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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. And this morning, we are seeing some amazingly cheap nonstop flights to both Barcelona (BCN) and Madrid (MAD) from New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), Boston (BOS), Chicago (ORD), San Francisco (SFO), Miami (MIA), Philadelphia (PHL) and Los Angeles (LAX) with prices starting from $225 round-trip.
Some of these flights are on one of my favorite economy options across the Atlantic — like 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. The cheapest options are in basic economy so you’ll have to pay extra for a checked bag and seat selection.
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 under $1.
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: American Airlines, Delta, Iberia, United
Routes: JFK/EWR/BOS/ORD/SFO/MIA/PHL/LAX to MAD/BCN
Cost: $225+ round-trip nonstop in basic economy or $365+ in standard economy
Travel Dates: September 2019 through May 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), 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:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $225 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines basic economy ($365 round-trip in Main Cabin) in October:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $225 round-trip nonstop in Delta basic economy ($365 round-trip in Main Cabin):
Newark (EWR) to Madrid (MAD) for $225 round-trip nonstop in United basic economy ($385 round-trip in Main Cabin):
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $225 round-trip nonstop on Iberia in March 2020:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $225 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines basic economy in May 2020:
Boston (BOS) to Madrid (MAD) for $273 round-trip nonstop on Iberia:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $274 round-trip nonstop in Delta basic economy:
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Barcelona (BCN) for $328 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines basic economy:
San Francisco (SFO) to Barcelona (BCN) for $343 round-trip in United basic economy:
Miami (MIA) to Barcelona (BCN) for $348 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines basic economy:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Barcelona (BCN) for $371 round-trip nonstop in American Airlines basic economy:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Madrid (MAD) for $376 round-trip nonstop on Iberia:
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), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American 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.
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