We have all seen posts on news sites or blogs like WOW Air $69 fare to Europe, or $99 fare to Europe, is it true can we fly for $69 or$99 to Europe?. For a start, the super low price quoted is one-way fare, and the fare is not applicable for mainland Europe, the fare is from the USA to Rijewick, Iceland.
Moreover, you are not going to get the cheap fare, if you are planning to take the flight from Witchita, Kansas or Austin, Texas because WOW Air flies only to East or West coast and prices are mainly applicable from New York or Boston or San Franciso or Los Angles. You may also find the discount fare from other locations like Orlando or Baltimore (Washingon DC).
A few months ago I wrote a blog post about how much it will cost to check in your luggage when you travel in WOW Air. This blog article will explore more in detail what are all the additional fees you will be paying when you fly with WOW Air.
I have not traveled in WOW Air, but the cheap $99 fare to Europe tempted me to consider WOW Air for my European trip. This article is based on the research how much it will cost to fly in WOW Air to Europe and back and see whether there is any real discount option is available when I travel using WOW Air.
WOW Air Destinations in North America
WOW Air mostly flies aircraft’s which has a limited range that means most of the destinations in the North America are only on the east or west coast.
- New York
- Washington D.C
- San Francisco
- Los Angles
- Chicago (June 2017)
If you are in the middle America, you have no chance of using WOW Air from your hometown airports, that mean you folks who are in Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, St Louis, etc.
So $99 Deal to Europe Real?
For a start, the $99 deal is available only to Reykjavik Iceland and for one way only. For the round trip, it will set back you by $198, so much for a $99 fares, note I have not included taxes and other airport fees in the above ticket price which will send the ticket price even higher. The WOW Air charges fees for services like checked baggage, carry-on baggage, selecting a seat and a fee for food purchased on the flight. Let us see how much it will cost, for flying a sample itinerary from the USA to Europe.
Wow Air Ticket Class
Wow Air Economy ticket is sold in 3 different classes:
|WOW Air Basic||Cheapest fare||You will pay for every service on top of your ticket price|
|WOW Air Plus||Mid price fare||Included in the ticket price, one free carry-on and one free checked in baggage.|
|WOW Air Biz||High price fare||Same as WOW Air Plus, plus you will get free in-flight meals as well as extra leg room. Note this is not flat bed business class seat, just an extra leg room for your flying comfort!!!.|
All the $99 deal that are talked about the internet is the WOW Air Basic fare, so let us consider what is the actual cost of WOW Air Basic fare and do you get the deeply discounted ticket for your trip to Europe.
How much it will Cost to fly from Boston to Paris
Let us see how much it will cost to fly from USA east coast to Paris in the month of June. The lowest fare I can find for the trip is from Boston to Paris for $149.99 that too leaving on a Monday, if you want to have a Saturday departure, the price goes to $189.99. Let us consider only the lowest fare $149.99 for June 5th departure.
Now for the return leg, the lowest price I can find is only $289.99 in the middle of the week. If you want a Saturday departure for your inbound trip, the price goes to $389.99. Just to make things simple let us consider the lowest price option of $289.99 for June 14th departure.
Now the lowest ticket price available in the month of June for a round trip from Boston to Paris costs $439.98. For this low price, we have to leave and return in the middle of the week.
The $439.98 price is just for a start if you are departing from any other airport not served by WOW Air you need to include the ticket price of your originating airport to Boston that will add to your final ticket price. So basically if you are traveling from the middle of America forget about $69 or $99 price to Europe.
You can also forget about the sub $100 price even if you are traveling from airport serviced by WOW Air. The $69 or $99 price will get you only through halfway, to Iceland!!!.
WOW Air Sample Ticket Price: $439.98
Search for other Months to See whether a Low Fare is Available
Just to see whether any sub $100 fares are available even for one way, I ran the search for every month for the outbound travel from Boston and found out the lowest one-way available fare is $149.99 and the lowest available for the inbound is $249.99.
I am not saying the $99 or less ticket price is not available, and you may find the $99 one-way fare from other North American departure location for other destination. But my opinion the lowest sub $100 will be available for few days in a month and few departure & destination points.
Even if you find a sub $100 fare for the outbound, the highly discounted fare is available only for outbound and not for the inbound. WOW Air will always show you a ticket price of $249.99 or more for your inbound travel.
