USA: €1,259 Nonstop Oneworld Business Class from Madrid

Iberia Business Class

Oneworld carriers Iberia and American Airlines offer a lot of great business class fares for nonstop flights from Madrid to Miami, San Francisco, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Tickets currently only cost €1,259 from Madrid.

Info

Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.

A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.

This offer is available for the following nonstop roundtrips:

This is a great fare for nonstop transatlantic flights!

Departing from Madrid, an Iberia A350-900, A330-200, or an American Airlines Boeing 777 (only to New York) will take you to your destination.

Warning

We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.

By the way, this isn’t our only business class deal from Madrid:

Search & Book

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 weekday departures. Availability is great starting mid-July.

You can find all these flight combinations (and more including layovers) on Google Flights and search for dates on which the lowest fare is available there (instructions). You should then book directly with an Oneworld carrirer like Iberia or British Airways.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Mileage

Both Iberia and American Airlines issue tickets in booking class I. In both cases, these are attractive booking classes granting between 150% (AA) and 125% (IB) of your travel distance in award mileage on various Oneworld frequent flyer programs. A trip from Madrid to New York with American Airlines is credited like this:

  • 17,280 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
  • 14,400 on Finnair Plus
  • 10,740 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
  • 10,740 on Alaska Mileage Plan
  • 10,740 on SriLankan FlySmiles
  • 10,740 on Etihad Guest
  • 8,950 on Iberia Plus
  • 8,950 on Asia Miles
  • 8,950 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
  • 8,950 on British Airways Executive Club
  • 8,950 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
  • 8,950 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • 7,160 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

The same flight on Iberia looks like this:

  • 14,400 on Finnair Plus
  • 10,740 on Iberia Plus
  • 8,950 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
  • 8,950 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
  • 8,950 on Asia Miles
  • 8,950 on LATAM Pass
  • 8,950 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
  • 8,950 on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
  • 8,950 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • 8,950 on SriLankan FlySmiles
  • 5,010 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

All roundtrips are further credited with 280 tier points in British Airways Executive Club.

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.

Climate diagram for New York City, New York (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Los Angeles, California (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Miami, Florida (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Currency

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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  1. Dave says:

    Nice deal even though I am not a huge oneworld fan and positioning in this day and age is huge pain. As usual only the typical “tourism” and “business” cities. What if I wanted to go to Cincinnati, Utah, Portland Oregon or – so help me god – Kentucky? I guess in this sick world its cheaper to fly to San Francisco than to fly to Cincinnati.

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