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Yesterday I wrote a post on good Business Class fares between New York City and various cities in Europe, and today I’m following that up with news of a few good non-stop Business Class fares for travel to Madrid from Chicago, Miami, and San Francisco. All the fares discussed in this post are available for travel in the next few months but they’re also available for travel into 2022.
Keep in mind that although Madrid may not take you to your preferred final destination, it can be used as a jumping-off point for other cities in Europe. You can fly to Madrid in comfort and you can then catch a cheap intra-Europe flight to wherever it is that you wish to vacation.
Key Fare Rules
- Reservations must be made a minimum of 14 days before departure
- Travel from turnaround must start no earlier than the first Sunday after arrival
- Maximum stay is 6 months
- No stopovers permitted
- Tickets must be issued on/before 31 March 2021
Note: Just because the rules say that tickets must be issued by 31 March doesn’t mean that these fares will be around for that long – airlines can pull fares whenever it suits them.
Chicago – Madrid
Miami – Madrid
San Francisco – Madrid
Note: I’ve concentrated on non-stop fares in this post but if you’re happy to add a layover into your trip, similar fares may be bookable through American Airlines out of a few more US cities – e.g. Boston:
These fares are available for travel starting in March (Miami) and June (Chicago and San Francisco), but as it’s unlikely that many people will be allowed to travel to Spain before the summer and as I suspect that a lot of readers will probably feel most comfortable booking travel for later in the year, I’m going to focus on the availability of these fares from September onwards.
The good news is that these fares are incredibly easy to find, they’re readily available for departures on multiple days of the week, and they’re available for travel as far out as the airlines will currently let us book.
Availability on all the highlighted routes is pretty similar but to give you an idea of just how readily available these fares are, here’s what I see when I search Google Flights for a 7-day trip between Chicago and Madrid for later this year:
I think we can all agree that availability looks pretty good and, just as was the case with the NYC fares that I wrote about yesterday, it’s nice to see these fares available for travel across the Holidays at the end of the year.
Use The Best Credit Card
The Platinum Card (review) and the Business Platinum Card offer the strongest options here as they both combine fantastic earnings (5 points/dollar) with good trip delay, interruption, and cancellation protection.
I’d choose the Chase Sapphire Reserve Card as the second-best option because it combines a good earning rate (3 points/dollar) with the same good trip delay, interruption, and cancellation protections that the Platinum Cards offer, and the bonus points will be earned even if the spending isn’t made directly with an airline or through Amex Travel (this is the card to use when booking through 3rd party sites).
The Amex Green Card earns 3 points/dollar for just about all travel spending (like the Sapphire Reserve) but doesn’t offer the same level of protection as the Platinum Card or the Sapphire Reserve, and although the Citi Prestige Card matches the Platinum Cards with its earnings of 5 points/dollar on spending made directly with airlines, the fact that it offers no travel protections at all makes it a considerably less appealing option.
Iberia and to a lesser extent American Airlines, are currently offering some very good Business Class fares for travel from various US cities to Madrid. As things stand, I wouldn’t rush to book any fares for travel before August or possibly September as the European vaccine rollout may not be complete before then, but I don’t expect travel from October onwards to be an issue (note: that’s just my opinion).
Are you ready to book travel or are you waiting to see how things develop?
Featured image courtesy of Alex Vasey