their most expensive, I’m seeing real savings. For instance, Los Angeles – Tel Aviv roundtrip on US Airways in July appears to be running ~ $1700… but on Wideroe closer to $1000.
Here’s the month of July for a 5-7 day trip:
But here’s if you price such a trip at Wideroe.
What’s going on is that Wideroe appears to be dropping the fuel surcharge out of the fare on US Airways tickets to Tel Aviv.
This won’t last of course, but it’s interesting to say the least.
- US Airways didn’t used to charge fuel surcharges at all, that’s new in their pricing structure.
- This only appears to work for Tel Aviv flights.
- Back in the fall Wideroe was pricing most United tickets to Europe without a fuel surcharge. There was even speculation that once they had discovered the glitch that they were the ones behind spreading the word about it online in order to generate booking revenue from United.
If you make a booking, be sure to use a card that has no foreign transaction fees because even though you’re buying a US Airways ticket you’re doing so from a non-US website.
And though I have a hard time imagining that tickets sold to and from the US won’t be honored (and even if they weren’t it’s hard to imagine that any inconvenience costs incurred wouldn’t be covered by the booking site or more likely the airline), it’s advisable to wait a few days to see how things shake out before making additional non-refundable travel plans.
(HT: Dan’s Deals though it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if it turns out the deal leaked from the Wideroe folks in Norway!)