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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.
If you’ve been dreaming of exploring the Icelandic countryside or relaxing in the iconic Blue Lagoon, now’s the time to do it, because fares have dropped as low as $323 round-trip.
While you used to be able to snag a much better deal, low prices to Iceland have not been so common since the demise of low-fare airline WOW Air. If you’re looking for recommendations and tips on traveling in Iceland, check out these guides:
- Mistakes to Avoid When Traveling in Iceland
- The Best Times to Visit Iceland
- 10 Icelandic Springs That Are Better Than the Blue Lagoon
All of these fares are available in Icelandair and American basic economy, so you’ll have to pay extra to pick your seats and check any baggage.
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. 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 like Priceline or Expedia.
Airline: Icelandair, American
Routes: ORD/EWR/BOS/MCO/MSP/DEN/SFO/SEA/PDX to KEF
Cost: $323+ round-trip in basic economy
Travel Dates: September 2019-May 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier℠ Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Chicago (ORD) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $323 round-trip on Icelandair:
New York (EWR) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $363 round-trip on Icelandair:
Boston (BOS) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $363 round-trip on Icelandair:
Orlando (MCO) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $365 round-trip on American:
Minneapolis (MSP) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $423 round-trip on Icelandair:
Denver (DEN) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $423 round-trip on Icelandair:
Portland (PDX) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $423 round-trip on Icelandair:
Seattle (SEA) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $423 round-trip on Icelandair:
San Francisco (SFO) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $466 round-trip 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), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card (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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