Jan122016

Fare Analysis WOW Air $99 LAX or SFO one way to Iceland and $199 to Europe June 2016 really cost $500 to $650 round trip

WOW Air tickets are now on sale today for new Reykjavik KEF to Los Angeles LAX and San Francisco SFO routes beginning in June 2016. There are a few dates in June and beginning again in late September with $99 one-way fares from LAX/SFO to Iceland or $199 one-way fares to several cities in Europe including Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, London, Bristol, Dublin and others.

WOW California flights

You can fly to Iceland and Europe Cheap,

Coming Back Not So Cheap

The real WOW deal is only the flight price for one-way travel to Europe with dates in June and from late September at $99 one-way LAX or SFO to Iceland and $199 one-way to several airports around Europe.

Flying back from Iceland to LAX/SFO is a lowest fare of $299 available for a few dates in June 2016, the month WOW Air service launches California routes. There are $389 fares for July travel KEF-LAX and fares drop back to $319 September 20.

$398 round trip base fare Los Angeles to Reykjavik, Iceland

The lowest base fare I see for flights in June 2016 from LAX/SFO to Reykjavik Iceland is $398 round trip. As a rule of thumb, you need to add about $150 to $200 per round trip ticket to pay for seats and bag fees on WOW Air. The actual final ticket price is about a $500 to $550 round trip ticket. WOW Air bag fees and seat fees analysis appears later in this article.

California to Paris for $199 base fare and $524 round trip base fare before bag and seat fees

The better deal is actually for flights all the way to mainland Europe like Frankfurt FRA or Paris CDG.

$199 SFO-CDG one way fare is enticing and the return flight is a $325 CDG-SFO one way fare for a $524 round trip fare San Francisco to Paris.

WOW SFO-CDG $199 fare calendar Jun16

WOW Air Fare Calendar CDG-SFO-June16

SFO-CDG WOW $524 June13-22

Plan on high bag fees with WOW Air

Last July I flew WOW Air from Boston to Copenhagen on a low $363.62 round trip fare. Seat assignments were $3 per segment. Bag fees were $37 for one carry-on each way and $67 for one checked bag each way. The bag fees and seat assignments for these California flights are even higher priced.

Loyalty Traveler WOW Air flights

  1. WOW Air. My worst low fare deal to Europe ever!
  2. WOW Air Boston to Iceland flight review
  3. WOW Air Review Part 2 Copenhagen to Boston

CDG-SFO WOW Air bag fees

WOW Air only allows 5kg/11lb for one free carry-on bag. You have to pay the carry-on bag fee if you want a weight allowance of 12kg/26lb. I saw lots of people pulling out credit cards in Boston last July at the WOW Air check-in counter to pay bag fees at even higher airport prices. WOW staff weighed every item. There was no sneaking on extra weight in carry-on bags or carrying on more than one bag for the WOW flight I flew from Boston to Iceland

WOW Air Bag Fees LAX and SFO California to Paris

One Carry-On bag up to 12 kg/26 lb. = $48 to Iceland or $57.00 USD for a connection to another European airport.

WOW carry-on bag $57 CDG-LAX

$325 CDG-SFO one-way fare rises to $382 after adding one carry-on bag fee.

One Checked Bag up to 20kg/44 lb. = $67 to Iceland or $76.00 USD for WOW connection to another European airport.

WOW checked bag fee CDG-LAX $76

$325 CDG-SFO one-way fare rises to $458 after adding one carry-on bag $57 and one checked bag $76.

Want a Seat Assignment? Pay $7 to $29 per flight segment.

WOW Air CDG-LAX with bags and seats

Those are some devilish bag and seat fees for WOW Air travel.

WOW Airlines San Francisco – Paris round trip

Lowest ticket price = $693 round trip in June 2016 after extra fees.

WOW Air $693 LAX-CDG final fare

At this point the round trip fare to Europe is comparable to many legacy carriers.

WOW Air LAX-KEF Iceland June 21

$159.00 one way with one carry-on bag and seat assignment

WOW LAX-KEF $159 ow

WOW Air LAX-KEF Iceland

$518.00 round trip with one carry-on bag and seat assignment is lowest fare.

Tuesday June 21 – Monday June 27

WOW LAX-KEFrt $518 June21-27

There are great deals to Iceland and other airports around Europe flying from Los Angeles or San Francisco in June 2016. Flying round trip is about triple the cost.  Still, $518 round trip for summer travel from California to Iceland or about $700 to Europe in late June is a decent deal.

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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