Deal alert: Flights to Iceland from $333 round trip, including over peak summer dates
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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.
Flights to Iceland have dropped as low as $333 round-trip, as first brought to our attention by Scott’s Cheap Flights.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen great sales to Iceland. In fact, it’s been tough to score good airfare deals since Reykjavik-based budget carrier WOW Air collapsed in early 2019. So take advantage of this windfall now if you can. The best fares begin at $333 out of major Northeast airports between March and May, and fares between the same cities hover in the low $400s on many dates throughout the rest of 2020.
Some of these fares may book into basic economy, which means different things to different airlines, but often means you may not have free use of the overhead bins for a carry-on. You probably won’t be able to select your seat, get an upgrade or earn Premier Qualifying Miles (PQMs), Premier Qualifying Segments (PQSs) or Premier Qualifying Dollars (PQDs). However, it’s possible to avoid many negative aspects of basic economy by having elite status or a cobranded credit card.
To find a deal, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find your dates and prices. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or an online travel agency, like Orbitz or Expedia.
Airline: Icelandair, JetBlue, United
Routes: EWR/JFK/BOS and more to KEF
Cost: from $333 round trip
Dates: March — December 2020
Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier℠ Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare immediately after earning your $300 annual travel credit), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
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Here are some examples of specific flights that are available:
New York (JFK) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $333 round-trip on Icelandair via Vayama:
New York/Newark (EWR) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $335 round-trip on Icelandair via Gotogate:
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