|Free Stopover in KEF - Icelandic Friend Included
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Enjoy a free stopover in Iceland with a buddy! Icelandair will set you up with an airline employee to be your buddy for the day. Really fun idea that I want to take advantage of sometime. Snowmobiling with the CEO would be super cool; fishing seems fun too.
Monday, June 2, 2014
Iceland Air has some great outdoor advertising in the Denver area to promote their direct flight to Reykjavik. All the ads follow the same formula, a stunning photo of nature in Iceland and some short copy about long days and short nights. It's very memorable for me because I love the inspirational nature of the ad. Now if only their flights weren't so expensive; they charge like you are going all the way across the Atlantic when you are actually stopping half way.
|Iceland Air 757 at Denver
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Euro crisis is starting to impact my travel plans. Air service to Iceland (KEF) has been reduced dramatically since the Icelanders started having currency problems (they have since been made to look responsible thanks to Greece, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, and Cyprus). Despite not being in the news, air service to the Continent has shrunk to EasyJet, airberlin (oneworld), SAS (Star Alliance), and Iceland Air. I'm not 100% certain, but SAS and airberlin are my most likely options.
Yes, I know I can fly direct from New York on Delta, but where is the fun in that? Delta charges twice as many miles to go JKF-KEF than JFK-SFO and KEF is just 7 miles farther away. If I'm not completely crossing the Atlantic, I refuse to pay full price. Same complaint for Iceland Air's Saga miles, the rates are atrocious (Alaska is an Iceland Air partner until June 1, 2013 and their rates are also high). SAS is the best option for me because I can fly from anywhere in Europe to Oslo and then to Iceland. This will cost 25,000 United or US Airways miles round trip (or 40,000 miles in business class) from another European city. I can also use American Airlines or British Airways miles to fly airberlin (both would cost 20,000 miles round trip in coach). Iceland can also be a destination for my United or US Airways ticket and then I can stop at a Star Alliance hub for my free stopover (AA and BA don't have free stopovers).
|Iceland Air 757 Having an Overnight Stay at DEN
|I Won't Be Flying Delta
Sunday, May 13, 2012
The first international low cost carrier (LCC) is starting service to Denver. They are promoting the new service with billboards around town and by giving away free tickets on Twitter. The prices to Iceland aren’t that great. I ran a couple test dates and nothing came back remotely low cost. I can fly to Barcelona for less if I wanted. Unless there are some significant discounts sometime, I don’t plan on booking. The advertising does suggest you fly onto Europe and use the free Iceland stopover. It definitely caught my imagination, but the high fares brought me quickly back to reality.
|Iceland Air 757 at FRA