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The $99 Flights Everyone Is Freaking Out Over Come With A Major Catch

Put down your credit cards.

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The flights advertised on WOW Air's website are *mind-blowingly* cheap.

We're talking $99 from D.C. to Iceland and $149 for San Francisco to Paris.

I live in California. A $200 one way ticket to Europe from the west coast (in June no less!) is cheap as hell, so I jumped on it immediately.

I realized very quickly that WOW Air employs a hidden fee structure meant to trick you into thinking you're getting a great deal. This means you end up paying more for every feature.

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Think: the Spirit Airlines of Europe.

It's kind of like when you get cheap fro-yo and it ends up costing way more after all the toppings.

Let's take a look at the $199 one-way flight from San Francisco to Frankfurt.

The return flight? NOT CHEAP. The $199 deal is valid for just one way, and nothing was more affordable than $400 coming back to San Francisco.


Carry ons? NOT FREE. *Any* carry on luggage heavier than 11 pounds will cost you $57 each way, while checked in luggage (44 pound max) is $76.

Also of note: it's not a "personal item + luggage" policy. You're allowed just ONE carry on, even if you pay.