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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 Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the 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.
Finding $200 round-trip fares to Iceland isn’t uncommon. Indeed, you can still find $169 round-trip flights on WOW Air. However, you’re going to have to pack really, really light in order to avoid additional fees. If you want to check or carry on a bag on those flights, the price quickly spikes. The good news is that we are seeing some great fares today that include a full-size carry-on bag, with nonstop fares starting at just $301 round-trip.
For those hoping to upgrade their Delta flights, remember that Delta is using domestically-configured 757-200s that have recliner seats instead of lie-flat seats on this route. At least Delta is honest by selling these as “Premium Select” premium economy rather than business or first class.
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Make sure to select “overhead bin access included” if you want to only see fares that include a carry-on bag. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA such as Priceline or Expedia.
Airlines: Delta, Air Canada, United, WOW (Plus class), Icelandair
Routes: JFK/PIT/EWR/BWI/ORD/BOS/CLE to KEF
Cost: $301+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: September 2018 to July 2019, depending on the route
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi ThankYou Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Booking Link: Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) for $301 round-trip nonstop in Delta Basic Economy:
Pittsburgh (PIT) to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) for $307 round-trip on Air Canada:
Newark (EWR) to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) for $309 round-trip on United/Air Canada:
Baltimore (BWI) to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) for $316 round-trip in Delta Basic Economy:
Chicago (ORD) to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) for $316 round-trip in Delta Basic Economy:
Boston (BOS) to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) for $316 round-trip in Delta Basic Economy:
Cleveland (CLE) to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) for $351 round-trip nonstop in WOW Plus class — which includes a free carry-on, free checked bag and seat selection:
Pittsburgh (PIT) to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) for $356 round-trip nonstop in WOW Plus class — which includes a free carry-on, free checked bag and seat selection:
Chicago (ORD) to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) for $371 round-trip nonstop in WOW Plus class — which includes a free carry-on, free checked bag and seat selection:
Boston (BOS) to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) for $372 round-trip nonstop in WOW Plus class — which includes a free carry-on, free checked bag and seat selection:
Boston (BOS) to Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF) for $392 round-trip nonstop on Icelandair:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi ThankYou Premier, 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.
And if you’d rather head to Iceland for free check out our guide to getting to Iceland on points and miles.
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