Summertime is always the most expensive season for flights to Europe. But a new round of airline sales will let you fly overseas in the coming weeks at the cheapest prices we’ve seen in months.
Hot off the heels of Icelandair launching a promotion with flights to Europe for under $300, low-fare carrier WOW Air just released a sale with airfare to its hub in Reykjavik, Iceland, starting at only $99 one way from eight U.S. cities. Here are the routes for under $100, available for departures from August 6 to October 26:
• Boston to Reykjavik: $99
• Chicago to Reykjavik: $99
• Cleveland to Reykjavik: $99
• Dallas-Fort Worth to Reykjavik: $99
• New York (JFK) to Reykjavik: $99
• Pittsburgh to Reykjavik: $99
• San Francisco to Reykjavik: $99
• St. Louis to Reykjavik: $99
The prices above are for one-way flights to Europe, with all mandatory taxes and fees included. Availability is limited for flights at the $99 price point, and it was difficult to find round trips with cheap airfare in both directions. But at the time we looked, we would have been able to book a theoretical round trip from New York to Reykjavik in October for a total price of $199, and round trips from Boston to Reykjavik were available for a total of $219 on many dates in late summer and early fall.
While the lowest prices from WOW Air are bound for Iceland, the airline has flights to many other European cities on sale for slightly higher — but still quite cheap — prices. From late August to October, airfare to London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and other destinations is priced at $160 to $180 right now from all of the U.S. cities mentioned above.
Before booking a trip with WOW Air, or any other low-fare airline like Norwegian Air or Icelandair, passengers should take note that these carriers offer only bare-bones transportation with these cheap flight prices. Travelers should expect to encounter fees for anything above basic transportation, including extra charges for seat reservations, checked baggage, food on the plane, and more.