Why You Should Join Norwegian’s Loyalty Program

I recently tried Norwegian Air Long Haul from London to Fort Lauderdale and enjoyed my experience. Right now they’re having a Thanksgiving special, where all long haul flights are 20% off and short haul flights are 30% off. The airline is rapidly expanding their transatlantic network, as well as their intra-European operations.

Norwegian black friday sale

Not many low cost carriers have loyalty programs outside the US, and the ones that do tend to have negligible returns. Norwegian, on the other hand, have a unique cash back loyalty program that can be incredibly lucrative if you use it right. Unlike most loyalty schemes that reward you in miles, Norwegian rewards you in a tangible currency called Cashpoints. One Cashpoint is worth one Norwegian Krona, which roughly converts to $0.12 or £0.09. An easy way to think about it is that 10 Cashpoints = approx. $1 or £1.

Firstly, there are the obvious benefits of earning returns on all flights. The program is revenue based like those of the big three US carriers, but far more logical. For every dollar spent on Low Fare tickets, you receive 2% Cashpoints, while you can get up to 20% Cashpoints on Flex Fares.

Cashpoint earnings on tickets

In Sweden, there are only a few credit cards that earn rewards and I’ve found that one of the best is actually from Bank Norwegian. This was the first credit card I was every approved for, only a month after my 18th birthday. Using it, you get 5% Cashpoints on all Low Fare tickets!

Norwegian Reward also has tons of partners in other areas that earn incredibly generous returns. For example, I recently stayed at the Bloc Hotel London Gatwick, which I loved, and received 12% Cashpoints on my stay. That’s essentially 12% cash back, without considering the return I got from my credit card. From my £240 spend, I earned 305 Cashpoints toward my next Norwegian flight.

Get 12% Cashpoints while enjoying this view from the room!
Earn 12% Cashpoints while enjoying this view from the room!

Meanwhile, Norwegian partners with No1 Lounges, which I had access to at Gatwick with my Norwegian Premium ticket. However, for anyone looking to purchase access to the lounge, Norwegian Reward offers 25 Cashpoints per person, and a great £4.40 (15%) discount. Again, this is without factoring in any credit card returns.

No1 Lounge cashpoints

If you’re into tours, Norwegian Reward recently partnered with GetYourGuide to offer 5% cashpoints on all booking with them (and even offered 10% to celebrate the launch). I used them when I was in Venice for a gondola tour before they partnered, but would have loved to earn an extra 10% back if I had been able.

Earn 5% Cashpoints with GetYourGuide in addition to credit card rewards.
Earn 5% Cashpoints with GetYourGuide in addition to credit card rewards.

Cashpoints with getyourguide

Norwegian Reward also partners with Rocketmiles, like many other loyalty programs. I’ve found the earnings to be quite generous though. For example, I’d much rather earn 100 Cashpoints for a one night stay than 500 miles.

Rocketmiles Norwegian Reward
100 Cashpoints was a great return on my $80/night hotel in Budapest.

Cashpoints with Rocketmiles

While Norwegian Cashpoints aren’t the most versatile currency redemption-wise, there is no reason not to book with the above partners through Norwegian Reward, since they offer an additional opportunity to receive cash back.

Since Cashpoints are a tangible currency, they can also be used toward the cost of any ticket, without blackouts or restrictions. They can even be used to pay for taxes and fees, luggage or seat selection. Norwegian are probably my favorite airline for flying intra-European between the free wifi and Sky Interior on their 737-800s.

The Sky Interior is beautiful!
The Sky Interior is beautiful!

Whether you’ll need to fly Norwegian to position for a good fare, or simply want to book one of their cheap transatlantic one-way tickets, you never know when having a good stash of Cashpoints will come in handy.

Bottom Line

Signing up to Norwegian Reward is free and only takes a few minutes. Their multitude of partners can save you big bucks if you combine their returns with a rewarding credit card. I’ll soon post about how I earned enough CashPoints during a weekend in Barcelona for a one way Norwegian ticket to New York or a return trip to Rome – all using Norwegian Reward and its partners alone!

Comments

  1. Didnt you recently go to Spain on Norwegian’a dime? To promote Norwegian Rewards? In which case, this should be labeled as an ad.

  2. I haven’t been paid a dollar to post this and wouldn’t have done so if I didn’t believe Norwegian Reward offered some great values 🙂

  3. Thank you Daniel, interesting article. I’ve yet to use Norwegian but am considering trying the Premium ticket. I didn’t even know they had a loyalty programme.

  4. Daniel,

    You missed the point. If you received any benefit from Norwiegn then you should disclose that. So if you received a free trip that should be disclosed. A blogger who received anything of value should disclose that fact in any review of the company that comped him or her.

  5. +1 to marty and Cecile. Even a free flight they invited you on needs to be mentioned. Very disappointing for a site that prides itself on being unbiased

  6. @cecille who cares really. Most of us are here for the info. Well done Daniel as it’s great to receive info on deals not originating in Crazy Land. I mean the US.

    Don’t be such a wet rag Cecille. Me thinks you have a bout of the tall poppy syndrome.

  7. @Elijah

    Exactly. The trip reviews here are equally interesting to anyone. But all those CC deals being pushed here that are only available to americans, should at the very least have a qualifyer ‘americans only’. The world, and I suspect the audience of this blog as well, is not limited to the USA.

  8. Refreshing article on a subject few other bloggers would bother writing about.

    I think we can forgive this teenager his failure to disclose that the article was basically a paid advertisement. And we can feel a little sorry for him for condition of his math skills after having graduated from the (often self-)vaunted European education system (although my “Crazy Land-“educated brain can calculate $0.12*12% and get something besides 12%…).

    What’s harder to understand, perhaps, is that this well-run organization was willing to risk its reputation and credibility by failing to have an editorial-review cycle prior to publishing. That’s surprising.

    In any case, Daniel, don’t get defensive – take the criticism, learn from it and keep going. You have a bright future.

  9. @Jon As our great and fabulous Miriam Margoyles mentioned on Graham Norton’s show
    “I don’t dislike Americans Graham, I just want them to learn things”. Bloody classic I say. Go Miriam!

  10. @Jon. You are wrong on the 12%. So your “crazy-land education” brain is apparantly still unable to calculate correctly.

    Their program give % cashpounts. In this case 12%. Given in Norwegian krones. If 10NOK=$1 (for easy calc), and you buy for $100, you get 0,12% of 1000NOK. 120 cashpoints, and equal to 120NOK, or $12, from your $100 buy.
    No matter what currency you use, you get points equal to the percentage of the amount you spent.

  11. Omg, y’all are Krazy! And it is Krazy Land ad I live here and trust me, with Trump running the show, Krazy is a perfect word.

    Great article, Daniel. I’m always looking for adventacious travel reward programs. I’ll have to look into this a bit more as we live in Boston and will be trying to travel to Europe as much as possible.

  12. I booked tickets on Norwegian air using my Chase Ink card (USA), they were categorized as miscellaneous, presumably not giving me the travel extra points . Has anyone else seen this?

  13. The program is great and I do more than 30 trips across the Atlantic every year, BUT the system doesn’t work and when I was supposed to get my new reward of free luggage, their system cannot handle it and I still get charged. Waiting for more than 80 days for an answer and their customer service cannot fix it, just asking me to wait and in the mean time file a complaint for every single time I have paid for luggage. A not so happy customer!!!

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