Oneworld member Iberia currently offers a rare discount on premium tickets to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Nonstop roundtrips with departure from Madrid are available for just €1,472 for travel in 2022. As usual with business class fares, checked bags, lounge access, and priority boarding are included.
Iberia offers to refund you with a voucher if you cancel your flight under specific conditions, like a change of travel restrictions or a proven Covid-19 infection. Sadly, their terms are rather vague, and no other reimbursement is offered.
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 fare shows up from February through June 2022. Our availability calendar shows you all possible roundtrips up to 28 days at the lowest fare.
Iberia’s schedule sees an Airbus A330-200 operating the services between Madrid and Puerto Rico. These planes feature a refurbished business class product with a 1-2-1 seating pattern.
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.
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The fare rules for this deal do not offer an expiration date. A minimum stay of one night from Saturday to Sunday. Also, the flights may only take place on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Sunday.
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.
Iberia issues these tickets in booking class I. Oneworld frequent flyers can earn the following mileage on this trip:
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- 9,910 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 9,910 Miles on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 9,910 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 9,910 Miles on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 9,910 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 5,550 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank