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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
In case you missed the huge sale last Friday from New York and Miami to a variety of Spanish cities, you have another chance to book these great deals! This time Air Europa and Iberia are having a huge sale on flights from New York (JFK) to many Spanish destinations including Alicante (ALC), Barcelona (BCN), Bilbao (BIO), Madrid (MAD), Mallorca (PMI), Tenerife (TFN) and Valencia (VLC).
You’ll find that the cheapest flights are to Madrid (MAD) — $331 round-trip from New York (JFK) — but you’ll find sub-$400 fares to the rest of the destinations included in this sale as well. You can even get to the Canary Islands for under $350 round-trip! Availability is somewhat limited in March, so be sure to use Google Flights to find your ideal itinerary.
Airline: Air Europa, Air Nostrum, American, British Airways, Iberia
Route: JFK to ALC, BCN, BIO, MAD, PMI, TFN, VLC
Cost: $331+ round-trip
Dates: March 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
New York (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $331 round-trip:
New York (JFK) to Valencia (VLC) for $359 round-trip:
New York (JFK) to Bilbao (BIO) for $359 round-trip:
New York (JFK) to Tenerife (TFN) for $343 round-trip:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!
H/T: The Flight Deal
Featured image of Madrid courtesy of Getty Images.
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