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I couldn’t have been more excited when WOW air popped on the scene in 2015 -- offering low-cost air travel from North American to Europe. WOW air opened doors to areas of travel that I thought were too expensive and out of reach.
After six flights on WOW air, I feel I’ve gotten enough flying time under my belt to let other people know what they’re getting themselves into when using the Icelandic budget airline.
Here’s what I wish I would have been told before flying on WOW air:
Nickel and dime you
As you might have guessed, an airline that charges $150 for a seat to Iceland has to make money in other areas. And boy, does WOW air find areas to charge customers. The good thing, however, is that it’s all optional. No sneaky fees or hidden costs.
Additional fees are charged for seat upgrades, seat selection, luggage, snacks, drinks, express boarding and more. Some of the charges -- like food and drinks -- are avoidable while others -- like for seat reservations -- are not (for me, anyways).
WOW air charges $9.50 for sandwich, baguette or pizza, $5.80 for a cup of noodles, $4 for a cup of soup and $3.30 for yogurt.
Mini alcohol prices are $9.50 for red or white wine, $14.50 for sparkling wine, $8.60 for spirits like vodka, rum and whiskey.
Bring your own food or drinks to keep your wallet full for your Iceland adventure.
No inflight entertainment
There is no in-flight entertainment on WOW air flights. None. No TVs. No wifi.
You can rent an iPad full of entertainment, for an extra fee. Instead, bring along your laptop, Amazon Kindle or iPad. Or just bring along a couple books and magazines.
If you’re a big, fat American like myself, you will find the standard WOW air seat s to be tight. Standard seats are 17 inches wide and pitches between 29 and 31 degrees. It’s tight and it’s pretty uncomfortable.
Luckily, the armrests go up, which can allow for a little more room on the aisle. I like to splurge a little bit and purchase a bigger seat. I find it’s worth it.
You may get wet and cold
On two separate occasions, I’ve had to deplane on the tarmac of Keflavík International Airport in Iceland. It was raining and cold both times it happened. We took a bus to a nearby terminal.
The whole ordeal (if you even want to call it that) last about 10 to 15 minutes -- with very little time out in the actual elements.
The only reason I put it here is because I had packed my jacket in my luggage so I was in shorts and a t shirt in the freezing cold. Don’t be like Christian. Be better.
Have any question about flying on a WOW air flight? Comment below!
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