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Cash and miles deal to Spain, starting at $356 or 32,000 miles round trip

March 04, 2022
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Today is Friday which means it's a great day for a deal, especially one that involves envisioning yourself in warmer weather courtesy of Spain.

Round-trip flights departing from across the U.S. are available at nearly 50% off to Barcelona (BCN), starting at $356 with one stop each way, through October.

Additionally, Delta is currently offering flights to both Madrid (MAD) and BCN, starting at 32,000 Delta SkyMiles round trip through next year.

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Barcelona, Spain. (Photo courtesy of Alexander Spatari via Getty Images)

Deal #1

Airlines: American, Iberia, TAP, Air Canada, United and Delta
Routes: JFK/STL/MSY/BNA/LGA/EWR/LAX/MIA/ORD and others to BCN
How to book: Directly through the airlines
Travel dates: September — October
Book by: This deal will last 1-2 days

This airfare sale was originally sent out via Scott’s Cheap Flights, which sends deals up to 90% off via its Premium membership, which users can try for free for 14 days and then pay $49 per year. You can also upgrade to the Elite tier for $199 a year and receive deals on premium economy, business and first class fare sales.

Now through March 31, use code TPG25 and save 25% off a Premium SCF membership.

Sample flights

This deal features round-trip flights from throughout the U.S., though the best nonstop flight I found was flying out of New York City (JFK) to BCN in early October for $468. To search for this deal, enter your origin city and desired dates of travel in Google Flights.

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

This particular flight is for Iberia's Level class, which includes one carry-on bag, but you will have to pay $75 to check a bag. Also, note that Level fare types are the most restrictive and therefore cannot be changed or refunded pending COVID-19-related issues as outlined on their website.

Related: International travel with unvaccinated children; Spain drops the vaccine requirement for teens

(Screenshot courtesy of Google Flights)

Deal #2

Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Zu Sanchez Photography via Getty Images)

Airline: Delta
Routes: JFK/STL/MSY/BNA/LGA/EWR/LAX/MIA/ORD and others to BCN
How to book: Directly through the airline
Travel dates: October 2022 — January 2023

If you're a frequent Delta flyer, use your SkyMiles to fly to either BCN or MAD, with nonstop availability, including from NYC (JFK), Boston (BOS) and Seattle (SEA), starting at 32,000 SkyMiles round trip plus taxes and fees.

(Screenshot courtesy of Delta)

The flights in this deal are for Delta's main cabin, which includes both carry-on and checked baggage, in addition to seat selection. Award deals can be changed without a fee, and SkyMiles members can change or cancel award tickets without a redeposit or change fee for travel originating from North America to anywhere in the world, excluding basic economy fares. Mileage differences, taxes and fees may apply.

TPG currently values Delta SkyMiles at 1.57 cents per mile, so using SkyMiles for this Delta deal instead of paying nearly $700 in cash round trip would save you approximately $171 per TPG's Awards vs Cash Calculator.

(Screenshot courtesy of The Points Guy)

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases. They include The Platinum Card® from American Express (5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel), on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year; Citi Prestige® Card (5 points per dollar on airfare); Citi Premier® Card; Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar on airfare); American Express® Gold Card (3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel); and the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar on travel). Or, consider a Delta card such as the Delta SkyMiles® Gold American Express Card for 2 miles per dollar or the Delta SkyMiles® Reserve American Express Card for 3 miles per dollar on eligible Delta purchases made directly with Delta. Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

This two-for-one deal features round-trip flights from across the U.S. to both Barcelona and Madrid, bookable via cash and SkyMiles.

Read more: Spain announces COVID-19 booster restriction for American tourists

Featured image by Getty Images
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
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TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

    Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points
    60,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases