$99 one-way fares from the U.S. to Europe? Fares are highly restricted, but yep, they are there…
One of the newest low-fare transatlantic carriers to fly to the U.S. is Iceland’s Wow Air. It currently operates Boston-Reykjavik nonstops and will begin Baltimore/Washington flights May 8. It also offers onward service from Reykjavik to several cities in Europe. More about Wow Air here.
As an ultra-low-cost carrier that makes its money from ancillary passenger fees (you get a carry-on of up to 11 pounds; everything else is extra), it has been promoting one-way, Boston-to-Reykjavik flights for $99 including taxes.
But with a required change of planes in Iceland, this is not your average business traveler’s airline.
Still, if you are headed to Iceland, have some extra time to get to Europe, or just want to be the first on your block to fly Wow Air, it does have an interesting twist on seating: Although its A321 aircraft are one-class, you can decide how much legroom you want — paying extra for more, of course.
Flight time between Boston and Reykjavik is 5-6 hours; from Baltimore, it’s 6-7 hours.
The website jaunted.com recently tried out Wow Air’s service, and found that its regular seating has a knee crunching 30-inch pitch. But travelers can opt up to “L seats” with 33 inches for an extra $24, or even more to “XL” seats with 35-inch pitch for a $33 premium. The reporter noted that since most of the passengers were apparently budget-focused, her XL seat choice gave her a row all to herself.
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