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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.
Say “hola” to your Spanish getaway! Flights from Newark (EWR), New York (JFK), Houston (IAH), Dallas (DFW), Chicago (ORD), San Jose (SJC), San Francisco (SFO), Santa Ana (SNA) and Philadelphia (PHL) to Barcelona (BCN) and Madrid (MAD) are available starting from $331 round-trip. Even better, these deals are on full-service carriers like Delta and British Airways, although some fares book into basic economy.
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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: British Airways, Lufthansa, Delta, United, Swiss
Routes: EWR/IAH/DFW/ORD/PHL/SJC/SFO/SNA/JFK to BCN/MAD
Cost: $331+ round-trip in economy
Travel Dates: November 2018 – April 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Booking Link: Kayak, Priceline, Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Newark (EWR) to Barcelona (BCN) for $331 round-trip on United/Swiss:
Houston (IAH) to Madrid (MAD) for $337 round-trip on Delta (booked via KLM):
Chicago (ORD) to Madrid (MAD) for $337 round-trip on Delta:
Dallas (DFW) to Barcelona (BCN) for $353 round-trip on Delta:
Philadelphia (PHL) to Madrid (MAD) for $357 round-trip on Delta:
Dallas (DFW) to Madrid (MAD) for $357 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), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier, Citi Prestige (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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