WOW Air’s $99 Fares To Iceland Are Back

I first wrote about WOW Air last October, which is an Icelandic ultra-low cost carrier. They’ve been around for a while offering flights between Iceland and the rest of Europe, though finally launched flights between the US and Iceland as of Spring 2015. They presently fly from Baltimore and Boston to their hub in Reykjavik.

While we have some “low cost carriers” in the US, none are to the level of WOW Air, which has super low fares and then charges you for everything, from seat assignments to carry-ons to checked bags. To get a full sense of that, check out WOW Air’s optional fees and charges page.

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That being said, if you’re traveling light and have crunched the numbers, they can still represent an amazing value.

WOW Air has frequently offered fare sales between the US and Iceland/Europe, and they’re back with one of their best yet, for travel this winter.

Here are the details of their most recent sale, whereby you can travel one-way to Iceland for $99, or one-way to other destinations in Europe for $149:

Departing Boston

$99: *Based on lowest one-way fare from U.S. to Iceland, including taxes and charges, booked on www.wowair.com. Available for travel from the U.S. on Mondays from October 5, 2015 through December 14, 2015 and from January 11, 2016 through March 14, 2016. Restrictions and baggage fees may apply.

$149: *Based on lowest one-way fare from U.S. to London, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Paris via Iceland, including taxes and charges, booked onwww.wowair.com. Available for travel from the U.S. on Tuesdays from October 13, 2015 through December 15, 2015 and from January 12, 2016 through March 8, 2016. Restrictions and baggage fees may apply.

$149: *Based on lowest one-way fare from U.S. to Dublin and Berlin via Iceland, including taxes and charges, booked on www.wowair.com. Available for travel from the U.S. on Mondays from October 12, 2015 through December 14, 2015 and from January 11, 2016 through March 7, 2016. Restrictions and baggage fees may apply.

Departing Baltimore

$99: *Based on lowest one-way fare from U.S. to Iceland, including taxes and charges, booked on www.wowair.com. Available for travel from the U.S. on Mondays from October 5, 2015 through December 14, 2015 and from January 11, 2016 through March 14, 2016. Restrictions and baggage fees may apply.

$149: *Based on lowest one-way fare from U.S. to London, Copenhagen, Dublin and Berlin via Iceland, including taxes and charges, booked onwww.wowair.com. Available for travel from the U.S. on Mondays from October 12, 2015 through December 14, 2015 and from January 11, 2016 through March 7, 2016. Restrictions and baggage fees may apply.

$149: *Based on lowest one-way fare from U.S. to Paris and Amsterdam via Iceland, including taxes and charges, booked on www.wowair.com. Available for travel from the U.S. on Thursdays from October 15, 2015 through December 10, 2015 and from January 14, 2016 through March 10, 2016. Restrictions and baggage fees may apply.

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Not surprisingly, these one-way fares actually aren’t available in the other direction. That being said, in many cases the fares are only marginally more expensive in the other direction. For example, I see fares from Reykjavik to Baltimore as low as $135 one-way, including all taxes and fees.

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If you want to learn more about the WOW Air experience, reader Gaurav even wrote an awesome trip report a few months back about his experience flying WOW Air from Boston to Reykjavik.

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Bottom line

WOW Air certainly isn’t for everyone. Not just in terms of the onboard product, but for many it won’t actually end up being cheaper, given how they charge for all add-ons, how you may have to position yourself to Baltimore or Boston, etc.

Furthermore, this sale has limited dates, so that won’t work for everyone either.

That being said, if it suits your travel plans, traveling to Iceland for $99 one-way is an unbelievable value. And if you haven’t been to Iceland yet, it’s absolutely worth a visit.

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Do you plan on flying with WOW Air through one of their amazing fare sales?

Comments

  1. Got to love their statement under Cancellation section: Flights might be cancelled but fare will not be refunded….and another gem you got to read for yourself…..

  2. I flew them in June KEF-BOS. We had just booked the $113 seats in front of the exit row but got really lucky and had a last minute plane switch with a different seat layout so our seats no longer existed and we were on a nearly full plan so we got bumped all the way up front to the seats with tons of leg room.

    Food and beer is also very reasonably priced for plane food, in my opinion.

  3. “Cancellations are possible but the fare will not be refunded. A service fee is charged if cancellations are made by calling the WOW air call centre. ”

    So let me get this straight. If you call to cancel, they charge you a fee to NOT refund your money. If you just don’t show up, they presumably also will not refund your money, but you also won’t get charged the fee.

    The Optional Fees page also neglects to mention the lavatory usage fee; the cabin air pressurization fee; the fees to be allowed to use your own electronic device, read your own book, flip through your own magazine, and eat the lunch you brought with you; and the life vest usage fee (swipe your card to gain access to the emergency slide). OK, I made all those up, but once you start down the slippery slope…

  4. We booked tickets to AMS for 99 each way and had waited till about 14 days ago to book our return. Of course, not tickets are about $100 cheaper.

    5.2.2 We charge a flat fee for changes to bookings, which you can find in our table of charges (Article 5.3.2). If the Total Fare for the new flight is higher, you must also pay the difference. If the new flight costs less, we will not refund the difference.

    We booked on a Citi Premiere card, any chance of citi doing anything

  5. @Matthew Riggieri I’m not familiar with the ins and outs of the Citi Price Rewind T&C but you might be able to file a claim under that.

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