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Dubiously-named Icelandic budget carrier WOW Air has made a few headlines with its periodic £99 (and sometimes even $99) fare between the UK and United States.
The £99 flight is now back, and offers a potentially good value trip to the US. The London-Boston flights are probably the stand-out offering, with returns currently available at a very reasonable £249.
Other destinations include Washington (BWI) at £99 and San Francisco at £139 one way. Expect to pay more for your return trip, though.
The £99 Boston flights are available on various days in February, March and April. The cheapest return legs we could find were then £119, and here’s an April itinerary example using the £99 + £119 flights:
If we compare that to a BA flight for similar dates, it looks pretty good at first glance:
But before you rush to book, it’s always worth remembering a few key points:
- WOW flies from LGW, BA from LHR. That’s not necessarily a negative point, but it may be depending on your circumstances.
- WOW does not include checked luggage, BA allows 23kg. 20kg on a return flight will be another £78 with WOW.
- WOW flies via Iceland. Again, this does not necessarily need to be a negative. Indeed, as we note below it may even be the deciding factor in selecting to fly with WOW – as WOW themselves say, factor in an Iceland stopover, and it’s almost like getting “two vacations for the price of one”. It’s worth having a look for yourself, but where we factored in the Iceland stopover, the lowest price return we could find from London to Boston was £281.
Given the budget nature of WOW, the extra cost of baggage and the hassle of flying via Iceland, you need to take the £99 fare with a pinch of salt.
However, if you fancy a stopover in Iceland, then it’s a potentially fantastic way to build in two destinations to your trip. Personally, I think that £281 (plus baggage costs, of course) for a trip that includes Boston and Iceland is excellent value. As such, if you can make this work, I would go for it.
Booking the stopover flight is easy – on the main booking flight screen, just select the box that says “Stopover”, and plug in your requirements there: