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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 11:00pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. But if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the 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 to Spain are on sale! You can fly on Norwegian nonstop to either Madrid or Barcelona from all its US gateways for under $400 round-trip. Or you can fly Delta, American or Iberia nonstop to Spain for just over $400 round-trip. Want to make the trip easier with extra legroom, better catering and more miles? Upgrade to premium economy for just over $800 round-trip. And if you’re looking to earn American Airlines elite status, you’ll want to book these cheap fares through a partner like British Airways, Iberia or Finnair.
You can find these fares by heading to Google Flights and plugging in your desired departure and destination cities. After finding the dates that work best for you, book directly with the airline or with an OTA such as Expedia or Priceline.
Airlines: Norwegian, Delta, American, Iberia
Routes: EWR/OAK/FLL/LAX/JFK to BCN/MAD
Cost: $339+ round-trip in economy, $809+ round-trip in premium economy
Dates: September 2018 to May 2019
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Newark (EWR) to Barcelona (BCN) in November for $339 round-trip ($165 outbound + $174 return) on Norwegian:
Newark (EWR) to Barcelona (BCN) in November for $350 round-trip on Norwegian:
Oakland (OAK) to Barcelona (BCN) in October for $354 round-trip ($170 outbound + $184 return) on Norwegian/LEVEL:
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Madrid (MAD) in November for $360 round-trip ($175 outbound + $185 return) on Norwegian:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Barcelona (BCN) in October for $377 round-trip ($180 outbound + $197 return) on Norwegian:
New York-JFK to Barcelona (BCN) in February 2019 for $409 round-trip on Delta:
New York-JFK to Madrid (MAD) in January 2019 for $414 round-trip on Iberia:
New York-JFK to Barcelona (BCN) in February 2019 for $808 round-trip on American Airlines’ 777 premium economy:
New York-JFK to Madrid (MAD) in November for $813 round-trip in Iberia’s premium economy on its brand-new A350 via AA:
New York-JFK to Madrid (MAD) in November for $813 round-trip in Iberia’s premium economy on its brand-new A350 via British Airways (earns 7,177 award miles; 10,766 EQM and 1,435 EQD credited to AAdvantage):
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, 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.
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The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.
- Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
- Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
- 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
- 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
- Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
- Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
- $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
- Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
- $550 annual fee.
- Terms Apply.
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