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WOW Air is offering $99 one way flights to Iceland. These are not mistake fares. These are advertised fares from Boston and Baltimore (marketed as Washington, DC by WOW Air.)

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WOW Air is a new Icelandic low cost carrier. It starts flying to Boston March 26 and Baltimore June 3.

Its $99 fare, 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.

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The latest $99 fare that I found from Boston to Reykjavik was April 17. The earliest $99 fare I found from Baltimore to Reykjavik was October 1, so these $99 fares are not available in the heart of summer. I didn’t find any $99 fares for Reykjavik to the United States.

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If I were to book WOW Air, I would book them one way to Iceland, and I would pay $29 extra to be allowed to carry on 12 kg (26 pounds) in one bag. 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.

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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 all in plus 20,000 miles for all the flights. That’s unbeatable.

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, 50,000 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.

My second choice would be the Citi ThankYou® Premier Card, which offers 3x on all travel and gas purchases and also has no foreign transaction fees. The card comes with 40,000 bonus points after spending $3,000 in the first three months.Screen Shot 2015-10-22 at 3.26.59 PM

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