You Can Fly from Boston to Iceland for $99 Starting Next Year
If you can afford to fork over $99, then you can buy a one-way ticket from Boston to Iceland starting in March 2015 (with some fine print, naturally).
Earlier this week, WOW Air announced its first transatlantic flights departing from the U.S., and the schedule kicks off with Boston. The low cost Iceland-based airline will begin flights from Logan International to Keflavik International on March 27, 2015, following with services out of Washington D.C. and Baltimore in June. WOW, whose tagline is aptly “cheap and cheeky,” also offers discount flights from Boston to London and Copenhagen. These flights between Boston and Reykjavik will operate using Airbus A321 Extended Range aircrafts, which are short-to-medium range narrow bodied jets.
“We are proud to set the pace for low-cost transatlantic travel,” said WOW’s CEO Skúli Mogensen, who founded the airline in 2011, in a statement. “From our first day of operations, my dream has been to connect North America and Europe through Iceland, and with the announcement of service to Boston and Washington/Baltimore. I am confident we will expand to other cities and build a robust air service across the Atlantic.”
But is $99 for a flight to Reykjavik too good to be true? Sort of. While the $99 price does include taxes, it doesn’t include a slew of other other fees, including:
Check-in luggage – $48 per bag
Carry on luggage weighing more than 11 lbs – $29
Seat reservations for the back of the plane – $3
For the middle of the plane – $9
For the front of the plane – $14
For extra leg room – $24
To bring sports equipment – $52
Optional flight insurance – $36
Plus, you need to book many months in advance to actually secure the $99 rate. So, if you like to plan ahead and don’t mind traveling extra light (with a bag less than 11 lbs, to be exact), your dream of seeing the Northern Lights just became surprisingly more affordable.