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What You Need to Know About Flying with WOW Air

Danasiafantastic Founder, Editor-in-Chief

I recently teamed up with WOW Air for a trip from Miami to Berlin, and I can honestly say it was one of the best flying experiences I’ve ever had. I didn’t exactly have high expectations, since my last experience on a major budget airline (which shall remain nameless) was such a disaster. Thankfully, my experience with WOW Air left me pleasantly surprised and happy! The staff was super friendly and helpful toward everyone. They didn’t seem the least bit tired or disgruntled (as I’d probably be if I were on my feet for an entire flight). The plane was this beautiful shade of pink and once inside everything was bright and clean. It’s one of the few airlines I’ve flown on that felt youthful and vibrant. My boyfriend and I  flew business class, which was outfitted with super roomy, comfortable seats. And even the food was good!

Flying over Greenland was one of the most incredible things I had ever seen. We had a brief layover in Iceland which was amazing to finally see in person! If you’re planning to travel internationally soon and want to do it affordably, WOW Air is the way to go! Here are a few things to keep in mind when booking your trip:

1. Consider it an à la carte airline. If you’ve ever flown on an affordable airline domestically, you already know the drill. Prices are rock bottom, but the bells and whistles cost extra. The great thing about this is that you only pay for the things that matter to you. Some passengers don’t mind packing light, sitting in a smaller seat, and bringing their own snacks. I personally appreciate the freedom to pay for only the things I care about. When you buy a WOW Basic ticket, only a personal item is included in the price. Upgrade to WOW Plus and you’ll get a personal item, a carry-on, a checked bag, and a designated seat. (Plan accordingly: Cancellations are not refunded on WOW Basic or WOW Plus tickets.) For the crème de la crème, go with the WOW Biz ticket, which includes all of the above, plus cancellation protection, the best seat available at the time of booking, fast track security in Iceland, priority boarding, and an in-flight meal.

2. Every flight stops in Iceland. I had a two-hour layover in Reykjavik, which I didn’t mind at all. By the time I got off the plane, used the restroom, found my gate, grabbed something to eat, and browsed the airport gift shops, it was time to leave. Other travelers like to use this stop as an opportunity to extend their trips and see more of the beautiful city of Reykjavik while they’re at it. Want to go swimming in a geothermal pool or meet modern-day Vikings? A WOW Stopover will give you the chance to do just that!

3. Choose from 33 destinations in the United States, Canada, and Europe. From the architecture of Amsterdam to the museums of Washington D.C., you’ve got plenty of travel choices with WOW. Party it up in Tel Aviv, go shopping in Milan, grab a Guinness in Dublin, or ski in Salzburg! Thanks to their insanely low prices, the world is yours.

4. Luggage and legroom cost extra. Each passenger is entitled to one free personal item, like a messenger bag or large handbag. Carry-on and checked baggage will cost extra (unless you opted for a WOW Plus or Biz ticket), and that fee varies based on the destination and the date of travel. (Note: Cash is not accepted at the check-in counter. They accept Visa and Mastercard only.) As for seats, there are actually four sizes to choose from, and designating where you spend the duration of your flight and how much room you want will add to your bill. The Big Seat, which is only available on certain aircraft, is super wide and even has a footrest! Since my boyfriend is 6’4, we opted for The Big Seats. They were massive and for the first time ever he was able to sleep without having his knees tucked into his chest.

I definitely recommend flying with WOW Air the next time you’re traveling internationally.

Have you flown with WOW Air before? How was your experience?


In partnership with WOW Air. Thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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