Star Alliance member Air Canada is currently selling very cheap flights from Barcelona to Chicago. Even if you book the Standard fare, which would then include luggage, it would still be a great price. Also, unlike most similar deals, the flight times are great for these flights.
From Barcelona, you would fly to Montreal on a Boeing 767, operated by Air Canada Rouge. The flight to Chicago is then operated by Air Canada Express – Sky Regional, with a small Embraer 175 plane.
Air Canada Rouge will serve complimentary meals and non-alcoholic drinks on the 8-hour flight. They do not, however, have an inflight-entertainment system, so bring a book or electronic device to keep you entertained. Funnily enough, you will have an entertainment-system on the 2-hour flight to Chicago, but no
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This price will continue to be available until August 16, 2019. Your flights have to take place between October 16th and December 13th (return until December 27th). Your stay has to be at least 3 days (or a Sunday) long, and may not exceed 3 months.
Google Flights is a great website to find available dates, but our Travel-Dealz flight search will then find you cheaper prices for those dates. To make things even easier for you, we’ve created an availability calendar for trips of 4-11 days:
All tickets are issued in booking class K. That will get you the following number of miles:
- 7,110 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 4,420 on TAP Miles & Go
- 4,420 on Air India Flying Returns
- 4,420 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 4,420 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 4,420 on ANA Mileage Club
- 4,420 on United MileagePlus
- 4,420 on Asiana Club
- 3,670 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 2,330 on Miles & More
- 2,200 on SAS EuroBonus
- 2,200 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 2,200 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 2,200 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 2,200 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 1,830 on Air Canada Aeroplan
This is a fare that does not include check-in luggage. Additionally, some other disadvantages apply:
On flights with Air Canada, there is a Basic Economy, but it is not quite as restrictive as United’s. If you have a Star-Alliance-Gold-Status, you can give up a 23 kg luggage, and Air-Canada-Altitude status holders can even be allowed up to 3 x 32 kg.
Other restrictions include:
- You can reserve seats, but at a higher price than usual for Economy.
- For Air Canada Altitude customers:
- 25% miles for transatlantic flights, none for domestic.
- Upgrades are not permitted.
- From Prestige 25K onwards you can select your seats.
If you feel that these restrictions are unbearable, you should book over the airline’s website, such as aircanada.com, and select the rate that includes luggage for roughly €100 more.
Information & Tips for Chicago
Chicago is the third largest city in the USA with about 2.7 million inhabitants and an important economic and cultural center. The city attracts about 55 million visitors every year and has a lot to offer in terms of tourism.
Best Time to Visit
The best weather for tourists is in May, June, September and October. Summers can become very hot and humid, winters are often associated with snow storms and double-digit temperatures below zero.
From the Airport to the City Center
Two commercial airports serve the metropolitan area of Chicago, the larger Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (DCA). Long-haul flights are serviced by ORD, which is also a hub for Star Alliance carrier United Airlines and Oneworld carrier American Airlines. MDW mainly serves domestic flights and is Southwest’s hub.
Chicago O’Hare Intl. Airport
By CTA train (Blue Line, journey time 35 – 50 minutes) the journey from the airport to the city costs $5, in the other direction only $2.25. A taxi costs – depending on traffic – between $40 and $50, Uber and Lyft are slightly cheaper. The journey time can vary between 30 and 60 minutes.
Chicago Midway Intl. Airport
This airport can also be reached by CTA train (Orange Line, travel time 25 minutes, same prices as ORD). Taxis take about 30 minutes and cost $30 to $40, Uber and Lyft are slightly cheaper.
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