Spain is a country with a rich history and a variety of interesting natural and cultural sites. It’s one of the world’s most popular destinations.
If you want to visit Spain, there are some things you should know before you book a flight to Spain.
Depending on your travel plans after catching a flight from the U.S. to Spain, you can either choose to catch a flight back to the United States on the same air carrier you arrived with or continue your trip internationally. Finding cheap flights is a great opportunity for everyone who wants to see more destinations.
There are many factors that influence the price of a flight to any destination. The airline, flight dates, departure airports, duration, booking time, location– all these can determine the final price of a flight.
In this article we will show you the current prices for flights to Spain and also give you some tips about how to fly cheap to Spain.
Standard prices for flights from US to Spain:
- A one-way flight from Boston to Spain costs $362 and a round-trip flight on the same route costs $555.
- A one-way flight from Chicago costs $444 and a round-trip flight on the same route costs $601.
- A one-way flight from Los Angeles costs $378 and a round-trip costs $737.
- A non-stop flight operated by Vueling from New York’s JFK (John F. Kennedy Airport) to Barcelona’s BCN (El Prat Airport) with a duration of 7 hours and 45 minutes costs $331.
- A flight on the route Barcelona BCN– New York JFK with a duration of 8 hours and 55 minutes has the same price.
- If you choose to fly with multiple airlines, you can get a flight deal for $366. This is the cost of a flight with two stops on the route JFK-BCN that lasts 30 hours and 25 min. You will pay the same price for a non-stop flight on the route BCN-JFK with a duration 8 hours and 45 min.
Another flight deal is for the route JFK-MAD with a one stop with a duration 15 hours and 40 min. and a non-stop flight on the route MAD-JFK with a duration of 8 hours and 35 min. The price for a non-stop flight on both routes is $371.
A flight with two stops from JFK to MAD with a duration of 19 hours and 30 min. costs $382. And the price of a non-stop flight on the route MAD-JFK with a duration of 8 hours and 5 min. is also $382
Finnair offers a non-stop flight from New York’s JFK to Madrid Barajas Airport (MAD) with a duration of 7 hours and 15 min costs $395. And a non-stop flight with Finnair on the route MAD-JFK with a duration of 8 hours and 5 min. costs $395.
The standard duration of a flight from New York to Spain is around 7 hours or more. A flight from New York to Madrid is 7 hours and 50 min. and a flight to Barcelona is 8 hours and 20 min.
A standard non-stop flight from the U.S. to Spain covers 4528 miles and it takes 11 hours and 51 minutes, a flight from Thessaloniki to Spain lasts 17 hours and a flight from Newark to Madrid has an average duration of 7 hours and 15 min.
A flight from Chicago lasts 11 hours and a flight on the route Los Angeles-Spain lasts 13 hours.
If you choose to travel with multiple companies on the route Newark Liberty Airport (EWR)-MAD, you have the option to book a flight with one stop that costs $187. The duration of this flight is 18 hours and 40 min.
Flying with multiple airlines on a flight with one stop on the route EWR-MAD costs $193. The duration of this flight is 13 hours and 30 min.
Vueling Airlines offers you a non-stop flight on the route JFK-BCN with a price of $214. This flight lasts 7 hours and 45 min.
Finnair offers a non-stop flight from JFK to BCN with a duration of 7 hours and 20 min. and it costs $210.
Standard prices of flights to Spain by month:
An average price for a round-trip flight from New York to Spain is $562. A good deal is considered a round-trip flight that costs $314 or less.
The cheapest flight to Spain from Europe is considered the route from Thessaloniki Macedonia as the round-trip costs $201. And the cheapest flight from the United States to Spain is a round-trip that costs $322. The cheapest round-trip flight on the route Newark to Madrid Barajas costs $418.
The average price of a round-trip flight to Spain in March is $697, one-way flight from Las Vegas to Madrid costs $179 and a round-trip flight on the same route costs $563.
Which airlines operate flights to Spain?
- American Airlines
- United Airlines
- Wizz and Iberia
- TAP Air Portugal
- Air Europa
- Vueling are the airlines that service most flights to Spain.
The major U.S. airlines American, United Airlines and Delta offer direct flights to Spain. Cathay Pacific, Air Canada and Korean Air also offer flights to Spain.
American Airlines, Finnair, Virgin Atlantic, SAS, Air Canada are the airlines that offer most flights from New York to Spain.
American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair are in fact the airlines that offer flights to Spain with a highest percentage of on-time arrivals, which is 83.3%.
Spain’s major airports are Barcelona Airport, Madrid Airport, Valencia Airport and Menorca Airport. Most of the airports feature cozy cafes where passengers can spend their time between the flights.
When to book a flight to Spain?
