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WOW Air has just announced four new routes between Reykjavik and the following American cities:

  • Detroit
  • Cleveland
  • Cincinnati
  • St. Louis

WOW Air is an Icelandic low cost carrier. It offers flights from Baltimore, Washington D.C., Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco to Reykjavik with connections to Europe at rock bottom prices–like $69 one way, all the way to Europe (more on baggage fees below). More commonly you’ll see $99 one way fares to Iceland and $149 one way fares to Europe.

Flights to/from Detroit will begin April 26, 2018, Cleveland May 4, Cincinnati May 10, and St. Louis May 17. All will be served by Airbus A321s.

This is great news for those of you that don’t mind packing light (check bags and the fees can add up fast) and packing it in to economy to save money flying across the pond. Fares to Europe are getting cheaper and cheaper, and expansions from low cost carriers like WOW Air only encourage those fares to drop even more.

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What You Need to Know About WOW Air Fees

Wow Air’s tickets include just a seat and a personal item.

A carry on up to 26 pounds can be purchased as can checked bags. They are very expensive. For instance, from Miami to Berlin, a carry on is $51 and a checked bag is $71. Here is the fee page for WOW Air.

You will be assigned a seat at check in for free, or you can buy one for $8-$51 at check in.

I often travel with just one carry on. So I could book many of WOW Air flights for $121 all in–$70 ticket plus $51 carry on.

See all of WOW Air’s destinations on their destination Wikipedia page.

Bottom Line

Starting in May, WOW Air is phasing in four new routes between Reykjavik and Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and St. Louis in the spring of 2018. As soon as the routes go on sale we’ll try to post about it here, as the fares will no doubt be low for promotion.

Have you ever flown WOW Air to Iceland or Europe?

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