Star Alliance member United Airlines is currently selling cheap tickets from Madrid to its hub in Newark. Even if you add luggage, the price still remains a good one. Availability is fairly good from October through February 2022. Adding a checked bag adds €100 to the price on Lufthansa’s website.
Within two hours of publishing this deal, prices already rose by €20.
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.
Our availability calendar shows you all possible flight dates at the lowest fare for trips up to three weeks. It will forward you to Lufthansa’s website – the German carrier sells these tickets approx. €15 cheaper than United itself.
United’s schedule sees a Boeing 767-300ER operate flights between Madrid and Newark. They offer a rather spacious 2-3-2 seating in economy.
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Tickets at this price are on sale until April 26, 2021. A hefty minimum stay requirement of seven days applies to get the cheap tickets.
You can find all available dates on Google Flights and purchase tickets on Star Alliance websites such as Lufthansa or United. While OTAs shave roughly €20 off the ticket price, there are still some downsides to their offers.
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.