WOW Airlines… What You Need To Know


If you frequently check web pages like Travel Pirates or Secret Flying, you may have come across a few really cheap flights to Europe via WOW Airlines.   One of my friends recently scored a ticket to Paris via WOW Airlines for under $500.  Before you get excited about the price, there are a few things you need to know prior to booking with WOW.

No Frills
WOW Air is a no frills airline similar to Spirit Airlines.  This means that the flight prices that display on the WOW Air website or through travel search engines are base prices. Once your flight is booked, you are still responsible for paying for your seat, checked bags and carry-on luggage.   I used WOW Air last year, and I definitely booked with them because of how cheap the flights were.  I have to admit I was stunned when I realized I still had to pay for my seat, checked luggage and carry-on bags.  Even after paying for all of the add-ons my tickets still came out cheaper than if I had flown to Iceland using Iceland Air or any other airline.

Example of fees charged by WOW Air. Additional Fees can be found on their website

In Flight Entertainment
Wi-Fi is nonexistent on WOW Air flights, so you’re responsible for keeping yourself entertained on your flight.  Not having Wi-Fi may not be a big deal for some, especially if you’re like me and can’t manage to stay awake on a flight.  If you really feel like you just can’t live without Wi-Fi then, WOW isn’t for you.  The good thing is, WOW Air does have charging outlets so you can keep your electronics charged up while you’re keeping yourself entertained. 

Snacks and On Board Service
One of the great things about long flights is that airlines offer meals, snacks, and beverages (including wine, beer and sometimes libations) all included in the price of your ticket.  Not with WOW… you either need to bring your own food or you can pay for it on board.  A single sandwich is around $10 and honestly the food isn’t that great, but is plane food ever really good?

The flight attendants on board are really friendly and their uniforms are really cute. 

No Pets
WOW doesn’t allow pets of any kind onboard unless it is a service animal with proper registration.  Service animals have to be registered one week in advance, have a muzzle and must sit in the owners lap during the duration of the flight. 

 My Thoughts
I flew with WOW last year when my mom and I traveled to Iceland.  It was an overnight flight, so I wasn’t too concerned with not having Wi-Fi because I knew I would be asleep the entire flight.  I’m also super frugal so I usually bring my own food on flights anyway, so not having a meal wasn’t an issue. 

WOW Air is a pretty good airline as long as you know exactly what you’re walking into.  Prior to booking, compare prices with other airlines to see if you really are getting a good deal after paying the additional fees.  If I were to see a deal to travel to Europe via WOW Air, I’d definitely book with them again!

Are you planning on taking a trip to Europe with WOW Air?  I’d love to hear about your experience!



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