This summer, travelers from Boston's Logan Airport and New York's JFK can fly Icelandair's new day flights to Reykjavik. Flights will depart early afternoon, four times a week from Boston, beginning on May 25. From New York, the new afternoon service departs three times a week, and begins May 24.
Icelandair is having a sale on summer travel to Europe. These fares are divided into spring/summer and late summer periods, the dates of which vary according to your departure city. Here's a roundup:
- From New York: Sale fares are valid for departures from April 2 through June 9, and June 15 through August 19. New York to Frankfurt is advertised as $423 round-trip during the first portion of this sale. Using June 2 through June 14 as our travel dates, we found a fare of $592 round-trip, with taxes, on Icelandair. This is much better than the lowest listed fare of $794 with Air India that we found for the same route, on the same dates, on ITAsoftware.
- From Minneapolis: Sale fares are valid for departures from April 3 through May 11, and from June 15 through August 19. Minneapolis to Copenhagen is advertised as $882 round-trip for travel during the later portion of this sale. Using June 18 through July 1 as our travel dates, we were able to find $1,008 round-trip, including tax. ITAsoftware list the lowest available fare for these dates as $1309 round-trip on United, and that comes with two layovers. The lowest listed fare with one layover is $1,971 on United. That's $963 more!
- From Boston: Sale fares are valid for departures from April 1 through June 10, and from June 15 through August 19. Boston to Glasgow is advertised as $497 round-trip during the first portion of this sale. We searched for travel from May 19 through May 31, checking the flexible date option along with our search, and found most of the surrounding dates to be sold out. For our selected dates, the fare listed was $612 round-trip, with tax. Our follow-up search on ITAsoftware showed the lowest available fare for this trip as being $691 round-trip with Northwest. Those searching for a good deal from Boston to Glasgow should be sure and check out Flyglobespan, which begins service from Logan International on May 25.
Overall, these fares are far better than what other airlines are offering for summer travel. As is often the case, you'll have greater luck taking advantage of this sale if you're flexible with your dates. Be sure to use the flexible search option on Icelandair.com to see what fares are available on other dates.