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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 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.
Spain is a popular destination and US airlines from every alliance service Barcelona and Madrid — the abundance of flights means serious competition, so carriers constantly run sales to the country. We’re seeing cheap nonstop flights to both Barcelona (BCN) and Madrid (MAD) from New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Newark (EWR), Miami (MIA) and Chicago (ORD) with prices starting from $273 round-trip.
Meanwhile, Delta and its partners are running a great sale on flights to Paris, and The Flight Deal has pointed out great one-stop options to Munich (MUC).
Some of the options to Spain are on one of my favorite economy options across the Atlantic: Iberia’s brand new Airbus A350-900. I got a chance to try out this product right after it was launched on its first transatlantic flights, and it was a solid experience.
Note that Iberia Visa Signature Card cardholders can get a slightly discounted price through the card’s 10% discount. However, unlike the British Airways Chase 10% discount — which discounts the fare, taxes and fees on British Airways-operated flights — the Iberia 10% discount only reduces the base fare. And since this base fare is so cheap, the 10% discount only drops the price by $5.
Just remember that the cheapest options are in basic economy, so you’ll have to pay extra for a checked bag and seat selection.
To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airlines: Iberia, American, United, Delta, Norwegian, Air France
Routes: BOS/JFK/EWR/ORD/SFO/MIA/LAX to MAD/ORY/CDG/BCN
Cost: $268+ round-trip
Travel Dates: September 2019 through March 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus trip delay insurance), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Boston (BOS) to Madrid (MAD) for $268 round-trip nonstop using the 10% off discount:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $273 round-trip nonstop on Iberia’s new Airbus A350:
Boston (BOS) to Madrid (MAD) for $273 round-trip nonstop on Iberia:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $273 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines basic economy:
Newark (EWR) to Madrid (MAD) for $273 round-trip nonstop in United basic economy:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $277 round-trip nonstop in Delta basic economy:
Boston (BOS) to Madrid (MAD) for $280 round-trip nonstop on Norwegian:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Paris Orly (ORY) for $283 round-trip nonstop on Air France:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Paris (CDG) for $286 round-trip nonstop in Delta basic economy:
Newark (EWR) to Barcelona (BCN) for $290 round-trip nonstop on Norwegian:
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Munich (MUC) for $327 round-trip 1-stop in American Airlines basic economy:
San Francisco (SFO) to Munich (MUC) for $347 round-trip 1-stop in American Airlines basic economy:
Miami (MIA) to Barcelona (BCN) for $349 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines basic economy:
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Barcelona (BCN) for $390 round-trip nonstop on Norwegian:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Munich (MUC) for $367 round-trip 1-stop in American Airlines basic economy:
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), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare booked directly with the airline or Amextravel.com) 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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