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We know, we know. $99 for a flight from the U.S. to Europe is simply too good to be true. Obviously, with a fare as low as that, something must be wrong, right? Well, wrong. Not only is Icelandic ultra-low-cost airline Wow Air offering such deals, but there's nothing suspicious at hand here.
To prove it, and to test the airline's transatlantic service (we've flown them from Iceland to London previously), we purchased said $99 fare and flew it ourselves. Here's what happened.
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BTW - he's sitting in a "L" seat
We've spilled a lot of ink (virtual ink?) when it comes to talking about the ultra-low-cost carrier Wow Air. Wow, based in Iceland, has been flying since 2012 between Reykjavik and Europe, but only recently extended their insanely cheap flights to the U.S., with flights to Boston and, coming soon, Baltimore-BWI.
Some of their promotional fares, like $99 from Boston to Europe via Reykjavik, do seem unbelievable, but having flown Wow before, we bought, and recently flew, one of their new U.S. routes. The full review will follow, but for now we'd like to address one of the most confusing aspects of the booking experience: which Wow seat to choose?
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Let's talk about Ryanair for a moment. Hold your groans, as this news from the Irish low-cost airline is actually kind of fun...albeit extraordinarily overdue.
Ryanair has officially joined Instagram.
As part of the airline's campaign to talk with instead of just at customers, they've slowly but surely tested the waters of social media, joining Twitter in late 2013 and ramping up promotion of their low fares via this channel over the couple years since. That must have proved successful enough to pay an employee to post a few photos here on there on Instagram. Welcome, @ryanair.
One day in, it's obvious Ryanair is embracing the channel, making all the newbie mistakes of one enthralled by the app (horizontal cropping, over-filtering, and posting blurry photos of old photos).
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A $15 for a flight from Europe to the United States sounds too good to be true. But that's what notoriously cheap Ryanair is hoping to do.
News came out yesterday that the Irish airline got approval to offer such low fares on one-way transcontinental flights from smaller European airports like London Stansted to key cities in the U.S. like New York, Boston and Miami.. Of course, this being Ryanair, an airline that really sticks it to you with baggage fees and onboard fees, will probably charge passengers other ridiculous fees to makeup for the low fare.
We're thinking boarding pass printing fees, carry-on fees (small fees for small carry-ons, big fees for big carry-ons), in-flight entertainment fees, lavatory fees and maybe even fees to recline your seat and take off your shoes. In addition to the existing food and drink fees and fees for different kinds of seats.
But if you're the kind of person who abstains from buying food and drink on a flight and can wear all of your trip outfits on the plane, then this fare might be just what your strained bank account was hoping for.
In the meantime, here are 5 tips to prepare yourself for the next great airfare deal.
Would you fly a $15 flight from Europe to the U.S., knowing that you'll be nickel-and-dimed the all the way through? Sound off in comments below!
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If you were to ask us what commercial airplane we'd want as our own private jet and the Concorde wasn't an option, we'd have to go with a swingin' 747 with a groovy livery much like that of Austin Powers'. Something about an airplane forgoing the safe, corporate color of a white fuselage to rock a rainbow speaks to us, but sadly that 747 is fictional and only a computer-generated graphic.
It seems the closest the average traveler will get to a funkadelic airplane is on the groovy Bombardier CSeries airliners of Malaysia's new low-coast airline, flymojo.
The announcement of the new airline was made this week in Langkawi, as flymojo will not only be the first airline to fly the new single-aisle CSeries planes (of 100-149 seats onboard) in Southeast Asia, but it will also be the only airline based out of both Johor Bahru and Kota Kinabalu, with routes planned to other ASEAN countries.
There are certain travel topics that are guaranteed to rile up the Internet. Overweight passengers and children on planes are always reliable, but so is anything that has to do with airport fashion choices (pajamas, travel pillows, flip flops, and so on).
It turns out that blaming people for things they don't like is also not very popular. Go figure.
Last week Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View's veteran economics columnist, posted an article making a very basic point about how the airline industry works. She explained that, since airline customers purchase their tickets based on cost, airlines will be driven to cut costs.
The headline was a little provocative: "Hate Flying? It's Your Fault." But the argument shouldn't have been very controversial. As we've explained before, the profit per passenger really is wafer thin.
