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NOW DEAD: It’s Good from All Cities – Buy Icelandair Miles to Fly on Alaska Airlines to Hawaii in First Class for $328 Round Trip….Really


Icelandair is running a promotion through September 28th where you’ll earn a 20% bonus when you buy their Saga Club miles (you need to first create an account on their website to be able to get to this page)…

Why do I mention this seemingly useless piece of information? Because it’s not useless. Icelandair sells their miles quite cheap…How cheap?

You can buy 25,000 miles + a 5,000 mile bonus for 39,500 Icelandic Krona. I’ll save you the Googling and tell you that that is $328.

Why do you want 30,000 Saga Club miles? Because as you see here, it will only cost you 30,000 Saga Club miles to get yourself a FIRST CLASS roundtrip ticket on Alaska Airlines to all of their destinations in the US (Alaska and Hawaii included), Canada and Mexico to or from Seattle (see the full list here). Yes, I know it says “Continental U.S. and Canada” but I spoke with Icelandair and they said that the list of cities I linked to is actually the correct list of cities, and they include Hawaii, Mexico and Alaska. Coach tickets are 20,000 miles roundtrip ($228). There is a fuel surcharge, but it’s generally $40 or so.

Yes, you read that correctly: a roundtrip first class ticket to Hawaii will cost you $328.

You can purchase 100,000 miles per account per year.

Using those points on Icelandair isn’t bad either (chart here): JFK/WAS/MCO/MSP to Iceland is 50,000 points in coach ($541 to purchase those points), while a roundtrip ticket to most of Western Europe and Scandanavia is 60,000 points ($658). Not a crazy good deal, but if the seats are available during the summer season, that’s about half what you’d pay to actually buy a ticket.

But again – this would definitely be worth it for anyone in Seattle. Assuming seats are available, anywhere they fly from Seattle is just $328 for first class.

UPDATE 1: This may actually be good for anywhere Alaska flies (not just to/from Seattle). I have a call in to Icelandair. I’ll keep everyone posted.

UPDATE 2: I confirmed with Icelandair that you can fly anywhere for 20,000 miles in coach and 30,000 in first class ($228/$328 when you buy the miles). That’s a bargain.

UPDATE 3: Thought it would be helpful to link to my chart of which airlines fly from what cities to Hawaii.

UPDATE 4: The fine folks at Icelandair have contacted me with some additional information (they have been incredibly helpful) about airline tickets. They have lifted the 10 day restriction. Seriously, they’re good people, right? Also, for those of you with ExpertFlyer (or the like), their Alaska Airlines availability books into A for first class and W for economy. That should help you determine availability BEFORE you call them. They’re getting hammered with calls, so please be patient. I’ll add this to the FAQ.

UPDATE 5: Stopovers ARE permitted. Same rules as those found on Alaska Airlines. I’m also keeping a running FAQ here. In that post you’ll also see about how to get the price below $300.

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  1. My membership info showed up today. I signed up last Friday I believe.

    I also just bought points, but they didn’t show up immediately. How long is it taking people for the points to post to their accounts? How about for transfers?

    • For me it was all pretty much immediate: membership, points purchased and points shared.

      • Any other examples of peoples points not posting immediately but then showing up? I’m trying to get a feel for whether or not something got messed up. I want to book the award ASAP and am ready to make the phone call.

        • Be ready to be flexible with your departure/arrival when you make that phone call. I had to call several times already and still don’t have my vacation booked.

          • @Gypsy: you should sign up for Expertflyer’s 5-day free trial and search for W inventory for coach and A for First. It’ll save you a ton of time when you call Icelandair. Thanks!

  2. I did the conversion on google and 39,500 Icelandic Krona is $217 USD?

  3. Jared, thanks for the expertflyer tip. I’ve spent a couple of hours there already – quite fascinating, and a timesaver indeed, if the seats I find there will correspond to seats available when I call Icelandair. The availability is scarce, but I found some dates when I could potentially fly out to Hawaii from Pacific Northwest. Will post here when I finally book.

  4. I’m wondering: if the roundtrip consists of traveling Coach to the destination and First Class on the way back – is it going to be 25K miles per award ticket?

  5. Are open jaws allowed?

  6. Just confirmed with IcelandAir Saga Club rep that the 10 day hold for purchasing points (account must be older than 10 days) is back on after they lifted it for a few days. Both of my points purchases got turned down. This would probably explain why people aren’t seeing their points.

    • Hi Matt – just reached out to Icelandair, and they said that it’s a glitch in their system (basically, their computers started putting a hold on new accounts again). They’re fixing and should be ready to go asap.

      • Jared, thanks for the due diligence. Stinks that they had the glitch on this because in the meantime from last night the departure I wanted is gone. Oh well. Maybe I can still find something.

        Great work though Jared.

  7. Has anyone been charge quite a bit more than the actual conversion rate on google? I purchased 50k miles for $77k ISK, which is approximately $424 USD, but got charged over $600 USD on my Amex…though, the charge didn’t go through because of the 10 day holding period.

    Any insights?

  8. I just signed up the other day for my saga membership and haven’t had an email confirmation yet. Has anyone gotten a saga membership recently?

  9. Looks like availability is now officially shot for Jan-Mar. I’m guess once peoples points started posting everything got booked up. Oh well.

  10. There doesn’t seem to be any availability from NYC?

  11. Booked 3 RT coach tix from LAX to OGG (Maui) in early June for $645 + $255 in taxes and fees (10,330 Krona each). I was expecting slightly lower fees, but $300 RT to Maui is a great deal!

  12. Jared – you said:
    “@Gypsy: you should sign up for Expertflyer’s 5-day free trial and search for W inventory for coach and A for First. It’ll save you a ton of time when you call Icelandair. Thanks!”

    I did that, and I see A availability, but when I call Iceland Air, they tell me Nope, nothing is available. Any suggestions?


    • I called twice today. The first time I was a bit unprepared with my information, I didn’t expect them to pick up so quickly! (I called about 7am pacific time) Even though I had moments before verified availability on a flight, the agent told me there wasn’t anything.

      I decided to hang up, get better prepared with multiple flight options, and called back a few minutes later. I waited on hold and got a different agent. I told her different dates, but this time I got the first flights I asked about. So I think your best bet is a) have multiple options ready if possible and b) just try again. good luck!

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  15. Warning Do Not Buy. Deal Dead :( Icelandair got crushed with calls and emails once the strategy was leaked. Talking with them it turns out Alaska is no longer honoring the difference in award travel redemption amounts. So unless you are going to Iceland for 150,000 miles you might as well save your money.

  16. Not sure about the dead deal comment, but I booked and confirmed my ticket yesterday with no problem!

  17. just bought my saga points on friday and have been trying to book a flight from SEA to OGG yesterday and sunday morning and they have been telling me that offer is temporary unavailable. (using icelandic saga points for alaska flights) is anyone else getting this? what should i do?

    • ” The Alaska Airlines redemption offer for Icelandair Saga Points is now temporary unavailable.

      Icelandair Saga Club offered a special redemption offer with Alaska Airlines for all our members, which was widely and greatly received. Hundreds of bookings were made and a lot of new members signed up for the Program.

      The offer is now temporary unavailable and we thank all of you for your interest in our Program.

      Please stay tuned for more great offers to come from our Saga Club Program,

      Best Regards,
      Icelandair Saga Club

      please tell me this isnt true… :((((

  18. nvm just saw your update. they said they can offer me a refund on purchasing my points. bummed that i missed it. but DEFINATELY going to save your blog jared. thanks! :)

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