I Just Booked First Class To Hawaii Using Iceland Air Miles for $330 + $38 in Taxes!

I Just Booked First Class To Hawaii Using Iceland Air Miles for $330 + $38 in Taxes!

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Online Travel Review wrote about a GREAT way to get to Hawaii, Alaska, or Mexico in First Class using Iceland Air miles yesterday and updated his post with a very helpful FAQ today.

I’ve been on the phone with Iceland Air for most of the morning (yeah, thanks Jared!) and here’s what I’ve found out while booking a ticket on Alaska Airlines using 30,000 Iceland Air miles & $370 from San Jose to Maui in Hawaii!

You essentially buy 25,000 Iceland Air miles for 37,500 Kronas or $330 and get a bonus of 5,000 miles (up to September 28, 2012) for a total of 30,000 Iceland Air miles.  These points posted instantly in my experience.

Jared also mentions a way to share miles and bring the cost down.

You then call Iceland Air at 1-800-223-5500 (prompt 2) and redeem either 25,000 miles for a RETURN coach flight or 30,000 miles for a first class flight to Hawaii on partner airline Alaska Airlines. 

There are some restrictions which don’t make this a great deal for folks on the East Coast or those who have to stay overnight and then fly on a connecting flight the next day.  But this is great for folks on the West Coast to have a return First Class flight to Hawaii for ~$370!

Read Carefully

Please read the risks associated with buying Iceland Air miles to redeem on Alaska Airlines to the US, Hawaii, Canada, or Mexico.

I paid $38 in taxes and fees in addition to the $330 for buying the miles.

I noticed that this is a great for travel from California (San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, & San Diego) to Hawaii, for travel along the West Coast, certain flights to Hawaii from Portland, and certain flights to Alaska.

I didn’t see much award availability from the East Coast, and couldn’t book any flights from Kansas City to Hawaii, though I could book flights from Kansas City to Seattle.

How I Booked a First Class Ticket to Hawaii Using Iceland Air Miles

Step 1 – Sign Up for Saga Club

I signed up for the Iceland Air Saga Club frequent flyer program.

Step 2 – Purchase Saga Club Miles

Actually, you may want to identify your destination and see if Iceland Air can see the same award seats before buying the miles which post instantly.

I then purchased 25,000 Saga Club miles for 37,500 Kronas or ~$330.  There is a 20% points bonus up to September 28, so I got 5,000 extra miles which posted instantly to my Saga Club account.

Step 3  – Identify Your Destination

While this is a cheap way to get to Hawaii, you can also fly on Alaska Airlines to Mexico, Alaska, or Canada which also have high fares.

Here’s a list of destinations which Alaska Airlines flies to, so check to see if your airport is listed.  If Alaska Airlines doesn’t serve your home airline, you’ll have to get to an Alaska Airlines departure city separately.

Here is the Alaska Air route map, but it didn’t list all the destinations for Kansas City, so I didn’t rely on it.

Also note that you may have better luck booking flights which are non-stop or which have only 1 connection which is not an overnight connection.  Iceland Air tried to charge me for 2 tickets if I had an overnight stop and then took the next flight out in the morning.

Step 4 – Finding Alaska Airlines Low Level (Super Saver) Awards

Iceland Air appears to be able to only book Alaska Airlines Super Saver awards.  Here’s how to find Alaska Airlines Super Saver Awards BEFORE you call Iceland Air!

Step 4 A

Go to the Alaska Air website and enter your departure and arrival cities along with your dates of travel.  Don’t forget to:

  • Click the box to “Use Miles
  • Click the box to see the “Award Calendar
  • Select First Class or Coach Class

Then click “Find Flights

Step 4 B

Click on “ ” and click “Continue

Step 4 C

First Class Super Saver awards are shaded in green and cost 37,500 miles in First Class and 20,000 miles in coach.  

You can NOT book Alaska Air flights using Iceland Air miles if they cost more than 37,500 miles for First Class or 20,000 miles in coach on the Alaska Air website.

Select Dates

Note that this price is the prices which Alaska Air charges.  If you have Iceland Air miles, you pay the rate which Iceland Air charges (25,000 in coach and 30,000 in First Class), even if you redeem their miles on Alaska Airlines

I select my departure dates of April 3 and return on April 12, 2013 and then press Continue.

Step 4 D – Check Flights

Note that not all segments may be in First Class even though the calendar indicated that there was First Class availability.  So check to make sure that all segments are in First Class.


Step 5 – Write Down Information

I then either write down the flight information or keep the window open to refer to when I call Iceland Air to book the ticket.


Step 5 – Call Iceland Air to Book

Call Iceland Air at 1-800-223-5500 (prompt 2) to book your award flight on Alaska Airlines.

The reps are very polite, but appear to be a bit stressed out today (thanks again, Jared – I kid, I kid!).  They will ask you for your first and last name, telephone number, email address, and your Iceland Air number.

Tell them our departure and destination cities and they should be able to see the same availability for Alaska Airlines Super Saver flights.

Don’t forget to ask them for the Iceland Air record locator.  Surprisingly, they weren’t able to give me the Alaska Air record locator, but I was able to pull up my flight on the Iceland Air website, but it was still processing and didn’t have an e-ticket number yet.

Double Check Your Flights

I still haven’t got an email confirmation, but was told to expect one by the end of the day when they bookings are processed.  I will then call Alaska Air to confirm my booking.

Step 6 – Gloat

Thank Jared and gloat at paying $380 for a $1,353.40 First Class ticket.  Or leave angry comments that I wouldn’t really pay $1,353.40 for a First Class ticket so I didn’t really save anything. 🙂


Bottom Line:  This could be a way to have Big Travel with Small Money from the West Coast to Hawaii or other locations which have good Alaska Air Super Saver awards.  But I wouldn’t expect this to last very long so don’t buy miles today for use later on.  And Iceland Air could change the amount of miles required without notice.

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Just booked 2 first class tickets to Hawaii leaving in 2 weeks. Deal is still alive. $60/pp in taxes +$25/pp booking fee

Update: ONE overnight is allowed per Alaska rules. It appears the connection on the other leg should be less than five hours so it's not counted as a stopover.

1) Frank - I booked last night at 8PM Central Time. No problems at all. Definitely not dead in my experience.

2) Overnight connections *are* allowed if they're part of a published fare/routing. I have one - ticketed - with ticket numbers and invoice from IS for the taxes/fees. The catch is you can't *force* an overnight, it has to be included as part of a published routing. See http://www.onlinetravelreview.com/2012/08/17/an-icelandairalaska-faq-and-how-to-bring-the-price-down-below-300-via-miles-sharing/ for more information, although I have a longer connection on the return - just under five hours - but not an overnight.

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.

Book my tickets today to Hawaii today and and was charged $150 in taxes per person. Ridiculous.

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@BothofUs2 @Srini @BR @MZT - If you make the same booking on Alaska Air, you only pay $2.5 per segment for the September 11 Security fee. Iceland Air charges 3,000 Krona for an award booking on Alaska, but that was less than the $38 I paid. The taxes and fees are pricing to high, but hopefully they fix it soon!

@laurent - This could make sense for flights on Alaska Air, but not for redeeming on Iceland Air.

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