As you may or may not know, I am a big WOW Airlines fan. I flew with them when I went to Iceland and I will be flying with them in a couple of months when I head to Berlin! They are mainly situated in the Northeast but offer some flights out of the West Coast as well. The current Europe deals below are mainly based out of the West but there are always reasonable East Coast tickets available. For everyone with New Years Resolutions to travel more in 2017, THIS IS FOR YOU!
Iceland’s Wow Air is known for affordable airfares, but tickets to Europe are now lower than ever.
Just as U.S. travelers have finally gotten used to seeing $99 airfare deals to Europe, along comes a fresh shock: $69 flights. This lower-than-ever price comes from Icelandic low-cost airline Wow Air, and the price tag of $69 is a strategic one; it’s the lowest airfare promised by fellow low-cost carrier (and competition) Norwegian Air. Their battle for your business only drives down the total, and West Coasters who’ll benefit the most from this sale. The $69 flights are available from both San Francisco and Los Angeles to Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Bristol, England, while Wow’s famous $99 flights are still available from New York, Boston, Miami, and Pittsburgh.
It might seem too good to be true, but savvy flyers who read the fine print will get the most from this $69 deal. For example, Wow Air charges extra fees for everything from seat assignments ($9.99 to $50.99, depending on legroom) to bottles of water ($2.50). Be prepared to pay for food, extra legroom, and checked baggage. With an “XXL” seat of 35 inches legroom, plus a small meal and a checked bag, a passenger easily adds another $135 to the ticket, each way. To avoid the largest fees, plan to travel with only a carry-on; that shouldn’t be too difficult as Wow recently doubled its weight allowance for carry-on bags, from 11 to 22 pounds. On board, Wow is known for introducing humor and Icelandic flavor into the flying experience. Both the planes and vintage-inspired flight attendant uniforms are a bright fuchsia pink; the lavatory mirrors are painted with mustaches; flight attendant call buttons are marked with “honk if you’re hungry.”
This spring marks the airline’s second anniversary of U.S. flights and Wow’s CEO, telecom entrepreneur Skúli Mogensen, tells USA Today that he hopes the $69 flights become a regular offering and not just an intermittent sale.
How to book: Visit Wow Air’s website and search your preferred routes of those listed above. Travel dates are valid from January 15 through April 5, 2017. Although there is no official end date to this sale, book as soon as possible for the best availability of routes and dates at the $69 level. As the planes fill up, prices rise.
When I visited Iceland back in November, I did a decent amount of souvenir shopping. Christmas was coming up plus nobody else I knew had ever been there, so I tried to include as many friends and family members as I could afford. (Note: Iceland is expensive so… I couldn’t actually afford that many people… lol) But I remember being given an envelope with one of my receipts at a gift shop in Vik and thinking “Oh, aren’t they formal with their receipts?” lol. Come to find out, I had spent a qualifying amount so I was eligible to receive a tax REFUND upon departure.
That’s right, folks. There is a value added tax assessed to everything you purchase BUT if you spend ISK 6,000 – 6000 Icelandic krona or at little less that $60 USD – on any one receipt, you can submit it to the bank at the airport and receive cash or a refund back to your card. I had completely forgotten about the 2 receipts I submitted before boarding my flight until yesterday when 2 deposits from Premier Tax Free ISK hit my account.
Its not a million dollars but it IS almost a full tank of gas so Thank Ya!
All of the shops have the proper envelops and signage available to anyone who qualifies so if you are planning to visit Iceland, be sure to keep up with your receipts as you go and submit before your departing flight. The Keflavik Airport is very helpful with this process as well. There are several reminder signs as you enter the doors and the actual refund line was very quick and efficient.
If you’ve been before, did you get know about the VAT refund?
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
That being said, after months of laboring and contributing to the strength and prosperity of this country, its time for a vacation! They’re projecting 500,000 people will be headed to ATL for the holiday weekend so I’m taking my talents to the West Coast. Realistically, the numbers probably won’t be much better in LA (if not worse) but hey, its been a year since I’ve seen my Daddy so… LA it is!
Last year, I made him take me to Compton — I was still on a Straight Outta Compton movie high… lol. We did the Long Beach Pier, Hollywood Sign, the Walk of Fame, Manns Chinese Theater… All the tourist-y crap. Now I’m trying to put together my to do for this go-round. So far I’ve got the LA County Fair and Santa Monica Pier. Both probably still pretty tourist-y but hey, I’m a tourist. What can I say? I also think they’ll provide pretty dope photo opportunities so, cliche or not, I’m excited. Gonna drop some of my favorite pics from my last trip down below. Let me know what are some must-see/ must-do things I should add to my list!