Flights to Madrid, Barcelona from $208 round trip on major airlines
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Still sorting out your spring break plans? Why not head to Spain from $208 round trip nonstop? According to Google Flights, current fares are $537 cheaper than usual.
"The least expensive flights for similar trips to Madrid, Barcelona, Porto, Azores, Funchal usually cost between $465–1,150," Google reports.
Deals are available from more cities than are listed here, but these are the lowest-fare origin cities we've found.
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Many of these fares begin in basic economy. Basic economy means different things to different airlines, but you might not have free use of the overhead bins for a carry-on bag, and you probably won't be able to select your seat, get an upgrade, or earn elite-qualifying miles on your preferred airlines.
However, it’s possible to defeat some of basic economy’s negative aspects by having elite status or a cobranded credit card.
To find a deal, 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 an OTA like Orbitz or Expedia.
Airline: United, American, Iberia, Finnair, British Airways, Swiss, Lufthansa
Routes: JFK/EWR/ORD/BOS and more to MAD/BCN
Cost: from $208 round trip in basic economy
Dates: February – April 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 (3x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
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Here are some examples of specific flights that are available:
Boston (BOS) to Barcelona (BCN) for $208 on Iberia if ticketed separately, or $217 on one itinerary:
Newark/New York (EWR) to Madrid (MAD) for $261 round trip nonstop on United basic economy:
New York (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $271 round trip nonstop on Iberia (codeshare with American and British Airways):
Chicago (ORD) to Barcelona (BCN) for $347 round trip on Swiss via United:
Maximize your purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, like The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier® Card, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this guide for more on maximizing airfare purchases.