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Earning AS Miles on Icelandair (FI) - Still Possible?

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Old Jun 10, 18, 9:21 am
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Earning AS Miles on Icelandair (FI) - Still Possible?

Iceland Air recently changed their economy fare structure (or at least, the presentation) from Economy/Economy Comfort to a three tier system: Economy Light, Economy Standard, and Economy Flex. However, their site still lists the old names, attached to specific fare classes. I recently booked a flight using Economy Standard, but it got put into the P fare class--which Alaska Air says won't earn miles.

I haven't seen much discussion with regards to Alaska/Iceland, but this seems weird since as far as I know, this is a normal, standard fare and isn't special. It's booked for November. It is part wife's birthday, part MVP Gold earnings, so getting miles on this is essential. I am currently on a (long) hold with Iceland Air, but was curious if anybody here had any experience recently.
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Old Jun 10, 18, 10:55 am
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In my experience, if the fare class is not listed on the Alaska chart it will not earn miles. Back when AA started basic economy they were using a fare class that Alaska did not have in its charts, so you earned nada on basic economy. I believe it is still that way...
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Old Jun 10, 18, 11:00 am
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In my experience, if the fare class is not listed on the Alaska chart it will not earn miles. Back when AA started basic economy they were using a fare class that Alaska did not have in its charts, so you earned nada on basic economy. I believe it is still that way...
Yeah, it's just strange that Economy Standard (not "Economy Light") is exempt. I contacted Alaska and they basically said they hadn't received a new fare sharing contract from IcelandAir since they made the change in April, so as far as the listing on their site goes, it's accurate based on fare class. I'm worried that this could be buried in some bureaucratic process. I've been on hold with IcelandAir for 2.5 hours (ouch), so we'll see what they can tell me.
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Old Jun 10, 18, 11:31 am
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Yeah, just got off the phone--they seem to just have severely devalued the mileage earning o Iceland Air--which is too bad. Fare was around $511 per person to SEA-KEF-CPH, but to get just 25% miles, it would have been $700 per person. To get 100%, it was $2000 per person. We flew IcelandAir a few years ago and got 50% on a reasonable fare.

Oh well... time to hit Matrix ITA and find other options for miles (and birthday ideas!).
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Old Aug 13, 18, 5:00 pm
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AS shows two earnings categories for Saga class - C, D, J and E. E earnings are significantly lower. Does anyone know if it is possible to determine the fare class while booking on the Icelandair website? They seem to only show Saga Premium and Saga Premium Flex.
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Old Oct 14, 18, 4:26 pm
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AS shows two earnings categories for Saga class - C, D, J and E. E earnings are significantly lower. Does anyone know if it is possible to determine the fare class while booking on the Icelandair website? They seem to only show Saga Premium and Saga Premium Flex.
I would use google flights to search for the flight and then click through to Expedia (rather than Icelandair) as Expedia will show you the fare class. I am mostly seeing W class which doesn't earn a single mile with Alaska.

If you go through to Priceline or Orbitz, you can pay for Economy Flex or Standard, but it still shows up as W class. What a mess...

For the time being I would not count on earning any AS miles when flying Icelandair.
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Old Oct 14, 18, 10:00 pm
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Originally Posted by Single_Flyer View Post
I would use google flights to search for the flight and then click through to Expedia (rather than Icelandair) as Expedia will show you the fare class. I am mostly seeing W class which doesn't earn a single mile with Alaska.

If you go through to Priceline or Orbitz, you can pay for Economy Flex or Standard, but it still shows up as W class. What a mess...

For the time being I would not count on earning any AS miles when flying Icelandair.

Quite the partnership, it seems :/
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Old Oct 15, 18, 10:31 am
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It seems the new highest class on Icelandair is A (Saga Flex). That only earns 125% of miles on Alaska.

If anyone can find higher classes, let me know. Maybe if you were to book only a few days out you would get bumped into a higher level?
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Old Oct 16, 18, 5:41 pm
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Fare availability for tomorrow's FI680 SEA-KEF from Expertflyer:

C4 D4 J4 A4 Z0 Y4 R4 E4 M4 B4 K4 Q4 T4 V4 H4 L0 W0 S0 I0 O0 X0 N0 U0 P0 G0 F0

Cabins from Fare Availability:
First: F
Business: C D J Z I
Premium Coach: A Y R E
Coach: M B K Q T V H L W S O X N U P G

Cabins from Fare Information
Business: C D J A
Economy: Y R E M B K Q T S V H L W


Obviously there's some conflicting/out of date information there.
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Old Oct 18, 18, 12:26 am
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Originally Posted by Single_Flyer View Post
It seems the new highest class on Icelandair is A (Saga Flex). That only earns 125% of miles on Alaska.
Nope. C/D/J are still the highest fare classes, and they still earn 150% miles on AS. They're just very difficult to book.

