Great Fare Sale to Iceland & London: Flights as Low as $99 1-Way

Great Fare Sale to Iceland & London:  Flights as Low as $99 1-Way

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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).

Great Fare Sale To Europe Flights As Low As 99 1 Way
Smiling Airplanes and Low Fares…Is WOW Air a Good Deal to Europe?

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)
Great Fare Sale To Europe Flights As Low As 99 1 Way
Fly WOW Air to Iceland and Beyond

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.

Great Fare Sale To Europe Flights As Low As 99 1 Way
It Costs Just Over $300 for a Round-Trip Ticket Between Baltimore – Washington and Reykjavik (Keflavik)

Flights to London in August cost as little as ~$398 round-trip.

Great Fare Sale To Europe Flights As Low As 99 1 Way
Taxes and Fees Departing London Are Much Higher Than From the US

And from Baltimore to London 1-way, it’s only $99!  That’s less than the taxes and fees on many award tickets!

Great Fare Sale To Europe Flights As Low As 99 1 Way
Unbelievable Fare From Washington to London, UK – Only $99 Including Tax!

I also checked flights to Copenhagen.  Round-trip tickets are also less than $400!

Great Fare Sale To Europe Flights As Low As 99 1 Way
You Can Get a Round-Trip Ticket to Kastrup, the Main International Airport of Copenhagen for ~$398

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!

Great Fare Sale To Europe Flights As Low As 99 1 Way
WOW Air’s Tickets Are WAY Cheaper Than Their Closest Competitors

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.

Great Fare Sale To Europe Flights As Low As 99 1 Way
Boston to Reykjavik for ~$276 Round-Trip or $129 1-Way!

Round-trip tickets between Boston and London (via Reykjavik) are as cheap as $99 1-way or ~$252 round-trip.

Great Fare Sale To Europe Flights As Low As 99 1 Way
You’ll Pay $99 1-Way or ~$252 Round-Trip Between Boston and London

And between Boston and Copenhagen, you can get round-trip tickets for as low as $228!

Great Fare Sale To Europe Flights As Low As 99 1 Way
Boston to Copenhagen Round-Trip Costs $228 in June

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.

WOW Air is a very low cost airline.  But it’s generally well-reviewed by travelers.  They seem quirky and fun, much like Southwest.

Great Fare Sale To Europe Flights As Low As 99 1 Way
Newer Planes, Fun Vibe, Cheap Tickets – WOW Air Seems Like an Interesting Option

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).

Great Fare Sale To Europe Flights As Low As 99 1 Way
You’ll Pay Extra for Most Everything on WOW Air

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.

Great Fare Sale To Europe Flights As Low As 99 1 Way
That’s Two-Thirds of WOW Air’s Fleet Right There!

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.

You can transfer your Chase Ultimate Rewards points or American Express Membership Rewards points to British Airways Avios points.

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!

Bottom Line

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!

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*/≥!π∞ SneakyFees

Just got off the phone with their call center.

They do not have stopovers - they can add one for you one the phone... but, of course, there is a small additional charge. I didn't ask what the charge was as I will never use such a thing.

You can book the one-way to, say, London and then book the legs from LGW-Reykjavik and Reykajavic-BWI with as many days in between as you like... which may bring the price DOWN a bit.

Here's my latest go at it:

19 Aug BWI - KEF - LGW ($246.97)

28 Aug LGW - KEF - BWI ($449.08)

No stopover - $696.05


19 Aug BWI - KEF - LGW ($246.97)

24 Aug LGW - KEF ($142.97)

28 Aug KEF - BWI (238.56)

With a 4-day stopover $627.53

As always YMMV

I looked at early July and they're gone .... 🙁 .... All are in the $700 and upward range.

I just booked two tickets for Iceland. Thanks for writing these kind of post, very informative and fun for me and my wife!

I can't figure out the checked hold baggage fees; seem to be 2 different ones from US.

Any one know if a stopover is possible in KEF on the way to London or back?

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