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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.
Ultra low-cost carrier WOW Air is currently running a sale with dirt cheap fares from the US to Iceland, including summer travel dates. You can fly from Boston (BOS), Baltimore (BWI), Detroit (DTW), New York (JFK), Pittsburgh (PIT), Chicago (ORD), St. Louis (STL) and San Francisco to Reykjavik (KEF) for as little as $200 round-trip.
Remember that WOW is a budget carrier, so you’ll have to pay extra for checked bags and seat selection. But still, with prices for less than a transcontinental flight you’ll still have plenty of room to save. To save even more, check out our guide to booking hotels in Iceland with points.
Discounted tickets are available now through mid-June and then late August through October 2018. You can search for your itinerary with Google Flights and then complete the booking with the airline itself.
Airline: WOW Air
Routes: BOS/BWI/DTW/JFK/PIT/ORD/STL/SFO to KEF
Cost: $200+ roundtrip in economy
Dates: April-June 2018 and September-October 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
New York (JFK) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $200 round-trip in May:
Boston (BOS) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $200 round-trip in June:
Pittsburgh (PIT) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $200 round-trip in May/June:
Cleveland (CLE) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $220 round-trip in June:
Chicago (ORD) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $220 round-trip in May:
Baltimore (BWI) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $250 round-trip in June:
San Francisco (SFO) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $266 round-trip in October:
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, 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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With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards