Low-Cost Airline Play offers US-Europe flights from $109

IIf you want to go to Europe for less, a new low-cost airline from Iceland – Play – has an interesting proposal for you.

The airline launched in the US market on December 16 with flights from Boston Logan International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to 22 European destinations from spring 2022. The flights, which connect to Iceland and can now be booked online, head to popular European hubs such as Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, London and Paris, as well as smaller outposts such as Alicante, Malaga and Tenerife in Spain, Trondheim in Norway and Bologna, Italy.

In an effort to really make a splash in the US, for a limited time, Play is offering single European flights for just $109 to 11 of its European destinations:

  • Berlin Brandenburg (BER), Germany
  • Brussels (BRU), Belgium
  • Copenhagen (CPH), Denmark
  • Dublin (DUB), Ireland
  • Gothenburg Landvetter (GOT), Sweden
  • Keflavik (KEF), Iceland
  • London Stansted (STN), United Kingdom
  • Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), France
  • Stavanger (SVG), Norway
  • Stuttgart (STR), Germany
  • Trondheim (TRD), Norway

The deal is valid for return flights departing from the US, booked before December 24, 2021, midnight Eastern Time, for travel between May and June 2022 and between August and October 2022.

What’s the catch? Well, the seriously no-nonsense courier has a lot from extra charges for everything from seat selection ($4-$50) to carry-on and checked baggage. One personal item is included for the flight, but carry-on and onboard meals are additional, and a 44-pound single checked bag ranges from $32 to $57 when pre-booked online (prices vary depending on dates and itineraries), up to $79 if you pay at airport check-in. It costs $78 to change your flight dates, and the flights themselves are absent via Wi-Fi or seat back entertainment.

If this all sounds somewhat familiar, that’s because it is. Much of the executive team, including Play CEO Birgir Jónsson, hails from the now-defunct Icelandic budget airline Wow Air, which had a similar model for low-cost, no-frills flights.

A model that Jónsson says is ready for a comeback now that the desire of Americans to travel cheaply abroad is increasing again.

“Travellers around the world are hungry for new destinations, and recent data shows that nearly two-thirds of Americans plan their next vacations with international destinations as their first priority,” Jónsson said in a press release about Play’s US launch.

He added that with the airline’s affordable flights, “Travelers can enjoy their destination instead of spending too much money on the flight to get there.”

So what are the rates if there isn’t an introductory offer making headlines? During the peak season of 2022, a one-way flight to Paris from Boston can cost as much as $422, and a one-way flight from London to Baltimore can cost $440. But even during the summer, you can find deals on one-way flights to Europe for under $200 on Play.

Founded in 2019 in Reykjavík, Iceland, the airline operates its flights on new All-Economy Airbus A321NEO and A320NEO aircraft. The first flights started in June 2021, when it started flights within Europe.

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