Deal alert: Book flights to Iceland for less than $400 round-trip

Aug 31, 2021

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If you’re looking for fall travel plans, there’s no greater place to explore than Iceland. I had the chance to visit earlier this summer, drove around the whole country with a camper van and ended my trip with a stay at the stunning Hotel Ranga.

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And currently, you can find flights to Reykjavik for less than $400 round-trip with wide-open availability from cities across the U.S. on United Airlines.

Camper van and RV culture is huge in Iceland. (Photo by Stella Shon/The Points Guy)

This deal was originally sent out by Thrifty Traveler Premium, available for just $7.99 monthly or $49.99 annually. This membership fee can easily pay for itself since you’ll get notified of cheap flights, award flight sales and business-class deals straight to your email.

Airline: United Airlines.
Routes: AUS/BOS/CLT/EWR/FLL/HNL/LAX/MEM/SAN/SLC/TPA and beyond to Reykjavik (KEF).
Cost: As low as $400 round-trip.
Dates: Now through November.
Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on air travel), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel).

The information for the Citi Prestige has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Here are just a few examples of flights we found:

Cincinnati (CVG) to Reykjavik (KEF)

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Los Angeles (LAX) to Reykjavik (KEF)

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Nashville (BNA) to Reykjavik (KEF)

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

As a bonus, I found round-trip flights from New York (JFK) to Reykjavik for under $350 on Delta Air Lines. Note that this flight is in basic economy, though Delta is offering free changes and cancellations to these fares through the end of 2021.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

How to book

There are no tricks or special codes needed to find these fares.

Head to Google Flights and plug in your desired departure and destination cities. Then, press “Shop with Miles” and use the calendar function to find dates that work for you.

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), the Citi Premier or the Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on air travel), American Express Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel).

Featured photo by Stella Shon/The Points Guy.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new card in the first three months of card membership. Offer ends 11/10/2021.

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  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 Bonus Miles and 10,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer expires 11/10/2021.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
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