Best Of 2018

Best Reason to Fly Out of CVG: WOW air

Cincinnati’s airport doesn’t always offer the least expensive flights, prompting some locals to drive as far as Columbus or Louisville to save some dough. But the airport’s low-cost carriers like Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines and now Southwest have been driving down the average prices at CVG. And soon, if you want to get to Reykjavik for less than the cost of a nice pair of shoes, you can with WOW air. The Icelandic airline will start service in Cincy in May, connecting us to about a dozen destinations in Europe — London, Paris, Amsterdam and Dublin — for less than $150 each way. Currently, the only direct flight to Europe out of CVG is a (generally pretty expensive) Delta flight to Paris. Most budget airlines keep costs low by cutting certain perks like free snacks, baggage and seat selection and WOW is no exception: It’s a no-frills carrier that allows one small personal item (purse, laptop, etc.), and charges for other carry-ons and checked bags. So if you’re traveling alone with zero luggage to London, WOW can save you some money…and a drive. With all the cash you’re saving, you can just buy clothes when you get to your destination. Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, 3087 Terminal Drive, Hebron, cvgairport.com.