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Cheap Delta Flights to Iceland

by on April 29, 2011 · 18 comments

in Delta, Mileage Runs

If you are looking for a fun summer vacation and want to try something different, you might want to consider Iceland. Delta becomes the first US carrier to start serving Iceland starting JFK- Reykjavik on June 1, 2011 and I’ve noticed some pretty low introductory fares. Total round-trip JFK-KEF prices including taxes come to $488 for coach and $1,500 for business class. Certainly not mileage run material, but not a bad deal for summer travel – I’ve seen a lot of domestic fares more expensive than that!

To search the lowest fares go to delta.com -> Book a flight and then click the box that says “My dates are flexible” which will let you search +/- 3 days for the best fares, or do a flexible weekend search, which will show you a month of weekend fares. There are only two other carriers that fly to Iceland, so you can also check the price of your ticket on any online travel site and as well as Iceland Express’ website.

I’m tempted because I’ve never been to Iceland. The only holdup is that there aren’t a lot of options to use points for hotels and the weekend I want to go the Hilton is sold out. I may try to find a cheap boutique hotel, so I’ll keep you all updated. If you have any suggestions, please comment below.

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  • Hallie
  • Rob

    I wonder if there is any chance these rates will remain low later in the summer also… I’ve been planning a trip to Iceland for quite some time for August, but have been holding off on buying tickets. Thanks for the notice.

  • Mark

    Great informative post (particularly teaching people (like me) how to find the lowest fares).

    When I visited Iceland I stayed at a B&B. I think B&Bs are quite popular. Iceland is amazing…but, no more than a weekend or long weekend trip.

    I know it is a crazy idea, but you could also stay home one weekend. ;)

  • Patrick

    I stayed at Hotel Thingholt (http://www.centerhotels.com/our-hotels/hotel-thingholt/) on a trip to Iceland in March 2010 for less than $50 and was very pleased with the quality and service. Kayak shows it around $200 for this summer, but when I was booking my trip there were many 3/4 star boutique hotels available for less than $100 in the center of Reykjavik – and it seemed like the larger American chain hotels were a little further outside of the city, not really walking distance from anything of note. One of the smaller hotels in the city center is definitely the way to go (Centerhotels, the company that manages Thingholt has four other hotels in downtown Reykjavik also worth checking out)!

  • Alan

    I’d highly recommend Iceland, especially if you have time to get out and really see the country. It’s an amazing place.

    There is not a lot of major lodging, with the few large hotels all in Reykjavik. Outside of the city, it’s a lot of B&B’s and smaller hotels/lodges. Most of the places aren’t overly fancy, but are extremely clean with friendly hosts and excellent breakfasts.

    We stayed for two weeks, driving the entire ring road and it was a simply fantastic trip (and we went right before the currency crash… even at the inflated prices, it was great).

  • Rob

    I was there for 4 nights in late Jan/early Feb and rented an apartment at Reykjavik4You Apartments through booking.com and the entire experience was fantastic with a great location. Also make sure to try the puffin, horse, and whale dishes at a little restaurant a few blocks away (http://www.3frakkar.com/ENGLISH/pages.php?idpage=1717). Bon Appetit!

  • Adam

    Try the Radisson Friends and Family Rate. Some great properties for 80 Eur in the center city.

  • http://www.gregorytran.com Gregory Tran

    I love iceland – and it’s an easy trip from JFK.

    Thing is, most people who go only stay in Reykjavik or the close areas, and imo the best parts of iceland are outside the main city. I went for 10 days last year driving around the “ring road” and wished i had another week or two to explore. If you only stay in the capital, you really miss the best stuff.

    Of course, theres no big hotel chains anywhere outside of the capital, so no points stays there :o

  • Gregory

    Hotel Fron, right on Laugavegur is usually where I stay when I’m there. Great prices, decent rooms and breakfast right in the heart of Reykjavik. I’d agree that the best parts of the country are outside of Reykjavik, but the capital city is still amazing and is a great weekend trip from NYC.

  • David

    I enjoyed Hotel Nordica when I was there a few years ago. Nothing fancy, but quite nice.

  • Mike

    Don’t forget to register here before purchase to get 5000 SkyMiles for a roundtrip.
    http://dmn.delta.com/ace_offers/iceland/

  • Marina

    Any idea why JFK to SFO flights are all over $600 during the summer? I’ve never seen anything like this before!

  • CaySquared

    @Marina Yeah we Bay Areans have to pay nearly double price to get this deal, where’s our low-fare love??

  • Jerimi

    Another vote for “YOU MUST VISIT ICELAND”. I went once over Thanksgiving and wish I had more time. We rented a car and simply explored… If I could find a deal like this out of ORD I would be all over it.

    As far as lodging, we stayed at the hotel loftleidir which was decent. It was part of a package deal with Icelandair. Should I go again I may rent off of homeaway and get even more out into the country.

  • http://Planereality.com Planereality

    It’s a relatively cheap fare but what is delta using for that 5.5 jaunt, a 737? One could rack up more miles for less money,in first class, domestically

  • The Points Guy

    @Planereality its a BusinessElite equipped 757. The only domestic routes that plane flies is JFK-SFO/LAX and those business class fares are generally much higher than $1500 roundtrip, all-in.

  • The Points Guy

    But, agree its not a mileage run fare, but a cheap way to see a really interesting country

  • http://www.dailybits.be Herman dailybits

    2 weeks ago we got hold of an icelandair promotion (186€ holland-iceland-holland) and also booked 2 flights for september. It’s now the moment to visti Iceland with a 50% pricedrop for hotels, food, drinks…. because of the weak ISK.

    For car rental we think we will go with cheapjeep to get more freedom in Iceland.

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