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Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available – Citi Prestige Card
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.
The transatlantic market has become quite crowded with low-cost carriers over the last few years. Players like Norwegian, Primera and Level have significantly driven down the cost of airfare, and there are constant price wars to entice travelers to fly with one airline or another. Now, WOW Air is offering dirt-cheap flights to its hub in Iceland. You can fly from Pittsburgh (PIT), Newark (EWR), New York (JFK), Baltimore (BWI), Boston (BOS), Cleveland (CLE), St. Louis (STL), Cincinnati (CVG), Detroit (DTW), Dallas (DFW), San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX) to Reykjavik (KEF) starting at just $169 round-trip.
Keep in mind that because WOW is a budget carrier, you’ll have to pay extra for a large carry-on, checked bag, seat assignment and meal. However, if you’re willing to forgo those amenities you can fly round-trip nonstop to Europe for less than what many pay for a domestic flight.
Airlines: WOW Air
Routes: PIT/EWR/JFK/BWI/BOS/CLE/STL/CVG/DTW/DFW/SFO/LAX to KEF
Cost: $169+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: September through December
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Booking Link: Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Cleveland (CLE) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $169 round-trip nonstop on WOW:
Pittsburgh (PIT) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $169 round-trip nonstop on WOW:
Cincinnati (CVG) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $169 round-trip nonstop on WOW:
Detroit (DTW) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $169 round-trip nonstop on WOW:
St. Louis (STL) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $199 round-trip nonstop on WOW:
Dallas (DFW) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $199 round-trip nonstop on WOW:
Boston (BOS) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $200 round-trip nonstop on WOW:
Newark (EWR) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $200 round-trip nonstop on WOW:
San Francisco (SFO) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $230 round-trip nonstop on WOW:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $260 round-trip nonstop on WOW:
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, Citi 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.
H/T: Miles to Memories
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With some great bonus categories, the American Express Gold Card has a lot going for it. The card offers 4x points at US restaurants, at US supermarkets (up to $25,000; then 1x), and 3x points on flights booked directly with airlines or through amextravel.com. It is currently offering a welcome bonus of 35,000 bonus points after you spend $2,000 in the first three months.
- Earn 35,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $2,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 3 months.
- Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. restaurants. Earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per year in purchases, then 1X).
- Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
- Earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with The Gold Card at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, and Ruth's Chris Steak House. This is an annual savings of up to $120. Enrollment required.
- $100 Airline Fee Credit: up to $100 in statement credits per calendar year for incidental fees at one selected qualifying airline.
- Choose to carry a balance with interest on eligible charges of $100 or more.
- No Foreign Transaction Fees.
- Annual Fee is $250.
- Terms apply.
- See Rates & Fees