Here’s How Much WOW Air’s $99 Trip to Iceland Will ACTUALLY Cost You
California residents with big 2016 travel plans have had some major news dropped in their lap over the past 24 hours. If you’ve been living in an Internet-free world since yesterday, we’re talking about WOW Air’s $99 deal on one-way tickets from the west coast to Iceland. These super cheap Air Iceland flights are in celebration of the ultra-low-cost transatlantic airline’s recently opened west coast hub.
If the Northern Lights and hiking in the snow aren’t exactly your thing, there still might be a deal worth checking out. WOW Air also has affordable fares that’ll send you to 21 European destinations including London, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dublin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm. Those flights start as low as $199 one-way (including taxes) with a short layover in Reykjavik. Is $400 for a flight to Europe too good to be true? We decided to take a closer look.
As with other budget airlines like Frontier and Spirit, the initial price seems shockingly affordable, but they get you with hidden fees that can easily crank up the total cost. As you might have guessed, WOW Air is no different. Here are a few key stipulations in WOW air’s fine print you might want to take note of before whipping out that credit card.
Your carry-on bag can only weigh 11 pounds. To put that into perspective, the current 15″ Macbook weighs about five pounds. If you need an extra 15 pounds that’ll cost you $48 if you book before or $67 at check in. You’re also only allowed one carry-on item.
Checking a bag will cost you $67. That’s about $42 more than what most airlines charge for checked bags on international trips. Your checked bag can weigh up to 44 pounds (six pounds less than the norm). It should also be noted that each of these checked bag fees are “per flight leg.” So if you’re traveling to Europe with a layover in Iceland you can expect this fee to double.
There aren’t actually any $99 fares. Every flight from the west coast to the budding travel destination doesn’t come in under $100. In fact, we couldn’t find any. In a press release, WOW Air stipulates that the affordable price is only valid if you’re traveling to Iceland between June 10 and June 24 or September 24 through November 19 but when we looked the cheapest price during both of those time frames was marked at $259 one-way.
As fate would have it, I am currently working out the travel deets for a trip to the UK in late July of this year. So I decided to see what a flight from San Francisco to London would cost if I departed on the dates I have tentatively planned to travel (July 22 – August 7). The cheapest combination WOW Air could come up with for me started at $974 round trip. After paying the fees for a carry-on weighing more than 11 pounds (because let’s be real) and a checked bag that total shot up to $1,240 (which is actually $200 more than a comparable flight Candian airline West Jet is currently offering). $1,240 isn’t a particularly steep price for an international flight during peak tourism season, but hey, it’s not $400 either.
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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