This past summer Delta started seasonal service to Iceland, which was pretty exciting news for me. I’ve always wanted to visit Iceland, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so.
However, last November I noted how beyond crappy Delta’s award availability was to Iceland. The route hadn’t even launched, though they were only releasing mid and high level business class award space, even though the cabins were wide open.
Well, based on what I’ve heard coach has been packed on these flights while business class has been wide open, resulting in operational upgrades. That seems to be reflected in their award availability for next summer. Take a look at how much low level (green) award availability they have in business class for next summer:
Availability is even great for two people on each flight in business class, so I’d say that’s quite good.
Iceland has always interested me, and after a trip report I recently read on FlyerTalk about Iceland (and in particular the Blue Lagoon), I’m absolutely sold on taking the trip next sumer.
Now admittedly New York to Iceland is only a 5-6 hour flight, so it’s no different than a flight from New York to the west coast. Many would say it’s not worth the premium to fly business class, especially since the cost is 100,000 miles, which is the same as business class to Europe.
Maybe it’s all in my head, but for whatever reason when a passport is required and I’m looking at taking a “big” trip, there’s just something nice about being in a premium cabin, even if it’s “only” a 5-6 hour flight.
And through Delta’s current transfer miles promotion, you can essentially buy 100,000 miles for $1,100, plus the roughly $50 in taxes and fees on the ticket. So given the total price of $1,150 I’ll gladly “pay” the premium for business class over coach.
All that being said, I’m actually leaning towards buying 100,000 US Airways miles for under $1,500 and booking a business class ticket to Iceland via Europe. SAS flies to Iceland out of Oslo, and I’ve never visited Denmark, Norway, or Sweden. Through them I could fly SAS to Sweden and spend some time there (which would be awesome with 19+ hours of sunlight per day) on a stopover, and then continue on SAS to Iceland via Oslo.
Anyway, just figured I’d throw those two options out there in case anyone else is tempted to go to Iceland.