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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.
Flights from the US to Spain are on sale, with fares starting at just $376 round-trip. You can fly from Boston (BOS), Charlotte (CLT), Chicago (ORD & MDW), Dallas (DFW), Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), New York (JFK) and St. Louis (STL) to Barcelona (BCN) and Madrid (MAD) with wide-open availability in the fall and some options in April and May.
You’ll be flying either American or Delta, which means you can expect a complimentary checked bag, seat choice and meal on your trip. Use Google Flights to find an itinerary that works for you and complete booking on the carriers’ sites.
Airline: American and Delta
Route: BOS/CLT/DFW/LAX/JFK/MIA/ORD/STL to BCN/MAD
Cost: $376+ round-trip in economy
Dates: April – May 2017 and August 2017 – February 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, 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 Barcelona (BCN) for $376 round-trip in November on American:
Dallas (DFW) to Barcelona (BCN) for $381 round-trip in August on Delta:
Chicago (ORD) to Barcelona (BCN) for $381 round-trip in November on Delta:
Chicago (MDW) to Madrid (MAD) for $385 round-trip in October on Delta:
Boston (BOS) to Madrid (MAD) for $385 round-trip in October on Delta:
Miami (MIA) to Barcelona (BCN) for $392 round-trip in November on American:
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, American Express Premier Rewards Gold 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.
Featured image of Barcelona courtesy of Nikada via Getty Images.
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