Icelandair offers Boston to Paris for $435 round trip or London for $490 round trip for travel departures from Sep 15 to Dec 8. There are several other cities in the $400s and $500s. Yesterday, I wondered if low United Airlines and Delta fares from Chicago, New York and Washington were an attack on each other or an attack on low Icelandair fares? Today I see low fares on United and Delta from Boston and Minneapolis, two other cities with low Icelandair fares. United/Lufthansa/Swiss offer several competitive fares from Boston to Frankfurt and Munich, Germany, Zurich, Switzerland and airports in Scandinavia and Finland. These fares indicate Icelandair may be the real target and primary reason for low fares from BOS, MSP, ORD, EWR/JFK and IAD in this latest fare war for Europe.
Icelandair has a big advantage over the other Iceland airline WOW Air operating from Boston Logan Airport. Icelandair allows free stopovers in Iceland on any fare. I state free, but I generally find the ticket price goes up about $15 to $20 when a stopover is added compared to a simple round trip. Icelandair also allows free carry-on, two checked bags free and no charge for seat assignment. Those fees generally add up to more than $100 per ticket with WOW Air.
Icelandair Boston BOS – Reykjavik, Iceland KEF (stopover) – Paris CDG – KEF – BOS
Fri Nov 4 Boston BOS – Reykjavik, Iceland KEF (3 nights),
Tue Nov 8 KEF – Paris CDG (7 nights),
Tue Nov 15 Paris CDG – KEF – Boston.
Other low Icelandair fares from Boston
Star Alliance low fares from Boston to Germany and Scandinavia
United and Lufthansa have lower fares to Frankfurt and Munich in another example of Star Alliance competing against low Icelandair fares.
$499 BOS – Copenhagen CPH Swiss (available as Swiss or United ticket)
$584 BOS – Frankfurt FRA Lufthansa nonstop (available as LH or UA ticket)
$577 BOS – Munich Lufthansa nonstop (available as LH or UA ticket)
Lufthansa Boston – Frankfurt nonstop flights
$583.84 Mon Oct 10 – Tue Oct 18
Latest fare war to Europe posts from Thursday June 9.
Loyalty Traveler – Fare War American Airlines SFO to Switzerland, Germany, Belgium $413 to $472
Loyalty Traveler – United and Delta fare war New York to Europe routes under $600 round trip
Loyalty Traveler – UA/DL/AA Chicago to Europe $494-$641 Sep-Dec, Icelandair ORD London LGW $491
Loyalty Traveler – DL-UA-FI Washington IAD to Europe many $500s airfare deals
Loyalty Traveler – DL/UA $444 Washington to Paris, New York $488 Sep 15-Dec 15 all dates