WOWair had prices way too cheap from the US to Iceland at $99 for a one-way. Now the prices are inflated at three to five times that amount for this summer. At the same time, the Club Carlson deadline is looming. So what is a budget/points conscious person supposed to do? The answer is kick the can down the road and hope that the random booking dates in June 2016 matches up with my life schedule and another WOWair sale.
My speculative booking has worked out in the past as I booked Conrad Maldives for 4 nights eight months in advance before Hilton ruined it for us with their devaluation. Locking in Christmas on Rangali Island before I had a flight booked turned out to be a great decision.
Hopefully the same will be true of the 2016 Iceland trip. A big reason why I paid the annual fee to US Bank is to stay for free in Reykjavik. The devaluation wouldn’t be such a big deal if there were other affordable options in Iceland. Since there aren’t any and since I will never be able to rationalize up to $500 for what I’m sure is an underwhelming Radisson Blu, I have no choice but to hope that my plan works out in my favor.
If it becomes available, I plan on immediately booking my WOWair ticket using my Prestige statement credit of $250. That way the entire trip is absolutely free.
Of course, there is a risk that I won’t be able to go which would cost me 2 nights and the airline statement credit if I cancel the flight. But I guess that’s what makes this hobby fun.