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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 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 Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Looking for an adventure, and want to do it on the cheap? WOW Air, the Icelandic low-cost carrier, currently has super cheap fares to Iceland. You’ll be able to get to the mystical-looking island on the cheap and use the savings from your flight to check out spots like the Blue Lagoon and some of the country’s natural wonders.
You can fly from Boston (BOS), Baltimore (BWI), Chicago (ORD), Cleveland (CLE), Cincinnati (CVG), Newark (EWR), New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) to Reykjavik (KEF). Dates are scattered but appear to be available through the end of the schedule.
Although WOW is a low-cost carrier that charges for seat selection and bags, these fares still offer plenty of room for savings. To make your ticket as cheap as possible, you’ll have to sign up for MyWOW, which really just puts you on their email list. Still, it can result in savings of $5 to $20 per trip.
To book, head to Google Flights and plug in your desired departure city. After finding the dates that work best for you, you’ll have to book directly with WOW.
Routes: BOS/BWI/CLE/CVG/EWR/JFK/LAX/ORD/SFO to KEF
Cost: $192+ round-trip in economy
Dates: February through January 2019, depending on the route
Booking Link: Expedia or WOW
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Pittsburgh (PIT) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $192 round-trip on WOW:
Chicago (ORD) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $193 round-trip on WOW:
Detroit (DTW) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $199 round-trip on WOW:
New York (JFK) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $200 round-trip on WOW:
Boston (BOS) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $220 round-trip on WOW:
Cleveland (CLE) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $249 round-trip on WOW:
San Francisco (SFO) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $250 round-trip on WOW:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $271 round-trip on WOW:
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, 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.
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With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.
- 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®
- Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards