So I was looking around for flights to Amsterdam in the last couple days. @roelandp mentioned some bargain prices for flights from the US and @bendjmiller has a great post on where to start your search to save money. I’m still bootstrapping my startups so I have to be scrappy with funds, although I have to be careful being too cheap sometimes since there’s tremendous value in meeting others and networking. I started with Skyscanner and since I was somewhat flexible with the dates and open to spending a few more days around Amsterdam I adjusted the date range on Skyscanner. I did want to get back to SF by the 14th to catch the second day of a startup conference on Nov. 15th, but was flexible about getting to Amsterdam a bit earlier. Anyways yesterday I found the cheapest flight from Wow Air at $500 round trip arriving Tuesday or Wednesday to Amsterdam on Skyscanner. I waited to check this morning and it moved up to around $576. Still cheap but was disappointed I didn’t book it late last night.
So I decided to go directly to Wow Air and lo and behold I found the same round trip flight I wanted for $440!.. All I can say is ... Wow...(I’m only going with a small carry on so I’m going to have to pack super light. If you check in luggage that’s an extra $60 each way.) If I wanted to stay longer the cheapest flight I saw was $420 round trip. There are add-ons for seats with extra leg room and since the flights were so cheap and the flights long I think maybe I should have gotten better seats, but oh wells. The great thing is there is only one stopover in Iceland for only 2 hrs!
So Wow Air is a ‘happy low-fare & high-performance airline’ company based in Iceland and started by an entrepreneur named Skúli Mogensen in 2011. I like their story and you can’t beat the price! They seem to fly out of SF, LA, NY, DC, Boston, Miami and prices may not be as low as the $400’s, but still should be relatively cheaper than most flights. Here is more info on them from their web page.
Start the Booking Process:
If you have a flexible schedule, click on the 'Flexible Dates' checkbox.
Find the lowest cost days that fit your schedule.
Select Seats (Optional!) You can skip if you don't care about seating!
Tours (I skipped)
Hotels (I skipped)
Ok so I guess I’m visiting Amsterdam in November… I heard there’s some sort of conference thingy or something happening then?