As I wait for last-minute Lufthansa first class award tickets to open for Germany in the coming days, I seriously entertained just booking a cheap economy class ticket earlier this week on WOW Air. But ultimately I just couldn’t do it.
There is no disputing the fare sale was tremendous: $99.99 one-way from Los Angeles to Berlin–
But several things discouraged me from ultimately booking. First, the cheap base fare is quite misleading. We will be away for several weeks and don’t have a second wardrobe of clothes waiting in Germany. That means one large suitcase per-person, plus two carry-ons. That puts us in the WOW Plus category already, more than doubling the one-way ticket price.
Second, the fare did not allow a stopover in Iceland. I am still not 100% adverse to flying WOW Air, but if I do I want to ensure it is in conjunction with a stopover in Reykjavik. I’ve been to Iceland in the summer before (and loved it). Next time, I want to visit during the winter and hopefully catch the Northern Lights.
Third, we’re talking about a special trip with my family. I always dreamed about Augustine’s first flight being in Lufthansa first class. It turned out to be United business class to London, but I need to get him into Lufthansa first class before he turns two and requires his own ticket!
Had we had more time I have may have worked in a trip to Iceland and Greenland on the way out, but we’re scrambling to prepare everything here in Los Angeles for our big trip.
There is understandably great allure to $99 one-way fares to Europe and I wholeheartedly encourage them: if you know what you are getting yourself into it.
My advice is to take advantage of these tickets when you are not traveling with a child and want to save money. But always look for matches from other carriers. Often, when Norwegian or WOW offer cheap fares legacies like SAS will match. Had SAS filed a matching fare to Berlin, I would not have hesitated to book. Why? Free baggage, lounge access as a Star Gold flyer, complimentary meals onboard, and no bogus fees (like credit card transaction fees, etc) would have made the prospect of flying economy and saving my miles much more compelling.