2. 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.
3. If the rates seem too good to be true, it’s because THEY ARE.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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.
6. Let’s take a look at the $199 one-way flight from San Francisco to Frankfurt.
7. 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.
$199 + $409 = $608 = still a great deal for a European getaway, right? Nope.
8. There were also very few return flight options for the routes I looked at.
9. 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.
10. Seats? DEFINITELY not included. Every seat comes with a price attached to it.
Some of them can’t be leaned back. :(
11. You can end up spending nearly $1,000 on a flight that you thought was just going to cost a couple hundred.
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