No Frills of the Day: Primera Air London (STN), United Kingdom to Boston MA (BOS), United States (or viceversa) from £221/250 €/$305 Round Trip

Primera Air will begin offering transatlantic services from London Stansted  airport (STN), starting in April with New York (EWR), following with Boston (BOS) and Toronto (YYZ) in May, and finally Washington DC (IAD) in August.

I am booked for their inaugural transatlantic flight to New York on April 19 (access my original post here), which means there will be a full flight review!  I learned today of their super cheap fares for this summer and fall between London and Boston and decided to dedicate them a ‘No Frills of the Day’ (it’s been a while since the last one!).

Primera will offer a 4x/week service between Stansted and Boston, departing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. For these transatlantic routes they have leased 2 brand new Airbus A231neoLR and they’re also expecting the delivery of 10 new Boeing B737 MAX 9 during 2018.

For this next summer and fall, the airline is offering basic fares from £149 STN-EWR and from £72 EWR-BOS, taxes and surcharges included.

Remember that these basic fares are ‘no-frills’, and only include a piece of hand luggage.

Anything on top of that should be ‘added’ to the fare:

Conclusion

These transatlantic prices are crazy, and in my opinion, unsustainable in the long run. I understand Primera is willing to burn some money now in order to get market recognition but I can’t see these prices on this same level after, say, a year of operations. In the meantime, this price is great for budget-conscious travelers who don’t mind the absence of the ‘perks’ included on legacy carrier fares (but honestly, who misses BA food, for example?).

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