Nov082017

WOW Air lowest one-way fares only for round trip tickets

WOW Air changed its low cost business model in the past year by increasingly advertising low one way fares available only when buying a round trip ticket. Ticket prices from Europe to USA are generally higher than advertised one way ticket prices from USA to Europe.

The currently $149.99 advertised fare for San Francisco to Copenhagen is one I was interested in.

WOW Air  San Francisco SFO – Keflavik KEF – Copenhagen CPH

$149.99 one-way  Thu Jan 18

SFO-CPH $150 WOW Jan18

Then, I learned this fare is only available if you register your email and become a ‘MyWOW’ member. Joining MyWOW is free and quick, so no problem.

Wow MyWOW registration

After joining MyWOW the ticket price for SFO-CPH showed up as $149.99. All good, so far.

Then, I learned that the $149.99 one-way ticket price is only applicable to a round trip ticket purchase. The lowest return flight Copenhagen to San Francisco is priced at $199.99 for a total ticket price $349.98.

WOW Air CPH-SFO $199.99 = $349.98 round trip SFO-CPH-SFO

CPH-SFO WOW $200 Jan28

WOW Air Abandoning One-Way Low Cost Carrier Model

I am only interested in buying a one way ticket to Copenhagen.

WOW’s actual lowest one-way ticket SFO-CPH is $239.99.

WOW Air  San Francisco SFO – Keflavik KEF – Copenhagen CPH

$239.99 one-way  Thu Jan 18

SFO-CPH WOW $240 Jan 18

One of the basic tenets that allowed low cost carriers like Norwegian, WOW Air, Ryanair and others to thrive is true one-way pricing. This model is advantageous to flyers like me who move in circuitous routes. My plan is to fly California to Copenhagen, Denmark and fly home to California from Stockholm, Sweden.

There are incredibly low round trip fares with major alliance airlines from Stockholm to San Francisco and those tickets come with more benefits like no charges for seats, checked bags and meals.

Lufthansa Stockholm ARN – San Francisco SFO

2,425 SEK = $289.02 USD Sun Feb 4 – Wed Feb 28

ARN-SFO $289 LH Feb4-Feb28

I flew WOW Airlines in Jan and April 2017 on $69 and $70 one way tickets from San Francisco to Copenhagen. I flew back to California with Norwegian Stockholm ARN to Oakland OAK for $108 and $150. During these trips I flew to many other countries across Europe on low cost one-way tickets with Ryanair and Wizz.

The only advantage of WOW Airlines for me is the drive between Monterey and San Francisco SFO is much more pleasant than the drive to Oakland with the heavy and slow slog through traffic along Interstate 880 at rush hour perfectly timed with Norwegian’s London 5:25 pm and Stockholm 3:40pm flight arrival times.

Norwegian still operates true one-way ticket pricing model and Norwegian has a far more generous free carry-on bag policy allowing one regular size carry-on and a personal bag with a maximum weight of 10kg/22lb for combined bags. That is perfectly adequate for my travel style.

WOW Airlines changed its carry-on bag policy in 2017 to be more restrictive with only one personal item bag allowed that must fit under the seat.

Loyalty Traveler –

WOW Air $70 SFO-KEF flight review, YMMV.

Filling in the Gap Home on $70 WOW one way fares to Europe

Ticketing back to SFO with WOW Air $70 one way tickets from SFO

WOW Air $70 one-way tickets to Europe wasted my best made travel plans

WOW Air SFO to Copenhagen $69 my best low fare deal to Europe ever

Oops! I did it again! WOW $69 fares LAX/SFO to Europe

WOW $269rt SFO to London or Paris, $386 with seat and carryon bag

SFO to Frankfurt WOW $100 one-way, $158 seats+carryon Sep-Dec

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. I noticed this, too. Seems like bullshit to advertise a $99 one-way flight, when it must be part of a round-trip and there are no return flights for $99. Seems like half of $349.98 is more accurate.
    And of course you are the sole member of the blogosphere pointing this out rather that just trumpeting ‘$99!’
    Great work as always.

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