Jared of Online Travel Review has been doing yoeman’s work on the amazing deal where you can buy Icelandair miles and fly Alaska Airlines first class to anywhere they fly in the US and Canada (including Hawaii and Alaska) for $350 per person or less.
Today he explains Icelandair’s rules for connections and stopovers on these awards, which offers insight into a problem some folks have had getting their itineraries approved.
You’re permitted one stopover on an award. Yes, a stopover is permitted even on a purely domestic U.S. award ticket!
A stopover is considered anything more than 4 hours. So if your connection in, say, Seattle is 5 hours then that is a stopover. If you overnight in Seattle both directions that isn’t allowed because it’s considered two stopovers.
So one connection (or stopover) greater than 4 hours is ok, and won’t increase the cost of your award ticket. Two connections greater than 4 hours is not permitted without paying additional miles for a second award ticket.
This remains arguably the travel deal of the year so far. And it is not an error or a glitch, it’s a favorable award chart using Icelandair miles on Alaska Airlines, a generous and instant mileage purchase program made even more valuable by the strength of the US dollar relative to the Icelandic Krona, and a short-term bonus on purchased (and transferred) miles which makes it even better.
Definitely read the full details where I explain how to take advantage of this amazing offer.