Use American Miles to Fly New Route from Texas to Iceland

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A country on my short list to visit is Iceland, though that is hardly original as Iceland has basically been exploding with tourism in recent years, and the US airlines have been starting up service from their hubs. United announced new summer service from Newark to Iceland, which would make a great free stopover using the Excursionist Perk on the way to Europe.

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Now it is American’s turn to announced service to Reykjavik-Keflavik beginning on June 7, 2018, and running until October 27, 2017, from their Dallas hub! I’m actually more excited about this announcement than United’s because it is just a six-hour flight from Newark – Iceland so being able to use miles to book a lie-flat seat or use status to secure extra legroom seats isn’t quite as important as it is from Texas where the Iceland flights clock in at about eight hours. For the shorter flights to Iceland from the Northeast, it is easier to suck it up and just score a great deal on WOW or Icelandair than it is from the middle of the country.

American will fly this new route on a 176-seat Boeing 757-200 with lie-flat business class seats and will begin selling tickets next week on November 20, 2017. While there are no guarantees, sometimes award availability is quite good when American first loads new flights in their system, so stay tuned to see if that plays out this time around.

American will be competing with Icelandair and WOW Air who are also flying this route from Dallas next summer, though I think that the American Airlines flight arrival and departure times are preferable as the flight to KEF will depart DFW at 8:20 PM and arrive at 9:15 AM and the return flight will depart KEF at 11:10 AM and arrive in DFW at 2:50 PM.

Are Iceland and this new American Airlines route on your travel radar for 2018?




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  1. […] AA’s New Route to Iceland:  I’m especially excited for this route as you can fly from Dallas to Reykjavik non stop starting this coming summer.  There will be lie flat business class seats available, woohoo!  Not too long ago WOW announced some routes from Dallas to Reykjavik as well which is also good in order to try to keep American Airlines honest… HA! […]


  1. I just hope people will patronize the WOW and Icelandair service. I can only imagine that if American is able to get those two out of DFW, then AA’s prices will soar higher than their aircraft. Can you imagine AA would even be offering the flights if not to protect their hub from the new competition? It’s probably a smart move on their part, but I hope people will take their focus off lie-flat business seats for a moment and recognize that WOW and Icelandeair are providing the region with a rare opportunity for ongoing inexpensive European travel, and I’m sure American would like to put a stop to that.

    So yes “suck it up” out of DFW or prepare to read (or write) the “it was nice while it lasted” post about how fares more than doubled after the foreign carriers had to leave the market due to AA’s competition.

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