The earlier the date, the better. Booking your flight to Spain early is important, especially if you are going to fly during a peak season.
It’s also recommended to check if there will be any Spanish festivals that might occur during the time you are visiting the company. Also, don’t forget to check whether some festivals will be held on or around the place you are visiting. If you find out that there will be festivals, it’s good to book your ticket to Spain well in advance, in order to avoid high costs.
In fact, any season is more or less suitable for flying to Spain thanks to the country’s year round sunny weather. Spain has a mild climate all year round. The peak seasons for flights of the different regions of the country are similar when compared to each other. There are slight differences between each region.
For example, at the end of spring the peak season for Spain usually starts. The period between July and September is the busiest as there are many travelers who book flights to Spain at this time. It’s difficult to find cheap flights at this time of the year.
Generally, June and July are considered a high season to travel to Spain and November and January are considered the cheapest months to fly there.
There is a high demand for flights to Spain in December and the potential price rise during this period is 6%.
January and February are months considered to be the best months to fly for cheap to Spain. In January there is an average 5% drop in the prices of flights.
Spring and fall are great seasons to visit Spain as the temperatures are not too high and the country’s top tourist destinations such as Barcelona, Granada and Seville aren’t crowded any more.
The peak season for the island of Menorca starts in May and lasts until October. There is a festival season that happens in July and August and naturally there is a big flow of tourists coming to Menorca during this time.
But if you choose to visit it in April, you won’t miss anything as the place is beautiful in spring too. September is also a good month to visit this place, especially if you are not a fan of too many crowds or warm weather.
Spain’s off season lasts from October until March and flyers are likely to find cheap flights during this time. Late October and November are the least popular months for visiting Spain as there are rains during the fall season.
Tuesday is considered the cheapest day to fly to Spain while on Saturday the prices of the flights are most high. The time of the day also matters when booking a flight.
The prices of flights to Spain booked in the afternoon tend to be lower than these booked in the morning. The price of morning departure flights is around 15% higher than this of the departure flight in the afternoon. The prices for flights in the morning can go up to $800 while these for flights in the afternoon can go below $700.
Tips for flying for cheap :
Choose an early date for booking
Finding cheap flight deals can be easier, if you choose to book your flight on an early date. Being flexible with your flight dates and locations is one of the keys to getting a cheap flight price.
As we know the ticket prices of airline flights tend to change depending on different factors.
Try to plan ahead and book your flight at least 3 weeks before departure time. This will help you score a below-average price.
Book your flight during a low season
Being flexible with your flight dates and times is one of the best ways to score cheap flight deals. Having rigid plans concerning your flight dates won’t guarantee you a cheap flight deal.
If you want to fly to a certain place and save up on the ticket price, make sure to book your flight at a time when the airfares are cheaper and there are fewer travelers to this place.
Another tip is to avoid booking a flight date before upcoming holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, the Fourth of July. The summer season is also a peak time for flying to most European destinations, so keep that in mind. So, your best option is to fly off-season.
Booking your flight during the weekend is also not a good idea, if you want a lowered ticket price. It’s better to choose the middle of the week to fly as there are fewer travelers during that time.
Also, booking early morning or late-night flights guarantees a lower flight price. Again the reason for this is that fewer people want to fly at that time.
Use points and miles
If you want to fly for cheap, then using points and miles will definitely help get a lower price for a flight to any destination. Make sure to sign up for a travel rewards credit card and join your airline’s list of loyal travelers, if you want to enjoy cheap air travel.
Besides flight ticket discounts, airline rewards credit cards also offer you different perks such as:
- access to airline lounges
- welcome bonuses
- free hotel stays
- free access to events.
Use online search engines
Online search engines are really helpful as they allow you to do a search with explore tools for the cheapest flight deal. This offers you the option to compare the prices of flights to multiple destinations in a quick and easy way.
Choose to book a connecting flight
Another way to get a cheap flight deal is to avoid flying always directly. Choosing a secondary airport located close to your destination as a landing point is a better option than traveling directly to a major airport located closer to the site.
This method can save you money as long as you won’t pay more for a transport between the second airport to your original destination than you will need to pay for an expensive non-stop flight ticket to a major airport.
A good thing to do before booking a flight is to check how much it is to fly directly to your chosen destination’s airport. Google Flights in this case can really help you as it offers you the option to check the prices of airports located close to your destination.
Choose flexible dates feature
If you want to score a cheap flight deal, then this feature is really convenient for you as it allows you to change your flight dates for a trip to Spain.
Some online travel agents offer you flexible dates option which means they will show you the available options for you within 3 days either before or after your chosen dates for a flight to Spain. So, you have the option to choose the dates that are most suitable for you.