Like a lot of folks, I have been wanting to go to Iceland for a number of years. So, in May of this year when Icelandair offered a round trip business fare for $800, I booked it! This was a great deal for a non-stop flight from Seattle to Reykjavik. With the recent new international terminal opening at Seattle’s airport, there are many more opportunities for international travel.
Flight Number: FI682
Route: Seattle (SEA) – Keflavik (KEF)
Schedule: 18:55 – 09:30 (+9)
Duration: 7h 15m
Aircraft Type: Boeing 757
Cabin: Business Class
Date: August 25, 2019
Checking in was a breeze, and I was directed to the lounge, “The Club of the Sea”. This lounge is a shared lounge in terminal A. It’s nothing special, but it was nice to be able to sit and relax before my flight.
For some reason, Icelandair offers two flights that leave Seattle like 10 minutes apart. It can be a bit confusing, and one needs to make sure you are checking your boarding pass for the correct flight.
My flight was delayed for about 45 minutes, but everyone boarded rather well. Boarding was at the middle of the plane, and I was sitting in seat 4D. It was a pretty standard business seat, nothing special.
I liked the amenity kit as it opens into a hanging kit, which I thought was pretty cool. All of the attendants were very nice and pleasant throughout the flight. I was offered a drink and headphones. My seatmate was quiet the entire time, only speaking when he needed me to move so he could go to the bathroom.
Once we got up, a wine menu and dinner menu were given, cocktails offered and served. By the way, Iceland makes some very good gin, I highly recommend it. I had the fillet of beef with horseradish sauce, salad, and veggies, with Panna cotta with mango for dessert. All in all, not bad. I have found that ordering beef can be tricky, it’s either perfect or tough.
One thing I was a bit disappointed with was the selection of movies offered. While they had a few current movies, the majority were pretty dated. I was hoping for a better selection as I usually catch up on movies when I travel.
Overall this trip was uneventful. I thought it went faster than usual. And while the business class is nothing to get excited about, the service was good, as was the food. Oh, and I cannot forget, they had free Wi-Fi, which worked quite well.
I know that Icelandair is one of many global partners with Alaska Airlines, which I belong to, and they offer some pretty good deals when using miles.