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  • Writer's pictureJohn Boguslawski

How to fly from the USA to Spain for half price?

Spain is the 5th largest economy in Europe and the 2nd most visited country in the world with over 125M annual international visitors. It is easy to see why travellers from all over the world come to Spain to enjoy its culture, food, architecture, great climate, sandy beaches and high mountains. The most visited regions, and cities, of Spain include:

  • Catalonia which includes the spectacular Costa Brava and the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona

  • The Balearic Islands which contain some of the most beautiful mediterranean islands; Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza.

  • The canary islands, a subtropical atlantic paradise known as the Hawaii of Europe; Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and others.

  • Andalusia which includes stunning old cities such as Seville, Cordoba, Granada and one of the sunniest coasts in Europe; Costa del Sol (Spanish for “Sunny Coast”).

  • Valencia and Alicante - a sunny mediterranean region and the birthplace of Paella!

  • Madrid - a modern European capital with some of the best museums in the world.

Spain also has 30+ international airports making it simple to reach each region with many of the world’s most important Low-Cost-Carriers flying daily non-stop flights from all over Europe and beyond. The most transited airports include:

  • Madrid (MAD)

  • Barcelona (BCN)

  • Palma de Mallorca (PMI)

  • Malaga (AGP)

  • Gran Canaria (LPA)

  • Tenerife North (TFN)

  • Tenerife South (TFS)

  • Ibiza (IBZ)

Let’s have a look at some great fares that are available in the market from the USA to the various regions of Spain.

Los Angeles (LAX) to Madrid (MAD) - $838 USD

Los Angeles (LAX) to Madrid (MAD) has limited non-stop flights available only on weekends and select days of the week. The non-stop flights are offered by carriers such as Iberia and American Airlines with the flights ranging in price from $1,641 to over $2,000 USD with an average duration of 11 hours and 20 minutes.

Virtual Interlining (VI) provides some great alternative fares that have a longer duration, but are available at a much lower cost. The two cheapest overall fares are both VI fares. The cheapest one-stop connection is a Virtual Interline itinerary that combines French Bee and Transavia (connecting through Paris) at a cost of $838 USD and a duration of 19 hours and 5 minutes.

Even lower fares are available if you consider two-stop connections (starting from $750 USD), but these flights have durations that are longer than 31 hours.

Chicago (CHI) to Barcelona (BCN) - $392 USD

Chicago (CHI) to Barcelona (BCN) is another major route with a number of non-stop options being offered by Iberia and American airlines. The costs of these direct options is very high starting at $1252 USD with a duration of around 8.5 hours.

Virtual Interlining provides over 20 fares that are cheaper than the non-stop and one-stop options. The cheapest fare is a combination of Flair and Air Transat (connecting through Toronto) at a total cost of $392 USD and a duration of 20 hours and 50 minutes. The second cheapest option is a Porter / Air Transat combination with a duration of 16 hours and 55 minutes with a slightly higher price of $418 USD. Both these options are significantly cheaper than the direct Iberia fare.

New York (NYC) to Tenerife (TFN, TFS) - $513 USD

Tenerife is a subtropical island off the African coast and has two international airports, Tenerife North (TFN) and Tenerife South (TFS). These islands are considered the Hawaii of Europe and are easily accessible from the EU. However, there are not many direct flight options from North America. The quickest way is a one-stop Iberia flight connecting through Madrid at a cost of $1,098 USD and a duration of 11 hours and 35 mins.

As we generally see for many island destinations, Virtual Interlining provides multiple connections that are significantly cheaper and in some cases rated as the best connections.

The cheapest and best connection is a VI fare connecting through another island (Madeira) at a cost of $513 USD and a duration of 12 hours and 30 mins. That makes the VI fare 53% less expensive than the Iberia fare.

Atlanta (ATL) to Ibiza (IBZ) - $432 USD

For our last great fare we choose the world famous party island of Ibiza (IBZ) to highlight another route with no direct options available. The cheapest traditional fares for Atlanta (ATL) to Ibiza (IBZ) start at $1,879 and are offered as 1-stop connections by a number of airlines including KLM, Iberia, Air France and British Airways. These fares offer good connections and a short duration of 13+ hours, but come at a very high price.

On the other hand VI fares for this route dominate both the cheapest and best options offering more connections and significant savings. The cheapest option is $432 USD which is 75% cheaper than the alternative. This itinerary is a combination of 4 carriers and has three stops and a longer duration of 31+ hours.

The best option (as ranked by a popular meta search engine) is a three-stop flight with a duration of 18 hours and 9 mins at a price of $769 USD. This option is a great compromise between duration and price offering the traveler a 60% discount for a slightly longer duration (5 hours).

To learn more about Virtual Interlining (VI) and how it can help your Travel Business please contact the TripStack Sales Team -

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