FARE ALERT: New York – Spain Just $345 Roundtrip

American is selling directly its New York JFK – Barcelona flight for $376 roundtrip:

This is actually a $45 base fare in each direction plus taxes and surcharges.

The fare is available with minimum 28 day advance purchase for outbound travel by April 6 or again starting October 30. There’s a 7 day minimum stay and $300 change fee.

You can actually book this even cheaper, found using airfare metasearch site Momondo, here it’s $345 total roundtrip for the same flights booked as Finnair codeshares:

Of course if you have designs on upgrades (such as with an American Airlines Systemwide Upgrade given to Executive Platinum members and on each million mile threshold starting at 2 million) you’re definitely going to prefer the American Airlines ‘prime’ flight.

However crediting a $45 each way base fare plus $200 in fuel surcharges to American AAdvantage earns only $290 elite qualifying dollars and a non-elite member earns just 1450 miles roundtrip for 7663 miles of flying. So consider crediting American flights to Etihad or Cathay Pacific where one mile still equals one mile.

(HT: Airfare Spot)

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  1. Would love similar fare or close to it from LAX if you ever see it! Especially on American.

  2. @estnet how would you credit to SQ? sq is star alliance and AA is oneworld. They’re not partners

  3. @estnet you can’t credit an American Airlines flight to Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer as they are not partners. American also technically has a rarely-enforced rule that requires you to credit to AAdvantage if you benefit from the AAdvantage program for upgrades or other privileges.

  4. whoops, wishful thinking – I meant Cathay but my brain skipped – sorry. Gary your answer is helpful but do you know how the rule you cite is enforced?
    1 I ask to put a swu request – once it clears I change to Cathay for credit (can I do this – even if ug clears at the gate could i change the number online?)
    2 swu doesn’t clear – then it doesn’t matter if I change (also can this be done online eg at the gate once it’s clear the ug hasn’t happened>)


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