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Deal alert: Icelandair fare sale to Europe as low as $332 from major US cities

Jan. 15, 2022
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There is a great sale on Icelandair fares to Europe right now. You can choose to book a nonstop flight to Reykjavik from U.S. cities such as Boston or Washington, D.C. Or you can visit other European destinations like Amsterdam, Berlin and Copenhagen. We found the best availability for these discounted fares – some under $400 — through spring.

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Oudezids Voorburgwal canal with Nicolaaskerk (Basilica of St. Nicholas) in the distance in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. (Photo by Jorg Greuel/Getty Images)

The team at Thrifty Traveler first caught wind of this great deal, which they mailed out to their premium subscribers. That service is available for $7.99 monthly or $49.99 annually. This membership fee easily pays for itself since you’ll get notified of cheap flights, award flight sales and business-class deals straight to your email.

Nonmembers can find sale prices by using Google Flights to search for desired routes and dates.

Deal basics

Airline: Icelandair
Routes: BOS/EWR/JFK/IAD/ORD to various European cities
Cost: Flights from $332
Dates: February – May and August – November

Sample Flights

  • Boston (BOS) to Amsterdam (AMS) - $395
  • Boston (BOS) to Reykjavik (KEF) - $452 (nonstop)
  • Chicago (ORD) to Amsterdam (AMS) - $401
  • NYC (JFK) to Berlin (BER) - $476
  • NYC (JFK) to Reykjavik (KEF) - $417 (nonstop)
  • Newark (EWR) to Oslo (OSL) - $396
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD) to Reykjavik (KEF) - $332 (nonstop)

Related: How to visit Iceland on a budget

These are Economy Light fares, which on Icelandair means a free carry-on but no seat assignment. You can upgrade to standard economy fares starting at $90, which gets you a checked bag and seat assignment. Keep in mind that Icelandair isn't part of an alliance, but it has partner airlines such as Alaska Airlines and JetBlue and some of the flights are on those carriers.

Washington D.C. (IAD) to Reykjavik (KEF) in March is available for $332 nonstop.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

New York City (JFK) nonstop to Reykjavik (KEF) is $417 in mid-March.

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(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

How does Boston (BOS) to Amsterdam (AMS) for under $400 sound? A trip in March was the lowest fare we found for this route.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Chicago (ORD) to Amsterdam in February is available for just $401, which is a fantastic price. But make sure you can travel light. Your first checked bag will cost you $190 with this fare.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Another good price for an Amsterdam vacation is out of Newark (EWR) where you can book your ticket for just $383 round-trip.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

You can also save big on flights from New York City (JFK) to Oslo (OSL). This route in March was just $382.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Maximize your purchase

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

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

Bottom Line

Typically the best prices we found for many of the routes for these fares were in March. This means if you're still considering a spring getaway, Europe should be at the top of your list.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
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  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
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  • Annual Fee is $250.
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  • See Rates & Fees