Deal Alert: West Coast to Barcelona From $254 Round-Trip

Mar 17, 2017

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Earlier today, we told you about the new IAG low-cost carrier that it announced today called LEVEL. And as promised, the carrier is offering low-cost options to get between the West Coast and Barcelona. You can fly to the airline’s two US destinations, Los Angeles (LAX) and Oakland (OAK), to Barcelona (BCN) from $105 one-way. You can book through FlyLevel.com, which will redirect you to search for flights, select and book through Iberia’s website. These low fares are valid from June 2017 through January 2018 and will be operated on Airbus A330 aircraft.

When trying to book this deal alert, it’s pricing out cheaper as two one-way flights instead of one round-trip ticket. On a couple sample fares, the two one-way tickets on the same dates generated a fare that was about $45 cheaper than if I were to book a round-trip ticket. We’re not sure if this is just a kink in the system that needs to be worked out because the airline is so new, so it’s worth checking both the one-way and round-trip options to be sure that the one-way ticket is still priced power.

Airlines: LEVEL
Route: LAX and OAK to BCN
Cost: $254+ round-trip in economy
Dates: June 2017 – January 2018
Booking Link: FlyLevel.com
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Barcelona (BCN) for $254 round-trip in July:

Note that this fare is booked as two separate one-way tickets. If you were to book the same itinerary on the same dates as a round-trip ticket, it would cost you $299 — 15% more than if you book the two one-way tickets.

Oakland (OAK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $254 round-trip in October:

Note that this fare is booked as two separate one-way tickets. If you were to book the same itinerary on the same dates as a round-trip ticket, it would cost you $298 — 15% more than if you book the two one-way tickets.

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Featured image of Barcelona courtesy of TomasSereda via Getty Images.

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