Deal Alert: US Cities to Spain From $329 Round-Trip
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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend 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.
If you’re looking to visit Spain soon, you’re in luck. Strong competition from low-cost carriers has driven prices down to major España cities Madrid (MAD) and Barcelona (BCN). The cheapest flights right now are nonstops on low-cost carrier Norwegian — while you can use its US website to book these flights for cheap, you can save more by using an international version of the site. Just make sure to buy your ticket with a credit card that has no foreign transaction fees.
The easiest way to find these deals is to search for cheap dates via Google Flights. Then click through to Orbitz, Expedia or the airline directly to book your tickets. While the Norwegian options are cheaper using the foreign website trick, most of the other airline itineraries are more straightforward to find and purchase.
Airlines: Norwegian/TAP Portugal/LEVEL/Delta/American
Routes: FLL/LAX/EWR/BOS/OAK/MIA/JFK to BCN/MAD
Cost: $329+ round-trip in economy
Dates: November 2017 — June 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or with the airline directly
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Barcelona (BCN) for 2,695NOK (~US$329) round-trip on Norwegian:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Barcelona (BCN) for 2,695NOK (~US$329) round-trip on Norwegian:
Boston (BOS) to Barcelona (BCN) for $332 round-trip on TAP Portugal via Orbitz:
Boston (BOS) to Madrid (MAD) for $333 round-trip on TAP Portugal via Orbitz:
Newark (EWR) to Barcelona (BCN) for 2,803NOK (~US$343) round-trip on Norwegian:
Newark (EWR) to Barcelona (BCN) for $379 round-trip on TAP Portugal via Orbitz:
Oakland (OAK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $390 round-trip on LEVEL:
Miami (MIA) to Barcelona (BCN) for $453 round-trip on Delta:
New York’s JFK to Barcelona (BCN) for $492 round-trip on American:
Miami (MIA) to Barcelona (BCN) for $514 round-trip 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, or Citi Prestige (5x 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!
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