Is that all, Do I have to Consider Any Other Fee
Now the $99 fare is costing us $439.98 are you still with me; we have not even considered additional fare that will increase your final ticket price even more. If you are a single traveler and you, do not have any luggage with you, and you may say after I land in Paris, I will go to a thrift shop and buy my clothing and necessary items for my trip. In that case, you can happily purchase the $439.98 ticket and enjoy your trip to Paris.
If you are a family person traveling with kids or check-in pieces of luggage, read further to get your real cost of the journey to Europe using WOW Air.
Carry on Baggage Fee
If you plan to take carry-on luggage, you will be paying $101.98 for your round trip with $50.99 charged for both inbound and outbound travel. You will get the $101.98 price only if you pay for your check in baggage online. The price raises to $139.99 for the round trip with each leg costing you $69.99 if you plan to pay the fee at the time of check-in.
Note you will not be charged for your handbag or a laptop bag. But if your handbag or laptop bag does not confirm to WOW Air free carry-on policy, you will be paying the highest fee of $99 as gate charge to carry your handbag or laptop bag with you.
Carry on Baggage Fee (online price): $101.98
Check-in Baggage Fee
You will pay to check in your baggage if you purchase WOW Air Basic deep discounted fare. You will be charged $70.99 for each way of your trip for a total of $141.98, assuming you buy the checked in baggage fee online. The price $141.98 is per piece of luggage if you check in two baggage price doubles and for three baggage, the price is three times the cost of checking in a single baggage. You will be paying $159.98 for your entire trip if you purchase the checked in baggage fee at the time of check-in.
If you are traveling from West Coast (Los Angles or San Francisco) expect to pay $179.98, if you are paying for your checked in baggage at the time of check-in. But the online price for checked in luggage is same for traveling from East or West coast.
If you get pulled over at the gate, and WOW Air determines the baggage you carry for your boarding requires a check-in, you will be paying $99 for checking your luggage at the gate!!!.
Check-in Baggage fee (online price): $141.98 (for 1 baggage)
Advance Seat Selection Fee
The online seat selection fee at the time of booking varies from $7.99 for the basic standard seat to $139.99 to extra legroom seat. If you are planning to travel in the basic standard seat, you need to pay $15.98 (round trip) fee at the time of booking your ticket. There are no option to pay this fee at the time of checking.
Assuming you have forgotten to choose the seat at the time of booking your flight ticket, your only option is to pay $99.98 (round trip) at the airport to get the extra leg room seat. If you do not want to pay any fee, most likely you will end up in the middle seat.
Advanced Seat Selection Fee: $14.98 to 99.98
On Board Food Services Fee
Most of the full-service carriers serve you a meal when you travel to Europe. The free food option is not available in WOW Air if you purchase the WOW Air Basic fare. You can bring your food during your travel, and there is no choice available to pay for the food services at the time of check-in.
Charge for Food Services: $11.99 to $14.99
Total Cost for the Deep Discounted Fare
|Cost if the option is Exercised (online)||Cost if the option is Exercised (at Checkin) *|
|Carry on Baggage Fee||$101.98||$139.99|
|Checked Baggage Fee (1 Bag)||$141.98||$159.98 (east coast departure)
$179.98 (west coast departure)
|Seat Selection Fee||$15.98||$99.98|
|On Board Meal Service (**)||$11.99 – $14.99||Not Available|
|Sample Total Cost per Ticket||$699.92||$839.93 or $859.93|
(*) Add a 3% credit card search fee for additional service added at the time of check in, not included in the total cost calculation.
(**) Since the passengers have an option to bring a meal on board, I did not include the meal service fee in the total cost per ticket.
Is that All or there Any more Fees?
Well, there is one fee I have not mentioned, it is a fee on top of the additional fees you pay. If you pay for any WOW Air service fees outside of WOW air website, like paying for your baggage at check-in or the gate by credit card, you will be accessed a credit card surcharge fee of 2.5 to 3.0%!!!.
So plan and pay for your services using the WOW Air website, to get a discount on all the fees or you will be paying more fees on top for all the additional costs.
In reality, the $99 fare will cost you anywhere from $439.98 to $859.93. Yes, it is cheap to fly WOW Air as long as you travel WOW air from either East or West coast and you do not check in your luggage or take any carry-on except a handbag or a laptop bag. Expect to pay more for every other service.
You can read a personal horror story from Ryan Van Niekerk and make a decision whether it will save you money to fly in WOW Air. Another story from Kevin Costin which you can read and make your conclusion and from Lesley Bella what it takes to fly the $69 fare.