Affordable Travel Guide to Cheap Flights to Spain

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Cheap Flights to Spain

The global recession has hit the U.K. and Europe hard; vacation travel is regarded as a luxury, and as a result, there has been a significant reduction in flights between countries in the European Union. Spain is no exception. Since Spain’s national air carrier, Iberian Airlines, merged with British Airways in 2001, the number and frequency of scheduled flights has been somewhat compromised. Still there are cheap flights Spain offers; a fair number of Britons still holiday and winter in Spain (thanks to its close proximity and superb climate) and its main island, Mallorca (also spelled Majorca).

FLYING INTO MAJOR CITIES IN SPAIN

Traveling from North America to Spain affords several options. Even though it is smack in the middle of Spain, the capital, Madrid, is customarily cheaper to fly to than the more tourist-appealing city of Barcelona on the east coast. Most North American tourists and business travelers will find that flights from Chicago, New York or Toronto to Madrid will cost less than to Barcelona. Some of the cheap flights can be found on British Airways and Air France, depending on the time of year, and day of the week you fly.

FLYING INTO SECOMDARY AIRPORTS IN SPAIN

If your destination is elsewhere in Spain, a cheap flights Spain deal may take you to Madrid for a significant discount and then on to other Spanish destinations via Spain’s network of domestic carriers. Here is a list of most of those, together with their home bases (so you can figure out which airlines may serve your desired destination):

  • Iberian Airlines (Madrid) flies to various other parts of Spain, such as Seville (in the southwest) and Bilbao (on the Bay of Biscay, north coast of Spain), from Madrid and London.
  • Air Nostrum flies to Valencia, on the sunny east coast of the country, a place where visitors take to the lovely beaches of the Costa del Azahar.
  • Helitt Airlines services Màgala on the south coast of Spain, near Gibraltar, and not too far west of Almeria, southwest of Granada.
  • Vuelining Airlines operates from Barcelona, serving the northern portion of the Spanish east coast, and the region of Cataluna.
  • Air Europa flies to one of the most popular of the Spanish Balearic islands, Mallorca, with its main airport at the capital city of Palma; smaller airports are located at Ibiza and Minorca, the next largest islands in the Mediterranean chain that belong to Spain.
  • Swiftair is based in Madrid, but services several other smaller airports throughout the country, as well as points in the rest of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Etihad, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, also flies in and out of Spain, and claims to offer the best rates; this may not apply to flights outside of the UAE and Spain. Check their website for full details and frequent changes. Other towns and cities in Spain that are serviced by airports include:

  • Corunna in the far northwest sector
  • Saragossa in the interior of northeast Spain
  • Alicante and Elche (the airport is halfway between these small cities)
  • Gibraltar (technically the U.K., not Spain) at Europa Point
  • Santiago de Compostela, not far south of Corunna

FLYING TO SPANISH ISLANDS

Spain also has island possessions out in the Atlantic Ocean, and they, too are served by airlines. Five large-scale airports serve the Canary Islands, and there is one on Madeira as well. The vast majority of these are set up to welcome vacationers; little business (or corporate travel) is conducted in these parts, and they are famous holiday destinations for the British and Europeans. Most are accessed from Madrid, London or Lisbon in Portugal.

CHEAPER FLIGHTS WITH STOP-OVERS

Travelers from North America who are not fussed about direct flights, will often find that a cheap flight to London or Pairs, followed by another to Madrid, is the cheapest way to fly to Spain. The same applies for flights to Morocco in northern Africa; it’s almost invariably cheaper to fly Air France to Pairs and then on to Casablanca. Always remember that what you save in money using other than direct flights, you pay for in lost time. There’s no win/win in this regard.

CLEARING HOUSE FLIGHTS TO SPAIN

Of course, flight clearing houses like Skyscanner and FlightHub are sometimes able to locate the cheap flights Spain can offer as a destination. Choose your travel time of day, day of the week and time of the year wisely, and you’ll find that cheap flights Spain offerings still abound despite the cutbacks made in 2012. Monitor pricing on-line regularly for a few days before you secure a booking for airline tickets, and be ready to pounce when the best price turns up.

OTHER FLIGHT DISCOUNTS TO SPAIN

There will also be reduced-rate airline tickets for children and babies, but keep in mind that Iberian Airlines does not offer seniors’ discounts. The other key factor in obtaining cheap flights Spain-style is to find the airlines (easy to do on-line) with the most frequent flights to Spain; they have more seats to fill and might be willing to discount deeply at the last minute for unsold seats.

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