Fly to Europe for a price that will make you say “WOW”
If you’ve noticed a common theme through many of my articles for BSL, it’s my affinity for budget airlines. Who wants to pay an exorbitant price when there are more options to fly cheap than ever before? Not me. And with many big name airlines now charging for luggage and other services that had once been free, it’s getting harder to tell what is actually considered “budget” and what’s not. Is price the only difference? It’s beginning to look that way. So when my wife and I decided to travel to Amsterdam earlier this month, we took a chance and flew with WOW Airlines out of BWI Airport.
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WOW is based out of Iceland, so all flights to destinations in Europe fly through Keflavik Airport and require a transfer to another WOW flight. And like most budget airlines, WOW charges for everything, and I do mean everything, including water. There’s also no in-flight entertainment, so be sure to bring a book or a movie to watch on your own. Otherwise, my flight on WOW didn’t feel like a typical budget airline. During the booking process you have the option to choose your seat for a fee, but we didn’t and we were still seated together in a row with two seat whereas some budget airlines will seat you separately. So you can definitely forgo some of the added charges during booking. And on the Airbus A320 from BWI to Iceland those seats were spacious and surprisingly comfortable. I’ll take comfort over free amenities any day.
Flight times aren’t much longer than a direct flight, either. It takes about five hours and fifteen minutes to reach Iceland from Baltimore. Keflavik Airport is also pretty small, so they make their connections tight – around forty-five minutes to an hour and twenty minutes – and then you’re on your next flight. It was about two and a half hours from Iceland to Amsterdam, so about eight hours flight time in total. Not bad. And I can tell you, if you fly somewhere in Europe with a transfer, I guarantee it’ll be faster with WOW. Returning flights to the US are a little longer, adding perhaps an hour to the flight time in total.
So how much did this budget airfare cost? Our total to and from Amsterdam, including one check-in bag, was around $900, which would be a bargain for just one person on a big name airline, so I can’t recommend WOW enough. And with destinations including Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Paris, Stockholm, Reyjkavik and more, WOW is definitely an airline to consider when you’re planning your next overseas adventure.
Sean is a Baltimore native whose love of the Orioles and Ravens is rivaled only by his love for travel. He’s been to over twenty countries including off the beaten path destinations such as Portugal, Croatia and Montenegro. Sean is a Destination Expert for Baltimore on Trip Advisor and currently lives in New Market, MD.