Why are flights to Iceland so cheap


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Iceland Air....why are they so cheap?

Iceland Air....why are they so cheap?

We are looking for a flight from either BOS or JFK to London next year and Iceland Air has really low prices compared to everyone else.

Just wondering if anyone has any personal experience that they can share.

Thanks!
 
Jul 7, 16, 9:32 am
 
 
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1. You have to stop which is very disruptive, especially on the Eastbound.
2. They are trying to build up their KEF hub for TATL traffic, so they, along with WOW, are buying market share.
Jul 7, 16, 9:44 am
 
 
Sorry....I'm not familiar with what TATL and WOW are?

Would you say that it's not worth the extra savings to fly them? It's about $300 less to fly Iceland Air.... Makes me wonder if the savings is worth it?

Thank you for your help!
Originally Posted by lhrsfo
1. You have to stop which is very disruptive, especially on the Eastbound.
2. They are trying to build up their KEF hub for TATL traffic, so they, along with WOW, are buying market share.
Jul 7, 16, 10:21 am
 
 
If you don't mind the stop and the flight time, then Iceland Air is fine. A friend just flew from BOS and enjoyed it. TATL means transatlanic. WOW is WOW Air, an inexpensive airline known to offer ~$300 fares to Europe sometimes.
Originally Posted by gkrnjlr
Sorry....I'm not familiar with what TATL and WOW are?

Would you say that it's not worth the extra savings to fly them? It's about $300 less to fly Iceland Air.... Makes me wonder if the savings is worth it?

Thank you for your help!
Jul 7, 16, 10:26 am
 
 
Impressive price! I'll keep an eye on the price and see if it's truly worth the stop.
Got it! I had a hunch on the TATL.

Thank you!
Jul 7, 16, 10:29 am
 
You'll often read a lot of jargon on FlyerTalk.

TATL = "Trans-Atlantic"

Generally refers to a flight to Europe.

WOW is WOW Air: http://wowair.com/

Another reason their costs are lower is they largely operate one type of aircraft: The 757 (with a couple of 767s - They have some 737s on order).

This ensures lower operating costs, which they pass on to the customer.

While I've never flown them, I have numerous friends and family who have, and they all speak highly of them. They also like the fact that you can have a free stopover in Reykjavik. So if -

a) You're OK with a flight with a layover and

b) You're OK with a single-aisle aircraft

...I'd say defintely book them.
Originally Posted by gkrnjlr
Sorry....I'm not familiar with what TATL and WOW are?
Originally Posted by gkrnjlr
Would you say that it's not worth the extra savings to fly them?

Last edited by gglave; Jul 7, 16 at 11:56 am
 
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Jul 7, 16, 10:36 am
 
 
From the U.S., WOW flies from Boston and New York,
and also Washington, L.A., and San Francisco.
https://wowair.us/flights/our-destinations/

From the U.S., Icelandair flies from Boston and New York,
and also Washington, Chicago, Denver, Anchorage, Portland, Seattle, Orlando, Minneapolis.
http://www.icelandair.us/destinations/flights-to-usa/
Originally Posted by gkrnjlr
looking for a flight from either BOS or JFK to London next year
Originally Posted by rrgg
WOW is WOW Air, an inexpensive airline
Jul 7, 16, 11:00 am
 
 
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Son and daughter in law took them TATL. Son said never again unless you want to watch the same video on Whale hunting - which is what he thinks they were given to eat. I know 20 somethings are prone to exaggeration but he sticks by it.
Jul 7, 16, 1:01 pm
 
 
i've always assumed they have some kind of govt or investor obligation to provide regular flights in and out of iceland. they're already sending the plane, so might as well fill it as best they can.

and maybe because they're so far from anywhere else, they're subject to less regulation for anticompetitive fares.

as tempting as the fares are, the layovers seem long though.
Jul 7, 16, 1:02 pm
 
Whale is expensive. They did not eat it
Originally Posted by lloydah
Son and daughter in law took them TATL. Son said never again unless you want to watch the same video on Whale hunting - which is what he thinks they were given to eat. I know 20 somethings are prone to exaggeration but he sticks by it.

Last edited by s0ssos; Jul 7, 16 at 7:39 pm
 
Jul 7, 16, 1:15 pm
 
 
Icelandair is a perfectly good option. You still get two free bags, if that matters. There is free seat selection, and not they don't nickel and dime you. Soft drinks are free, but they do charge for all food. But the flights are that long. And they do have free in-flight entertainment, with a normal amount of options (not just whale videos).

If the savings are $300 round-trip, per person, I would take the savings. The stop in KEF can be rough on the eastbound, due to arriving at midnight east coast time, but coming back it is a perfectly fine connection, compared to any other place to stop.

They also have reasonably priced bid-ups to their Saga class sometimes. It is a step up from domestic F seats, but nowhere near as good as long-haul business seats.
Jul 7, 16, 1:29 pm
 
 
That's a little hilarious, but with the difference in airfare you can buy a tablet and watch whatever video you want.
Originally Posted by lloydah
Son and daughter in law took them TATL. Son said never again unless you want to watch the same video on Whale hunting - which is what he thinks they were given to eat. I know 20 somethings are prone to exaggeration but he sticks by it.
Jul 7, 16, 1:33 pm
 
 
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I flew IcelandAir a couple of years ago to Glasgow. The flights were good and I took advantage of the free stopover to explore Iceland a little.

I would recommend them.

Note: They did weigh my carry-on from GLA, so be aware that you may be asked to check it if it is too large/heavy.
Jul 7, 16, 1:41 pm
 
 
The main reason for doing it (other than price) is if you want to stopover in Iceland - which is totally worth it. They also offer very good one-way fares. But if you just want to get to Europe it pays to spend a bit more for a direct flight (or look through consolidators).
Jul 7, 16, 1:44 pm
 
Not your normal J class though

I almost booked them on a trip to GVA because their biz class price seemed unbelievable. Alas, as you mentioned while definitely a step up from domestic (US) F, nowhere near international business class.

I ended up on Turkish Airlines new flight from ATL, which was great for the intro price.
Originally Posted by will2288

They also have reasonably priced bid-ups to their Saga class sometimes. It is a step up from domestic F seats, but nowhere near as good as long-haul business seats.
 
Jul 7, 16, 2:09 pm