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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.
This morning, WOW Air shared the details of its newest US destination — Chicago (ORD). As we reported earlier, flights between Reykjavik (KEF) and ORD begin July 13 and will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. To celebrate the new route, WOW is offering discounts on tickets to KEF and beyond. We’re seeing fares as low as $269 round-trip to Iceland and $339 round-trip to other European destinations like Amsterdam (AMS), Berlin (SXF) and London (LGW). Note that while you’re able to search for these flights on Google Flights, the cheapest fares we’ve seen were directly from WOW’s site. 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.
Airline: WOW Air
Route: ORD to AMS/LGW/SXF/KEF
Cost: $269+ round-trip in economy
Dates: July – October 2017
Booking Link: wowair.us
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:
Chicago (ORD) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $269 round-trip in September:
Chicago (ORD) to Amsterdam (AMS) for $339 round-trip in September:
Chicago (ORD) to London (LGW) for $339 round-trip in October:
Chicago (ORD) to Berlin (SXF) for $339 round-trip in October:
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 the Blue Lagoon in Iceland courtesy of Getty Images.
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