WOW Air is an Icelandic budget airline renowned for it’s cheap fares. Up until now it’s flights had been solely European. However, now WOW have extended to providing budget flights to America (via Iceland) and soon cheap flights will be available to Canada (via Iceland) also. I’m particularly excited about this as I’ll be heading over that way in June. POUTINE FOR ALL.
SO, I flew from Dublin to Boston via Iceland yesterday! It didn’t cost much, BUT was it worth it?? Here’s everything you need to know about WOW Air’s transatlantic fares.
What was the Journey Like?
We checked in at Dublin airport and our bags were checked right through to Boston Logan Intl. So once we landed in Keflavik all we had to do was find our gate and chill out.
The WOW Air flight from Dublin to Keflavik (Iceland’s main airport) is around 2hrs and 25min. There were a few in-flight TVs playing an Icelandic film with English subtitles. The flight was smooth and left just on time.
From Keflavik to Boston was about 6hrs and it was a lot less smooth. There was a fair amount of turbulence and we landed late. In fairness, this could happen on any flight and there was a bit of an issue with snow in Boston at the time.
By the end of the journey we were a bit tired to say the least. Unfortunately, the snow caused a slight delay with our luggage. Not WOW Air’s fault, but it definitely didn’t help the atmosphere amongst the passengers. There was a fair deal of grumbling going on.
Was it Comfortable?
The WOW Air cabin was comfortable for a budget airline. There were obviously “no frills”. However, it was definitely somewhat more comfortable than other budget airlines I have flown with before. The seats were fabric, not some sort of plastic/ leatherette that you see on other flights. Another plus was that our flight to Boston was only 50% full so we could spread out and have a bit more room. I suspect, once these flights are more established, and during the Summer, that this will not be the case.
The Little Things
WOW Air have quirky design features everywhere. From the vomit-meter on the sick bag to the “Enjoying the view?” sticker they have on the wing, these little things make flying with WOW Air that bit more interesting. My favourite was the comedy horoscopes section in the in-flight magazine. Harsh, but hilarious.
We didn’t have any trouble with overhead baggage storage, which is something most people struggle with on budget airlines. POSSIBLY to do with the fact that 7kg is the standard carry on for WOW Air as opposed to 10kg on other airlines.
There were sockets under our chairs on the flight to Boston, which I thought was convenient but I wasn’t bothered using. Oh and in case you had forgotten your book/kindle, WOW Air has iPads that you can rent for $17 which come pre-loaded with films and games.
What About Food?
There are no refreshments or snacks included in your fare. You may purchase snacks and drinks on board, though obviously these are not exactly cheap. HOWEVER, Keflavik airport is pretty awful (not to mention expensive) for food. It actually would work out cheaper to buy food on the flight (there’s a decent selection) from Keflavik to Boston than to buy it in the airport. What I would recommend, if you want to keep it budget, is stocking up with supplies from home before you fly. I had intended on doing this, but then I woke up late and forgot to pack my snacks….. as well as my camera charger….. honestly, I call myself a travel blogger!
What About the Staff?
The staff are friendly, quirky and fun. I LOVE that they’ve switched up their safety demonstration to make it more personal. For example, apparently the light on your life vest can also be used to attract “mermaids and dolphins”. The staff all look pristine in their brightly coloured uniforms and seemed genuinely interested in patrons enjoying their flight.
How Much Did it Cost?
WOW Air flights from Dublin to Boston, via Iceland, start around £157 (about 205 euro) one way, per person. Ours cost £175 (227 euro) each plus £39 (50 euro) for 20kg of check in luggage. So about £220 in total. You can pay extra for up to 12kg of hand luggage, but the 7kg basic allowance should be fine for most people.
WOW Air is the cheapest option for a one way flight to the US from Dublin that I could find anywhere. It MAY work out cheaper to fly with a larger airline if you’re flying return and you book at the right time. However, if you want to keep it budget and try an airline with a bit more personality, I highly recommend giving WOW a shot. I’m not actually working with WOW Air, they haven’t given me any free flights, so this is just my genuine opinion.
SO, now I’m in Boston with my boyfriend and we’re off to check out the city! Keep an eye on here to see what we get up to! OR follow me on Snapchat (whereistara) for all the live updates.
If you’re interested in budget airlines, make sure you check out my guide to flying Ryanair.