WOW air, Iceland’s ultra-affordable transatlantic airline, has been expanding rapidly in the United States. They offer some incredibly low fares to Europe, often for sub $100 prices. Today they announced that they will be adding yet another airport to their list. They will begin service to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) this spring, with the inaugural flight from the United States’ busiest international airport scheduled for February 26, 2019.
East Coasters will be able to travel from JFK to Reykjavik and WOW air’s additional 22 cities abroad, daily throughout the summer. Additionally, the airline is extending service out of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) with 13 flights per week starting May 2018. $99 one-way tickets from JFK will go on sale today for passengers looking to travel to Paris, Amsterdam, London Stansted, Frankfurt, Dublin, Copenhagen and Berlin.
Here’s an example of a roundtrip flight from JFK to Reykjavik for less than $250.
To celebrate the new route, special prices will also be available out of the following US cities to select locations:
- From Newark (EWR), Cleveland (CLE) and Cincinnati (CVG) to Paris (CDG), Amsterdam (AMS), London (STN), Frankfurt (FRA), Dublin (DUB), Copenhagen (CPH) and Berlin (SXF) via Iceland.
- Miami (MIA) to Paris (CDG), Amsterdam (AMS), Dublin (DUB) and Copenhagen (CPH) via Iceland.
- Boston (BOS) and Pittsburgh (PIT) to Paris (CDG), Amsterdam (AMS), London (STN), Brussels (BRU), Dublin (DUB), Copenhagen (CPH) and Edinburgh (EDI) and Stockholm (ARN) via Iceland.
Launched in November 2011, WOW air now connects 38 destinations across North America, Europe and the Middle Eastwith the Icelandic capital. In 2016, WOW air flew with 1,668,773 passengers in total, which is an increase of 130% from 2015.
WOW Air charges for almost everything, so make sure you go over their list of fees before booking. You’re only allowed a free carry-on item (17x13x10 in./22 lbs), which is very very small. You’ll have to pay for a carry-on bag and checked luggage.
Seat assignment will also cost you, $9.99-$10.99. Check out the full list of fees and charges here.
These are some great prices, but you must book a return leg as well so make sure you check prices and see if it makes sense for you. I didn’t really check much since I wanted to put this out before the seats are gone. From a quick look round-trip prices should be a bit around $300. It’s nice to see WOW Air coming to JFK which makes it more convenient for New Yorkers and those connecting from other cities.
Don’t forget to use a credit card that will give you the most points, such as Amex Platinum (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel) or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare). You can also use travel credit from your Citi Prestige or the Chase Sapphire Reserve.