Icelandair is offering great fares for its transatlantic connections via Reykjavík. The prices start at €256 for an Oslo to New York roundtrip. Other destinations possible destinations in America include Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., Orlando & Seattle. These fares do not include checked luggage. Adding a checked bag in both directions increases the price by €100. The offer is valid until June 5, 2020 for flights between October 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021.
The airline has set up a number of landing pages that highlight possible destination and the lowest prices available. While nonstop fares to Iceland are discounted as well, the quoted price is the lowest for a transatlantic passage. Please select your departure country here:
Prices to New York and Washington, D.C. are typically the lowest, but West Coast destinations like Seattle just cost around €50 more.
You can add a stopover in Reykjavík for up to three days without increasing the price.
Icelandair uses Boeing 757 or Boeing 767 aircraft on these flights. They feature a 3-3 (757) or 2-3-2 (767) seating configuration in economy class.
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According to the fare rules, a minimum stay of 3 days (or a Sunday) is required. A maximum stay of 12 months is permitted. A stopover in each direction in Reykjavík is allowed, as mentioned earlier, but must not exceed 78 hours. The deal expires on June 5, 2020.
You can find your preferred travel dates via Google Flights (instructions). It is easier and safer to do it directly via Icelandair’s landing pages that we’ve listed above. First, you can select your preferred departure city if the airline serves multiple airports in your region:
Then you can access a list of possible destinations. The lowest price available will be highlighted. If you click on a airport, a calendar will open, showing you on which dates the lowest fare is available:
You may also check our flight search, as online travel agencies sell these tickets for €30 less than Icelandair. However, we recommend booking directly with the airline.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.