The Internet disagreed and its culture of outrage went into overdrive.
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Newport News-based budget airline PEOPLExpress flew for only three months in the middle of 2014, and was itself a re-launch of a 1980s airline. They abruptly ceased operations on September 26, and were finally evicted from Newport News Airport in late November. We booked a ticket and flew with them from Boston to Newport News and back before that untimely end, and this is the flight review we wrote at that time.
PEOPLExpress. What it sounds like: A new social media network for Adderall fans. What it is: An ‘80s-born, revived low-cost airline brand that launched direct flights between Boston’s Logan International Airport and Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, where the company is based. In September we scored a sale fare of $39 (inclusive tax and fees) each way; the standard fee was $79.
There’s certain poignancy to connecting Boston and Williamsburg, Virginia. Boston is, after all, where the American Revolution began. (Shot heard ‘round the world, and all.) And it’s down in the so-dubbed “Historic Triangle” of Virginia, which is anchored by Williamsburg, where the war wrapped up: Specifically at neighboring Yorktown Battlefield, where we kicked British booty and finally got them to surrender. #MURRICA.
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Around 5pm EST, their US website finally went live, advertising specials and bookable deals in US Dollars, with some flights as low as $99 and $125 one-way. Despite those unbelievable numbers, the airline is a reputable one. WOW has been flying between Iceland and Europe since 2011, and we didn't think twice to book them earlier this year for a trip to go waterfall-spotting and hot spring-soaking in Iceland.
Think fast and have your credit card ready, and here's what you need to know to score WOW Air's cheapest US deals:
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We hope you are sitting down, because the long-awaited budget flights between the US and Iceland are finally happening and already on sale.
Icelandic low-cost airline WOW Air has been serving up spicy low fares from their home at Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport to Europe since 2011. This morning they announced their next destinations: Boston from March 2015 and Washington DC from June 2015, with flights from $125 each way.
Deep breaths. Notoriously expensive Iceland is indeed about to become a much more affordable hotspot for 2015 travel, but the deals don't stop there. WOW Air is also offering specials from their new US destinations to continue on to Europe and the UK, including £99 each way on over to London or Copenhagen.
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It's been nearly three weeks since fledgling airline PEOPLExpress announced they'd be putting a temporary stop to both flights and new bookings, and there's still no solid news on when the budget carrier will again take to the skies. There is, however, some odd activity on Facebook.
A notice on the flypex.com website appeared on September 26, explaining the shutdown as a result of "recent aircraft and crew availability and maintenance issues." The initial promise was to resume flights "on or about Oct. 16" and celebrate inaugural service from their base at Newport News/Williamsburg, VA to Orlando and Charleston, WV on the same day. Of course, as the calendar today flips to October 20 and PEOPLExpress remains grounded, that goal won't be met.
In case you haven’t finished your Halloween shopping just yet—note that there’s only 17 days until the big day. Southwest Airlines is very much aware of the timeline, as the carrier is looking for suggestions on how to dress up their CEO.
Over on the Nuts About Southwest blog they’re entertaining offerings on Halloween costumes for the big boss. As a reminder, the airline really LUVs—ha—Halloween, and each year CEO Gary Kelly dons a costume. Last year he went as Phil from Duck Dynasty, the year before he dressed up as Woody from Toy Story, and who could forget the time he was Frankenstein?
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Never heard of Nok Air? You're about toa lotas the low-cost, Thailand-based airline embraces innovation to soar beyond other airlines, while still keeping ticket prices low and flights fun. We've even flown 'em, but this time around we dispatched special correspondent Kinny Cheng to check out their latest news: the arrival of free in-flight WiFi.
A lover of spectacles, Patee Sarasin, the outspoken CEO of Nok Air, stood and addressed the room overflowing with journalists. His big announcement would mark a first in Asia, and certainly a revolutionary development for Nok, which describes itself as “Thailand’s homegrown premium low-cost airline.”
That announcement? Free In-Flight WiFi. Not only would Nok be the first in Asia, but they'd join a precious few carriers (like JetBlue and Norwegian Air) willing to let their passengers surf the net for free at altitude.