Deal Alert: Premium Economy to Spain From $809 Round-Trip

Jun 11, 2019

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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.

Here’s your chance to fly to Spain in (relative) style without breaking the bank. Right now, Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia are offering premium-economy flights to Barcelona (BCN) and Madrid (MAD) from just $809 round-trip. The low fares are available out of a number of cities across the US, including Boston (BOS), New York (JFK), Chicago (ORD), Miami (MIA), Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) and are valid from September through the end of the year. Depending on where you’re originating, you might even get to fly nonstop.

TPG’s JT Genter flew premium economy on American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia, and enjoyed his experiences, especially the additional legroom and enhanced pillows.

Premium economy aboard Iberia’s A340-600. (Photo by JT Genter / The Points Guy)

Your points can go a long way when it comes to booking accommodations in Barcelona and Madrid. Check out this guide to learn how to best optimize your points while in Barcelona and this guide for Madrid.

To search for these fares, 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, through an OTA like Priceline or plug those dates into the Ultimate Rewards travel portal.

Airlines: Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia
Routes: BOS/JFK/ORD/MIA/LAX/SFO to BCN/MAD
Cost: $809+ round-trip in premium economy
Travel Dates: September 2019 to April 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance),  Citi Premier® CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

New York (JFK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $809 round-trip on American Airlines premium economy booked via British Airways:

New York (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $813 round-trip on Iberia premium economy booked via British Airways:

Boston (BOS) to Madrid (MAD) for $813 round-trip on Iberia premium economy booked via British Airways:

Miami (MIA) to Madrid (MAD) for $824 round-trip on American Airlines premium economy booked via British Airways:

Chicago (ORD) to Madrid (MAD) for $863 round-trip on Iberia premium economy booked via British Airways:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Barcelona (BCN) for $932 round-trip on British Airways premium economy:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Madrid (MAD) for $941 round-trip on Iberia premium economy booked via British Airways:

San Francisco (SFO) to Madrid (MAD) for $962 round-trip on American Airlines premium economy booked via British Airways:

San Francisco (SFO) to Barcelona (BCN) for $1,015 round-trip on Air Canada premium economy booked via United:

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 excellent trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

Featured photo of premium economy on AA’s 777-200 by JT Genter / The Points Guy.

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