WOW Air is a fairly new budget airline connecting North America to Europe by way of Iceland.
We first heard of WOW when they began promoting their services in Montreal. We didn’t know just how reasonable their prices would be when we decided to try Workaway. And this only helped us solidify our decision.
Using Google Flights, we were able to find the cheapest days to travel (usually in the fall or spring) and booking online was easy (we paid with MasterCard).
We downloaded the app to keep track of any changes to our flights. The app seems to be fairly new so I wouldn’t rely whole-heartedly on it just yet. But they do a great job at notifying you about any changes via email.
Not all flights have the option of app or online check-in. If it doesn’t, it’s better to arrive at the airport early. Expect to see a lot of people trying to fit their free carry-on into the dreaded small baggage allowance box. If it fits, it goes.
The space is tight! Departing from Montreal, the employees gave us the chance to move some of our belongings around to squish our bags inside the square. Careful, as not all airports or employees are flexible.
Our departure from Reykjavik to France gave us the option to check-in online. This allowed us to avoid the same process mentioned above.
KEEP YOUR TAGS ON when flying with WOW more than once. This saves any anxiety of being dinged for your bag on your next flight with WOW Air.
I ripped off the tag on my backpack and regretted it. Even though we were able to check-in online, I was still worried about getting on the airplane after having to rearrange some things in Montreal. As a precaution, I decided to see if my backpack would fit into the horrid square. An employee happened to be standing by and was pretty rude about the situation. But regardless of her remarks, I avoided any extra fees.
From Montreal, getting on the aircraft was nothing different from any other airline. But our flight out of Iceland was a different experience.
Our flight number was WW404 and boarding was definitely full of errors. Lost passengers, a lengthy delay, and lots of confusion.
Don’t expect the Rolls Royce of an aircraft. Remember you’ve paid for a budget ticket on a budget airline. While the aircrafts were noticeably new, there is no in-flight entertainment (unless you pay) so be sure to bring some of your own.
If you’re hungry or thirsty you’ll have to pay for food and water as well. So try to bring some snacks on board.
Pilots and flight attendants were friendly, and the ride was smooth. On our way to Iceland, the pilot even made sure to point out the Northern Lights!
If you’re looking to save money on flights between Europe and North America, WOW Air offers very reasonable prices. Just keep in mind the extra fees, do your research, and prep yourself enough to get to your destination on the cheap.