WOW Air is a big part of the reason why we continue to get ridiculously low fares to Europe. They, along with carriers like Norwegian Air, continue to offer unbelievable fares to a number of destinations across Europe. Their home base is Iceland which also means you can add on a stopover in Iceland to see the sights.
This morning I received an e-mail that they were adding Pittsburgh as their newest destination, effective June 2017. Pittsburgh strikes me as a bit of an odd choice for two reasons. It’s not a top 10 city in terms of population (though it is in the top 20). And, it’s not located near other major metropolitan areas. WOW Air’s choice of Baltimore made more sense to me in that they pick up DC and Philadelphia within easy driving distance. With Pittsburgh, you do pick up Cleveland and Columbus and maybe Buffalo folks.
I suspect that they’re receiving some pretty good subsidies from Pittsburgh for establishing the route. Lucky from One Mile at a Time confirms as much in his post this morning. I’ve flown into and out of Pittsburgh a few times this year for work. It’s a really sleepy airport with many unused gates, so no capacity issues to speak of.
The route will open with $99 one-way fares to Iceland and $149 fares to Europe. Those are pretty standard fares for other US routes WOW Air offers service to. While you can end up paying as much as $300 one-way, they offer sales often enough that you should be able to snag something pretty close to the introductory rates. Here’s a look at the introductory month pricing from Pittsburgh:
The WOW Air route network is really starting to round itself out. I didn’t actually know they served Tenerife and Gran Canaria. An Iceland/Gran Canaria duo could make a very interesting cheap trip to knock a few things off my bucket list!
Should You Fly WOW Air?
I used to say that flying a discount carrier like WOW Air was nuts. Then, I started saying that I guess it made sense if you were on a really cheap budget. Then, I flew Norwegian Air to Martinique (a 4.5 hour flight) and it really wasn’t that bad. If you can find a way to avoid the fees that WOW Air charges (and they charge for a lot), this is a really affordable way to see the world. It won’t be glamorous, but you likely won’t regret the money you save.
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