Icelandair is the flag carrier of Iceland, headquartered near the capital city Reykjavik. As of December 2020, the airline operated services to 34 cities in 16 countries on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Icelandair is a popular choice for flights between the United States and Europe, thanks to its free stopovers in Iceland and low cash fares.
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Saga Club is the Icelandair frequent flyer program. While it lacks major airline and credit card partners, there’s still some value to be had in Saga Club, if you know where to look. Keep reading for everything you need to know about Icelandair Saga Club.
|Transfer Partners||Hilton Honors, Radisson Rewards|
|Cobranded Credit Card||Icelandair Premium Mastercard from FNBO|
|Redemption Options||Flights, upgrades, leg room, onboard purchases, hotel stays, car rentals, gift certificates, donations|
Saga Club Elite Status
When you join Saga Club, you’ll automatically become a Saga Blue member. Move up status tiers when you collect enough Tier Credits – by flying with Icelandair, Air Iceland Connect, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue – within a 12-month period.
|STATUS TIER||TIER CREDITS REQUIRED|
Once you unlock a tier, you’ll have that status for the next 12 months. Status benefits include:
|Earn Saga Points||X||X||X|
|Tier Credit bonus||10%||20%|
|Upgrade between classes||X||X|
|Saga Premium check-in||X||X|
|Priority on waiting list||X||X|
|Parking at Keflavik Airport||X|
|Fast track through security||X|
|Priority phone number||X|
Earning Saga Points
Earn Saga Points for:
- Flights with Icelandair and partner airlines
- Onboard purchases with Icelandair and partner airlines
- Icelandair Hotel and Hotel Edda stays
- Hotel stays booked through Icelandair’s Voyage or Icelandair’s Booking.com hotel search
- Car rentals booked through Rentalcars.com, Hertz or Sixt
- Car rentals booked through Icelandair’s Voyage car rental search
- Booking activities through Icelandair’s activity search
- Using the Gray Line Iceland shuttle service between Keflavik Airport and Reykjavik
- Transferring from other award programs, e.g. JetBlue, using Points.com
As we mentioned earlier, partner airlines include Air Iceland Connect, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue.
Earn Saga Points faster with the Icelandair Premium Mastercard from First National Bank of Omaha. As a cardmember, you get Saga Points on everyday purchases, like gas and groceries. For Icelandair purchases, you earn double the amount of Saga Points.
The card also features no foreign transaction fees, a low annual fee of $39 and a 10,000-point welcome bonus with your first purchase.
Earning Sage Points With Transfer Partners
If you hold any of the credit cards below, you can quickly rack up on points that can transfer to your Saga Club account:
|LOYALTY PROGRAM||CREDIT CARDS|
|Hilton Honors||Hilton Honors American Express Card|
Hilton Honors American Express Surpass® Card
Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card
|Radisson Rewards||Radisson Rewards Visa Card|
Radisson Rewards Premier Visa Card
Here are suggested cards for earning points from transfer partners:
Redeeming Saga Points
Saga Points expire after 36 months of inactivity. To keep your account active, make sure to earn or burn points at least every three years.
Use your Saga Points for:
- Icelandair, Air Iceland Connect and Alaska Airlines flights
- Icelandair upgrades
- More legroom on board Icelandair flights
- Onboard purchases
- Hotel bookings
- Car rental bookings
- Gift certificates for Icelandair flights
- Special Children Travel fund
Redeem Saga Points via Points.com for gift certificates with major retailers like Amazon and Target. Or, gift or share your points with friends and family. Keep in mind, there is a booking fee for all transactions.
Saga Club Tips & Tricks
- One-way awards are available.
- Saga Club does not charge any change fees on Saga and Economy Comfort class tickets.
- Best value awards are on flights to Iceland from smaller airports in North America that would require a connection to a hub.
- Take advantage of Alaska Airlines stopover rules and book multi-day stopovers on award tickets.
Icelandair isn’t part of an airline alliance, nor does Saga Club have credit card transfer partners. But you still might consider joining if you have the Icelandair Premium Mastercard, regularly fly Alaska Airlines, or if you earn Hilton Honors or Radisson Rewards points. Just be sure you’ll make good use of your Saga Points. Otherwise, it probably makes more sense to join Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan instead.