By Zoe Macfarlane 16 Jul 2019The days of needing to re-mortgage the house for a flight to Europe are over. Particularly if you want to take advantage of Norwegian’s wizard-level pricing. Join Zoe Macfarlane on her LAX-LGW journey.While you can probably guess Norwegian’s origins, you may not know how extensive – and bloody cheap – their network is.I’m talking some seats as low as US$240 one-way from Los Angeles to London, Stockholm or Oslo. That’s like one outfit from Lululemon (and a good excuse for a US shopping splurge stopover)!So, does a fare that low mean it’s standing room only? Or that you have to wash your dishes before disembarking? Come with me & find out: CHECK-IN & BOARDINGThe most in-yer-face budget-y experience with Norwegian is sadly the first encounter. While other airlines at LAX’s Tom Bradley had short-ish check-in lines, there’s no such luck with the Norwegian queue. It almost extended to the door. Not an ideal start.The long lines are in part to timing – there are three Norwegian flights to Europe, departing around the same time. And only one line for all destinations. So, expect to get in a long-ass line unless you’re in Premium Economy.Even arriving over two hours early, I was still whisked to the front of the queue to be able to make my flight. Your check-in time is best extended to three hours here.Group boarding was a much more efficient process – in fact, it started 10 minutes early. When does that ever happen? THE CABIN & SEATThe last time I flew a low-cost night flight, I vowed never again. It was like sleeping in a coffin made for a 500-year-old ancestor.Norwegian’s 258 economy class seats were a little less ‘plastic’ than the-flight-that-still-gives-me-nightmares. The seat pitch is 79-81cm and width 44cm, so pretty similar to the other US-Europe carriers (click here to check out handy comparisons).The lower tray table levels helped with workspace room, particularly when the seat in front reclined. There was also a USB outlet and single-plug headphone jack. IN-FLIGHT COMFORTTo prep for a Norwegian journey, think more train, less plane.The girl next to me was horrified at paying for the extras but, as I pointed out, either way, you’re being charged for them. At least with Norwegian, you can keep it at the end (awesome if you’re on a return ticket).I came prepared with my own pillow, blanket, and headphones. It’s $5 to get your own static-y blankie if you don’t do the same, and earbuds are $3. FOOD & DRINKSLike Jetstar or Scoot, that pay-for-everything vibe extends to sustenance. The Low-Fare ticket is Norwegian’s bare-bones option and you’ll pay upwards from $3 for snacks and drinks.I purchased the Low-Fare+ for the bag and seat selection, so I received dinner and breakfast, as well as drinks. No one cares if you bring your own food onboard, though.Dinner was chicken and mash, and it was reasonable, if not a little dry. A sandwich and weird-looking sponge cake arrived for breakfast, which I promptly handed to my neighbour (the horrified one). It was 4.00am L.A. time at this point so… just no. ENTERTAINMENT & SERVICEThe movie selection was light (especially new releases), but it was free so, I’m not complaining. If you want to stay connected with the rest of the planet, there’s Wi-Fi onboard (for a fee, duh).For a low-cost carrier, the service was decent. While I didn’t have any requests myself, one stressed-out woman had paid for a window seat but hadn’t been assigned one. The attendant was quick into action. THE VERDICTI had to travel on a specific date so didn’t manage to wrangle a fantastic price for my flights (but it was still the cheapest flight).Aside from a slow, chaotic check-in experience, Norwegian is a very palatable option. It’s not so no-frills that you get a low-rent feeling and the staff were the same standard as most airlines flying across the Atlantic. Secure a bargain (and leave enough time between your AU-US leg), and it’s a winner.P.S. A side bonus of people buying their own drinks instead of the free-flowing booze-fest of full-service airlines is that you barely have to wait to get into the bathroom. THE DETAILSFlight: DL70906, LAX-LGW daily Class: Economy, Seat 36D Aircraft: 787 Dreamliner Timing: 10 hours 20 minutes (though we landed 30m ahead of schedule) Loyalty: Norwegian only READ: Flight Review of American Airlines SYD-LAX Flagship BusinessREAD: Flight Review of Fiji Airways’ Airbus A330-200READ: Flight Review of Air New Zealand A321neo Other stories you may likeMONKEY BUSINESS: 3 Extremely Odd 2019 Travel Insurance ClaimsHOTEL REVIEW: The Graduate Fayetteville, ArkansasGOOGLE TRAVEL: What Does This Mean For Travel Agents?