Oneworld member Iberia has joined the ongoing price war for nonstop premium tickets between Spain and Mexico City. Their airline sells tickets for the 10+ hour flights at €1,358. The fare is available for basically all weekday departures from March through July 2021. Because of rebooking opportunities and much wider travel period, this offer is a little more attractive than the similar
Iberia currently advertises a mix of Airbus A340-600 and A350-900 aircraft on this route. Since the future of the A340 is pretty much up in the air at this time, the modern A350 aircraft are more probable.
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According to the fare rules, Iberia sells these tickets until December 31, 2020, although it may withdraw the fare earlier. A generous minimum stay of a single night from Saturday to Sunday applies. Further, your flight has to leave Spain on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday to get the lowest price. Availability is great until October 2021.
You can use Google Flights (instructions) to find suiting flight dates. We recommend buying tickets directly at iberia.com. If you want to save a few bucks, you can fire up our flight search and see what online travel agencies have to offer.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
- 22,660 on Finnair Plus
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- 14,080 on Asia Miles
- 14,080 on LATAM Pass
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- 14,080 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
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Iberia’s Business Class
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Information & Tips for Mexico City
3 Tips for Mexico City
Mexico City is not quite as touristic as, for example, the seaside resort city and party destination Cancun. This means that hardly anybody speaks English, but you also don’t have to be afraid of being ripped off because you look like a tourist. My 3 tips for Mexico City:
- Torre Latinoamericana: The office tower – which looks a bit ugly from the outside – offers a fantastic view over the city, especially at dusk. The ticket is valid for several visits over the course of a whole day and costs 110 Pesos (= 4,50€).
- Chapultepec Park: There is a free zoo in Chapultepec Park. Even though admission is free, you can admire a total of 252 different animal species.
- Teotihuacán: A little outside of town are the impressive pyramids of Teotihuacán. I recommend that you get there early, otherwise you’ll have to wait in line for a long time. I came by public bus (not through an organized tour), I found the instructions on how to do that in this blog. I would also recommend checking out the cave restaurant there!
For getting around Mexico City I recommend using Uber. The countless taco stands are also great and extremely cheap. However, make sure that the meat is adequately cooled. Unfortunately, you often see that raw meat is lying somewhere in the blazing sun.
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