WOW Air is again offering $99 airfare from Boston and Baltimore (misleadingly called Washington DC) to Iceland with $159 fares to much of continental Europe.

It often has $99 fares to Iceland and $159 fares to Europe. One thing that is special about this sale is that you can travel on prime Fall dates in the shoulder season, and not just in the dead of winter.

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WOW Air is an Icelandic low cost carrier. It offers flights from Baltimore, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles to Reykjavik with connections to Europe.

The Fares

Iceland: $99 One Way

From Boston, the $99 fares begin in September and run through the fall.

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Continental Europe: $159 One Way

Similarly the $159 fares from Boston to London begin October, when it is not quite totally freezing there.

Screen Shot 2016-03-18 at 2.35.40 PMThere are also $159 fares to seven other European cities, see the graphic at the top of this post.

Fees

Wow Air’s $99 fares, and all of its tickets, just include a seat and up to 5 kg (11 pounds) in one carry on. Additional weight in your carry on, checked bags, and even seat selection increase the price. Here is the fee page for WOW Air.

From the east coast to Iceland, Wow Air charges $38 each way to increase your carry on weight allowance to 12 kg (26 lbs).

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If I were to book WOW Air, I would book them one way to Iceland, and I would pay $38 extra to be allowed to carry on 12 kg (26 pounds) in one bag. That’s $137 total for a one way ticket to Iceland, and I am a big proponent of one bag travel, so this would be plenty of space and weight for a trip of up to a month.

Then I would fly a low cost carrier from Reykjavik to continental Europe.

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Low Cost Carrier Routes from Reykjavik

I would eventually fly home from continental Europe, either for 20,000 American Airlines miles on an off peak economy award, or in Business Class with United miles. This would mean seeing Iceland and another European country for probably about $300 plus 20,000 miles all in for all the flights. That’s unbeatable.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Your top choice should be the Citi Prestige® Card, since it comes with a $250 Air Travel Credit every calendar year that will cover the purchase of this ticket. If you haven’t used the credit yet, buy this fare (and the extras like seat selection and baggage fees) with your Prestige, and you will receive an offsetting credit on your next statement: a completely free ticket one way ticket to Iceland, London, or several other cities.

Even if you’ve already used your $250 credit for this year, the card offers 3x on all airfare purchases.

See my review of the Citi Prestige Card which explains its many benefits like it annual $250 Air Travel Credit, 40,000 point sign up bonus, access to the American Airlines Admirals Clubs and Priority Pass lounges, 3x points per dollar on air travel and hotels, and a $450 annual fee.

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