[Update 11/29/13: The deal is expired.]
Today The Flight Deal posted about an amazing deal on some international fares with the Norwegian airline, Wideroe. The fares are for most flights that United Airlines services and are hugely discounted. We’re talking around ~$260 roundtrip from Washington DC to Mumbai, ~$280 from Los Angeles to Dubai, and ~$130 to Milan. The website is crashing at times due to heavy traffic, but if you can, book now! Go to http://www.Wideroe.no (copy and paste into your browser). Check out the post on The Flight Deal for more info and some other tips on booking this deal.
Any tickets purchased on Wideroe.com will be priced out in the Norwegian Kroner (NOK), so you will have to either convert the currency at a rate of $ 1 USD = 6 NOK or change the currency in the search results to see the price in USD. Remember that the charge to your credit card will come through in NOK, so be sure to use a credit card with no foreign transaction fees.
Here is an example itinerary in March I priced out for a flight from LAX to Dubai for $284!:
The flights that seem to be available are from many US airports to India, Europe, and the Middle East. This deal will not last, and nothing is guaranteed until you receive a ticket number, but if you are interested in the deal, book now. Most of the super low-priced deals seem to be from an east coast city, but you will just have to check through searching.
The best availability is from the beginning of January through March 2014, though there are reports of people being able to book past April. All the tickets booked at the low fare are in the L fare class. It appears that Wideroe is not including fuel surcharges on United itineraries, and this is making the fare prices very low.
From this FlyerTalk thread and other successful booking examples on The Flight Deal some people are reporting super low fares on routes including:
CHI-MAD for $276
EWR-LHR for $411
DCA-BOM for $386
SEA-OSL for $432
EWR-MXP for $137
DCA-TLV for $354
LAX-DXB for $300
SFO-LHR for $573
LAX-SYD for $711
This goes with all mistake fare deals, there is always the possibility that the airline will not honor it and cancel the ticket. So I would not recommend booking any hotels or other travel reservations until you know it’s a for sure thing with a ticket number. You should be able to book now and cancel within 24 hours, but do your own research.
If you have travel coming up this spring, then this deal could save you hundreds on a flight to Europe or to the Middle East. If you book a flight, sit tight and hope that the deal sticks while you wait for a ticket number (please, don’t call about the deal). Once you purchase a ticket, have a confirmation and ticket number you will have more leverage and hopefully United will honor these fares. This is an amazing deal to get an international flight to Europe/Middle East and also rack up thousands of miles for only a couple hundred bucks. Good luck and happy travels!
If you end up booking some airfare with this deal, please leave a comment below reporting on what you were able to book (cities and dates) so the information can help other readers book a flight.