SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Get your passports in order. Travel from the West Coast to Europe is about to get a lot cheaper this summer.

Starting in June, the low-cost, no-frills Icelandic carrier Wow air will offer flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to various cities in Europe.

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Wow air has been offering $99 flights to cities in Europe from the East Coast since last year. The flights connect through Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik.

A couple taking a selfie picture in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)

A couple taking a selfie picture in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. (LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP/Getty Images)


Company founder and CEO Now Mogensen told Forbes Magazine Wow aims to corner the market on low-cost, long-haul flights.

“Low-cost carriers like Southwest in the United States and Ryanair in Europe have been the most successful and profitable in the industry but have generally operated locally,” he said. “No one has done it with Transatlantic flights.”

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Just one caveat: Be prepared to forego all the extras, like legroom, baggage, food and movies. Those things will cost a little extra, but not enough to break the bank. Passengers can purchase upgrades for roomier seats, extra luggage allowances and meals.

Wow will offer 5 flights weekly to Reykjavic from SFO as of June 9, and four from Los Angeles. There are 21 European destinations, including Berlin, Amsterdam, London, and Paris.


CBSSF.com writer, producer Jan Mabry is also executive producer and host of The Bronze Report. She lives in Northern California. Follow her on Twitter @janmabr.

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