After completing my first Icelandair trip this month, I am happy enough with the cheap SFO to London LHR $270rt flight experience to give the airline another try.
Ticket prices like $346 round trip SFO to Dublin make it hard not to like Icelandair.
Departure dates from November through March 2019 for SFO-DUB have ticket prices most weeks in the $346 to $422 range. Flights I checked are daytime departures and arrivals for an easy travel schedule.
Of course, Icelandair allows a free stopover in Iceland up to 3 days on these Economy Light fares that only include carry-on bags and free seat selection at time of booking. You will need to pay $50 more each way for one checked bag, if you need more luggage.
You can take one carry-on bag of 10kg/22 lb. and a personal item for under the seat. My flights outbound and inbound on the San Francisco Iceland legs had plenty of overhead cabin bin space to store my personal item backpack in a bin rather than under my seat.
Icelandair San Francisco – Keflavik KEF – Dublin DUB – KEF – SFO
Economy Light Benefits
- 22lb carry-on bag
- Personal item bag (I have never had my 30-liter backpack weighed or questioned about its size as an underseat bag on any discount airline.)
- Free seat selection
- Beverages in-flight (non-alcoholic)
- Stopover in Iceland option up to 3 nights
- Saga Points (50%)
Be aware Iceland is one of world’s most expensive tourist destinations and budget accordingly if you plan a stopover.
I spent $130 for a 25 hour overnight layover on very cheap single bed room with shared bathroom ($60), dinner and breakfast from grocery store ($14) and one lunch special takeaway Indian meal ($11) with a round trip bus ticket between airport and Reykjavik ($45).
Average 3-star hotel price in Reykjavik is around $120 to $150 per night. Average restaurant price is about $20 to $40 per person. Price of a beer or glass of wine is $10 and drops to $6 to $7 during Happy Hour, typically 4-7pm.
Tours are one of the more affordably priced items in Iceland with a 3 hour whale watching tour around $90 or an 8 hour bus tour to places around Iceland around $125 per person.
Dublin also ranks as one of Europe’s most expensive cities, so this Icelandair airfare may be the best deal you find on a trip to Iceland and Ireland.