Oneworld carriers American Airlines and Iberia are selling a lot of great business class fares for nonstop flights from Madrid to Miami, Boston, New York, and Chicago. Tickets currently only cost €1,260 from Madrid. If flying nonstop is not important to you, you can also fly to other US cities, or from other cities in Spain.
Direct, touristic travel from Spain to the USA is still not allowed. There are no indicators when and how this is about to change.
Iberia has some of the worst Covid-19 refund policies out there, as your way to a refund might require things like an actual Covid-19 infection.
Some, but not all of these flights are also sold by British Airways, which offers better flexibility. BA allows you to cancel all flights starting before August 31, 2022, in exchange for a voucher. You can use that voucher for booking made up until September 30, 2023. It cannot be exchanged for a monetary refund, though.
This offer is available for the following nonstop roundtrips.
Our availability calendar shows all nonstop roundtrips for €1,300 or less and a travel duration up to 28 days. It will forward you to Iberia’s website. While not changing planes might be the most convenient to travel, some of you might also look to add stops to earn points or segments. These connections are available at the same price as the nonstop options.
The flights are either Iberia (Airbus A330) or American Airlines (Boeing 767 & 777) services. In some cases, you can select which airline you’d prefer.
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According to fare rules, it is unclear when this deal will expire. Nevertheless, a minimum stay of at least one night from Saturday to Sunday applies. This fare is only available for flights from Monday through Thursday. Availability is great starting March 2022. In order to get the cheapest tickets, you need to book 180 days before departure.
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.
The tickets are issued in booking class I. To give you an example, a nonstop round trip to Miami should get you:
- 19,872 Award Miles + 11,040 Tier Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 17,764 Points on Finnair Plus
- 13,248 Avios + 280 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 13,248 Avios + 1,000 TP on Iberia Plus
- 11,040 Qmiles + 60 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 11,040 Award Miles + 120 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 11,040 Award Miles + 17,664 EQMs on American AAdvantage
- 11,038 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 11,038 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 11,038 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 11,038 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 11,038 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 11,038 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 6,182 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
Business Class Products
Iberia is one of the few airlines that has the same product across its entire long-haul fleet. A positive is that every seat has direct access to the aisle. The seats which are directly next to the window (in every 2nd row) offer especially high privacy. In total, it’s a very good product, as Travel-Dealz founder Johannes could witness on his short test flight on an A340.
Even if American Airlines doesn’t enjoy a good reputation for many, their business class is very good. Every seat has direct access to the aisle and the service, as well as the food and the seat, are at a very high standard. Travel-Dealz founder Johannes tested the Boeing 777 and really enjoyed the flight.
Information & Tips for USA
The USA offers many sights, natural wonders and cultural significance. Thanks to numerous airlines offering flights across the Atlantic, it is always pretty inexpensive to get there. Alternatively, you can also cross the Atlantic by boat.
Immigration, ESTA & Visa Requirements
The USA has one of the strictest entry regulations in the world. Most EU citizens, among others, are lucky to be able to participate in the so-called Visa Waiver Program. If you get an electronic entry permit (ESTA) for about €12, you don’t need a visa for entry.
The Best Time to Visit
Due to its sheer size, the perfect time to visit the USA varies greatly from region to region. In winter, Florida is very popular due to the mild temperatures. In the summer the West and East Coasts are flooded by tourists which drives up the prices for hotels and flights and during the Indian Summer in late autumn New England is a very popular destination. The hurricane season between July and September can be dangerous in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida and the southern states are regularly struck by these tropical storms. Blizzards occur from the East Coast to the Midwest during the winter months and regularly put air traffic and public life on hold.
The US dollar is widely used throughout the world and accepted as a currency in most tourist hotspots worldwide. That being said, carrying cash isn’t necessary in the US, all you need is a credit card! These are very common in the USA and are accepted pretty much everywhere without any issues. If you already have a credit card in your wallet, you should make sure that it does not charge a foreign currency fee if possible. Carrying a few dollars in cash doesn’t hurt though. You might need cash e.g. for the bus ticket if you want to buy it directly from the driver. Most of the time you even have to give exact change.
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