Winter travel deals to Europe are in full swing this week from cities across the USA. Denver has Amsterdam, Brussels and Paris deals around from $330 to $400 round trip with American/Oneworld, Delta/Skyteam, United/Star Alliance and Icelandair for travel January to May 2018. Other cities in France and Italy are in the $400s.
United Airlines $352 Denver – Amsterdam
Denver DEN – Toronto YYZ (22h layover) – Amsterdam AMS – Toronto YYZ – Denver
Icelandair $330 Denver – Paris
Denver – Keflavik KEF – Paris Orly ORY – KEF – DEN
While this Icelandair ticket price is quite low, this provides a good case study for how Icelandair conceded its competitive edge for USA-Europe flights to the major alliance airlines.
Icelandair Economy Light for Carry-On only flyers
The $330 ticket price is the newly introduced Icelandair Economy Light fare, which limits the passenger to a 10kg carry-on bag and does not allow a free checked bag. To get a checked bag requires purchase of Economy Standard fare for $57 more each way. Seat assignment still free and Iceland stopover still a possibility.
At $443.92 for Icelandair Economy Standard with checked bag included, the price difference becomes negligible and may make flying a major alliance airline a better deal.