Morocco flight sale: Casablanca from $519 round trip, including through Oneworld airlines
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
Flights to Casablanca have dropped to $519 round-trip from New York's JFK Airport when purchased through Iberia, as first reported by The Flight Deal.
These prices are really low for Morocco — $1,435 cheaper than usual, according to Google Flights. Similar trips usually average between $1,150 to $4,450, according to Google. In fact, the exact same codeshare flights cost more than $2,600 through Iberia's Oneworld partner airlines British Airways and American Airlines.
Note that the $488 fares listed on The Flight Deal have increased to $597 on the Iberia website and cannot be booked directly through Google Flights, although the routes pricing out at $499 on Google Flights can still be purchased for $519 through Gotogate.
The other catch is that some of these routes include long layovers in Madrid -- often at least seven hours. But Madrid is a wonderful city to visit and you can pop out from the airport for a quick tour and tapas without much hassle.
Some of these fares may book into basic economy, which means different things to different airlines, but often means you may not have free use of the overhead bins for a carry-on bag. You probably also won't be able to select your seat, get an upgrade or earn PQM/PQS/PQDs. However, it’s possible to defeat many 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: Iberia, British Airways, American Airlines, Norwegian, Air Europa
Routes: JFK/MIA/ORD/LAX to CMN
Cost: from $519 round-trip
Dates: March-May, 2020
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Here are some examples of specific flights that are available:
New York (JFK) to Casablanca (CMN) for $519 round-trip on Iberia via Gotogate:
Miami (MIA) to Casablanca (CMN) for $553 on Iberia:
Chicago (ORD) to Casablanca (CMN) for $569 on Iberia via Gotogate:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Casablanca (CMN) for $581 on Norwegian and Air Europa:
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