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You may have seen headlines this week about flying to Europe for just $69, and in the age of “too good to be true” headlines, you may have justifiably doubted if that was really possible. You may have thought that there must be a huge catch, or you have to use tens of thousands of points or miles along with the $69, or there is only one ticket available at that price, or something.
Yes, You Can Fly to Europe from $69
I don’t blame you at all for being skeptical, but the reality is that you really can fly from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Europe for just $69, with some other cities like Boston, New York, Miami, and Baltimore costing just a bit more at $99 – $129+ to Iceland and Europe via WOW Air.
WOW Air is currently offering one-way flights for just $69 from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Edinburgh, Bristol, Copenhagen, and Stockholm.
As long as you don’t need a seat assignment and can shove everything you need in a very small carry-on you really can fly all the way to Europe for just $69. I consider that to be truly amazing. Factor in some additional charges if you need seat assignments or a larger carry-on (larger than 42x32x25cm and 22 lbs) or a checked bag. Strollers and similar baby gear fly at no additional charge for children up to age 6.
On WOW Air you will stop in Reykjavik, Iceland for a plane change, but that is probably a good thing since it is can be a long haul from the West Coast to Europe! Some of the sample itineraries I found include an overnight in Reykjavik, and some offer just a connection of a few hours. You can also add an official longer stopover in Iceland to your journey via the WOW website on round trips.
The cheapest round trip I found to Europe was $147 from San Francisco – Stockholm – San Francisco and you had to book it as two one-way tickets to get that lowest price. In general the return tickets from Europe to the US were more than the outbound journeys, but as you can tell by the $147 round trip total, you can still get home for a very good price…though you may be booking the return flight on a European version of Expedia or similar.
Remember you can take advantage of crazy low fares like these while still using points and keeping cash in your wallet by using a fixed valued rewards credit card to pay for your airfare. You can then use points to offset the charge in your account. For a $147 round trip journey to Europe, it would cost you 14,700 points and you would get 5% of those back for a total cost of 13,965 points for round trip flights to Europe from the West Coast!
Have you jumped on one of these $69 flights to Europe?
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