5000 Free Icelandair Miles Just for Joining

Icelandair will give you 5000 miles just for joining their Saga Club frequent flyer program.

I haven’t written a ton about Icelandair since there was a way a few years ago to really leverage the program for super cheap Alaska Airlines first class trips to Hawaii.

Alaska and Icelandair severed their partnership for awhile, but they are partners again so Alaska Airlines travel is an option for Icelandair points though it’s no longer as generous as it was.

In fact, here’s the cost per segment to use Icelandair miles for travel on Alaska:

If nothing else that’s worth about $50 towards onboard food or duty free. (You’re supposed to obtain a Saga card to do this.) Free miles are, after all, free miles.

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  1. Thanks for the tip! 5k points are worth $18.95 on hotels.com, I will certainly take that!

  2. The promotion page that you linked to comes up blank for me. It just says “Stopover Buddy” on the top, and then no content below it….

  3. The link takes you to a page that begins by saying “Thank you for requesting a Stopover Buddy” and ends by saying “Please make sure that the e-mail that you register below is the same as you received your Stopover Buddy or E-guide confirmation to”. This implies to me that you need to do both, sign up for a Stopover Buddy AND enter your name and email on the page that comes up. But you can’t sign up for a Stopover Buddy unless you’re actually going to be in Iceland, which means you can’t actually sign up to get this deal…perhaps there’s something I’m misunderstanding?

  4. I contacted Iceland Air after signing up, their response:


    Dear Derrek

    Thank you for your e-mail

    This promotion is only for those who book a Stopover trip with Icelandair and request a Stopover Buddy.
    If you have a booking, please send us your booking details and we will look into this matter.

    With kind regards,
    Icelandair Saga Club

  5. Seems to say that one must have already requested a “Stopover Buddy” at the same email address before points sign-up on the linked page will register.

  6. So I just joined a Saga Club a couple months ago after reading one of your linked articles listed below a blog entry as “related”, then after joining, realized the date of the article was 2012! And being a loyal blog reader, my 1st impulse after reading today’s was to email to see if they’d match…I guess that categorizes me as a VTFW lemming (sheeple?)…LOL

  7. Jumped on this offer early this morning, got the email with new account info about an hour later. 5,000 miles were in the account. I then used Points.com to exchange them into 889 jetBlue TrueBlue points. Not a great exchange but 889 more points than I had yesterday!

  8. David did you have an account already? everyone else is saying they difficulty getting these points.

    I want to do this the right way.

    Gary can you please shed more light on this?

    how did you do it?

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