For travel this fall through winter, Icelandair is offering sale flights from various major U.S. cities to popular European tourist destinations like Rome, Paris, Copenhagen, Prague, Stockholm and Zurich.
Routes: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Newark, New York City and Seattle to Europe
How to book: Search through Google Flights to determine your travel dates, then book directly on Icelandair’s website
Travel dates: October 2023 to February 2024
Booking window: The next one to two days
The following flights were priced as listed at the time of publication. Keep in mind that the flights listed below all include a layover in Reykjavik. We cannot guarantee the below round-trip flights will be available when you book:
- Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Dublin Airport (DUB), starting at $374
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Copenhagen Airport (CPH), starting at $384
- O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Zurich Airport (ZRH), starting at $404
- Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) to Prague Airport (PRG), starting at $593
For a December flight to Copenhagen, Icelandair’s JFK flight is the cheapest option on Google Flights.
These dates are in winter when the weather is colder and the nights are longer. However, you’ll be able to get cheaper airfare and hotels since it’s the offseason.
Despite the low airfare, there are ancillary fees you’ll need to pay if you want to check in a bag or select a seat. These flights fall under Icelandair’s Economy Light option, which is the carrier’s most restrictive cabin class.
Checked baggage costs a total of $152 for a round-trip journey since Icelandair charges $76 one-way for a bag.
Maximize your purchase
Be sure to use a credit card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases, such as:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred Card: 2 points per dollar spent on travel
- American Express® Gold Card: 3 points per dollar spent on airfare when booked directly through the airline or American Express Travel
- The Platinum Card® from American Express: 5 points per dollar spent on airfare when booked directly through the airline or American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 of these purchases per calendar year)
- Citi Premier® Card (see rates and fees): 3 points per dollar spent on airfare
- Chase Sapphire Reserve: 3 points per dollar spent on airfare
While the travel dates for these Icelandair deals are mostly in fall and winter — the offseason for tourism in many of these European cities — the airfare is hard to beat. Even with the tacked-on fees, the total you’ll end up paying for these flights is still less than what you’d spend to fly to one of these cities on a larger airline in spring or summer.
Source : The Points Guy