Megabus Offers Free U.S. Trips for Stranded Wow Air Passengers

Low-cost city-to-city bus service Megabus is offering to help travelers stranded by WOW Air’s decision to end its operations and cancel all flights. While it’s quick to remind travelers that, as a bus company, it cannot provide transatlantic travel, Megabus says that it will help travelers by transporting them to another city where they can catch a different flight, free of charge. 

To take advantage of the deal, travelers must email [email protected] with proof of their flight cancellation from the airline, as well as their travel request. The offer is valid only via email and for cancelled flights through March 31, and it only applies to U.S. trips and cities served by Megabus on the original travel date. 

Iceland-based budget airline Wow Air officially ended operations this week after negotiations on a possible takeover by Icelandair fell through. Wow Air, which first began operations in 2012, had struggled with debt it had taken on to continue expanding its low-cost transatlantic service, which advertised fares as low as £99, to additional cities in the U.S. Recently, it had dropped a number of U.S. cities outside the East Coast from its route network, and it canceled a planned expansion to India before it had begun. 

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Analysts have pointed to the carrier’s ultra-low pricing, as well as competition from fellow carrier Norwegian’s direct transatlantic service, as potential reasons behind the airline’s end. 

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