Via The Points Guy, you can fly from Washington – Baltimore (BWI) or Boston to Reykjavik, London, or Copenhagen for as little as $99 1-way!
You can get this deal with WOW Air, a low cost airline from Iceland. This sale is to promote their new flights from Reykjavik to Boston (beginning March 2015) and Washington – Baltimore (June 2015).
You can book directly on the WOW Air website. The fares seem very low! But is it a good deal?
Are These Fares Too Good to Be True?
Link: WOW Air
With WOW Air’s new service, you can book flights between Washington – Baltimore or Boston and:
- Reykjavik, Iceland
- London, UK (via Reykjavik)
- Copenhagen, Denmark (via Reykjavik)
I did some dummy searches to see just how low these fares are!
1. Flights From Washington – Baltimore
I found a round-trip ticket in June between Washington – Baltimore and Reykjavik for ~$302. Note that the Reykjavik airport is actually in Keflavik, a small town ~31 miles southwest of Reykjavik.
Flights to London in August cost as little as ~$398 round-trip.
And from Baltimore to London 1-way, it’s only $99! That’s less than the taxes and fees on many award tickets!
I also checked flights to Copenhagen. Round-trip tickets are also less than $400!
These are very low fares! To compare, I searched Kayak for a round-trip ticket between Washington – Baltimore and London in August. The cheapest flight I found was on Icelandair (via Reykjavik) for $1,064!
Let’s see if flights from Boston are as good!
2. Flights From Boston
I found round-trip flights between Boston and Reykjavik for as low as ~$276 in April and May.
Round-trip tickets between Boston and London (via Reykjavik) are as cheap as $99 1-way or ~$252 round-trip.
And between Boston and Copenhagen, you can get round-trip tickets for as low as $228!
These are excellent deals! But there are a few things you should know before you book!
What’s the Catch?
Link: WOW Air Fees
These fares are so low, I doubt they’ll last long. If you can book now, you’ll save a lot of money. And you could save your miles and points for more expensive award tickets.
Because WOW Air is a no-frills airline, you’ll pay extra for just about everything. And there’s no First or Business Class, just coach.
You’ll pay a fee for any baggage other than a small carry-on under 5 kg (~11 lb). And WOW Air’s incidental fees are NOT cheap!
Note: Fees vary depending on the route (US to Iceland or US to Europe via Iceland).
There’s NO in-flight entertainment, but you can buy food and drinks on board.
And all fares are non-refundable, but you can purchase cancellation insurance for $18 per leg.
This is still a good deal, as long as you can keep your baggage to a minimum. But even with some fees, their fares are still cheaper than other airlines!
Note: WOW Air operates a fleet of only 3 Airbus A320 aircraft. This means that if 1 breaks down, it can result in huge delays for the whole airline. And WOW Air isn’t part of an alliance, so they won’t be able to re-book you on a partner airline. But that’s part of the risk of flying a small, low-cost airline.
That said, I think flying WOW Air would be an interesting experience!
What If You’re Not in Washington – Baltimore or Boston?
Remember, if you’re not in Washington – Baltimore or Boston, you could cheaply use points (like British Airways Avios) to get there. British Airways Avios are ideal for short-haul flights because they only charge 4,500 points 1-way for flights less than 649 miles, and 7,500 points for flights up to 1,149 miles.
Or if you have the Southwest Companion Pass, you could fly to 1 of these airports very cheaply. That’s because with the Companion Pass, your companion flies with you for almost free on both paid and award tickets.
Worst case, you could try to find a cheap paid ticket from your home airport to Washington – Baltimore or Boston. You’re saving so much money on the WOW Air ticket that it might be worth it!
Which Card to Use?
You can use your Chase Sapphire Preferred (which earns 2X points on travel), Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express (which earns 3X points on tickets booked directly with airlines), or Barclaycard Arrival Plus World Elite Mastercard (which earns 2.1% cash back on travel).
There’s nothing better than finding a low fare and getting bonus points for the ticket!
Iceland-based low cost airline WOW Air is having a sale on flights from Washington – Baltimore and Boston to Reykjavik, London, and Copenhagen. You can fly 1-way to London for as low as $99 including tax!
This is a very good deal, if you can find cheap seats on the dates you want. I don’t think these fares will last long.
And you’ll pay fees for just about everything on WOW Air, including carry-on luggage, checked luggage, seat selection, food, and drink. There’s no in-flight entertainment and all seats are the same class (hint: not First!). 😉
Will you book a ticket to Europe on WOW Air with this sale? Have you flown them before? Please share your experiences in the comments!