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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.
Update, March 21: Delta has added cheap fares on some of these routes, so SkyTeam fans have an option to get to Spain. Cheap fares from cities like San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale have been added as well.
Cheap flights to Spain continue to appear. We’re seeing nonstop flights from across the US to Barcelona (BCN) and Madrid (MAD) on full-service carriers from just $287 round-trip. That price is lower than budget airline Norwegian, and is available from Northeast airports under $300 round-trip and from further cities for less than $400 round-trip.
Flights are in basic economy, meaning a checked bag and seat selection come at an extra cost — but you’ll still earn miles and enjoy a free meal. Full service carriers are usually better equipped to re-accommodate you in case something goes wrong with your original flight.
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.
Airline: TAP Portugal, Iberia, American, British Airways, United, Delta
Routes: JFK/EWR/BOS/PHL/MIA/FLL/LAX/SFO/ORD/IAD/SFO to BCN/MAD
Cost: $287+ round-trip in economy
Dates: April – May, September – December
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 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 $287 nonstop round-trip on Iberia:
New York (JFK) to Madrid (MAD) for $287 nonstop round-trip on Iberia:
Newark (EWR) to Madrid (MAD) for $300 round-trip on TAP Portugal via Priceline:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Barcelona (BCN) for $332 round-trip on Delta:
Chicago (ORD) to Barcelona (BCN) for $332 round-trip on Delta:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Barcelona (BCN) for $371 nonstop round-trip on American:
Miami (MIA) to Barcelona (BCN) for $382 round-trip on British Airways/American:
San Francisco (SFO) to Barcelona (BCN) for $454 round-trip on Delta:
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 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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