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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Wow Air announced $69 flights from the US to Europe last week, but even though those extremely low fares are gone, we’re still seeing cheap flights to Wow’s hub in Reykjavik (KEF). You can fly from Boston (BOS) and Baltimore (BWI) to Reykjavik (KEF) for just $250 round-trip while fares from San Francisco are $280 round-trip and flights from Miami (MIA) are $300 round-trip. Availability is fairly limited for departures from January through May 2017.
Keep in mind that Wow Air is a budget airline so you’ll be paying extra fees if you want to choose your seat or check a bag, but we’ve had good experiences with Wow. If you’re using Google Flights to find your desired itinerary, you may have to take advantage of the separate tickets feature in order to find the cheapest prices.
Airline: Wow Air
Route: BOS, BWI, MIA and SFO to REK
Cost: $250+ round-trip in economy
Dates: January – May 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Baltimore (BWI) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $250 round-trip in February:
Boston (BOS) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $250 round-trip in February:
San Francisco (SFO) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $280 round-trip in April:
Miami (MIA) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $299 round-trip in February:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
Featured image of Iceland courtesy of Getty Images.
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H/T: Thrifty Traveler
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