Delta Announces Service to Iceland

by on August 6, 2010 · 6 comments

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I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland, but have never been interested in flying Iceland Air or Iceland Express- primarily because you don’t (currently) earn miles on those carriers- and what’s the point of flying coach if you can’t earn miles?

Recently Iceland Air announced a partnership with Alaska Airlines, with unknown mileage earning/burning capabilities. This was good to hear- finally a way to use miles to go to Alaska, although I have no Alaska, they are a transfer partner of Starwood Preferred Guest.

Today, Delta announced non-stop JFK-KEF service, beginning in June 2011. This daily 757 service is equipped with their BusinessElite cabin. At least now if I buy a ticket, I will be able to select an exit row as a Medallion and the flight isn’t really that long- 7 miles longer than JFK-SFO.

While Delta still has some issues to work out with their frequent flyer program (primarily around a functioning award calendar and sane redemption levels), you can’t doubt their international presence, especially as a NYC based flier. They currently service all 6 continents and have a huge European operation from NYC. I’d like for them to increase their Caribbean and South American expansion from JFK, but I’ll take what I can get for now- a nice hot Icelandic geothermal dip!

See here for a quick overview on things to do in Iceland from esteemed travel blogger Nomadic Matt.

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  • Travel guide iceland

    We really hope that this will reduce the price of flights to Iceland and we will see cheaper prices between Iceland and Europe. This could really increase the popularity of Iceland as tourist destination.

  • The Points Guy

    I definitely think this announcement as piqued the interest of a lot of people who wouldn’t otherwise consider Iceland as a vacation destination. I, for one, am already planning a trip next year…maybe on the inaugural flight!

    Thanks for your comment- will check out your site when I start planning the trip.

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  • David

    I’m gaming this out right now and realize this is an old thread, but does anyone know if there will be anything fun to inaugurate the route? If so, might be worth picking the first flight instead of others, all things being equal…..

  • The Points Guy

    Theres usually fanfare at the gate- champagne/giveaways and senior level people from Delta and the destination.

    I’ve never done an inaugural flight but I’m tempted! Fares seem to be under $500.. Under $400 and I’ll bite for sure

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