Deal Alert: US to Iceland From $192 Round-Trip
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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. [Update, 3/28/2019: WOW Air has ceased operations. Find our ongoing coverage of WOW Air's collapse, and what affected passengers can do about it, here.]
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.