WOW air, wow prices

Great news for families with pre-schoolers living in Wales and the South West – thanks to the arrival of WOW air at Bristol Airport, from Monday 30 November you can now book term-time flights to the US for as little as £99 one-way.

From May, the Icelandic low-cost airline will fly from Bristol to Reykjavik three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from there passengers can join a service to one of six cities – Boston, LA, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Montreal or Toronto.

The Charles River in Boston, USA

Bristol to Boston (above) for less than £100 one-way? Yes please!

Even though the flights aren't direct (you'll have to stop over at Reykjavik) with unbeatable prices it’s defiantly worth considering. However, before you get too carried away with the headline grabbing price of £99, remember that the flights are one-way, and return flights are normally double the price, so a return trip is likely to come in at around £300 – not quite £99, but still a great deal. Naturally, during peak seasons fares will be higher.

Sadly the current departure dates fall outside term time, but are still great find for families with preschoolers. WOW air have announced that the £99 fares can be purchased for the following departures:

  • Bristol to Boston: 16, 18 and 25 May 2016
  • Bristol to Montreal: 7, 14, 19, 28 May
  • Bristol to Toronto: 2, 14 September
  • Bristol to Washington: 13, 20 May

There have been rumours about other low-cost airlines like Ryanair planning to bring out affordable long-haul flights, but it's yet to happen. As a result of the WOW air announcement, their passenger capacity is expected to double in 2016 to 1.8 million. For those who’ve never flown with WOW air, you can expect a standard experience with decent leg room, with 30 inches seat pitch (the space between your seat to the one in front) and the option to increase to 34 inches on the North American flights for an extra charge.

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