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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 afternoon, 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) and Philadelphia (PHL) 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 a few dollars.
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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: Delta, American Airlines, Iberia, United, Norwegian
Routes: JFK/EWR/BOS/ORD/SFO/PHL to MAD/BCN
Cost: $225+ round-trip nonstop in basic economy or $315+ in standard economy
Travel Dates: September 2019 through May 2020, with the cheapest fares found January-March 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 Delta basic economy ($315 round-trip in Main Cabin):
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $243 round-trip nonstop on American Airlines basic economy ($362 in Main Cabin):
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $247 round-trip nonstop on Iberia:
Newark (EWR) to Madrid (MAD) for $267 round-trip nonstop in United basic economy ($387 round-trip in Main Cabin):
Boston (BOS) to Madrid (MAD) for $273 round-trip nonstop on Iberia:
Boston (BOS) to Madrid (MAD) for $280 round-trip nonstop on Norwegian:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Barcelona (BCN) for $288 round-trip nonstop in Delta basic economy ($428 in Main Cabin):
Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Barcelona (BCN) for $348 round-trip 1-stop in American Airlines basic economy:
San Francisco (SFO) to Barcelona (BCN) for $370 round-trip nonstop on Norwegian:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Barcelona (BCN) for $371 round-trip nonstop 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), 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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