WOW Air launches £99 US flights but you'll need to be quick to land one

Updated on 15 September 2015 | 0 Comments

Budget airline relaunches flights to America for less than £100 but warns that they won't be around for long.

Budget Icelandic airline WOW Air has relaunched its £99 fares for flights to some American cities, but warned that holidaymakers will have to act quickly to grab them.

The one-way tickets go on sale from 10am today (Tuesday 15th September) and are available on selected dates between 1st October and 15th December 2015, and between 10th January 2016 and 10th March 2016.

The flights are from London Gatwick to Boston or Washington DC, via Reykjavik.

WOW Air launched £99 flights back in October last year, which sold out within a matter of hours. And the airline has warned that this latest batch are likely to move swiftly too, though it said that there will be “plenty available”.

Skuli Mogensen, owner and CEO of WOW Air, said: “We are thrilled to be able to make transatlantic travel accessible for people who otherwise would not be able to afford it. We made a promise to keep offering low fares and these new £99 fares are proof of this.”

Added extras

It’s worth noting that, as with most budget airlines, there are plenty of potential extra charges that could quickly bump up the cost.

For example, there is a £6 booking fee per booking, while checking in luggage weighing up to 20kg on these transatlantic flights will set you back £39 per person per flight.

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How it compares

To see how these £99 flights compare to what else is out there, I did a search on flight comparison site

If you wanted to fly from London to Washington DC on 11th January next year from Gatwick, the cheapest deal is £242 from a combination of Norwegian Airlines and Delta, and involves changing at JFK in New York.

If you want to go direct, you’ll have to shell out £445 with Finnair.

It’s a similar story with flights to Boston. WOW Air will normally set you back £143 for a one-way ticket, with Icelandair the next cheapest at £315, stopping off in Reykjavik.

If you want to flight direct, it will cost you £395 with Finnair.

What do you think of these budget flights? Have you ever managed to buy one? Are you happy flying for longer in order to pay less? Let us know in the comments section below.

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