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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend 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.
Iceland is one of the hottest travel destinations of the year, and while you’ll pay a pretty penny for everything from lodging to rental car fuel once you’re on the ground, actually getting to the country can be dirt cheap. That’s thanks to WOW Air — the carrier continues to offer $200+ fares from much of the US to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF), including round-trip departures from Chicago (ORD), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), San Francisco (SFO), Baltimore (BWI) and more.
Exact availability depends on where you’re originating from, but we’re generally seeing low fares for departures from now through December 2017. Use Google Flights to find the dates you want, then book directly with the airline. Note that WOW Air is a low-cost carrier, so carry-on and checked bags, seat assignments and other items you’ll find bundled with legacy carrier fares require an additional fee with WOW.
Airlines: WOW Air
Routes: BWI/BOS/EWR/SFO/ORD/LAX to KEF
Cost: $200+ round-trip in economy
Dates: September – December 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 $200 round-trip:
San Francisco (SFO) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $230 round-trip:
Boston (BOS) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $250 round-trip:
Chicago (ORD) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $250 round-trip:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $260 round-trip:
Newark (EWR) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $300 round-trip:
Miami (MIA) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $330 round-trip:
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 (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!
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- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
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- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
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- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards