Travel from tons of places (even smaller airports) in the United States to Barcelona or Madrid is pricing at $386+ roundtrip flying Delta economy. The non-stop flights are from New York and are the cheapest at $386 – $390, anywhere else with connections will be around $400. Most of the availability for these deals is between the beginning of December 2016 to May 2017 as well as August 2017 to early October 2017.

Contents:

  1. When are the cheap fares and how do I find them?
  2. Why Barcelona or Madrid?
  3. Mileage Earning
  4. Baggage Allowance
  5. Best Credit Card to Buy the Ticket

$390+ Roundtrip from USA to Barcelona or Madrid

There $390 roundtrip flights between New York and Barcelona or Madrid (or for around $400 from a ton of other US cities w/connections to New York) for travel dates between the beginning of December through early May, 2017 as well as August through early October of 2017. To find the lower price, your trip must include a Sunday.

How to Search

Search on ITA Matrix by calendar of lowest fares for acceptable trip lengths. Also make sure to click “Advanced routing codes”…

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…which will give you two more fields, one under each Departing from and Destination field. Fill in the following code:

  • Outbound routing code = dl+ /f bc=v
  • Inbound routing code = dl+ /f bc=v

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This method of searching should turn up results with the cheap fare.

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Hover over a date with $391 roundtrips (they’re actually for $390.56, but ITA Matrix rounds up).

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And select the number of nights you’d like the trip to be. You cannot book on ITA Matrix. Instead note the dates and search on delta.com.

Why Barcelona?

Gaudí. Futbol. The beach. And a million other reasons.

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Casa Batlló by Gaudí, Photo by Bert Kaufmann

Why Madrid?

It’s the capital. Tapas. Flamenco. And a million other reasons.

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Parque Juan Carlos, Photo by M. Peinado

You can always use low cost carriers like Ryanair or British Airways Avios to hop around Europe and see other places. There are also some options connecting to smaller Spanish cities like Ibiza, Mallorca, Bilbao, and Valencia for an additional $30.

Mileage Earning

How many redeemable Delta miles you’ll earn for this flight depends on if you have Delta elite status. If you don’t have elite status, you’d earn 1,500 Delta miles. That’s because the base fare + carrier-imposed charges on this ticket = $300…

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…and the multiplier for normal SkyMiles members is 5.

But you don’t have to credit the miles to Delta, you can easily credit them to any partner–here’s how it works.

You’ll also earn 3,595 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) as the ticket is classified in fare bucket V, which earns 100% of the distance flown (3,595 miles).

Baggage Allowance

You get a free personal item, free carry on, and one free checked bag up to 50 pounds included in the ticket price.

Best Way to Buy the Ticket

Put the ticket on your Barclaycard Arrival Plus™ World Elite MasterCard®. You can make travel purchases with the card and then retroactively remove the charge from your statement by redeeming Arrival miles in your online account. A $386 flight would be 38,600 Arrival miles. Here’s How to Redeem Arrival Miles. The card currently comes with 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first 90 days.

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If you’re interested, check out the cheap fares to Barcelona and Madrid now. These prices won’t last!

Hat tip The Flight Deal