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Pack your (not too heavy) bags, because you’re off to Europe this fall! Low-cost carrier WOW Air flies from Boston (BOS) and Baltimore (BWI), arriving at Iceland’s one and only international airport, Keflavik (KEF). WOW recently made headlines offering $99+ fares to KEF, and although availability isn’t quite as good as it once was, there are still great deals to be had.

You have to search a bit, but it's like finding truffles in a forest.
You have to search a bit, but it’s like finding truffles in a forest.

Like other low-cost airlines, WOW bolsters its revenue by charging extra fees for baggage, seat selection and a variety of in-flight services. For example, included in the price of your fare is one small cabin bag which can weigh up to 5 kilograms (about 11 pounds) and can be no bigger than 56 x 45 x 25 centimeters. If you want to bring more than 5 kilograms to Iceland, though, you’ll have to shell out some extra cash. By paying $29 each way, you can purchase 7 kilograms (15 pounds) in extra weight for your carry-on bag, netting you a total weight allowance of 12 kilograms (26 pounds).

If 26 pounds isn’t enough, though, you’ll have to purchase a checked bag for $48 each way. This will give you a total baggage allowance of 20 kilograms (44 pounds). Note that baggage fees are much higher at the airport, so be sure to plan ahead and purchase an extra allowance online.

You know what, on second thought I'll just pack my laptop and a toothbrush and we'll call it even.
You know what, on second thought I’ll just pack my laptop and a toothbrush and we’ll call it even.

That being said, there are some amazing deals to be had for European connections. If you’re looking into a quick jaunt to Europe’s most beloved cities, check first with WOW to see if you can get a good deal. Note: All of WOW’s one-way sample fares below are available for at least two passengers, so you should be able to add a companion as well (for double the price, of course).

WOW Air deals for fall: not too shabby!
WOW Air deals for fall: not too shabby!

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.

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