Whether FI is reorganizing its fare classes or it's just reallocating seats to discounted classes to further devalue the AS redemptions is currently anyone's guess, because they're not saying.
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Old Oct 18, 18, 5:48 pm
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As important as fare class is these days to earnings and status - I'm surprised more carriers aren't just publishing the information clearly while you're shopping.
There should even be a "shop by fare" option online... I know much of the public just wants to buy the easiest/cheapest ticket... but many of us would like to be able to browse the different fares for earning rates.

I just flew Saga on FI and it will be interesting to see what rate I get with AS. I booked right when they eliminated their Premium Comfort class. Whatever they did when they eliminated that class meant that suddenly they were selling Saga seats at Economy Comfort prices. Not a bad deal.

My original booking said I was in 'A' Class - which would earn at 125% but my tickets show C class, which is 150% EQM + 100% bonus.
For tracking towards 50k this year, I'm only counting on getting the A rate, but C would be a pleasant surprise.
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Old Oct 19, 18, 3:19 am
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Checking ExpertFlyer, it appears the cheapest West Coast FI flights book into W while the East Coast flights book into S. W is not listed on the AS Partner charts for Icelandair while S is listed at 50%

If flying from the West Cost consider AS to YVR to connect to FI. The cheapest fare also books into S (50%) and the base fare is lower than SEA/LAX.

ie November 7th, one-way base fare, SEA-KEF, is USD $237.00 fare class (W)ODLT no AS credit. YVR-KEF USD $183.00 fare class (S)ODLT 50% credit to AS.

Fees & Taxes will be higher out of YVR. If you connect with AS to YVR you will earn the minimum 500 EQM.

All in, SEA-KEF $335.40 Earns Zero MP miles
All in, YVR-KEF $380.91 Earns 1772 MP Miles

Add SEA-YVR for $94.83 Earns 500 EQM.

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Old Oct 19, 18, 2:51 pm
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Originally Posted by Flying for Fun View Post
If flying from the West Cost consider AS to YVR to connect to FI. The cheapest fare also books into S (50%) and the base fare is lower than SEA/LAX.
Saga is about 1/2 the price flying out of YVR than out of Seattle.
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Old Jan 21, 19, 7:01 pm
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I thought I'd post my experience so far with Iceland Air. I booked a super cheap flight SEA-KEF-CDG in economy lite, $379 r/t. Found it on google flights about 2 months ago and thought, "hey, mileage run". Then I found this very depressing thread, and thought that I was headed for a painful trip in coach that garners zero miles. Was about to cancel when I got the Class Up notification. Did some flyertalk research, saw that if SAGA seat availability was greater than 5, my chance of a low bid getting accepted on Class Up was high. I bid just over minimum, around $500, and the bid was accepted about 72 hours prior to flying. So at least I'll get 125% miles and a more comfy seat, plus lounge access and luggage (Winter sales in Paris, lol). IMHO it's still a good fare to CDG, even if it's a subpar business class.
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Old Jan 21, 19, 10:24 pm
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Originally Posted by QT31415 View Post
I thought I'd post my experience so far with Iceland Air. I booked a super cheap flight SEA-KEF-CDG in economy lite, $379 r/t. Found it on google flights about 2 months ago and thought, "hey, mileage run". Then I found this very depressing thread, and thought that I was headed for a painful trip in coach that garners zero miles. Was about to cancel when I got the Class Up notification. Did some flyertalk research, saw that if SAGA seat availability was greater than 5, my chance of a low bid getting accepted on Class Up was high. I bid just over minimum, around $500, and the bid was accepted about 72 hours prior to flying. So at least I'll get 125% miles and a more comfy seat, plus lounge access and luggage (Winter sales in Paris, lol). IMHO it's still a good fare to CDG, even if it's a subpar business class.
Nice. Is that $500 R/T or just for the outbound? Both outbound segments?
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