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Delta and its SkyTeam partners have released a few good Business Class fares for travel between Madrid and at least 5 US cities for travel starting almost straight away so, if you’re looking to head to the US, these could be an economical way to get there in a little bit of comfort.
Headline Fare Rules
- Travel 18 January – 31 March 2019 or 1 July – 31 July 2019*
- Reservations must be made on/by 31 January 2019
- Reservations must be made at least 14 days in advance
- Minimum stay is 6 nights
- Maximum stay is 3 months
- Stopovers are not permitted
- Accompanied children/infants with their own seat cost 100% of the adult fare
- Infants (under 2) without their own seat cost 10% of the adult fare
*I’ve seen some good fares available outside of these dates so don’t restrict your search too much in case you filter out dates that work better for you.
So far I’ve found good fares to….
Dallas from ~$1,823 Roundtrip
Miami from ~$1,928 Roundtrip
New York from ~$1,789 Roundtrip
Orlando from ~$1,894 Roundtrip
Seattle from ~$1,873
Thoughts & Tips
As you can see from the screenshots, I found these fares using Google Flights as my usual search tool (Matrix) was having trouble finding some of the better deals.
All the flights I’ve seen involve travel on Delta, KLM or Air France and on some routes you’ll have a choice of carriers.
Don’t forget to check the aircraft and the seat layouts that each aircraft offers as some Business Class cabins will be great (like the newer Air France 777 Business Class cabin) while others will be older and not quite so good (e.g. Delta’s 767 Business Class cabin).
You may also have a choice of airlines through which you can book these fares so make sure you understand the rules of the loyalty program to which you intend to credit the flights.
Booking the fares through Delta and crediting the flights to Flying Blue will earn you miles based on the distance flown while the miles you earn will be based on the fare price if you credit them to Delta’s SkyMiles program.
If you book the flights through Air France or KLM things get reversed – crediting the flights to Flying Blue will see the mileage earnings based on the cost of the fare while crediting the flights to Delta’s SkyMiles program will see you earn miles based on the distance flown.
When booking good value (lower cost) long-haul Business Class fares you’re almost always going to collect more miles if the way you earn them is based on the distance flown rather than the cost of the fare.
These aren’t exactly the cheapest Business Class fares we’ve seen for travel between Europe and the US recently but they’re still not too bad…..the Seattle fare looks especially good.
The fares rules say that you have through 31 January to book but if you find something that works for you don’t hesitate too long or you may find that your preferred dates are no longer available as seats get snapped up.