Update: Million Mile Secrets readers report that return flights to the US are no longer available at these low prices. Folks could consider booking a 1-way award ticket for the return trip!
You can fly from Boston or Washington – Baltimore (BWI) to Reykjavik, Iceland, from $99 each way and to London via Reykjavik 1-way from ~$202.
These fares are on WOW Air, a low cost airline from Iceland. I wrote about this when WOW Air had a similar sale last year.
You can book on the WOW Air website. Fares are super low, but are they worth it?
Are Low Fares Worth It?
Link: WOW Air
You can fly 1-way from Boston and Washington – Baltimore to:
- Reykjavik, Iceland
- London, UK (via Reykjavik)
- Copenhagen, Denmark (via Reykjavik)
1. Flights From Boston
I found a 1-way flight between Boston and Reykjavik for $99 on March 30, 2015.
Note: The Reykjavik airport is in Keflavik, a small town ~31 miles southwest of Reykjavik.
A 1-way flight to London on April 20, 2015, costs ~$202.
And 1-way from Boston to Copenhagen on October 12, 2015, is ~$198.
2. Flights From Washington – Baltimore
I found a 1-way ticket on October 12, 2015, from Washington – Baltimore to Reykjavik for ~$242.
Flying to London on October 5, 2015, costs ~$253 each way.
And from Washington – Baltimore to Copenhagen on October 11, 2015, you’ll pay ~$257 each way.
These are great deals!
I checked Kayak to see how WOW Air prices compared. The cheapest flight was on Icelandair for ~$292.
Although, the prices are low, there are some things you should know.
What You Should Know
Link: WOW Air Fees
With prices this low, they won’t last long. You’ll save on your ticket price but you might pay more in fees.
All fares are non-refundable, but you can buy cancellation insurance for $18 per segment.
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.
If you can travel light, this is a good deal.
Note: WOW Air only has 3 planes. So if 1 breaks down, your flight will be delayed. And because they aren’t part of an airline alliance, you will NOT be rebooked on a different airline.
If You’re Not in Washington – Baltimore or Boston
You could use British Airways Avios points to get to Boston or Washington – Baltimore. British Airways Avios are great for short-haul flights because you only pay 4,500 points 1-way for flights less than 649 miles, and 7,500 points for flights up to 1,149 miles.
The Southwest Companion Pass can also get you to Boston or Washington – Baltimore. And with the Companion Pass, your companion flies with you for almost free on both paid and award tickets.
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).
You can fly 1-way from Boston to Reykjavik from $99 each way and 1-way to London from ~$202 on WOW Air.
These fares won’t last so act fast. But you’ll pay fees for carry-on bags, checked bags, and seat selection on WOW Air. And there’s no in-flight entertainment so bring something to keep you occupied.
Let me know if you book a flight!