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Epic deal alert: Visit the Canary Islands from $486 round-trip

Aug. 15, 2022
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Fall travel to Spain's Canary Islands is currently available for a discounted price. Iberia, Air Europa and American Airlines all have sale fares available in this deal to Tenerife for less than $500 round-trip. Departures are from many of the usual big-city suspects, such as Chicago, New York and Miami. What sets this deal apart is that it also lets Midwestern cities such as Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit and Indianapolis in on the fun.

These are basic economy tickets. If you absolutely need to check luggage, it will cost you $75 each way on Iberia.

One other thing: The routes below are to Tenerife Norte Airport (TFN). If you want to visit one of the other islands, such as Gran Canaria or Lanzarote, booking a flight from Tenerife will cost you between $100 and $150 extra. In most cases, for about the same price you can book these itineraries as open jaws, which let you fly into one airport and fly home from another.

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These prices are available for travel in November, and Thanksgiving is included for some routes. There is also some availability between January and March 2023.

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Our thanks to the folks at Scott’s Cheap Flights for first spotting this deal. Its Premium membership is available for $49 per year, while the Elite option is available for $199 per year. The latter offers access to deals on premium economy, business- and first-class tickets.

As always, be as flexible with your travel plans as possible, as it'll typically help you find better prices.

Deal basics

Airlines: Air Europa, American and Iberia.
Routes: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, New York, Washington, D.C., and other cities to Tenerife.
How to book: Search Google Flights and book directly with the airline.
Travel dates: Most availability in November, including Thanksgiving; some routes available between January and March 2023.

Tenerife. (Photo by MoKa/Getty Images)

Related: How to pick which of the 7 Canary Islands to visit

Sample flights

We'll start with an excellent deal out of Boston. You can fly economy on Iberia from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to TFN in November for just $486 round-trip.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

If you live in the tri-state area, you can fly out of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to Tenerife in November on American for $518 round-trip. Keep in mind this route involves two stops, in Chicago and Madrid.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

If you want to avoid having two layovers, you can fly out of New York City. Iberia has flights in November from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Tenerife for $504 round-trip (with a layover in Madrid each way).

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

Iberia has flights from Detroit at a nice price, too. This itinerary in February costs just $617 round-trip. A couple of caveats: There are two stops, in Chicago and Madrid. Also, a checked bag for a basic economy ticket will cost $150. However, if you upgrade to the main cabin for $150, you get a free checked bag.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

Here's a great price on a flight from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) to Tenerife for $617 round-trip. Again, if you need to check a bag, upgrading to the main cabin is the way to go.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

Related: Your guide to Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Maximize your purchase

Don't forget to pay for your trip with a credit card that earns extra points for travel, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express for 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), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5 points per dollar on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3 points per dollar on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2 points per dollar on travel.

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

From the majestic El Teide volcano to the famous black-sand beaches, Tenerife is full of activities and impressive natural beauty. This deal has unusually low prices from major U.S. cities, including some Midwestern destinations.

Featured image by Getty Images/iStockphoto
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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  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
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