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LoftleidirDC8
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WW the new FI?

Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:45 pm

When I was a kid we would always fly FI ORD-KEF-LUX and then on the free shuttle to Mannheim. FI was always several hundred dollars less than PA/LH/TW. This October I'm flying WW SFO-KEF-FRA as they, even with seat and carryon fees, are considerably less expensive than the big boys. I can't do a direct comparison as FI doesn't serve SFO. With all the new economy comfort, saga class and inflight wifi etc. is FI focusing a bit more on a premium traffic? Has FI gone from publishing the lowest fares to chasing WW fare wise? FI just feels classier than WW.

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AAvgeek744
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Re: WW the new FI?

Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:06 pm

FI seems to consider itself a full service airline. WOW on the other end of the spectrum. Not everyone wanting to fly to and beyond Iceland wants an ultra low cost experience. It seems so far they are competing OK. If I had to put money down on a bet if one went out of business, I would say it won't be FI.
 
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Re: WW the new FI?

Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:33 pm

AAvgeek744 wrote:
FI seems to consider itself a full service airline. WOW on the other end of the spectrum. Not everyone wanting to fly to and beyond Iceland wants an ultra low cost experience. It seems so far they are competing OK. If I had to put money down on a bet if one went out of business, I would say it won't be FI.


You are absolutely right that WW wouldn't survive a serious fuel or geopolitical crisis. It sucks that for the cheapest tickets you must buy food on FI.
 
peterj324
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Re: WW the new FI?

Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:08 pm

WOW always seems pretty expensive out of BWI. When I search for tickets from all Washington DC airports to Europe, WOW is rarely the cheapest option. Sometimes full service airlines like Lufthansa, Aer Lingus and United are often cheaper WITHOUT any ads ons. And when WOW is the cheapest option, the add ons have always made it more expensive than other options so I have yet to try them. They occasionally offer bargain deals when they start up new routes but they have been difficult to purchase.

I've only flown Icelandair for 1 roundtrip to Europe and I found them to be cheap too. No free food plus a pretty awful inflight entertainment system but the price always seems to be right with them. I've often seen them be cheaper than WOW and hundreds of dollars cheaper than the full service European and US carriers. ($800 for IAD-KEF-LHR on Icelandair vs $1100 nonstop on BA or UA while WOW is charging $850 before add ons when I checked for June travel)

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