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No-frills cheap fares are no longer limited to domestic markets where Spirit and Allegiant fly. With the introduction of low cost carriers across the Atlantic — Norwegian and Wow Air — combined with softening economic conditions, fear, and overcapacity we’re seeing frequent deep discounts to travel the world.
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Between January and March Wow Air has roundtrips between New York and airports in London, Paris, and Amsterdam starting at $299 roundtrip.
You can book direct or via airfare metasearch site Momondo.
Flights are via Reykjavik. Wow air is a low cost carrier, so expect fees or everything.
Here’s the charges for pre-assigned seating (cheaper prepaid online than at the airport for extra legroom seats). Note that their fees vary for short haul, transatlantic East Coast, and transatlantic West Coast.
You’ll pay for anything more than an 11 pound carry on and larger carry ons and checked bags are not inexpensive.
If you travel super light, and don’t especially care where you sit on the plane, you can get some pretty amazing fares for US-Europe travel without the need for a pricing glitch. But if you’re super-vigilant there have been enough airfare sales on legacy airlines that you might prefer to wait for the next one with fewer fees. I shoot for discounted business class and upgrades myself but many readers are just looking to travel and the prices here are super cheap.