For as long as I could remember, I have always wanted to visit Europe. It has been a long time dream of mine, to really travel Europe but I really always didn’t think it was possible because the airfare was always out of reach and just impossible to budget for. That was until I was introduced to WOW Airlines, a budget friendly airline that flies into a LOT of European countries via Reykjavik, Iceland. I immediately jumped on a sale (under $400 to Brussels from Newark!), and just like that I was off to Europe for the very first time!
There are highly mixed reviews for Wow Air, I’ve read everything from horrible experiences to excellent experiences. There is always a risk you take when it comes to budget airlines, the perks are few and the expectations have to be managed at every turn. I approached these flights ready for anything, I’d be flying into Brussels via Reykjavik through Newark Airport.
Here are a few tips for flying WOW Air:
WOW Air Luggage Size Requirements:
If you know you are absolutely going to have a carry-on on your flight, make sure you purchase carry-ons WITH your plane ticket. It will be double the price at the check in counter. The carry on requirements: WOW air guests can purchase allowance for one carry-on bag, up to a maximum of 56x45x25cm/ 22x18x10in including handles and wheels and no more than 12 kg/26 lbs. This is VERY strict. To avoid extra fees when you arrive, make sure you don’t overpack and weigh your bag before you go!
WOW Air Leg Room
The Leg room is non existent guys. I am 5’3 and a thick girl and I was cramped. I was prepared, but I’m not sure how tall folks would manage unless they purchase a seat with extra room. However, in 2 out of 4 flights, the middle seat was empty so that was a really nice surprise. Going to Reykjavik though, I somehow chose this amazing seat with nothing in front of me. Apparently it’s rare and magical and only happens on certain plane types. It was nice to have all of that space for 5+ hours.
Although I didn’t get to explore Iceland, I did spend a bit of time there during the transfer to Brussels. A lot of WOW Air flights come through this airport, so it’s important that you know few things:
- If you are taking an overnight flight into Reykjavik during the cold months, beware that you will be getting off on a very cold runway and likely getting on a bus to enter the terminal. It can be a super shock to the system especially after sitting on a relatively warm plane for 6-7 hours.
- The food at Reykjavik is SO expensive. I already had food and water from my previous flight so I didn’t have to spend, but it’s pretty over the top.
- The actual airport is one of the prettiest I’ve EVER seen in my lifetime. The floors were spotless, the lighting was awesome, there was a lot of WHITE everywhere. Plus there was free wifi and plugs.
- The transfer on the way to Reykjavik was easy and super painless. My connecting gate to Brussels was a few doors down once you go through customs (also easy). However, coming back my connecting flight was in another terminal and because the first flight was late, the flight to Newark was doing a last call for boarding. It was incredibly stressful to 1) RUN with very heavy luggage 2) get through the very long customs line and 3) GET to the flight in the nick of time in a full blown sweat and full of stress. It can easily go either way. Be prepared for both.
- LINE UP EARLY: As soon as the board call comes, line up. The carry on space goes REALLY fast on the place so you want to be one of the first ones on the flight to secure your spot.
- The airport is really easy to navigate, signs were in English and easy to read.
Food on WOW Air
Every single things costs extra on WOW Airlines. There is nothing that is free. Not even water. I personally got a sandwich from my favorite bodega, and stocked up on snacks in the airport before takeoff. If you do find yourself hungry or thirsty on the place be ready to pay. I must say however, that everything smelled pretty good. They offered Margarita Pizza, Chicken Sandwiches and more for around $12-$15 dollars each.
Overall Thoughts on Wow Air
I went in with a completely open mind and with expectations managed. It was an easy ride to Brussels, but it was quite terrifying knowing that I might miss my connecting flight back home
due to no fault of my own. It was a bit uncomfortable but I got used to it really quickly. I’d absolutely fly them again if the price is right and I catch another sale.
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