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A good sale for nonstop service to Barcelona.
ITA will price this at $417 (Regular Economy). Using those dates on Expedia should reprice to $329 (Basic Economy) / $488 (Regular Economy)
American / British Airways / Finnair / Iberia’s $488 fare is a regular economy fare with ONE checked luggage and normal size carry-on
American / British Airways / Finnair / Iberia also have a $329 fare, but it is a Basic Economy / Economy Light fare. These Basic Economy / Economy Light fares DO NOT:
- Allow for advance seat assignment
- Include checked bags – they are $60 each way
- Allow for changes
- Allow for cancellations – so if you cancel after the 24 hour risk free period, the Basic Economy version will have no value for future purchase
- Most online travel agencies are not properly displaying these fares with American / British Airways / Finnair / Iberia as BASIC ECONOMY
Here are some practical travel tips to Barcelona, Spain.
Sample Travel Date:
- September 17th – 24th
- This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare Availability” and “How to Search for Availability” instructions below
- Valid for travel from September – early October for Sunday through Wednesday departures and Tuesday through Friday returns. A Sunday minimum stay is required. Availability is limited. Must purchase at least 28 days in advance of departure
- Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.
How to Search for Availability:
- This is just to search for availability. To buy your tickets, scroll down to “How to Buy” section of this post
- Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
- Departing from: ORD
- Outbound Advanced Routing Code:
- Textbox 1: ay
- Textbox 2:
- This will search for the Basic Economy fare. Using those dates on Expedia and it will present you with an option to upgrade to a regular economy fare
- Destination: BCN
- Return Advanced Routing Code:
- Textbox 1: ay
- Textbox 2:
- (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
- Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
- Length of stay “3-10” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
- Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
- How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage
- The ITA search page should be like below when all values are inputted
- You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions in the “How to Buy” section below.
- ORD – -BCN (Barcelona) – ORD. All flights will be operated by American with Finnair flight numbers.
- Not permitted
- How to Take Advantage of a Stopover
Finnair is a member of the Oneworld Alliance and American partner. Mileage with earning with American as follows:
- Miles Flown: 8,816 miles or 5.5 cents per mile
- Elite Qualifying Miles: 4,408 miles
- Redeemable Miles: 2,204 miles
How to Buy:
- Support us by using our Expedia link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search.
- Select the $329 fare in the search results, you’ll be presented with the option to upgrade to a regular fare for $159 more (or $488 total roundtrip). The regular fare with ONE checked bag included
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