Iceland has been one of the first countries to re-open for foreigners during the Covid-19 pandemic. Its native carrier Icelandair currently offers discount premium ticket in its Saga Class, offering flights from mainland Europe to Reykjavík at €390 and €270 (~NOK 2,812) with departure from Oslo. Your Saga Class ticket includes two checked bags, bigger seats with a wider pitch and lounge access at your departure airport.
Icelandair Saga Class
Even if the airline promotes its Saga Class as a business cabin, it is much closer to what other carriers offer in premium economy. While baggage allowance is very generous (2 x 32kg) and also the catering is included and better than what you’d find in economy class, there are no lie-flat seats.
But it is all about expectation management. Typically you get what you pay for. And since the price is very low, you can’t expect the whole business class experience. Priority boarding and check-in, free lounge access, complimentary WiFi, and seat reservation make up for the lack of up-to-date seats. At least a little bit.
Here’s a flight review that’ll give you an idea of what Saga Class is all about: Icelandair Saga Class Reykjavik to New York
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, this offer is valid until August 19, 2020 for flight before March 27, 2021. A minimum stay of three days in Iceland applies. You can find daily availability, although the number of discounted seats is limited.
Google Flights helps you find suiting travel dates (instructions). You will find the cheapest tickets offered by online travel agencies, so consult our flight search to use them. We recommend investing a little more and book directly with the airlines, as this is the safer way.
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.
Icelandair issues these tickets in booking class A. Since the airline isn’t a member of any alliance, your chances to earn miles are limited:
- 3,168 Miles on JetBlue TrueBlue
- 3,166 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
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