Budget travelers may bite on the latest bargain fare between Los Angeles and New Delhi. Iceland-based Wow Air in December will begin flying to the Indian city from major U.S. hubs, including L.A. The initial ticket price: $199 each way.
Tickets are on sale now for flights that begin Dec. 5 and stop in Reykjavík. I checked the airline’s website Tuesday and found the $199 fare from L.A. available Jan. 21. However, the cheapest return I could find for the week of Jan. 27 was $354 (I selected Jan. 30 to test this fare). Total round-trip airfare costs $554, including tax, one of the cheapest fares around.
But that price assumes you are bringing only a personal item on board, defined as something roughly 17-by-13-by-10 inches.
Anything larger, expect to pay $49.99 for a carry-on bag and $69.99 for a checked bag — for each leg of your trip. Round-trip airfare with one carry-on, one checked bag and seat selections (yes, there are fees) comes out to roughly $828.
As a comparison, on the same dates, Priceline was showing an $848 airfare for L.A.-New Delhi on KLM, which includes bags and stops in Amsterdam.
Wow Air service to New Delhi also is available from Boston, Washington, D.C./Baltimore (BWI), New York (EWR in Newark, N.J.); Chicago; Detroit and San Francisco.
The airline offers regular service between the U.S. and Europe (via Iceland).
Info: Wow Air