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|10-12-2012 08:07 PM|
|arrosen||Iberia flies non-stop from LAX to Madrid 3 days a week (Sat, Mon and Wed, I think) and Madrid to LAX the day before (Fri, Sun and Tues). Once in Spain, you can also take trains to destinations within Spain and all of Europe. Very fast and can be inexpensive if you book far enough in advance|
|10-09-2012 04:14 AM|
When booking do not use British Airways IF the flights take you thru London. There is a HUGE tax like $400 on flights thru London Airports on round trip flights. They charge you this even when you use your miles.
You should be able to book thru AA from San Diego to San Sebastian with stop over in DFW or ORD and Madrid for about $1400 or less or use those miles. Madrid to San S is about $110 or so round trip.
Also agree with above if you can go to Barcelona ( a long ways off from SS ) its a beautiful city, spent 3 weeks there in March/April this year.
|10-06-2012 06:40 PM|
Thanks for all the great info. I think I am just having problems finding the best way to go. I want to register for a credit card and see if I can get some miles. Right now thinking American Express business for 50k miles, then use them to book a flight or transfer. I just missed the 40% for transferring miles to British Airways which works with American.
It looks like flying out of San Diego or LAX will be best - but 14 hours ugg. I would consider hitting Barcelona (would love to) but longer flight and I am just passing through. The wedding is near San Sebastian.
|10-04-2012 10:18 AM|
|10-01-2012 03:43 PM|
|10-01-2012 11:17 AM|
I see that AA AAdvantage does not show award travel with Iberia from USA. How do you say that I can check availablity on the Iberia website (or should I check Quantas website)?
|09-30-2012 07:32 PM|
If you want to go the miles route, I would say AA is a good bet because you can use them on both AA and Iberia. You'll want to avoid using them on British because of the fees. You can't see Iberia availability (but you can check it on the BA or Qantas site I believe) and you will have to call AA to book the award.
Another good second option is to go with United miles and you should be able to find fairly direct routing from LAX to Madrid on either Air Canada (via Toronto) or Lufthansa (via Frankfurt). Either way you should be able to find availability for 30k each way.
|09-30-2012 05:52 PM|
|swest2004||Thanks for the info. I am trying to narrow down the best hub locations and then get a credit card that works!|
|09-30-2012 02:21 PM|
I would also love to hear good deals for a Spain trip. I am trying to find a good deal to get my brother to visit Spain.
American Airline has a codeshare with Iberia, so if you book through AA and plan to take another leg from Madrid, then you should have no problems with them sending your luggage to its final destination. Customs are not as strict as USA, so you don't have to pick up your checked bags and REcheck them in Spain.
If you are traveling really light (probably not since it is a wedding) and you are a budget traveller, I would suggest using ryaniar once you are in Spain. Their flights are SUPER cheap if you play by their rules.
I am also debating whether to sign up for a credit card to get the bonus miles to help with travel costs. It will be 30,000 miles for peak to Europe and to book it, you will have to speak to the representative for her to check IF the dates you choose are available. Ticket prices you found for upcoming summer sounds similar to the ones I saw this past summer from various airports in spain (sevilla, jerez, malaga) to dallas. I doubt there will be a super cheap deal anytime soon like the one my friend found from LAX to Sevilla for $600ish...it was about 5 years ago or so.
Anyhow, congrats on the wedding and I hope you can find some good deals.
|09-30-2012 02:33 AM|
Planning trip to Spain this Summer and looking to save!
It looks like a Spain Summer wedding is in the cards for me. Family is getting married and I need to go from Southern California to Madrid and then take a jump from there. I am looking to plan this smart so I can leverage whatever deals are out there to save money.
Perhaps signing up for the bonus miles for a credit card, converting those miles to specific airlines, etc. We do not fly much but I have membership with Delta among others. Right now generic trips planned in July are running 1200-1500 per ticket.
Any suggestions? It appears that American Airlines/British Airways and the Ibera (I think) run out of San Diego, through Chicago, to Madrid.
I am open to any suggestions because I know with some planning I can possibly figure this out and save some money. Any recommendations on airlines, promotions, etc?
Thanks for all the help and I will be glad to answer any questions. I am still figuring out where the small city is for the wedding. I can also go out of LAX if worth it.