Business Traveler (USA) - - TAKE OFFS & LANDINGS - ice­ or

Ice­landair has what is prob­a­bly the grand­daddy of all stopover plans, dat­ing back to the 1960s when it was fondly nick­named “the hip­pie ex­press.” Back­pack­ing col­lege stu­dents from the US have long been us­ing the air­line’s low fares rates from the East Coast to get to Europe and tak­ing ad­van­tage of the free stopover of up to seven nights in Reyk­javik and the sur­round­ing ar­eas. How­ever in the last few years, tourists have dis­cov­ered this geo­ther­mal fan­ta­sy­land, and Ice­landair’s gen­er­ous stopover pol­icy has cer­tainly con­trib­uted to that growth.

Mean­time, ul­tra low cost com­peti­tor WOW air has joined the fray with a sim­i­lar stopover pol­icy. WOW air stopovers are only avail­able on round-trip reser­va­tions on transat­lantic flights, and while the length of the stopover doesn’t seem to have a limit, you’ll need to do a lit­tle leg­work to put to­gether your own best-price itin­er­ary.

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