Airlines' eagled-eyed attention to fuel costs have messed with passengers' experience of commercial air travel in all kinds of ways — from causing carriers to nickel and dime us for luggage fees, to actually lengthening flight times. So we're mystefied by how one airline can actually offer flights between the West Coast of California and Europe for under $70... but we're not mad at it. Nope, not mad at all.
On Tuesday, WOW Air — yes, that's the low-cost carrier that all your friends have been flying to Iceland lately — announced its lowest airline prices ever. The limited-time $69.99 tickets will be available from Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport to Stockholm, Copenhagen, Bristol and, Edinburgh.
The sale is on now, and will be offered for flights between January 15 and April 5 — so consider this your urgent call to rally friends and motivate for a killer winter or spring trip across the pond that will not inhibit your ability to eat, shop, and party with abandon when you get there.
"WOW air's goal is to enable everybody to fly by offering the lowest fares on the market," said the airline's founder and C.E.O. Skúli Mogensen in the announcement. "It's exciting to be driving change in the industry and to stimulate the market by offering these super low fares across the Atlantic. I am very proud that by offering $69.99 USD fares we are enabling thousands of people to travel that otherwise could not afford it."
Sure, it's a canned, promotional statement — but you can't argue with the fact that his airline is now selling transatlantic flight legs for the same price that regional carriers charge to get the 400-odd miles between San Francisco and Los Angeles, if you book way in advance and find a sale.
Three new Airbus A330s will service the route, and will be the first wide-body jets in the WOW fleet.
By the way, if you're on the East Coast, you can still get killer deals: $99 tickets from Miami and Boston to Iceland, and also to Paris, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Frankfurt for $149 and $129 respectively.
In other words? Bye, girl. Au revoir. Auf wiedersehen. You're Europe bound.
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