So, my wife and I are planning a trip to Europe, with plans to fly in to Barcelona and take the train up to London (after which we head up to Peterborough area to visit my sister and her family). We're planning on about 14-16 days, flying from Austin, and we're seeing airfares ranging from $1000-1300 each. It's a tad high, so I've been looking into alternatives.
One of the alternatives we've seen is Norwegian Air Service (www.norwegian.com), which operates to a number of destinations via New York (JFK). This would involve us having to plan our own way up to New York, but could be a pretty decent savings overall, as they seem to charge less in service fees. Has anyone had experience with them? Or heard any stories regarding them?
We're not opposed to flying into the cheapest airport possible and then getting one of the low costs (RyanAir, EasyJet) to our preferred destination. I've done a lot of that when I studied abroad, and when I used to visit my sister more regularly. Obviously the issue is the more flights you book individually, the more likely it could all go to hell.
In any case, if anyone has any suggestions or thoughts on the carrier I linked above, that would be appreciated.
(Re: Budget... overall we're looking at spending $5000 between us. We're lucky in that we will be spending some time at my sisters, and I also have a number of friends in London we can potentially overnight with.)