You can now fly from London to NYC for less than £100

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Travelling to the Big Apple just became extremely affordable

Bargain hunters with a taste for the Big Apple will be pleased.

Do you dream of decadent mornings strolling along Fifth Avenue à la Breakfast at Tiffany’s and feeling the wind in your hair as you zoom across Brooklyn Bridge in a yellow cab (Home Alone style)?

Well, thanks to budget airline WOW Air, that all might just become a reality in 2018, as it’s selling one-way flights from London’s Stanstead airport to New York’s JFK airport for just £99.

The price – less than even the usual taxes – is to celebrate the new route, and customers can purchase tickets now for its launch in April next year. 

Strolling through Central Park is one of many things you can see and do in the Big Apple

Like all good bargains, there is one small catch: the flights are not direct – passengers will have a stopover in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik for about one hour and 40 minutes. Altogether the flight time is around 11 hours and five minutes - which is longer than the average 8-hour direct flight. But that could be a good opportunity to stay a few nights and see the Northern Lights

Baggage fees also apply on all routes – a carry-on bag is free up to 10kg, but beyond that will cost you £29.99. Meanwhile, checked luggage is £44.99. And if you’re hungry mid-flight then you’ll need to pay for food and beverages (but you can bring snacks on board with you). 

“We are proud to constantly be lowering fares across the Atlantic, enabling more people to fly in our brand new aircraft and to experience the world,” Skúli Mogensen, CEO and founder of WOW Air, said in a statement, according to the Evening Standard.

“Air Passenger Duty in the UK is one of the highest in the world and we would love to change this. These low fares make a statement and allow our passengers to fly affordably.”

The airline hasn’t confirmed how long the tickets will be available for.

Images: Todd Quackenbush / Hector Arguello Canals


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Susan Devaney

Susan Devaney is a digital journalist for, writing about fashion, beauty, travel, feminism, and everything else in-between.