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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that 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 The Platinum Card® from American Express, 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.

Finding flights across the Atlantic for less than the cost of some domestic flights has almost become a norm. However, finding ones that include amenities like free carry-on bags are harder to come by. Today we’re seeing that Air Canada, Icelandair, SAS and United are offering discounted fares from a number of US cities — even those on the West Coast — to Nordic capitals from $303 round-trip for travel from August to December 2018. And if you book your flight with Icelandair, you can visit two Nordic capitals for the price of one by taking advantage of the carrier’s free stopover program. Fall and winter are beautiful (yet cold) times to visit the Nordic countries, and when flights to get you there cost less than some domestic flights, you book.

To book, head to Google Flights and plug in your desired departure city. After finding dates that work best for you, book with the airline directly or with an OTA such as Expedia or Priceline. If you want to make sure that your ticket includes a carry-on bag, you’ll want to use Google Flights’ feature that allows you to filter out no-carry-on fares.

Airline(s): Air Canada, Icelandair, SAS, United
Route: BOS/BWI/EWR/JFK/LAX/ORD/SFO to CPH/HEL/KEF
Cost: $303+ round-trip in economy
Dates: August – December 2018
Booking Link: OrbitzExpediaPriceline or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Newark (EWR) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $303 round-trip in September on United:

San Francisco (SFO) to Copenhagen (CPH) for $325 round-trip in December on Icelandair:

Boston (BOS) to Helsinki (HEL) for $336 round-trip in December on Icelandair:

New York (JFK) to Copenhagen (CPH) for $353 round-trip in October on Icelandair:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Reykjavik (KEF) for $401 round-trip in September on Air Canada:

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, American Express® Gold Card 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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American Express® Gold Card

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.

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  • 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.
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