Great Icelandair Business Class Transatlantic Fares

Great Icelandair Business Class Transatlantic Fares

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If you’re looking to travel to Europe this fall, Icelandair has some fantastic business class fares for travel between various points in the United States and various points in Europe. While Icelandair doesn’t have a “traditional” business class (as I’ll explain in more detail below), this could be a good deal, especially if you want a stopover in Iceland.

Icelandair’s great business class fares

At the moment Icelandair has a fare sale, offering roundtrip business class fares starting at just $999 all-in (and in some cases even less, even though that’s what it’s advertised as):

  • You need to book by Sunday, October 23, 2022
  • These fares are valid for travel between November 1 and December 13, 2022
  • There’s no minimum stay required, and the maximum stay is 12 months
  • You’re allowed a stopover in Iceland for up to seven days at no additional cost (other than taxes and fees)
  • There are fare sales available from several cities in the United States, including Baltimore (BWI), Boston (BOS), Portland (PDX), and Raleigh-Durham (RDU)
  • These fares are available to a majority of Icelandair’s destinations in Europe, though the exact eligible destinations vary based on the origin; you can always use Google Flights to look up fares
Icelandair has some great business class fares

The amazing value of a free stopover

One of the biggest selling points of cheap Icelandair fares isn’t even the cheap fares as such, but rather that Icelandair allows a free stopover in Iceland on a roundtrip ticket. This is a way to experience Iceland for several days while enroute to another city in Europe.

These stopovers can be booked directly on Icelandair’s website. Admittedly the catch for most is going to be that November and December aren’t exactly peak times for traveling to Iceland. Then again, that can work to your advantage, as it should be a bit quieter, and it might be a good opportunity to see the Northern Lights.

Enjoy a free stopover in Iceland

Earning miles on Icelandair

If you’re looking to earn miles for your Icelandair flights, the best option is to credit to Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan. These fares book into the “A” fare class:

  • This earns 125% elite qualifying and redeemable miles
  • Mileage Plan elite members earn anywhere from a 50% to 125% mileage bonus
Mileage Plan mileage earning rates on Icelandair

A warning about Icelandair business class

Even though Icelandair’s premium product (“Saga Class”) is referred to as business class, expect it to be more like premium economy on other airlines. These aren’t fully flat beds, but rather are seats similar to what you might find in domestic first class.

As a result you’ll want to manage your expectations. Consider this deal either if you really want to earn Alaska miles, or if you want a stopover in Iceland. On the plus side, the flights to & from Iceland tend to be pretty short.

Icelandair’s Saga Class seats on the 757

Bottom line

Icelandair has some great business class fares between the United States and Europe at the moment, which allow a free stopover in Iceland. Unfortunately these fares are only valid for travel in the coming weeks, so make sure you pack some warm clothes.

Nonetheless I think these fares are good enough to at least pass on, and everyone can decide for themselves if these offers make sense…

Anyone plan to take advantage of these great Icelandair business class fares?

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  1. DENIS A BEKAERT Guest

    I need a one way from LIS to the US in March 2023 and given the rather short flight time, I'll look into Icelandic Air. I realize it is not up to the standards we have come to expect in Business Class, but perhaps it might be doable.
    In regard to travel to Iceland in the winter months, we went in January a few years ago and very much enjoyed it. No crowds, even...

    I need a one way from LIS to the US in March 2023 and given the rather short flight time, I'll look into Icelandic Air. I realize it is not up to the standards we have come to expect in Business Class, but perhaps it might be doable.
    In regard to travel to Iceland in the winter months, we went in January a few years ago and very much enjoyed it. No crowds, even at the Blue Lagoon, and the Northern Lights were high on our bucket list. Iceland is not all that frigid in the winter months, given the places you'll want to visit on largely on the coast and the proximity to the ocean greatly moderates the temperatures.

  2. Explore Guest

    What is the Saga Class meal service like? Comparable to other airlines’ business class? How are the FAs?

  3. DCYukon Guest

    Nope. Icelandair Saga Class was one of my most uncomfortable overnight business class trips from the US ever. Zero sleep. I’d rather fly to other parts of Europe on a lie flat seat and backtrack to Iceland on a daytime flight if I ever had to visit Iceland again.

  4. Ado Bo Guest

    Iceland Air is the Cebu Pacific of the Asian market...

  5. George Guest

    Icelandair is the Copa Airlines of the transatlantic market. With a better stopover, for sure.

    1. Eskimo Guest

      Isn't Copa Airlines the Icelandair of the Americas market. With a worse stopover?

    2. Ricky Guest

      To clarify, Copa Airlines has several planes with lie-flat seats unlike Icelandair. And to clarify even further, Panama and Iceland are two completely different countries in almost every way so the "stopover" choice depends on what you like.

    3. Eskimo Guest

      To clarify, Icelandair has no planes with lie-flat seats unlike Copa Airlines. And to clarify even further, Iceland and Panama are two completely different countries in almost every way so the "stopover" choice depends on what you like.

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DCYukon Guest

Nope. Icelandair Saga Class was one of my most uncomfortable overnight business class trips from the US ever. Zero sleep. I’d rather fly to other parts of Europe on a lie flat seat and backtrack to Iceland on a daytime flight if I ever had to visit Iceland again.

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Ricky Guest

To clarify, Copa Airlines has several planes with lie-flat seats unlike Icelandair. And to clarify even further, Panama and Iceland are two completely different countries in almost every way so the "stopover" choice depends on what you like.

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DENIS A BEKAERT Guest

I need a one way from LIS to the US in March 2023 and given the rather short flight time, I'll look into Icelandic Air. I realize it is not up to the standards we have come to expect in Business Class, but perhaps it might be doable. In regard to travel to Iceland in the winter months, we went in January a few years ago and very much enjoyed it. No crowds, even at the Blue Lagoon, and the Northern Lights were high on our bucket list. Iceland is not all that frigid in the winter months, given the places you'll want to visit on largely on the coast and the proximity to the ocean greatly moderates the temperatures.

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