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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 never seen the northern lights, you’re missing out on one of the most magical events on earth. And Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see the natural phenomenon. So, hop on a cheap flight from one of these six airports to Reykjavik and check this incredible experience off of your bucket list.
As WOW Air is in a serious retraction phase (axing service to Cleveland, Cincinnati, St. Louis, New York Kennedy and Dallas), it’s even more important than usual that you book your flights, hotels and activities with a credit card that offers solid travel insurance. And remember that points and miles are an excellent form of “insurance” too.
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. Then click through to the airline or online travel agency (OTA) to book the deal.
Airlines: WOW, Delta
Routes: ORD/BOS/STL/BWI/EWR/JFK to KEF
Cost: $200+ round-trip in basic economy
Travel Dates: November 2018 – March 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Booking Link: Priceline, Expedia or directly with the airline
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Chicago (ORD) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $200 round-trip nonstop on WOW:
Boston (BOS) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $200 round-trip nonstop on WOW:
St. Louis (STL) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $200 round-trip nonstop on WOW:
Baltimore (BWI) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $200 round-trip nonstop on WOW:
Newark (EWR) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $220 round-trip nonstop on WOW:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $331 round-trip nonstop on Delta (via KLM):
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® Gold Card, Citi Premier, 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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