WOW Air is offering $99 one way flights to Iceland and $149 fares to eight other European cities. These are not mistake fares. These are advertised fares from Boston and Baltimore (which is misleadingly marketed as Washington, DC by WOW Air.)

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WOW Air is an Icelandic low cost carrier. It offers flights from Baltimore and Boston (and soon San Francisco and Los Angeles) to Reykjavik with connections to Europe. These are the discounted ones:

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The Fares

These $99 and $149 fares are only available eastbound and mostly available on undesirable days of the week.

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The cheapest return from Paris to Baltimore is $176, meaning $325 roundtrips.

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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 United States to Iceland, Wow Air charges $38 each way to increase your carry on weight allowance to 12 kg (26 lbs). From the United States to the rest of Europe, you’ll pay $48 each way.

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Wow Air charges $48 each way for a checked bag of up to 20 kg (44 lbs) to Iceland. To the rest of Europe, the charge is $67 each way.Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 7.51.01 AM

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.

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