Deal Alert: US Cities to Iceland on Full-Service Carriers From $215 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 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 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 Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
The Iceland fare war continues, with full-service carriers jumping on the price-slash competition launched by WOW and Icelandair a few weeks back. Most of the deals come from United, with some codeshare flights with Air Canada. As of the time of this post, we’re seeing widespread availability from a number of US cities on a wide range of dates. We suggest using Google Flights to find the dates you want, and then book directly through the airline. Please note that many of the available fares offered are United’s new basic economy fare class for transatlantic routes, so checked bags cost extra unless you upgrade to regular economy.
Airline: Air Canada, United, Lufthansa
Routes: PHL/MSP/DFW/EWR/IAD/BOS/PIT/CLE/JFK/SFO to KEF
Cost: $215+ roundtrip in economy
Dates: August–December 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Philadelphia (PHL) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $215 round-trip on United:
Minneapolis (MSP) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $220 round-trip:
Dallas (DFW) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $241 round-trip:
Newark (EWR) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $303 nonstop round-trip:
Washington Dulles (IAD) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $308 round-trip:
Boston (BOS) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $308 round-trip:
Pittsburgh (PIT) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $318 round-trip:
Cleveland (CLE) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $318 round-trip:
New York (JFK) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $387 round-trip:
San Francisco (SFO) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $414 round-trip:
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, American Express Premier Rewards Gold 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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