Oneworld member Iberia is offering cheap flights between Madrid and many European cities, no matter in which direction the flights are flown. Prices start at €59 for a fare without luggage. If you’re flying from London, you can also fly with British Airways. Availability is high. Sadly, adding luggage will add a ridiculously high surcharge of up to €50.
There’s high availability from September onward.
- Toulouse: €59
- Lisbon: €65
- London: €66
- Porto: €69
- Copenhagen: €71
- Bordeaux: €74
- Berlin: €75
- Nice: €79
- Paris: €79
- Lyon: €79
- Naples: €79
- Amsterdam: €87
- Dublin: €87
- Geneva: €89
- Milan: €90
- Marseille: €91
- Brussels: €92
- Frankfurt: €92
- Munich: €97
- Rome: €97
- Oslo: €97
- Vienna: €99
Normally you’ll fly to Madrid on an Airbus A320. If you’re flying from London, however, you could also select one of the flights that are operated using long-haul aircraft! The service is practically the same though – basically none.
Search & Book
The fare rules state absolutely no restrictions, so we can only tell you what we found out by looking at the availability on Google Flights: Availability varies quite a lot between the different cities. You’ll have good availability in most months beyond September 2021 for most destinations, but always with some exceptions. Once you’ve found your preferred dates, go ahead and book on Iberia’s booking site.
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 supposedly issued in booking class A. To give you an example, a roundtrip between Madrid and Toulouse should get you:
- 334 Award Miles + 1,000 EQMs on American AAdvantage
- 334 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 268 Points on Finnair Plus
- 250 Avios + 10 TP on British Airways Executive Club
- 250 Miles on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 168 Qmiles + 10 Qpoints on Qatar Privilege Club
- 168 Avios + 40 TP on Iberia Plus
- 166 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 166 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 166 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 166 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 166 Miles on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
Cover Picture: Ditmar Lange