Guide to Booking a Flight on WOW Air

WOW Air logo
What is WOW Air?

A discount budget no frills airline based in Iceland.

I never heard of WOW Air till they started flying to Canada (Montreal and Toronto) just a few months ago. They offer some amazingly low fares to Europe and I’m always looking to save money. So I started to do some research on them.

So far I’ve read mixed reviews. Some people seem to be bothered by all the additional fees they charge; luggage fees, no free food and drinks, and reserved seating just to name a few. But they are a discount airline – that’s why they are able to offer you a ticket so cheap! Our family is willing to sacrifice flying comfort for affordability.  If we weren’t we just simply wouldn’t have the budget to travel as much as we do. So I’m not going to let those reviews deter me from trying out this bargain airline.

One complaint that I read over and over was that their website is confusing and not user friendly. One reviewer went so far as to say they didn’t book the flight because they couldn’t make sense of the booking process.

I was wowed by their fares so I went ahead and booked a flight, I just couldn’t pass up the cheap fare. We’ll be flying to London, England from Toronto, Ontario Canada in February 2017. I’ll be posting a detailed review of our experience with WOW Air then.  We have are passports and are ready to go!  If you need a apply for your child’s passport check out How to Get a U.S. Passport For a Child Under 16.

I’m starting to wonder if maybe they have updated their website since some of these reviews because what I’m seeing is extremely user friendly. I’ll breakdown the booking process for you step by step. All the additional fees may catch you by surprise at the end, but even so it still works out to be a lot cheaper than other options.

google Flights Toronto to London

How to Book a Flight on WOW Air

1. Go to their official website – www.wowair.com and choose your current country. This will determine the currency used to quote your ticket price. Even though I’m flying out of Canada, I’m in the United States and will be paying with US dollars so I choose “USA.”

2. Plug in your travel information; departure city, destination, and travel dates and hit search flights.

WOW Air Booking Screen Shot

3. A monthly calendar comes up showing the different fares offered, with your selected date hi-lighted. I love this feature. This makes is so easy to plan your vacation around the cheapest fare. Click on the two dates of your choice and click continue.

wow booking calendar

 

Now for all the additional fees . . . Services

4. Carry-on Luggage – You are allowed one carry-on (no personal item). You can select an 11 lb. bag for free or you can pay a fee ($48.99 if paid online) and increase the bag weight to 26lbs.

5. Check-in Luggage – Your base fare does NOT include any check-in luggage allowance. If you plan on checking a bag, select “one bag” and the fee ($38.99/$67.99 depending on length of flight if paid online) will appear in the right column.

*Once you pre-pay for your luggage there are no refunds.  You can add more luggage up until 4 hours before your flight leaves and still pay the lower online price.  If you are paying at the airport, you will be paying the higher price.  So if you are unsure about the luggage you’re bringing, I would recommend not paying for it upfront and make those arrangements closer to your travel date.

WOW Air Luggage Fees

6. Cancellation Protection – This is where you select if you want to purchase their travel insurance.  Fees for this vary; for the flight I was booking the cost was $38 per ticket.

WOW Air - Cancellation Protection

7. Equipment – This is where you can add on cargo check items that are not considered normal luggage. A baby stroller and a surf board are free, while you will pay extra for a bike, golf bag, skis or a snowboard.

8. Airport transfer – If Reykjavik is your final destination this is a convenient way to arrange for transportation from the airport once you arrive. The flybus option brings you to the bus terminal. The flybus+ option will bring you to your hotel or to Reykjavik Domestic Airport. Of course there is a fee involved, but the good news is children under 12 are free and kids 12-15 years old are charged a discounted rate.

9. Wheelchair – Here you select if you will have a wheelchair and what type. This service is free of charge.

Now it’s time to Select Your Seats

10. Select Seats – You may choose not to select your seats by clicking continue at the bottom, avoiding the additional charge. If you choose to select your seats, you are charged per leg of the trip. So if you have a layover you are paying the seat selection fee on each leg of the flight. The seating map is colored coded so you can easily see the price variation. Simply click on the seat you want to reserve.  If you select a seat that can not lean back or is located in an emergency exit row, you will receive a pop up warning.

WOW Air plane seat map
WOW Air plane seat map.
Now for the Iceland Stuff

11. Tours – If you’re visiting Iceland, you can pre-book one of their tours, fees vary per excursion. Children under 12 are free and kids 12-15 years old are half priced. Your choices are Heli-Happy Hour, Blue Lagoon Transfer, The Golden Circle, Reykjavik Grand Excursion, Northern Lights Tour, Hop On Hop Off Bus, Whale Watching, and the Northern Lights by Boat Tour.

Book a Hotel

12. Hotel – If you want to book your hotel for your final destination you can here at a discounted rate. If not, click “skip this step” in the top right corner.

Book a Car Rental

13. Car – If you want to book a car rental at your final destination you can here at a discounted rate. If not, click continue at the bottom.

You’re Almost Done

14. In this final step you enter passenger information, contact info, your billing address, and your credit card.
You’ll get a confirmation screen. Print it or save it. You’ll also get a confirmation emailed to you.

WOW Air passenger information

What We Booked

We booked Toronto to London round-trip at $390 a ticket.  We choose no addition services -not even the upgraded carry-on luggage! In an effort to save money we are going to attempt to pack everything we need in our free 11 lb. carry-on bags.

Yikes!

I’ll let you know how that goes, we don’t have a great track record with packing light.

Please share your packing tips below in the comment section.

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Guide to booking a flight on WOW Air

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46 thoughts on “Guide to Booking a Flight on WOW Air

  • July 6, 2016 at 3:39 pm
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    Gosh I know traveling can be a nightmare sometimes. What helps me usually is getting out a list ideas entails and checking it off as I go. Nice post!

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    • July 6, 2016 at 4:43 pm
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      I keep a whole notebook filled with lists when preparing for a trip. Keeps me from worrying that I forgot something.

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  • July 6, 2016 at 4:28 pm
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    My parents are heading to Iceland from Rome this summer and I directed them to WOW air. Turns out that the prices have increased a lot since their departure is within a month and now they are at the same price as the non-budget airlines. I have seen pretty incredible fares on them though!

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    • July 6, 2016 at 4:41 pm
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      Booking early and flying off season will always get a lower fare. Hope your parents enjoy Iceland!

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  • July 6, 2016 at 4:42 pm
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    I have to admit I’ve not heard of WOW air before – but what a great sounding way to book a plane – if I ever need to fly I’ll have to try it out. x

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    • July 6, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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      They don’t fly to many cities, but if they fly to a city near you you could really save some money.

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    • July 11, 2016 at 10:10 am
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      I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF Wow Air either Sarah until I read this post.

      Mel, this Sounds much like Easy Jet here in UK. And If you are city hoping for a business trip such airlines are a God Send. the Available departure and destination airports are quite limited though! Thanks for sharing. Adding this to my list of Airlines tio check when I am booking our travels!

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  • July 6, 2016 at 5:34 pm
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    I recently hear about WOW and have been looking for a great deal. Haven’t found one yet, but hopefully soon 🙂 I love Iceland!

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  • July 6, 2016 at 6:33 pm
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    I have never heard of this airline before. I’ve heard of other airlines similar to this. Hopefully it is a good airline to travel with!

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  • July 6, 2016 at 7:26 pm
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    I will definitely check this website out, I’m always on the lookout for bargain flights.

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  • July 6, 2016 at 8:10 pm
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    I’ve never heard of wow air before but I’m always looking for flights so I’ll definitely have check them out some more!

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  • July 6, 2016 at 9:22 pm
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    I have never heard of wow air before. I’m going with Norweigan to New York on Friday and I was surprised at how cheap they were x

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  • July 6, 2016 at 9:34 pm
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    I’ve not heard of WOW though I know more and more budget airlines are crossing the Atlantic now. A few people I know have flown Westjet and it wasn’t particularly comfortable. I did think about it and also IcelandAir which is also a bit cheaper than Air Canada, but as I am travelling with a toddler I decided to go the safe and familiar old Air Canada route! You must let us know how you rate the flight afterwards!

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  • July 6, 2016 at 9:51 pm
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    Wow that is extremely cheap! Although, I would have to book an additional flight to Canada first by the sound of things. Norwegian Airlines has some really cheap flights as well. I’m curious to see how your experience is… and OMGOSH you’re brave only packing a carryon to Europe!!

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  • July 6, 2016 at 10:05 pm
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    I’d never heard of WOW Air before this post, but I’m glad I read it as I’m planning a budget trip later in the year!

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  • July 6, 2016 at 10:26 pm
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    11 lb? Oof good luck that will be difficult but for cheap flights why the hell not?!

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  • July 7, 2016 at 1:02 am
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    This is a great guide. Their booking process seems very simple and easy to understand!

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  • July 7, 2016 at 3:15 am
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    The Toronto to London round-trip at $390 is not a bad pick at all. Never heard of Wow Air before but it looks pretty decent.

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  • July 7, 2016 at 6:53 am
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    I love this! Informative and straight to the point. Great tips and information. Excellent post.

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  • July 7, 2016 at 7:17 am
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    Thanks for this post. I’ll be sure to check this company out next time I book a flight. I usually opt for a fuss-free flight service but this doesn’t seem TOO bad for a budget airline.

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  • July 7, 2016 at 8:21 am
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    How cool – we are planning to go to Iceland next year and may go with Wow Air!

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  • July 7, 2016 at 10:16 am
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    Fantastic hints and tips here! I wouldn’t know even where to start, so this is really helpful. Thank you for sharing

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  • July 7, 2016 at 1:17 pm
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    It’s the first I hear about WOW airline . Prices look temptin . Thanks for sharin . I will check it out!

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  • July 7, 2016 at 2:06 pm
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    I can’t believe how affordable these prices are! I’m off to check how much it would cost to go home to Canada!

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  • July 7, 2016 at 2:22 pm
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    I love getting a holiday bargain so this is definitely a site I’ll have to look into! Travelling with carry-on only is definitely a challenge but doable, good luck 🙂

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  • July 7, 2016 at 2:32 pm
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    I had never heard about this before reading your post but is sounds fab!

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  • July 7, 2016 at 2:33 pm
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    ive never heard of wow before. i wonder if they have flights from the uk!

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  • July 7, 2016 at 7:15 pm
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    That’s a great price for a round trip on your screen shot! I wouldn’t mind forgoing some comforts if it meant being able to afford a flight ☺

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  • July 8, 2016 at 4:41 am
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    Never heard of Wow airlines before, so thank you for writing about them. Looking forward to reading more about your trip in 2017 and your opinion of the experience. Wish they flew through the US.

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  • July 8, 2016 at 8:13 am
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    Great tips. Booking a flight can be so confusing and stressful sometimes.

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  • July 8, 2016 at 9:15 am
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    Thanks for all the tips! I actually never flew with them but will definitely check it out for my next trip!

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  • July 8, 2016 at 5:49 pm
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    That’s an incredible price and I agree for the sake of a little comfort I would choose a cheaper airfare x

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  • July 8, 2016 at 9:55 pm
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    Wow you really will be packing light! What a great bargain though!

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  • July 9, 2016 at 10:39 am
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    It is annoying when there are lots of extra fees, but you’re right, it’s better to be able to choose which things to pay for rather than being forced to pay for them all. Will check out this airline.

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  • July 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm
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    Never heard of WOW air before but it looks like they’ve got some pretty good deals so I’ll have to check them out!

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  • July 10, 2016 at 11:32 pm
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    I heard about this airline before but not in as much detail, so I thank you for that. Being the “packer” that I am, not sure that it would work for me – the cheap part that is. However, I guess that I could buy some clothes upon arrival – thrift – and dispose of them before my return flight? That’s a thought, eh?

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  • July 11, 2016 at 10:41 am
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    I travel a lot so budget friendly airlines are my friend and I have always found wow and wizz air easy to navigate.

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    • July 11, 2016 at 2:29 pm
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      Never heard of Wizz Air before, I’ll have to look into them.

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  • July 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm
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    I have never come across Air Wow before I have to admit, but it does sound like an easy process to use when booking,

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