Dallas (DFW) to Iceland on American Airlines Just $388 Round-Trip

If you like the cool, rainy weather we’ve been having here in Austin, you will love Iceland. Of course, there is a lot more to that European nation than the weather…plenty of spectacular scenery, very friendly people who speak excellent English, and a chance to see the Northern Lights.

Water Storage Facility
Water Storage Facility
Reykjavik Church (Hallgrimskirkja)
Reykjavik Church (Hallgrimskirkja)

AirFareSpot has found dates in late August and September when you can fly from DFW to KEF (Reykjavik, Iceland) for just $388.71 round-trip on American.

Geyser
Geyser

An excellent way to get from Austin to Dallas is with MegaBus. They have large, comfortable buses with 115-volt power and free wifi, and fares as low as $1.50 one-way.

WSJ: Yes, You Can Visit Cuba On Your Own

The Jan. 13, 2018, issue of theĀ  Wall Street Journal has an article describing a recent visit to Cuba by two friends. They went on their own, not as part of a group tour. A sidebar to the article tells how anyone can do the same.

According to the sidebar, the rules still permit Americans to visit Cuba in “support of the Cuban people” without special authorization. Just go online to purchase an airline ticket from American, jetBlue, Southwest or Delta, and select that reason when the website prompts you. A visa will be needed, and you can purchase that for $50 at the airport ticket counter.

When you arrive in Cuba, you must not patronize any business related to the Cuban military. The list of businesses (some hotels, etc.), tourist agencies, marinas, stores and products (including Carney and Varadero rums) to avoid can be found on the State Department’s website.

According to the sidebar in the Wall St. Journal article, you must keep evidence of your interactions with Cubans for five years. Such interactions should be meaningful, which may spur Cuba toward democratic government. Such evidence can be receipts and selfies with locals. Staying in private residences (casas particulares), eating in private restaurants (paradares), and visiting galleries and community projects are recommended.

The United States has an embassy in Havana, although with reduced staff due to mysterious illnesses among staff (perhaps due to some sort of sonic activity). Airbnb continues to operate in Cuba, as do US airlines.

If self-directed travel doesn’t sound appealing, you can do as many Americans have by taking a cruise that stops in several Cuban port cities.

American Airlines Flight Attendants Gain Ability to Compensate for Problems

American Airlines
American Airlines

Flight attendants at American Airlines will soon gain the ability to give you immediate compensation if something goes wrong. For example, a broken seatback tray, broken arm rest, wet seat, seat will not recline, burned out reading light, or broken window shade.

They will be using the iSolve app on their tablets to report problems and provide compensation to the affected passenger(s).

This is being reported by The Points Guy and View from the Wing travel blogs.

A Plethora of Cheap Trans-Atlantic Airfares

The travel blogs are noting lots of very inexpensive airfares from the United States to various European cities.

Austin to London Great Circle Map
Austin to London Great Circle Map, 4915 miles

Scott’s Cheap Flights has an email out this afternoon with flights to Spain (Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Ibiza, Madrid, Mallorca, Santa Cruz Palma, Santiago de Compostela, Tenerife and Valencia) in the $400s round-trip. The airlines with these low fares include American and United, and probably Delta. Austin is not among the listed departure cities, but Atlanta is and you can take Southwest non-stop from Austin to Atlanta (2 daily flights each way). Secret Flying notes that you can fly out of Houston on American.

Icelandair flies from DFW to Iceland and then on to various continental European cities for $300+ r/t (but remember all the fees for “extras”). Million Mile Secrets has a good write-up on this deal. One Mile at a Time notes that Icelandair will even begin flying to Kansas City starting in May! When researching a flight from JFK to LHR recently, I noticed that trip-cancellation insurance added only 2% to the ticket price on Icelandair…that seems like a pretty good deal.

When it comes to inexpensive flying to Europe, these are truly “the good old days.”