SkyTeam member Aeromexico uncorked an attractive sale for nonstop business class tickets from Barcelona and Madrid to its hub Mexico City. A roundtrip to Mexico’s capital is available as low as €1,019. Both flights are long, 10+ hour trips, on which you can put your fully lie-flat seat to good use.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. While travelling gets easier every month, we currently advise against short term intercontinental travel plans.
To make sure you can benefit from this deal the way you want to, we suggest checking the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website for current updates on a country’s current immigration policies. Their Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
Aeromexico uses a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on its flights to Spain. These feature lie-flat-seats in a 2-2-2 seating pattern in their business class cabin. Iberia’s flight plan currently sees an Airbus A340-600 operating flights to Mexico City. However, the airline recently announced plans to retire these aircraft.
We expect major shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe was planned under different economic circumstances and may very well change.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, Aeromexico sells these tickets until July 5, 2020. Iberia sells tickets until December 31, 2020. The fare is valid for flights leaving Spain from Monday through Thursday. Your inbound may not leave Friday or Saturday. A hefty minimum stay of seven days applies. Availability is pretty good with multiple weekly departures at the lowest fare from June 2020 through March 19, 2021. On this day, all travel with Aeromexico must be completed.
You can find suiting flight dates with Google Flights and use them in our flight search to find the cheapest offer by an online travel agency. As far as business class fares go, we always recommend booking directly with the airline, which is available directly on Google Flights or iberia.com.
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 to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- 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.
Aeromexico issues these tickets in booking class I. This results in decent mileage with most Skyteam frequent flyer programs:
- 36,260 on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 23,570 on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 22,530 on Delta SkyMiles
- 16,900 on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 16,900 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 16,900 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 16,900 on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 16,900 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 16,900 on Aeroflot Bonus
- 16,900 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 14,640 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 14,080 on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 14,080 on Saudia Alfursan
- 14,080 on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 14,080 on Air Europa Club
- 14,080 on Korean Air Skypass
- 14,080 on FlyingBlue
- 11,260 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
Iberia issues tickets in booking class I as well. Their turnout looks like this:
- 22,660 on Finnair Plus
- 16,900 on Iberia Plus
- 14,080 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 14,080 on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 14,080 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 14,080 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 14,080 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 14,080 on LATAM Pass
- 14,080 on Asia Miles
- 14,080 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 7,880 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
Information & Tips for Mexico
Mayan pyramids, dreamy beaches and tacos – Mexico is an incredibly diverse country. If you want to experience the Spanish speaking country to its fullest, you should definitely stay somewhere other than the tourist hotspots and seaside resorts.
Best Time to Travel
The perfect travel time is from December to April, during this time it hardly rains and the temperatures are pleasant. Unsurprisingly, during the rainy season from May to October there is more rainfall. Beware of some extreme weather phenomenons that might be unknown to Europeans: Hurricane season lasts from June to November! Those who want to travel to typical holiday areas like Cancun and do not want to spend lots of money should travel in the off season. Areas with less touristic relevance such as Mexico City, on the other hand, are relatively constant throughout the year from a price perspective.
Currency, Credit Cards & Tipping
The official currency of the country is the Mexican Peso. 1 EUR equals about 22 MXN (as of March 2019). The acceptance of credit cards is comparable to or even slightly better than Germany. In almost all shops, even small kiosks, it is possible and quite normal to pay by card. The same applies to restaurants. For street vendors, street snack bars and the like, it is advisable to have a few pesos in cash with you. It is unusual to tip taxis or cab drivers. At a restaurant, 10-15 percent are normal, as long as the tip is not already listed on the bill as a line item. When paying by card, you can usually choose how much you want to tip at the card terminal before entering the pin. Housekeeping at a hotel should usually be tipped 20-40 Pesos per day, small favors have a going tip rate of 5 Pesos.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
Most EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Mexico. All you need to do is fill out the tourist card that is handed out onboard the plane. For touristic and business purposes, a visa-free stay of 180 days is possible.
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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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