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A good sale for nonstop service to Reykjavik
The $370 fare includes ONE checked bag (if you don’t select the regular economy fare, checked luggage is $69 each way at checkin)
The $290 fare is a Basic Economy / Economy Light fare which does not include checked luggage. It does include advance seat assignment, one carry-on up to 22lbs and one personal item. If you select this option and decide to check a bag at checkin, it will be $69 each way.
We have flown both WOW Air and Icelandair. We feel you are better off with Icelandair as you get more value and they nickel and dime less than WOW Air.
Delta / Air France / KLM Royal Dutch fare:
Delta / Air France / KLM Royal Dutch also a $300ish fare from JFK, but it is a Basic Economy fare with restrictions. Delta / Air France / KLM Royal Dutch International Basic Economy fares do not:
- Allow for advance seat assignment
- Include checked bags – they are $45 each way
- Allow for changes
- Allow for cancellations – so if you cancel after the 24 hour risk free period, the Basic Economy version will have no value for future purchase
- Most online travel agencies are not displaying the Air France / KLM Royal fare as Basic Economy, but rest assure, it is.
United / Air Canada / Austrian / Lufthansa / Swiss fare:
United and its partners Air Canada, Austrian, Lufthansa and Swiss Air also have a $300ish fare, but that is a Basic Economy fare. There are slightly variations but the one common theme across all these airlines with European Basic Economy fares, you will pay $60 each way for ONE checked luggage, more for additional bags.
United’s version of Basic Economy for European travel includes:
- Advance seat assignment
- One normal size carry-on plus one personal item
In contrast, its partners like Air Canada, Austrian, Lufthansa, and Swiss:
- Charges for advance seat assignment
- One carry-on up to 18lbs
In general, it is better to take United’s version of the Basic Economy for European fare versus the partners. Remember, if the flight has an United flight number but operated by a partner like Air Canada or Lufthansa, the Basic Economy rules of that carrier applies. If you fly on all United planes, the United version is actually reasonable for most travelers even for those with just a carry-on because of the advance seat assignment and normal size carry-on
- Most online travel agencies are not displaying the United / Air Canada / Austrian / Lufthansa / Swiss fare as Basic Economy, but rest assure, it is.
Sample Travel Date:
- Sample from New York
- September 27th – October 1st
- This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare Availability” and “How to Search for Availability” instructions below
- Valid for travel from late August – early December. Must purchase at least 21 days in advance of departure
- Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.
How to Search for Availability:
- This is just to search for availability. To buy your tickets, scroll down to “How to Buy” section of this post
- Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
- Departing from: JFK
- For Newark availability, replace JFK with EWR on the Departing from field
- Outbound Advanced Routing Code:
- Textbox 1: Fi
- Textbox 2:
- Destination: KEF
- Return Advanced Routing Code:
- Textbox 1: Fi
- Textbox 2:
- (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
- Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
- Length of stay “3-10” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
- Departing from: JFK
- Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
- How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage
- The ITA search page should be like below when all values are inputted
- You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions in the “How to Buy” section below.
- JFK – KEF (Reykjavik) – JFK
- Not permitted
- How to Take Advantage of a Stopover
Icelandair is an Alaska Air partner. Mileage earning with Alaska Air is as follows:
- Miles Flown: 5,170 miles
- Elite Qualifying Miles: 1,292 miles
- Redeemable Miles: 1,292 miles
How to Buy:
- Support us by using our Priceline link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search.
- Select the $290 fare in the search results, you’ll be presented with the option to upgrade to a regular fare for $80 more (or $370 total roundtrip). The regular fare with ONE checked, advance seat assignment and normal size carry-on included
- Priceline’s risk free 24 hour cancellation policy here.
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- Currency: Icelandic Krona (ISK). $1USD = 107 ISK
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