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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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The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
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