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A good sale to Barcelona
ITA will price this at about $453 (Basic Economy), using those dates on Priceline should reprice to about $342 (Basic Economy) / $482 (Regular Economy)
American / British Airways / Finnair / Iberia’s $482 fare is a regular economy fare with ONE checked luggage and normal size carry-on
American / British Airways / Finnair / Iberia also have a $342 fare, but it is a Basic Economy / Economy Light fare. These Basic Economy / Economy Light fares:
- DO NOT allow for advance seat assignment
- DO NOT include checked bags – they are $60 each way for the 1st bag and $100 for the 2nd
- DO NOT allow for changes
- DO NOT allow for cancellations – so if you cancel after the 24 hour risk free period, the Basic Economy version will have no value for future travel
- 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:
- May 5th – 13th, 2020
- 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 April 2020 – early May 2020 or August 2020 for Sunday through Wednesday departures and Tuesday through Friday returns. Availability is limited. A 7 day minimum stay is required. Must purchase at least 28 days in advance of departure
- Only dates that meet the restrictions above will reprice.
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: aa+
- Textbox 2: f bc=B
- This is instructing ITA to search for the Basic Economy fare. Use those dates on Priceline and you will be presented with an option to upgrade to a regular economy fare.
- Destination: BCN
- Return Advanced Routing Code:
- Textbox 1: aa+
- Textbox 2: f bc=B
- (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.
Elite Qualifying Dollars:
- ORD – LHR (London) – BCN (Barcelona) – ORD
- Not permitted
- How to Take Advantage of a Stopover
- Miles Flown: 9,057 miles or 5.3 cents per mile
- Elite Qualifying Miles: 9,057 miles
- Redeemable Miles: 1,900 miles
How to Buy:
- Support us by using our Priceline link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search.
- Select the $342 fare in the search results and you will be presented with the option to upgrade to a regular fare for $140 more (or $482 total roundtrip). The regular fare with advance seat assignment and ONE checked bag included.
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